Announcing the 2011 New York Electronic Art Festival

New York, May 9, 2011 – Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center announces the 2011 New York Electronic Art Festival ( on Governors Island in collaboration with River to River Festival, Trinity Wall Street and Governors Island National Monument, Roulette and other partners.  The festival is a summer series of concerts, workshops, and exhibitions centered on the cutting-edge work being done at the intersection of art and technology.  Open hours are 11 am – 4:30 pm, on Friday and 11 am to 5 pm on Sat / Sun from May 27  – September 25, 2011.

For the first time the Festival will take place outside of galleries and concert halls, and will explore the geography of the island through sound and related technology, re-imagining the architecture and history of the spaces. Some of Governors Island’s public spaces will be transformed into a series of sound landscapes where the public can appreciate a new dimension of the visual and auditory environment.

Harvestworks’ New York Electronic Art Festival presents innovative work made with the most advanced technology that is rapidly altering the conditions of our lives. The festival  will focus on the way that technology can alter, expand and exhilarate our perceptions through the creative energies of the artist.

Highlights include WAVE(form)s: Electronic Art Exhibition

Blue Morph an interactive installation by Victoria Vesna in collaboration with nanoscientist Jim Gimzewski that uses nanoscale images and sounds derived from the metamorphosis of the Blue Morpho butterfly at the St. Cornelius Chapel .

The piece fully emerges in sound and pattern only when the participant is STILL AND SILENT— the artists.

WaterWall a sound installation by John Morton and Jacqueline Shatz that creates a musical, spacial, sculptural, and theatrical link to the urban experience of water in Liggett Hall Archway.  This is a new work by the creator of the “Central Park Sound Tunnel”.

–“John Morton’s Central Park Sound Tunnel enables visitors to experience the sonic landscape of the world’s most famous park,” — Adrian Benepe

@ Building 10-B Governors Island

an exhibition featuring exciting digital media art works by Lisa Kirk, Alex Chechile, Louisa Armbrust, Brendan Fernandes and opening on June 17th, a new work by CCRT (LoVid and Doublas Repetto.  The works offer visitors a transformative and informative aesthetic experience.

Rainforest V (July 1 through July 31) a master sound art work which is at once a sound sculpture and an orchestra of resonant instruments conceived by the late David Tudor and realized by John Driscoll, Phil Edelstein, and Matt Rogalsky of Composers Inside Electronics at Governors Island National Moument in the magazine of Fort Jay.  SPECIAL PERFORMANCE JULY 30.

…an installation where audience members interact with sound generating objects, creating an alien landscape that rumbles, hums, groans and whines. –The Wire, August 1998


WAVE(length)s: Electronic Music

SUNDAYS at St. Paul’s Chapel 8PM

presented with River to River Festival and Trinity Wall Street

June 26  

( (( PHONATION )) ) is  a multimedia solo performance by Bora Yoon with live video manipulations by Luke DuBois exploring where sound connects to the subliminal using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, gesture, and voice.  “Bora Yoon is a 2010 Harvestworks Artist in Residence and an Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).  This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audience Exchange, a NYFA public program, funded with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).

“Whirlpools” by Satoshi Takeishi In a world parallel to the one we live in, there are energy points where the “visible” and the “invisible” create whirlpools,  swirling bodies of energy, entrances to the infinite spiritual cycle known as “dreamtime”.

July 3

Woody Sullender is a pre-eminent experimental banjo performer, playing with and against the cultural baggage of the instrument. While alluding to the “traditional” musics of his home states of Virginia and North Carolina, he explores a diverse plane of plucked string music from around the world while incorporating punk, noise, free jazz and drones as well.

TRANSIT presents recent work by Tristan Perich, Lesley Flanigan, and Daniel Wohl that reinterprets the boundaries of electro-acoustic music

Festival Closing Performance @ Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn NY

October 9, 8:30pm

Liminal  by Angie Eng Live Video Music Performance


Festival Workshops and Project Presentations are scheduled throughout the month.  Please check and for more information.  


“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 River to River Festival, Trinity Wall Street, Governors Island National Monument, and Roulette 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, the Jerome Foundation, the Edwards Foundation Arts Fund, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Funds, the David Bermant Foundation, California Nanosystems Institute and the Institute for Electronic Art. Corporate sponsorship is provided by Tekserve, New York’s Largest Independent Apple Store and Service Facility, Cycling74, US Optoma and Native Instruments.  Special thanks to Performing Art Services and the David Tudor Trust. Video Projector Shutters Courtesy of’ Engineering Solutions Inc. www.responsive-box,com/gear

VENUES: The New York Electronic Art Festival will be held at venues including several sites at Governors Island, St. Paul’s Chapel, Roulette, 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.

Program subject to change.  Check the website for the latest information.

For any press inquiries please contact Carol Parkinson at 212-431-1130. 

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