Fri15Jul2016Fri31Mar201709:00 - 17:00Open Data Institute, 65 Clifton Street, London EC2A 4JE
Thinking Out Loud
‘Thinking Out Loud’ is the fifth Data as Culture art exhibition at the Open Data Institute. The exhibition is built around the practice of the 2016 ODI Sound Artist in Residence, Alex McLean, with a group of artists, designers, makers and musicians that he has collaborated with. Openness and processes of making – where any end results are left partly undone – are at the heart of many of the projects on display. The exhibition draws connections between the ways in which humans have captured, encoded and distributed data, and made it meaningful through pattern throughout history. From pre-Columbian Quipu and the ancient art of weaving to computer software environments, it introduces us to creative notions of code, and the ways in which it can carry both language and thought.
The exhibition features artists and makers who are driven by radical intentions to expose the inner workings of the systemic structures we live with. We are encouraged to engage with these ourselves through art, software, folk songs, glitch aesthetics, chance encounters and knitted jumpers.
Artists: Felicity Ford, David Griffiths and Julian Rohrhuber, Ellen Harlizius-Klück, Dan Hett, David Littler, Alex McLean, Antonio Roberts, Sam Meech, Amy Twigger-Holroyd
Curated by Alex McLean and Hannah Redler
Sat03Sep2016Sat29Oct201612:00 - 16:00Stryx, 13 Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5RS
Short Circuit - Terminal 1
Short Circuit is an ambitious international touring group show devised by Independent Curator, Aly Grimes, and consisting of nine New Media artists and collectives in an attempt to re-assess the archetypal framework of a travelling exhibition. It proposes a new experimental model of display realised in three different locations across Europe to include Birmingham, Copenhagen and Venice. The project’s structure aims to investigate new ways that exhibition spaces can present touring shows in the Digital Age and will manifest as a highly experimental research project susceptible to failure. It might glitch, trip, malfunction or ‘short circuit’.
A touring exhibition or ‘travelling exhibit’ is a type of exhibition that is available for circulation to one or more venues in addition to the premises of the organiser. Its structure typically comprises a grouping of works that tour together, arriving as a complete set at each participating venue. This method enables the sharing of new ideas, draws connections between artists across geographical boundaries, attracts new audiences, allows for the diffusion of knowledge and local cultures, provides fresh interpretations of artists’ work and brings opportunities to share production costs.
Short Circuit takes the conventional model of a touring exhibition as its point of departure. Whilst many of the aforementioned goals of a typical touring show will remain the same, crucial differences exist. Firstly, this new structure requires artworks to arrive at each exhibition venue independently using the Internet as a conduit, and secondly, the selected artworks never assemble as a grouping at the beginning of the project.
Referencing the notions of both electrical and touring ‘circuits’, the exhibition will travel in a geographical clock-wise loop beginning at Stryx (Birmingham), to A plus A Gallery (Venice) and completing at New Shelter Plan (Copenhagen). These venues or ‘terminals’ have been selected due to their physical commonalities providing neutral exhibition environments in which to best test this new exhibition model. In addition, they all comprise experimental project spaces that foster international collaborations and regularly exhibit emerging and mid-career New Media artists.
+ Opens - 02.09.2016, 6.30 – 10pm for September Digbeth First Friday with a live performance of Sonification
Studies by Antonio Roberts.
Exhibition Days - 03.09 – 29.10.2016, Thursdays to Saturdays, 12 – 4pm
STRYX, Minerva Works, Birmingham B5 5RS
+ 27.09.2016 – Public talk at Ikon Gallery in association with New Art West Midlands’ Curator Bursary Award
+ 07.10.2016, 6.30 – 8.30pm – Late night exhibition opening for October Digbeth First Friday with an augmented reality workshop by Juneau Projects
Emily Mulenga, Juneau Projects and Antonio Roberts (Birmingham)
The Cool Couple, Kensuke Koike and Ryts Monet (Venice)
Honey Beckerlee, Mads Damsbo and Johan Knattrup Jensen and David Stjernholm (Copenhagen)
Thu27Oct2016Sat17Dec2016Eigen+art Lab, Torstrasse 220, 10115 Berlin, Germany
Free WiFi/Gratis WLAN
If you invite an "internet" artist to contribute to an exhibition, can you pay them in "likes"? When Bourdieu came up with his famous theory of Cultural Capital, was he just referring to how many followers he had on Instagram? Do people prefer to be told what to like? Is an endlessly scrolling interface like a painting of an infinite supper?
On October 27, 2016 the EIGEN + ART Lab in Berlin Mitte opens the show "Free WiFi/Gratis WLAN", conceived and assembled by Berlin-based artist and reluctant engineer Brendan Howell. The gallery space has been converted to resemble a typical cafe space (with the expected free WiFi) for this exhibition of internet-based works.
Participants include Katrin Günther, the Scandinavian Institute of Computational Vandalism,Antonio Roberts, TeYosh, Katya Isaeva, Johannes P. Osterhoff, Silvio Lorusso and Renee Carmichael. None of these artists have been paid in money, but they have been promised specific numbers of likes, links, views, follows, eyeballs or clicks on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and other social networks.
While we don't actually have satisfying answers to most of the above questions, if you want to see the show, you will need to come down to the EIGEN + ART Lab with your laptop, tablet or smart-phone. You will certainly be confronted with a few contemporary riddles but you also might start to perceive parts of your everyday network-mediated life differently. And despite the post-utopian gloom of today's internet culture, there are a few artists who still seem to be having fun.
Fri28Oct2016Mon06Feb2017Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, United States
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 focuses on the ways in which artists have dismantled and reassembled the conventions of cinema—screen, projection, darkness—to create new experiences of the moving image. The exhibition will fill the Museum’s 18,000-square-foot fifth-floor galleries, and will include a film series in the third-floor theater.
Dreamlands spans more than a century of works by American artists and filmmakers, and also includes a small number of works of German cinema and art from the 1920s with a strong relationship to, and influence on, American art and film. Featured are works in installation, drawing, 3-D environments, sculpture, performance, painting, and online space, by Trisha Baga, Ivana Bašić, Frances Bodomo, Dora Budor, Ian Cheng, Bruce Conner, Ben Coonley, Joseph Cornell, Andrea Crespo, François Curlet, Alex Da Corte, Oskar Fischinger, Liam Gillick, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Pierre Huyghe, Alex Israel, Mehdi Belhaj Kacem and Pierre Joseph, Aidan Koch, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Anthony McCall, Josiah McElheny, Syd Mead, Lorna Mills, Jayson Musson, Melik Ohanian, Philippe Parreno, Jenny Perlin, Mathias Poledna, Edwin S. Porter, Oskar Schlemmer, Hito Steyerl, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Stan VanDerBeek, Artie Vierkant, and Jud Yalkut, among others.
Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016 is organized by Chrissie Iles, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Curator.
Fri18Nov201619:00mac, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH
PA/NG is a new night celebrating the best in local emerging artists spanning music, live art, performance and digital art at mac. Co-curated by The Vibe and featuring cameos from nationally-acclaimed artists, PA/NG will be part-gig, part-meal (soup provided!) and part-opportunity to meet other like-minded young people.
Before the performance starts, join us in the theatre to see artwork from Antonio Roberts.
Antonio Roberts is a New Media artist and Curator based in Birmingham, UK. His artwork focuses on the errors and glitches generated by digital technology. An underlying theme of his work is open source software, free culture and collaborative practices.
Thu27Oct201612:30 - 15:00iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus 6 Holt Street Birmingham Science Park Aston Birmingham B7 4BP
The Art of the Possible: Arts and Tech Birmingham
With support from Arts Council England, we have been scoping the potential for a digital arts incubator to be based at iCentrum. Through mapping arts and tech nationally, understanding what artists need and want through co-design sessions, and visiting examples of best practice, we will share our learnings and findings in an attempt to add to collective knowledge in this area. We'll be launching our proposed plans for an arts and tech incubator in 2017 and we will explain how we will drive innovation in the region through supporting new talent.
The event will include a comment from Gary Topp, Director of Culture Central on how this feeds into the wider 'young, diverse and digital' agenda in the Greater Birmingham region. Be inspired by digital performance art from Antonio Roberts (previously worked with MTV, ODI and is a fellow at BOM Lab). Hear from Birmingham Children's Hospital around their ideas for digital input into The Big Sleuth in 2017. There will be optional workshops at the event with Virgin Start Up*.
Mon14Nov201615:00 - 18:00Parsons Paris, 45 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France
D+TM #44 Permission Culture
Copyright is, quite literally, the right to copy a creative work. In most countries it is something granted automatically to an artist upon the creative of an artwork. These laws have existed since the 1700s as a way to help protect artists’ work and prevent unauthorised usage.
Technology and society has changed drastically since then: Computers and the internet allow creative works to be created, changed, morphed, and remixed easily and subsequently disseminated to millions of people instantly. Sites such as tumblr, giphy and YouTube promote (and profit from) this activity. However, outdated and restrictive copyright laws still exist that sit at opposite ends of this common behaviour. Artists may find themselves challenged by the law for simply sharing an image or creating a meme.
In this workshop we examine our own understanding of copyright and reflect on how it affects our creative processes. We will analyse how others before us have subverted and challenged these restrictive laws and then utilise digital tools to create our own work which subverts copyright and calls for a less restrictive culture.
Fri28Oct2016Sun30Oct2016Ravensbourne, 6 Penrose Way, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0EW