New York Electronic Art Festival 2017 – A Summer Celebration of 21st Century Art. A Harvestworks 40th Anniversary Event.
New York, May 1, 2017 – Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center announces the sixth New York Electronic Art Festival held biennially on Governor’s Island and venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Presented in partnership with the Trust for Governors Island, Issue Project Room, Made in New York Media Center by IFP, California Institute for the Arts and others. The festival is a summer series of concerts, workshops, and exhibitions from May 26 through July 23 centered on the cutting-edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology.
Launched ten years ago, NYEAF aims to provide a discursive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork, a showcase of exciting interdisciplinary work and technological virtuosity. Attendees 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.
We spotlight works from the Harvestworks T.E.A.M. (Technology, Engineering, Art and Music) lab and new works created in our local, national and international community.
From audience-activated installations to site-specific concerts, the festival hopes to challenge the audience’s notion of what to expect from electronic art; artist explore subjects such as water, island landscapes, architecture, communications, history and politics.
Location: Governors Island Building 7a / Nolan Park
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holiday Mondays from May 26 thru July 23, 2017.
Saturday July 8, 2017: Reception for the Artists 3 – 5 pm with a 4 pm performance by Ernst Reijseger courtesy of Robert D. Bielecki Foundation.
Experience Labs – 3pm in the Resource Room in Bldg 7a
Saturday June 24 and July 22: Liz Phillips
Saturday July 1: Max Kazemzadeh / Reza Safavi on Governors Island
July 15: Wearables with Liz Tolson
Island Electronics: Art and Technology works by contemporary artists. The exhibition features the seminal sound artist Liz Phillips’s, Wave Crossings, that explores the NY Harbor to reveal waves and life under and above the water’s surface; Digital Media artist Claudia Hart’s The Flower Matrix, an augmented-reality hybrid environment installation with surround sound by Ed Campion; Matthew Ostrowski’s Western Electric, a generative composition for fifteen modified rotary telephones; Marshall Reese/Nora Ligorano’s Dawn of the Anthropocene a time-lapse video of the melting of The Future, a 3,500 pound ice sculpture and Max Kazemzadeh / Reza Safavi’s participatory artwork Paggank Daywaygun (2017) multi-user interactive digital, kinetic, island-based performance media project.
The Festival performances will include new compositions for The 3D Sound Object, an architecturally-based sound diffusion system created by Paul Geluso. Concerts will feature new works by David Rosenboom, Viv Corringham, and World Listening Day compositions by Suzanne Thorpe, Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood. Produced in partnership with Issue Project Room, the Object will be installed in their acoustically unique space in downtown Brooklyn. Commissioned by Harvestworks through the Creativity + Technology = Enterprise program.
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Pl. Brooklyn 11201
8 pm July 14 and World Listening Day 8 pm July 18, 2017
Festival Workshops and Project Presentations are scheduled throughout the month at Harvestworks unless otherwise noted:
June 1st: Richard Jochum and “What’s Up with the Scene? Connecting Art with Electronics” at Made in NY Media Center
June 1 – 2nd: Claudia Robles
June 1 – July 14: Stephan Moore at The Church of the Ascension
June 9 – 13: Andrew Dimerjian & James Proctor
June 9 : Cecilia Lopez
June 9 – 10 Katherine Liberovskaya
June 16 – 18: Heidi Neilson and Thomas Martinez and Kim Fisher
June 22 – 25: Kevin Roark Jr.
June 24: Experience Lab by Liz Phillips on Governors Island
June 29: Dan Joseph and Andrea Williams
July 1: Experience Lab by Max Kazemzadeh / Reza Safavi on Governors Island
July 7 – 13:Imaging Tellus #28: Heard in LA
July 8: Artist Opening of Island Electronics and performance by Ernst Reijseger
July 15: Wearable Experience Lab by Liz Tolson on Governors Island
July 16: Dalia Raudonikytė
July 21 – 23: ThingNY ensemble
July 22: Experience Lab by Liz Phillips on Governors Island
July 28 – 30: Roy Werner and John Bromley
“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 immersive sound and color, responsive environments, interactive strategies and experimental instruments,”
– Carol Parkinson, Harvestworks Executive Director.
ABOUT NYEAF: The New York Electronic Art Festival was created to provide a responsive public context for the appreciation of cutting-edge electronic artwork through concerts, 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, scientists, 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 over 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 the The Trust for Governors Island, Made in NY Media Center, Issue Project Room, California Institute for the Art and other partners with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, mediaThefoundation, public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and Friends of Harvestworks.
VENUES: The New York Electronic Art Festival will be held at venues including Building 7a in Nolan Park on Governors Island, Issue Project Room and Harvestworks.
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.
About Issue Project Room
Program subject to change. Check the harvestworks.org for the latest information.