November 2006:

New Media:

Juried by John Newlander & Stephen Anderson


November 4th - December 17th, 2006


> By definition, New media art is a generic term used to describe art related to, or created with, a technology invented or made widely available since the mid-20th Century. The term differentiates itself by its resulting cultural objects, which can be seen in opposition to those deriving from old media arts (i.e. traditional painting, sculpture, etc.) New Media concerns are often derived from the telecommunications, mass media and digital modes of delivery the artworks involve, with practices ranging from conceptual to virtual art, performance to installation


Juried by John Newlander and Stephen Anderson
> Both are accomplished artists that have created multiple video and installation / interactive works. This international call for art provided an opportunity to showcase work that breaks new ground with art and technology.


Selected Artists:

Holly Longstaff – Distorted Conversations: On and Offline Explorations of Genomic Art
> Her work fosters public dialogue and debate about novel technologies. She is a social scientist working in the area of genomic and genetics. She turned to New Media art when she could not communicate certain troubling aspects of her research through academic papers, presentations or public consultations. She is particularly interested in pre-implantation of genetic diagnosis, genetic engineering of human embryos and genetically engineered food products.

Brian Evans – Squrl
> Software that constructs images using binary formulas created by the artist.

Chris Basmajian – Unstable Mirror & Psycho
> Chris uses a processed real-time video as sort of a digital mirror, which is able to distort perception and time. He makes the viewer stand before an electronic image and video camera, forming an optical stirred by the curious gravity of narcissism. As the viewer moves, the image is activated in ways that give pause for reflection. When body language of the internal monologue is read outside of the speculative circuit, a social element intrudes in unpredictable ways.

Catherine Forster - Golden Oldies
> Catherine has utilized the iPod for visual metaphors for Golden Oldies songs such as Under the Boardwalk, Spinning Wheel and Tiny Bubbles.

Robert O’Connor – We Drink
> Visually poetic performance packed with metaphor and contextual overtones.

Michael Lasater – Billboard
> A monotonous snare drum riff drives this composition; with each drum roll words fly and tumble onto the screen, then exit. A man in neon outline eats ravenously, constantly. The rhetoric of Billboard is that of mass advertising, vaudeville and TV situation comedy; it’s a sales piece, designed first and foremost to simply get and hold the attention of the audience. What it’s selling is a message with several possible interpretations.

Steve Shoffner – Looking Glass 12
> His hidden performance pieces explore surveillance and public fascination with technology.

Karen Horlbeck – Permutations
> Karen’s work deals with language and visual comprehension while randomly weaving two stories with identical grammatical syntax together forming new narratives.

Brian DeLevie – Remembered, Digital Palimpsests #4
> Is a visual exploration of recorded history and subjective memory. Using the palimpsest as a model for this exploration Brian layers each canvas with imagery and video to represent mixed memory, a merging of historical and personal perspectives whose partial erasure and rediscovery recedes and re-emerges with a media saturated environment.

Jason Margos – Come Inside
> The mundane and the humorous play a large role in his video work. His videos exaggerate depiction of the everyman and his routine. They are a product of deep fascination with his surroundings. Jason says that the medium of video has allowed him a new way to realize his vision and tell stories.

Julie Easton – Wishing You Well
> This piece was made for her best friend of 23 years, Marianne, who had been living with cancer was nearing the end of her journey and it is a gift to other courageous individual living with life altering illnesses. A mixed media installation that utilizes organic materials reflecting the materials we are made from and man-made materials denoting our fascination with and our reliance on our creations. This pieces also incorporates a recorded phrase “Wishing You Well” from family member and friends in several languages. The looping video and audio functions as a digital mantra, reflecting and refracting a state of wellness to the viewer.

Mika Soma – Playa Del Ray and Eating At Home
> Charming video projects that explore relationships and co-dependence.

Humberto Ramirez - Interactive Websites
> A survey of highly interactive / conceptual websites.

Michael Ryan - Dead Space
> Michael has created a mechanical structure that emulates a biological system. His piece uses kinetics and sound to explore and expand the perceptive field into an experimental dialogue between the visual, the aural and the volitional domain of the viewer.

Paho Mann – Sort
> Interactive Website in which the artist has documented everything he owns and invites the viewer to sort and organize his possessions. Like shopping at your friend’s house.

Karolina Sobecka – Pornographic Pursuit
> In this interactive piece the viewer stands before a vintage movie of Marilyn Monroe where she proceeds to seduce the viewer with a coke bottle and an apple. Her enticing strip tease moves frame by frame to the movements of the viewer, if the viewer stands still the movie stops or goes backwards if they move quickly it speeds up. Ultimately the viewer becomes wildly active; dancing about waving arms, trying to get to the movie to move along quickly to a scene that is implied but does not appear.

Delvin Charles Hanson – The Dance
> A constructed 3D model dances and interacts in a video theater.


Michael Ryan - Dead Space

Press Mentions:

Open House in Santa Ana Worth Checking Out
OC Register, by Richard Chang, Nov 12th, 2006


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