[Apr 14] Turbulence.org: Enlisting Participation Online

Following a brief introduction by Turbulence.org’s Co-Director, Helen Thorington, artists Andy Deck and Zannah Marsh will present their recent net art commissions, “Crow Sourcing” and “Awkward_NYC/Awkward_Everywhere”. Both artists have designed participatory platforms and enlisted participation using Twitter and other online social networking services. A discussion with the audience will follow the artists’ presentations.

[Apr 14] Turbulence.org: Enlisting Participation Online

Helen Thorington, Andy Deck, Zannah Marsh
Sunday, Apr 14 2013, 3 – 6 pm
Admission FREE

Harvestworks – www.harvestworks.org
596 Broadway, #602 | New York, NY 10012 | Phone: 212-431-1130
Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R Prince, 6 Bleeker

Following a brief introduction by Turbulence’s Co-Director, Helen Thorington, New York artists Andy Deck and Zannah Marsh will present their recently commissioned work, “Crow Sourcing” and Awkward_NYC/Awkward Everwhere” http://turbulence.org/works/awkwardnyc/

Awkward_NYC/Awkward Everywhere


Zannah Marsh’s “Awkward_NYC/Awkward_Everywhere” is a collaborative online map for reporting social accidents and small interpersonal traumas that occur unexpectedly in public spaces. Anyone can add a story to the map. The map pinpoints sites in the New York Metropolitan area or anywhere in the world where misunderstandings, outbursts, physical altercations, arguments between friends or strangers, and romantic spats or break-ups have occurred. It taps into the confessional, voyeuristic, narrative impulses that typify online behavior and subverts the notion of mapping as reductive, objective, and authoritative. As stories are added to the map, a series of data visualizations depicting the emotional terrain of various cities will be generated. http://turbulence.org/works/awkwardnyc

Crow Sourcing


How does the crow fly? Eager beaver, take the bull by the horns. Talk turkey and get on your high horse. Andy Deck’s Crow Sourcing engages collective memory and insight to demystify and reanimate a dizzying array of sayings, idioms, and expressions that have been discussed and collected via Web, mobile, and social media through 2012. Deck seeks a cultural break from the modernization of passive consumerism. His work demonstrates new patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices. http://turbulence.org/works/crow_sourcing

The presented works were commissioned by New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence.org website with funds from the Jerome Foundation.

Following their presentations, the artists will participate in a discussion with the audience. There will be a reception with food and drink. The event will be streamed live at: www.livestream.com/harvestworks .


Zannah Marsh is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, educator, and programmer with an interest in narrative data and collaborative storytelling. She has taught multimedia art and design at New York University, the New School, and in the City University of New York system. She was a resident researcher at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and she’s interned with the Creative Systems Group at Microsoft Research and with Area/Code Games in New York City.

Andy Deck is an artist and educator in New York City. He has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University, and presently teaches in the School of Art at Hartford University and in the graduate program at the School of Visual Arts. A serious and committed artist Deck makes media art. On the Internet his public address system is called Artcontext.net. It sounds a critical tone at a time when media mergers are portrayed as the emergence of progress. Deck is also a co-founder of the art collective Transnational Temps, which aims to advance Earth Art for the 21st Century.™



This project is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes (www.NYSCA.org www.eArts.org)


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