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Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light (Washington, DC)

October 6, 2017–January 7, 2018
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light is the first exhibition on this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions in more than forty years. As early as 1919, well before the advent of consumer television and video technology, Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing the means to control and project colorful, luminous forms that have been compared to the aurora borealis—and which he referred to collectively as lumia. The exhibition features nearly half of the extant light works by Wilfred representing each phase of his career, from early at-home instruments made for individual viewers to his most ambitious public installation, Lumia Suite, Opus 158, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1963 and recently restored in a joint conservation project by the Gallery and MoMA. Also included in the exhibition are sketches and diagrams from the artist’s archive, now in Yale University Library’s Manuscripts and Archives collection. Recognized as an innovator by artists of his time such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, Wilfred has since disappeared from the story of American modernism. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.

DLECTRICITY 2017 (Detroit, Michigan)

DLECTRICITY Is Back!

DLECTRICITY is Detroit’s nighttime festival of light-based art + technology. In 2012 and 2014, DLECTRICITY featured over 35 world-renowned and emerging artists whose cutting-edge works of art illuminated Midtown Detroit. Each time, tens of thousands of visitors engaged with these projects.

On September 22 & 23, 2017, Midtown will be transformed by site-specific installations of light-based art including video, sculpture, performance, interactive design and more.

SIGGRAPH 2017 (Los Angeles, California)

44th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

SIGGRAPH is the world’s largest, most influential annual conference and exhibition in computer graphics and interactive techniques: Five days of research results, demos, educational sessions, art, screenings, and hands-on interactivity featuring the community’s latest technical achievements, and three days of commercial exhibits displaying the industry’s current hardware, software, and services.

Northern Spark 2017 (Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota)

Northern Lights.mn announces two years of artists addressing global climate change: Northern Spark 2016 (June 11) through Northern Spark 2017 (June 10). Under the united theme Climate Chaos | Climate Rising, these two incredible nights of art focused on Earth’s changing environment will be connected by interactive projects, events and workshops in sites across the Twin Cities, each exploring how artists grapple with and envision new approaches to the climate challenges we face globally.

Over the next two years Northern Spark takes on this challenge through the lenses of migration, nourishment, interconnectedness, perception and civic action. Our programming begins in winter of 2016 by delving into issues such as the future of food, new relationships to non-human species, and radical river ecologies, and culminates in the summer of 2017 in the biggest Northern Spark yet, with innovative, interactive art projects filling the landscape along the Green Line—from Minneapolis through the neighborhoods of St. Paul to its terminus in Lowertown.

On JUNE 10, 2017, Northern Spark 2017 will be the biggest, boldest, most exciting festival yet, with art projects responding to climate change spanning the Green Line transit corridor from downtown Minneapolis to Lowertown St Paul. From sunset to sunrise, artist-led and community-driven projects will flourish in neighborhoods along the Green Line, some marking the culmination of 18 months of community-hosted artist residencies and public-driven project collaborations. Northern Spark 2017 will bring internationally-known artists to Minnesota and create opportunities for local artists and organizations to participate with their own projects. Thousands of Minnesotans will participate in and be inspired by a dazzling variety of innovative projects that open up fresh possibilities and new ways of thinking about climate change, immersed in an urban mass-transit landscape spanning two cities.

Anish Kapoor: Descension at Brooklyn Bridge Park (Brooklyn, New York)

It’s coming to the US!

Considered one the most influential artists working today, Anish Kapoor (b. 1954, Mumbai, India) works in a wide variety of scales and formats, and in a range of media including pigment, stone, stainless steel, resin, wax, earth, and most recently, silicone. Over the last four decades, he has created a remarkably inventive and resonant body of work layered with artistic, cultural, and personal associations. Anish Kapoor: Descension brings one of Kapoor’s most viscerally arresting installations yet to New York for the first time. Creating a dynamic negative space that descends into the ground, Descension is a massive spiraling funnel that harnesses the evanescent material of water. Disturbing the familiar boundaries of our world whilst pushing the limits of materials, the work invites visitors to experience the sheer wonder of intense perception, in a quintessential New York park.

The 4th L.A.S.T. Festival – 2017 (San Jose, California)

Organized by San Jose State University in partnership with the Paseo Public Prototyping Challenge and Festival.

THE SCHEDULE AND LINEUP WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MARCH 2017.

The L.A.S.T. festival Is an interdisciplinary event that combines art, tech and science to help reshape the cultural environment of the 21st century towards a multidimensional form of individual and social creativity. The festival seeks to inform, educate, mobilize, catalyze and maximize best ideas and opportunities for individual empowerment by connecting the public to leading technological and artistic innovators of Silicon Valley. At the same time it seeks to foster an open dialog between engineers and artists on the future of art and tech and how it impacts our world. The L.A.S.T. festival presents interactive multimedia art installations (the Art Expo), inspirational talks by luminaries on cutting-edge technology and science, and interdisciplinary panels on how technology and science impact society.

LUMINARY 2017 (San Francisco, California)

On March 18, Future Fires and The Midway Creative Complex present: LUMINARY, an evening of groundbreaking art, technology and music.

Featuring visionary creators from the Bay Area and beyond, this debut festival invites attendees to experience new music and immerse themselves the next generation of art.

With exciting performances and installations that blur the boundaries between guest and stage, Luminary invites the audience to take part in the experience, and explore a deeper connection to the creators and their work.

Headlining the evening is drummer and producer Shigeto, whose vivid soundscapes reflect a host of influences, from electronic, to jazz and hip-hop. His live set will be accompanied by visuals created by our artists-in-residence.

Luminary’s featured visual artist is Can Büyükberber, a Fulbright Grantee from Istanbul known for his immersive installation work and collaboration with GRAMMY winners Tool and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Büyükberber and fellow artist-in-residence Yağmur Uyanık collaborate on a new installation, and lend visual influence to other components of the festival.

Featured technology performance is Christopher Willits, along with special guests, in an early preview of Envelop. The Bay Area’s own Grammy-nominated musician and artist Christopher Willits performs a live immersive audio set within Envelop at The Midway, a ground-breaking 32 speaker three dimensional sound space, set for official public opening soon.

Other work on exhibit includes an installation by Graham Plumb and Karen Marcelo, light art from ecco screen, and late night DJ / Producer sets programmed by As You Like It. Special exhibitions include an exploration of the future of building and architecture, a room of VR hosted by Dream Logic, and selections from Flying Robots International Film Festival, showcasing films shot entirely from drones.

Augmented Human 2017 (Mountain View, California)

Silicon Valley in sunny California is hosting AH2017, the eighth Augmented Human (AH) International Conference on March 16-18, 2017. As in previous years, the conference proceedings will be published in the ACM Digital Library as a volume in its International Conference Proceedings Series (TBC). Previous years conferences information and proceedings links are archived here: http://www.augmented-human.com The Augmented Human (AH) international conference focuses on scientific contributions towards augmenting human capabilities through technology for increased well-being and enjoyable experiences.

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Augmented and Mixed Reality
Brain-Computer Interfaces, Muscle Interfaces and Implanted Interfaces
Bionics and Biomechanics
Exoskeletons and Super Human Technologies
Interactions between Augmented Humans and Smart Cities
Wearable Computing and Ubiquitous Computing
Augmented Fashion, Art and Tourism
Smart Objects, Smart Textiles an IoT Augmenting Humans
Augmented Sports and Serious Games
Assistive Augmentation, Rehabilitative Interfaces and Games
Alternative or Novel Feedback Modalities
Interfaces, Services and Applications for Human Enhancement
Augmented Healthcare, Quality of Life & Well-being
Human Augmentation, Sensory Substitution and Fusion
Hardware and Sensors for Augmented Human Technologies
Safety, Ethics, Trust, Privacy and Security Aspects of Augmented Humanity
Human-Factor Study, Field Study and User Study of Augmented Human Technologies

Life in Picoseconds (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

Life in Picoseconds, the 23rd experiment at Le Laboratoire, is a collaboration between French design team Millimetre, video artist and scientist Charles Reilly, artist Daniel Faust, artist and researcher Anna Ondaatje, and Le Laboratoire founder David Edwards. Integral to the Life in Picoseconds experience is an extraordinary new form of digital representation, the Atom Screen. With the Atom Screen, still and moving images appear on swirls of particles that move in chaotic and prescribed ways between glass panels, producing unusual, abstract, and realistic representations that convey emotive, artistic, and scientific impressions.

The Atom Screen represents a new impressionistic movement in digital screen technology that departs from the advance of digital screens toward hyper-realistic representation.

In the exhibition, several works by New York-based photographer/artist Daniel Faust, taken from his recent exhibition Silicon in San Jose, California, appear next to a large vertical Atom Screen. These images, depicting starkly poetic moments and visions of Valley reality, appear on the Atom Screen as superpositions on randomly scattered particles that cover fractions of the screen surface, which disintegrate and reconfigure from minute to minute.

Further into the exhibition, a second, larger Atom Screen hangs in the center of the gallery. Particles rush in ceaseless motion and provide a kind of thermal agitation to the original film Life in Picoseconds by Charles Reilly.

Reilly’s film is a molecular simulation of a protein molecule unfolding in the picosecond time-frame of molecular life. Here the Atom Screen provides a more realistic atomistic relief and a here-not-here quantum perspective on the molecular unfolding process. Visitors can walk around the Atom Screen and observe Life in Picoseconds as a positive or negative moving image or sit and experience the entire unfolding process, which lasts around 20 minutes.

Life in Picoseconds is an interdisciplinary exploration of aesthetic representation in the digital medium where the substrate becomes an active partner to the projected digital image, in the way analog materials participated in the abstraction of modern art.

NASA James Webb Space Telescope Art Exhibit (Greenbelt, Maryland)

NASA announced the opening of a free new art exhibit inspired by the James Webb Space Telescope at the Visitor Center at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

In November 2016, artists from around the country applied to visit NASA Goddard to see the telescope, with its 6.5-meter-high, gold-coated mirror. Twenty five were selected to bring art supplies with them and be inspired to create in front of Webb, housed inside its massive cleanroom behind a viewing window. The artists represented a broad range of artistic media and styles, including watercolor, 3D printed sculpture, silk screening, acrylics, sumi-e (East Asian brush technique), comics, letterpress, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry making, fiber art, ink, mural painting, kite-making, tattooing, scientific illustration, poetry, songwriting and video.

Visitors can view an exhibit of the resulting artwork at the Goddard Visitor Center from March 3 to April 16, 2017. There is no entry fee for the Visitor’s Center, which is open to the general public.

The Webb telescope, a joint mission between NASA, the European Space Agency and Canadian Space Agency, will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of planetary systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System and beyond.