Aurora 2018 (Dallas, Texas)

November 2018 Dates TBD

AURORA is a free contemporary art event presenting interactive installations of light, video and sound in exciting and unexpected public spaces throughout Dallas. In November 2018, the sunset will signal the transformation of the city into one of the nations largest outdoor exhibitions. The theme for 2018 will be ‘Future Worlds’, a forward-looking invitation for artists and visitors alike to imagine series of possible futures.

The curators for AURORA 2018’s biennial contemporary art exhibition are Justine Ludwig (Dallas), DooEun Choi (New York), and Nadim Samman (Berlin). They will carefully select and invite local and international artistic contributions, which will aim to open a dialogue about how we collectively envision our ‘Future Worlds’.

Light.wav 2018 (Sacramento, California)

Light.wav is a 2-day digital media art showcase fusing art and technology through light, space and sound. Both nights will have live performances, we’ll transform a medium sized space into what can be described as a “modern-day dreamscape” where attendees will find themselves immersed in a sensory experience.

Light.wav is a platform for multidisciplinary artists to explore, implement and exhibit digital tech art installations. Mediums such as projection mapping, live audio/visual performances, original experimental music, mixed media, sculpture, interactive installations are some of the exhibits, attendees could expect.

Light.wav will feature artists from the Sacramento area and beyond. Our goal of this project is to promote Sacramento as one of the fastest growing cities in Tech Arts cultivation.

MUTEK San Francisco 2018 (California)

Launching the inaugural San Francisco edition in 2018.

MUTEK is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the dissemination and development of digital creativity in sound, music, and audio-visual art.

TeatroCinema at San Jose State University (San Jose, California)

Combining digital compositions, 2S and 3D video footage, animation, and highly stylized theatrical staging and technical wizardry, Chile’s TeatroCinema ensemble offers audiences unforgettable experiences of live cinema-theatre, with works that explore the historical, cultural, and social landscapes of our shared humanity.

INTERACT + INTEGRATE (Rockville, Maryland)

INTERACT + INTEGRATE is an exhibition that presents the work of four artists whose art practices are concerned with the interaction and/or integration of the audience in their work. Interaction is usually concerned with communication. It can simply be a manual interaction between people and things or for new media artists typically involves the interaction between humans, computers, sensors and networks. Conversely, integration is concerned about combining, assimilating, bringing together and the coalescing of people and things.

Heloisa Escudero looks for interaction, reaction, participation and/or inclusiveness of the audience in most of her artwork. For her, the integration of the audience is essential and creates opportunities for the viewer to become an interactive/tactile part of the art itself. For Escudero, there are too many opportunities for exclusion in life and she sees them is as a form of rejection. As a result, the basis of her art practices is to include/interact with the audience in a more personal level. Any aspect of her artwork, from the elements of construction, to concept and interaction is designed not to reject anyone at any circumstance because there is enough of that in life.

Michelle Herman’s new media and interactive works are often inspired by moments of communication that occur on the smallest of scales. Some examples include quorum sensing (the way in which bacteria are thought to communicate) and “contagious” gestures such as yawning and smiling (which are thought to activate mirror neurons in the brain). She is interested in how these processes seem to highlight our intrinsic need to connect with one other as well as how modern culture and technology has mediated these experiences. Like the ideas they explore, these works are interactive so the viewer can truly experience the work in a multi-sensory way. Herman wants them to feel the piece in a more active sense than just presenting them with an image.

Jackie Hoysted’s main concern is to no longer relegate the art audience to viewer but to integrate them in the art making process where they become collaborator and co-creator. Her idea is that the audience becomes engaged in the creation of the artwork and determines the aesthetic “look” of the artwork based for example on color selections and placement. As a result, the artwork can never be completed as the audience can choose to rearrange the artwork at any time. The artwork is therefore never fixed and mutable.

Denise Philipbar ’s installations follow two modes of enquiry. Some installations are musings on our interactions with the technology we create hence forming the basis for their interactive nature, while other installations are social practice projects in nature and evolve from the premise that social practice projects grow out of thoughts that are inspired by the way we interact directly with each other, rather than technology. For Philipbar’s musings on technology, she mostly uses found objects such as test tubes or surveillance cameras that are assembled and modified into site specific, large-scale works. In contrast, her social practice projects are typically constructed with objects that she either handcrafts or has manufactured/altered to her specifications.

A Cache of Kinetic Art: Curious Characters (Morristown, New Jersey)

Whirr! Whoosh! Whorl! WHEE! Is it alive? What does it do? How does it move? The Morris Museum is pleased to unveil a four-year exhibition series entitled A Cache of Kinetic Art. Featuring the energy and vitality of kineticism, explore stimulating artistic displays expressing the originality and resourcefulness of present-day artisans, using traditional and contemporary media. Join us for the first installment, Curious Characters which will focus on distinctive figural forms, from traditional to abstract.

Drawing parallels of innovative engineering, design and imagination, and bridging the gap between vintage and contemporary kinetic art, Curious Characters make connections between the technological ingenuity and talent of 19th century automata makers and artistic individuals of kinetic and interactive figures, inspiring a deeper understanding and appreciation of this unique art form.

Beyond the Cradle 2018: Envisioning a New Space Age (Webcast)

Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:00am — 6:00pm
MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Space will be hackable. Space will be playful. Space grows ever more accessible to the space enthusiast—through the reach of DIY instruments, experiments, sensors and satellites, and soon through a new age of space tourism and exploration. This opportunity to design our interplanetary lives beckons to us.

Join us at the MIT Media Lab on March 10, 2018 as we envision, design, hack, and build our space future! We’ll hear from industry leaders in “New Space”; titans of the great satellite and probe missions; innovation engineers from NASA, ESA, JAXA, and India’s SRO; sci-fi’s greatest minds; Hollywood imagineers; and of course—astronauts!

CAM WORLS: Petra Cortright (Los Angeles, California)

UTA Artist Space is pleased to present CAM WORLS, the first large-scale survey of Petra Cortright’s video work. Fifty of the artist’s videos, made between 2007 and 2017, will be on display, including eighteen never-before-exhibited artworks. The gallery will celebrate with an opening reception on Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 5-7PM.

Cortright’s computer-based practice pioneered a new kind of internet art. The videos in the show will trace the gradual evolution of her online presence, and a practice of perpetual modulation of over ten year of internet ephemera that mines decorative motifs from flowers to the female body. The archival impulse behind her work stresses the visual catchiness and mutability of the digital image, as well as the delicate and self-conscious act of putting oneself “online.” As an artist who “grew up on the internet,” Cortright carefully erects and investigates online trends of personhood as they appear in the culture, from the front-facing camera antics of solipsistic young girls on social media to virtual strippers.

Alien Zoo VR Experience (Los Angeles, California)

February 7 – March 2, 2018
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California

In this unique experience you will walk side by side with massive beasts, play with adorable and exotic creatures, and fight the most deadly predator in all the cosmos. ALIEN ZOO uses an entirely new VR technology that engages all of your senses in the thrill of an epic theme park adventure and the awe of a great film. It challenges you to work together not only to survive but to prove that there is still hope for humanity in our exciting, yet unpredictable, universe. So please, don’t come alone.

BDYHAX2018: The BodyHacking Convention (Austin, Texas)

BDYHAX is a 3 day bodyhacking conference complete with speakers, workshops, interactive experiences, and more than a few chances to party with your peers. While doing our part to “Keep Austin Weird,” we’ll transform the beautifully remodeled Sheraton into a Transhumanist paradise from Feb 2nd-4th, 2018.