[May 19] New Installation Presentation: Hisao Ihara / Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

The New York Electronic Art Festival — New Installation Art

Presentation May 19, 2007:  Hisao Ihara  / Karina Aguilera Skvirsky

LMCC’s Swing Space at 38 Park Row @ City Hall.

The New York Electronic Art Festival (NYEAF) is a month-long series of exhibitions, concerts and workshops that celebrate cutting-edge work at the intersection between art and technology.  A highlight of the festival is the 2007 International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME 2007), now in its 7th year, convening for the first time in New York. Hisao Ihara and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky will give presentations on their respective works in AudioVisual: New Installation Art, the exhibition for the 2007 NYEAF.

Hisao Ihara will talk about the two works in the exhibition The Collapsing Wall  and Holding On as well as other works.  The Collapsing Wall is a video installation consisting of a series of war document moving images from over the course of the 20th century. The work is a small scale version of a 30 foot high original video projection installation. Originally from Tokyo, Hisao Ihara lives in New York City. His work explores the intricate overlay of time and visual perception within immersive video environments. He holds a BFA from the Cornish College of the Arts and an MFA from Alfred University. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, and Harvestworks Residency program.

Holding On  is a site specific video performance/installation by Jenny Hyde and Hisao Ihara.  Jenny Hyde is a new media artist from both the west coast and the east coast of the United States. Her work explores questions about physical experiences, environment and the things we have or don’t have control over. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky will talk about El Espectáculo, or Starstruck, a three-channel video using appropriated video footage from oft-videotaped celebrity trials an daytime talk shows. Excerpted celebrities from collected news footage and audience members from daytime talk shows make their entrance onto the video stage like marionettes continuously “performing” their gesture from their original footage. While interacting with one another, they stylistically echo the angular repetitive gestures often found in Modern Dance; they “dance” singly, in pairs, and finally in patterns referencing a chorus line and Busby Berkeley’s film extravaganzas. An original soundtrack sampled and composed from Broadway musicals and fans screaming the stars names are synchronized with the movements of the characters suggesting a choreographed dance within the tableau.

“By re-choreographing the celebrities’ banal walks to and from their court appearances, I am interested in calling attention to the media circus and the scrutiny that surrounds these stars and the public obsessed with them.” – K.A.S.

Karina Aguilera Skvirsky is a photographer and video artist. She has exhibited internationally in group and solo shows including: Momenta Art, NY, Sara Meltzer Gallery, NY, Jessica Murray Projects, NY, The Center for Book Arts, NY, Vox Populi, PA, Bronx Museum of Art, NY, Kunstahalle Exnergasse, Austria, Le Centre pour L’image Contemporaine, Switzerland and others. Numerous artist residencies include: Harvestworks, NY, Smack Mellon fellowship and studio award NY, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace, NY, MacDowell Artist Colony, NH, Institute of Electronic Arts, Alfred University, NY, Woodstock Center for Photography, NY. She has received grants from NALAC, the Urban Arts Initiative, the Puffin Foundation and others.  Currently she is preparing for a solo exhibition at the Grossman Gallery, Lafayette College, PA and making a new video commissioned by artist Chris Doyle to be exhibited at the Alrdrich Museum of Art, Real Art Ways and Artspace in CT.

About NYEAF: The New York Electronic Art Festival is produced by Harvestworks, the New York University Music Technology Program, and LEMUR: League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots, with support from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the Columbia University Computer Music Center, Roulette, Electronic Music Foundation, 3LD Art and Technology Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Institute of Electronic Art. Additional support is from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, mediaThe foundation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space @ 38 Park Row, the Experimental TV Center Presentation Program, Cycling 74, Tekserve and Newmark Knight Frank.  NYEAF is a Harvestworks 30th Anniversary Event.

About Harvestworks: Harvestworks is a nonprofit Digital Media Arts Center that provides resources for artists to learn digital tools and exhibit experimental work created with digital technologies. www.harvestworks.org

About Swing Space and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC): Lower Manhattan Cultural Council is the leading voice for arts and culture in downtown New York City, producing cultural events and promoting the arts through grants, services, advocacy, and cultural development programs. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Program is made possible by the support of the September 11th Fund. Space generously donated by Time Equities.   www.lmcc.net/

AudioVisual: New Installation Art is made possible by Swing Space, a program of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, generously supported by the September 11th Fund. Space donated by Time Equities Properties. Hisao Ihara is a 2006 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New YorkFoundation for the Arts (NYFA).  This presentation is co-sponsored byArtists& AudiencesExchange, a NYFA public program.

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