In response to the expanding role of technology in contemporary art practice, curators, collectors and audiences have adapted to handle new media practically and conceptually. How do these conditions shape our access to art and artists? What potentials are offered by these changing ways to release / distribute?
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Speakers this month:
David Gryn is the Founder and Director of Daata Editions, Artprojx, Strangelove Time Based Media Festival and Curator of Film, Art Basel in Miami Beach. David has a strong reputation worldwide in producing, curating, enabling and promoting artists’ audio visual/digital medium projects and events that have consistently excited and attracted large audiences and introduced new audiences to the arts. Daata Editions commissions artist video, sound, poetry and web. This new, logical and innovative way to collect art is designed as a native platform to a new generation of artists who work with moving image and sound.
The Sleep of Reason Still Produces Monsters is a collaboration between artist Xavier Sole and VR design studio Mbryonic, who met at Fish Island Labs. In it, the user is transported to a virtual version of the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, where they are taken through a dreamlike sequence of extraordinary events. Xavier Sole is a visual artist whose most recent work is influenced by Goya; the experience is inspired by three paintings of Goya: the Hill of San Isidro, The Pilgrimage of San Isidro, and the Great He-Goat. His practice focusses on the study of playfulness and its relation with satire and technology. This commission is the first in a planned series of experiences placed in virtual versions of real galleries, as part of Mbryonic's Appropriation project. Mbryonic's interest is connecting artists and audiences in new, engaging ways through virtual and augmented realities. The idea of the project is to explore the role of galleries of the future and interrogate how new immersive digital art can inform and be informed by the spaces they are viewed in.
Estela Oliva is a creative director, curator and producer working across art, design and new technologies. Her work is inspired by the impact of technology and the internet in human behaviour, society and our surroundings. These projects come to life in experimental formats as exhibitions, programmes, experiential events, installations, web experiments, apps or films. She has produced festivals, curated exhibitions and events around the world including Into the Wild, an exhibition for Makerversity at Somerset House and New Realities, a touring exhibition by Alpha-ville which has travelled to Mobile World Centre Barcelona and Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima. She has also produced events and projects for brands including Instagram, Sedition and Google.
*Interfaces Monthly is a regular get-together for people working at the junction of art and technology, organised by the Barbican and The Trampery. A platform for ideas and exchange, each event includes selected artwork, presentations and discussions in an informal social setting with a low-priced bar.
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