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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.

Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 at USC (Los Angeles, California)

Rhythms + Visions / Expanded + Live 3 will light up the outdoor spaces of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex in an evening of music, interactive animation, projection mapping, animated inflatables, and virtual reality. Innovative artists Refik Anadol, Miwa Matreyek, and Patterson + Reckinger will perform an eclectic program of contemporary visual music and audio-visual art.

Groundbreaking artist Refik Anadol, who has performed visuals with the L.A. Philharmonic at Disney Hall, will create imagery on a super-panoramic 70-foot screen to live performances by Grammy Award–winning pianist Gloria Cheng and guzheng player Zi-Zhu Zhao. Patterson + Reckinger’s kinetic op-art abstractions will be accompanied by toy piano trio, Thomas Feng, Alexa Constantine, Dante Luna. Music by composers John Adams, Esa Pekka Salonen (piano), Tristan Perich (3 toy pianos and 3-channel, one-bit electronics) and Pantawit Kiangsiri (guzheng) will be performed live.

On a second stage, Miwa Matreyek performs her fantastical shadow theatre work, The World Made Itself, inside a multi-projection stage. Miwa takes us on a journey through her surrealistic and magical worlds as she interacts within the projection. She has performed her work at MoMA, the Tate Modern, REDCAT, and Sundance. The VR Visual Music Lounge will offer exciting virtual-reality musical experiences and interactive installations from international artists as well as USC faculty and students.

Check out this teaser for the Bjork VR experience, which will be featured in the VR Visual Music Lounge.

Rhizome Seven on Seven 2017 (New York City)

Rhizome’s Seven on Seven is an annual conference that brings together leaders in art and technology and challenges them to make something new. Founded by Rhizome in 2010, Seven on Seven forefronts leading issues at the intersection of culture and technology, and animates them through its novel format. Seven leading artists are paired with seven visionary technologists and asked to “make something”: an artwork, a prototype, a provocation—whatever they imagine. What they create in their short time together premieres at the conference, yet its effects ripple beyond that day.

The 2017 edition features artists and technologists asking timely questions about how new technologies organize publics and public space. The line-up includes founders of international media organizations, corporate and civic leaders, artists blurring the lines between art and entrepreneurship, and creators pushing new technologies—from WeChat to artificial intelligence to the fabric of the web itself—to their furthest ends.

Seven on Seven 2017 will feature:
Artist Jayson Musson & Jonah Peretti, Founder and CEO, Buzzfeed
Artist collective and NEW INC resident DIS & Rachel Haot, Managing Director, 1776
Artist Bunny Rogers & Nozlee Samadzadeh, Engineer, Vox
Artist Olia Lialina & Mike Tyka, artificial intelligence researcher at Google
Artist Addie Wagenknecht & Cindy Gallop, Founder, MakeLoveNotPorn and IfWeRanTheWorld
Artist Constant Dullaart & Chris Paik, Partner, Thrive Capital
Artist Miao Ying & Mehdi Yahyanejad, Founder, Balatarin and Net Freedom Pioneers

BEING MATERIAL: 2017 CAST Symposium at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts)

In 1995, MIT’s Nicholas Negroponte predicted that “being digital” would have us entering a realm increasingly unconstrained by the materiality of the world. Two decades later, our everyday lives are indeed ever more suffused by computation and calculation. But unwieldy materiality persists and even reasserts itself. Programmable matter, self-assembling structures, 3D/4D printing, wearable technologies, and bio-inspired design today capture the attention of engineers, scientists, and artists. BEING MATERIAL will showcase recent developments in materials systems and design, placing this work in dialogue with kindred and contrasting philosophy, art practice, and critique. Panels on the PROGRAMMABLE, WEARABLE, LIVABLE, and INVISIBLE — along with a concert, AUDIBLE — will explore new and unexpected meetings of the digital and material worlds.

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures, LOL (San Francisco, California)

Swiss artists !Mediengruppe Bitnik embody 51 of the San Francisco chatbots designed to lure men into online affairs through the Ashley Madison website, exploring human-bot relationships and the currency of trust, and desire, on the internet. The materialization of these online “fembots” in physical space critiques the commodification of women, and sex, in online spaces. The work engages questions of intimacy, the willingness to compromise “real” and “fake” experiences in online entertainment, and the temptation to project meanings onto the blank screens of the digital sphere.