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Visiting Artists Push Boundaries of Space and Time
Altered Presence showcases sound installations, net art, and performances by Lorella Abenavoli and MTAA


Code and Creativity IV: Altered Presence

April 5-8, 2005
Presented by Still Water and the New Media Program

This fourth installment in the Code and Creativity series features visiting artists whose projects shift across scales of time or space. Works discussed include sculptures that amplify the sound of sap rising in a tree or seismic tremors from deep in the earth, net art "updates" of 40-year-old paintings, and a year-long performance reborn on a computer screen. The week includes artist talks, hands-on technical workshops, and a panel discussion.

Above: MTAA, 1 Year Performance Video (installation version), 2005


"The Pulse of the Earth"
Tuesday 5 April
7pm
206 Rogers Hall



Lorella Abenavoli presents her sound sculpture The Pulse of The Earth (Le Souffle de la terre) in the context of her ongoing exploration of natural processes as material for artistic expression. This work taps into deepest recesses of the earth to create a sonic environment that responds in real time. Abenavoli will also discuss the process of conceptualizing the work, the software it runs on, and the collaborations with scientific institutions that were necessary for its realization. Abenavoli's project could result in a permanent work "that would enclose us, and inside of which we could experience the earth's breathing" [Langlois Foundation].

ABOVE: Lorella Abenavoli, Bitume et Acier (Asphalt and Steel), 1995.


"The Art Happens Here: The Work of M.River and T.Whid"
Thursday 7 April
7pm
330 Merrill Hall



M.River and T.Whid of the New York-based MTAA collaborative look back at their Internet artworks and gallery installations created in the past decade. The pair has been acclaimed for their irreverent "updates" of past artworks, their use of both virtual and physical art spaces, and their playful subversions of the art world's obsession with collecting artifacts. A droll sense of humor pervades all their projects, as embodied in such titles as A Comparative Study of Apples and Oranges, goawaydotcom, and Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining Except This One.

Above: MTAA, Net Art Diagram, 1997 - 2005.


"At a Distance: The Prehistory of New Media"
Friday 8 April
10-10:50am
141 Bennett Hall



Newcomers to new media art may associate it with the latest camcorder or Flash plugin, but its roots as a participatory and variable art form reach back at least a half century to avant-garde music, performance, and installation. This panel focuses on ways that new media artists can mine the past for artistic inspiration. Participants T.Whid, M.River, Eryk Salvaggio, Owen Smith, and Jon Ippolito discuss the inspiration they have found in such analog precedents as Graffitti Art, Fluxus, Mail Art, Situationism, and Conceptual Art.

Above: MTAA, vitoAcconciUpdate, 2001.


"Tech Tete-a-Tete: Steal This Video"
Friday 8 April
11:30am-12:30pm
Still Water lab, Chadbourne Hall



In this hands-on workshop, M.River and T.Whid demonstrate how to use their new software, to be released under an Open Art license, to control streaming videos via a Flash interface.

Above: MTAA, Portrait of M.River and T.Whid As Cartoon Characters.


BIOGRAPHIES
Lorella Abenavoli is a sound sculptor and a professor of environmental design in Paris. She graduated in 1993 from the School of Fine Art of Rennes, France, and is the recipient of grants from Montreal's Daniel Langlois Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains du Fresnoy in France. She works simultaneously in architecture agencies and artist workshops.

MTAA (M.River & T.Whid Art Associates, http://mteww.com) is a Brooklyn, New York-based conceptual and net art collaboration founded in 1996. Their studies of networked culture, the economics of art, digital materials, and the institutional art world take the form of web sites, installations, sculptures, and photographic prints. Their work has been commissioned by The Alternative Museum, Creative Time, New Radio & Performing Arts, Inc., and The Whitney Museum of American Art and has been exhibited by PS1 Art Center (New York, 2000), The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, 2000) and Eyebeam (New York, 2002).

Eryk Salvaggio (http://salsabomb.com) is an Internet artist whose lo-tech approach packs a conceptual punch. A former graffiti artist and author of the controversial "Six Rules Towards A New Net.Art," Salvaggio writes for the "And Then" blog (http://www.one38.org/) out of his home in Ogunquit, Maine.

Owen Smith and Jon Ippolito are professors in UMaine's New Media program

Code and Creativity IV is organized by Still Water for networked culture and the New Media Program.



Posted 2005-04-23 12:58:48 by Jon Ippolito
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