Explorations: onVIEWS

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Explorations: onVIEWS

30 John Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201
September 15th, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Artist talk
(718) 729-6677
9am - 7pm
Talk, panel, modern, digital, video-art, mixed-media, installation, conceptual


The first installment in the Made in NY Media Center's new Explorations series will use Leo Kuelbs' latest offering, VIEWS, as a jumping-off point to explore the world of digital art.

Unlike more traditional, physical mediums, digital art is wholly new field in which the rules – for creating, displaying, and selling – are still being written.

What tools are available to creators?

Do the tools dictate the methodology or does the methodology dictate the tools?

How and where does digital art get displayed?

What do curators look for in emerging artists?

And, perhaps most importantly, how is digital art sold?

Through a conversation with Leo Kuelbs and several of the artists participating in his VIEWS show, we will explore the realities of making a living as a digital artist in our modern era.

Whether you're thinking about making your first digital art piece, looking for a venue to display your body of work, or a curator looking for new artists and methods of display, our first Explorations installment is sure to put you on the right track.

The evening will begin with a reception in our Media Arts Gallery at 6pm, followed by screening of all of the works featured in VIEWS in our theater at 7:30pm, and then a discussion with the curator and several participating artists at 8pm.



VIEWS is a New Media Video Art exhibition curated by Leo Kuelbs to be presented in galleries, online and in cinemas, around the world.  As mankind moves further into the virtual world, VIEWS asks participating artists to demonstrate evolving notions of the meaning of “Landscape.” The traditional painted landscape was a 2D visualization of a 3D/4D reality; a fixed perspective document encoding its own contemporary practices and hierarchies, i.e. man’s position versus nature. This ongoing relationship, as seen from multiple cultural perspectives, is central to VIEWS.

Technology has continually affected landscape and its reflections of contemporary life and values. Whether it is terrestrial movement, trains, cars, airplanes—our relationship to landscape has changed with the times. But, until recently, landscape was typically relegated to a 2D surface.  The advent of digital technology has provided unprecedented access into 3D virtual landscapes: the perfect continuation and reflection of our times and landscape’s continual analogous evolution. VIEWS traces a continuum from observable representation of the real to the ability to create digital representations of the same, as well as create wholly new and interactive realities and spaces.  This shift from the 2D to 3D Immersive Surfaces, and what this change represents in society as a whole, are key points of departure and exploration for VIEWS.
With thousands of years of history behind and an unknowable future ahead, VIEWS will reveal connections between rapidly evolving digital realities like gaming and glitch to analog representations of the terrestrial. Through the development and presentation of work from multiple platforms, VIEWS explores new ways of “place-making,” while examining continuities and linkages between seemingly disparate periods of engagement. VIEWS seeks to create a common language and dialogue between our past, present and future relationships to landscape.
VIEWS will be projected on the Manhattan Bridge Archway at Pearl Street and Anchorage Place from 8-10pm on Tuesday, September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th.


About Explorations

Designed to elucidate the overlap between art and technology, Explorations is a new monthly program featuring a variety of formats and an even wider variety of artists, curators, and technologists. From panels to workshops to performances, everything is possible, and Explorations will investigate not only how these artists and curators do what they do, but why they do what they do – what motivates them, what inspires, and what sustains them.

While traditional art has always had a place in the market, digital art is an entirely new beast – with so many tools available to artists, as well potential outlets, creating digital art has never been easier while selling digital art has never been more difficult.

The relationship between art and technology is complex, and Explorations will examine these intricacies and inspire emerging digital artists through interactions with some of the most sought-after artists and curators in New York.

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