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What’s On at EMPAC, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Troy, New York)

If you are near Troy, New York, check out up-to-date activities at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC).


http://empac.rpi.edu/events/2015/spring?type=talk

Just two and a half hours north of New York City via a beautiful train ride up the Hudson River, an easy day trip from the Berkshires or Saratoga Springs, and across the river and just north of Albany, NY. We are also just under three hours by car from Boston or Montreal.

On the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological research university, EMPAC overlooks Troy, a city that played a central role in the Industrial Revolution and that still preserves some of the 19th century’s best architecture.

Bjork Retrospective at MoMA (New York)

The Museum of Modern Art presents a retrospective of the multifaceted work of composer, musician, and singer Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and innovative projects and her eight full-length albums to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, and costumes. In the Museum lobby, instruments used on Biophilia (2011)—a gameleste, pipe organ, gravity harp, and Tesla coil—play songs from the album at different points throughout the day. On the second floor, in the Marron Atrium, two spaces have been constructed: one is dedicated to a new sound and video installation, commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art, for “Black Lake,” a song from Björk’s new album Vulnicura (2015); and the second is a cinema room that screens a retrospective in music videos, from Debut (1993) to Biophilia. On the third floor, Songlines presents an interactive, location-based audio experience through Björk’s albums, with a biographical narrative that is both personal and poetic, written by the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón, along with many visuals, objects, and costumes, including the robots designed by Chris Cunningham for the “All Is Full of Love” music video, Marjan Pejowski’s Swan Dress (2001), and Iris van Herpen’s Biophilia tour dress (2013), among many others.

‘Higher Ground’ video art by Hillerbrand+Magsamen at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston, Texas)

In Terminal A at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas

“Higher Ground” is an interdisciplinary work consisting of video, sculpture and photography commissioned by the Houston Airport System and the City of Houston.

In the spirit of George Méliès landmark illusionistic film, “A Trip to the Moon,” the artists Hillerband+Magsamen with their children embark on an adventure to construct and fly a rocket ship to the moon by taking apart their Houston, Texas suburban home.

This quirky and seemingly impossible task created out of cut up couches, duct-tape, Amazon boxes and pots and pans turns out to be not only achievable, but also believable. As the artist and their children pull apart and rummage around their home to build a spaceship, this cinematic odyssey references both the creativity and futility of the “American” experience. From backyard wrestling to big box store escapism the work creates a Beckettian theme echoing phrase ‘can’t go on…must go on’.

High Definition Video with Sound, Duration: 10 min 30 sec. Loop, Aspect Ratio 16:9, 2 Ch Stereo, 2015

Hillerbrand+Magsamen
http://hillerbrandmagsamen.com/#!portfolio-item/higher-ground-2/

h/t Glasstire
http://glasstire.com/2015/03/06/hillerbrandmagsamens-new-rocketship-commission-installed-at-iah/

“Electric Waste Orchestra: Learning and Teaching Music, Electronics, Programming, and Repurposing” (Champaign, Illinois)

Part of the 2015 Hatch Art Festival- a creative re-use art festival

7:30 p.m. Lecture-Demo by Colten Jackson

“Electric Waste Orchestra: Learning and Teaching Music, Electronics, Programming, and Repurposing”

The technology to turn e-waste into musical instruments is free, open source and waiting to be fully explored. At this talk, you’ll learn how the computer junk piling up in IT departments everywhere can be transformed into novel input devices, allowing kids and adults alike to create physical instruments to control electronic music.

Free and open to the public

Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) talk at Biophilia: Pittsburgh Meetup (Pennsylvania)

The March 5 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), who will introduce the discussion topic, “Powering Places: The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy.”

Robert and Elizabeth will discuss how the LAGI project is a part of a global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. The presentation will show how interdisciplinary collaboration is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments and point out the reciprocal role of society in defining the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure itself. Several submissions from past LAGI design competitions held for sites in Dubai, NYC, and Copenhagen will be shown as case studies of how renewable energy technologies can be integrated into artworks as a way to create sustainable and educational urban parks. Learn more about the LAGI project at www.landartgenerator.org.

Moving Image 2015 Video Art Fair (New York City)

From March 5 to 8, Moving Image New York will take over the Waterfront Tunnel on 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th Streets in Chelsea. It will include more than 30 exhibitors from the U.S. and around the world—several from Brazil and a few from Finland—and five works will have their world premieres at the fair.


http://observer.com/2015/02/moving-image-new-york-the-chilled-out-art-fair-you-didnt-know-you-needed/

In addition, one video from the fair will participate in Midnight Moment and have nightly screenings on electronic billboards in Times Square for month of April 2015.

Anicka Yi: You Can Call Me F at The Kitchen (New York City, NY)

For You Can Call Me F, The Kitchen’s gallery will function as a forensic site in which the artist aligns society’s growing paranoia around contagion and hygiene (both public and private) with the enduring patriarchal fear of feminism and potency of female networks. Anicka Yi’s new works will gather biological information from one hundred women to cultivate the idea of the female figure as a viral pathogen, which undergoes external attempts to be contained and neutralized. Employing the visual language of quarantine tents, which allow limited transparency and access while aiming to protect their fragile ecosystems within, Yi’s humanist approach foregrounds the politics and subjectivities of smell, and its impact on our empathic understanding of each other.

More information
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/20/anicka-yi-the-kitchen_n_6904596.html

Game Developers Conference (GDC) (San Francisco, California)

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event.

The GDC attracts over 24,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

LightRails Installation by Bill FitzGibbons (Birmingham, Alabama)

Commissioned by REV Birmingham-the city’s economic development organization, this unique art-light installation under the 18th Street viaduct near Railroad Park, in downtown Birmingham debuted Thursday, June 27, 2013. Intended to enhance walkways under downtown viaducts with a placemaking splash of color in the city center, as well as encourage pedestrian traffic to link First Avenue North and the East Gate of the park.

http://www.billfitzgibbons.com/myportfolio/light-rails/

The Digital Muddy Expanded Media Festival 2015 at Southern Illinois University (Carbondale, Illinois)

With a desire to engage the expanding modalities of film and media, the Big Muddy Film Festival announces a call for digital media submissions for the 2015 Digital Muddy program to coincide with the Big Muddy Film Festival in Carbondale, Illinois. Selected works will represent a fresh ongoing curation of various trends and practices that engage the illusive notion of the expanding digital narrative. All new and traditional genres will be considered.

Particular attention will be paid to new media, net art, interactive, website based projects, webisodes, digital imaging, user generated imagery, participatory, experimental, social engagement, etc. and sound, film, video, animation that in many ways eludes or refutes its placement inside the black box theater.

This inaugural showcase will be juried by digital artist and curator Nia Burks. The selected work will be showcased online via the Digital Muddy 2015 website, a segment of the Big Muddy Film Festival site.