Collecting Digital Art: Highlights + New Acquisitions from the Thoma Foundation will feature the first rotation of ongoing seasonal installations, showcasing significant artworks from the digital art collection that include new acquisitions of historic importance. The new installations feature artworks by Guillermo Galindo, Beryl Korot, Brigitte Kowanz, Vera Molnar, Laura Splan and Steina Vasulka.
The summer installations will include works by video art pioneers Beryl Korot and Steina Vasulka. Korot’s Dachau 1974 explores themes of the Nazi concentration camp as a tourist site, with an interplay of images across four monitors, resembling a basic hand-loom weaving pattern. Vasulka’s Violin Power, 1970-1978, a visionary work within the early history of experimental audiovisual art, uses recorded sound from her violin performance to generate optical video effects. In this innovative work, Vasulka adapts her training as a classical violinist, taming her instrument to convert sound waveforms into electronic signals that, when synthesized with video, produce abstracted imagery. Additionally, nine plotter drawings from the 1976 Transformations series by Vera Molnar, a 2016 Jacquard tapestry by Laura Splan that explores the use of computerized loom techniques to weave patterns derived from electromyography (EMG) readings, and Waveform Coded Landscape, 2015, by genre-defying performer, visual and sound artist Guillermo Galindo, will be on view.
The annual, citywide CURRENTS New Media Festival offers Exhibitions, Multimedia Performances, Digital Dome Programs, Artists Presentations, Panels and Workshops – All CURRENTS events are Free to the public.
Mouse in the Machine: Nature in the Age of Digital Art features 15 digital and software-based artworks by 12 artists from the Thoma art collection to examine the intersection of technology and nature. Using customized software and code, the artworks simulate lifelike biological and ecological systems to emulate the passage of time, seasons and lifecycles.
The exhibition features a video art aquarium by Nam June Paik, realtime generative computer animations by John Gerrard and Marina Zurkow, an interactive augmented reality conveyor belt by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, and drawings produced by the world’s first and most successful artificially intelligent painting machine, created by Harold Cohen.
Mouse in the Machine takes its title from the famous philosophical expression “ghost in the machine,” which calls into question the nature of the mind or the soul as it pertains to animating the human body. If art can be a form of artificial consciousness, can it truly perform the role of its creator beyond the normal human lifespan? Key questions explored in the exhibition include, do computers have persona? Can they truly be programmed with artificial intelligence? In an age when nature is being reshaped by technology, how will technology be adapted to function naturally, even biologically?
Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is a unique art experience featuring a wild new form of non-linear storytelling which unfolds through exploration, discovery and 21st century interactivity. The premise: Something has happened inside a mysterious Victorian house that has dissolved the nature of time and space. Venture through the house of The Selig Family, and discover secret passageways into fantastic dimensions!
Each visitor will be invited to choose their own path through the 20,000 sq. ft exhibition, walking, climbing, and crawling through an imaginative multiverse of unexpected environments. The experience will be appropriate for people of all ages, supplying children with a fantastic world to play within and giving adults a sophisticated artistic experience with narrative depth.
Free and open the public. Limited Seating. Advance RSVP required. See below.
Jean-Pierre Hébert pioneered the creation of conceptual drawings based on original code proofed by computer-driven devices. He produces algorithmic, lyrical and spiritual works on paper, sand and water as well as visual music, artist’s books and installations. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and has achieved international recognition. Hébert is currently Artist in Residence at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at U.C. Santa Barbara and has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner and a David Bermant grants. He received the 2012 Siggraph Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. www.jeanpierrehebert.com
LUMINOUS FLUX 2.0: new + historic works from the digital art frontier features technological artworks from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation collection spanning over fifty years of the digital art genre, including computer, light-based and electronic artworks from pioneering experimenters and contemporary innovators, such as a film quilt by Sabrina Gschwandtner, an internet-based painting automaton by Siebren Versteeg, and Leo Villareal’s animated LED sequence.
CURRENTS is an annual, citywide event. The Festival brings together the work of established and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances, single channel video, animation, digital dome programs, experimental documentary and web based/app art forms. This year we have added architectural mapping, the oculus rift, robotics and 3D printing to our call for entries.