This press release is courtesy of Carol Parkinson of Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center:
New York Electronic Art Festival
Launches Month-Long Celebration
of Cutting-Edge Electronic Art
Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center announces the 2009 New York Electronic Art Festival, a month-long series of concerts, workshops, and exhibitions centered on the cutting-edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology. The festival will take place from Sept. 29-Oct. 28, 2009 and will feature the highest quality work in the evolving field of art and technology. Presentations will include New York City resident artists as well as the most exciting work from around the globe.
“New York is a major hub of experimental artistic exploration of art and technology worldwide, so it is essential that the New York Electronic Art Festival bring together innovative practitioners to share their work with the public through 3D visualizations, immersive color, interactive strategies and experimental instruments,” said Carol Parkinson, Harvestworks Executive Director.
Major Activities of the Festival:
The New York Electronic Art Festival Exhibition:
Sept. 29 – Oct. 24 (Tues. – Sat. 12-4pm) at the World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery. Rate of Change – time and space in electronic art, an exhibition featuring “Hand-drawn Spaces” by Merce Cunningham, Paul Kaiser and Shelley Eshkar, and other works by Céleste Bousier-Mougenot, Hisao Ihara, Julia Heyward, Eunjung Hwang, Jessica Ann Peavy, Christine Sugrue and CCRT, a collaboration between LoVid and Douglas Repetto. Produced in partnership with arts>World Financial Center which is sponsored by American Express, Battery Park City Authority, Brookfield Properties, and Merrill Lynch. www.artsWorldFinancialCenter.com
Oct. 16 – 18 @ Roulette Improvisation and New Media featuring performing artists Shadow Puppies, Nic Collins vs Nick Collins, Ikue Mori & the League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, Miya Masaoka, Peter Blasser, David Galbraith, Laeatitia Sonami, Lucky Dragons, Joker Nies, Triple Point, Andrew Deutsch & Peer Bode, Moritz Wettstein.
Oct. 26 @ NYU Loewe Theatre will continue the series with a special performance by Atau Tanaka & Adam Parkinson and George Lewis & Marina Rosenfeld.
Festival Workshops and Project Presentations are scheduled through the month. Visit www.nyeaf.org/calendar for more information.
The New York Electronic Art Festival was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, panels, workshops, and exhibitions of the highest quality across the arts and technology spectrum. Attendees will get an overview of how technology is being used in various artistic disciplines, and have the opportunity to take part in a discussion about how these technologies will continue to shape contemporary art practice. This year’s festival will be a showcase of exciting interdisciplinary work and serve as a catalyst for discussions and collaborations between artists, technology, and the public.
The NYEAF will plug into a national and international network of electronic art festivals, bringing significant contemporary art and music to the city. NYEAF is produced by Harvestworks, an international digital media arts center with 30 years of experience helping artists to get “inside the electronics” and to develop a hands-on, experimental and explorative approach to making art with technology.
Produced by Harvestworks in partnership with arts>World Financial Center, Roulette and New York University with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, mediaThefoundation, Etant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, the Québec Government Office in New York, Electronic Music Foundation, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Funds and the Institute for Electronic Art. Corporate sponsorship is provided by Tekserve: the Apple Specialists, Newmark Knight Frank, Original Sin and Cycling74.
VENUES: The New York Electronic Art Festival will be held at various Manhattan venues including World Financial Center Courtyard Gallery, Roulette, NYU’s Frederick Loewe Theater, Center for Performance Research, School of Visual Arts MFA Program, and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.
ABOUT HARVESTWORKS: Founded in 1977, Harvestworks offers an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media. Harvestworks helps the community at large to understand, assimilate, and make creative use of new and evolving technologies. Harvestworks creates a context for the appreciation of new work, advances both the art community and the public’s agenda for the use of technology in art; and brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts by fostering collaborations across electronic media.