[May 26] Artist Talk: Rashaad Newsome / Olen Hsu / Phoenix Perry

The New York Electronic Art Festival — Artist Talk with Rashaad Newsome, Olen Hsu, and Phoenix Perry

Saturday, May 26, 2007, 4 – 6 pm

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. Rashaad Newsome, Olen Hsu, and Phoenix Perry will be discussing their respective works in AudioVisual: New Installation Art, the exhibition for the 2007 NYEAF.

Rashaad Newsome’s The Conductor is a 2:31 min. digital video loop made up of footage from various hip-hop videos, digitally enhanced and re-edited to track the motion of the hands of the artists. The audio consiststs of sounds extracted from top 10 hip-hop songs and reassembled to make the quintessential hip-hop track. The track is then weaved in and out of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Rashaad Newsome studied film and video in New York where he currently lives. His work integrates photography, sound, performance, and video to explore and question prevailing media representations of black culture in North America.

Olen Hsu‘s sculpture and sound installation Drift (II) (2007) charts the prehistory of the digital network, situating itself in the era of the gramophone. Hsu’s delicate apparatus emits a sound composition created with numerical oceanographic data of the past two hundred years. Olen Hsu constructs installations in porcelain, paper and algorithmically composed sound, converging new media, tactile forms, and acoustic musical instruments. Hsu holds degrees in music, art history, ceramics, and sculpture from Yale University, the Kansas City Art Institute, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Phoenix Perry’s Honey is an interactive game exploring issues of survival and the environment.  This powerful game demonstrates even the smallest creatures’ vital importance to their ecosystem as they struggle to survive in a unique, fantasy-world. Phoenix Perry’s creative media include, installation, video, live performance, sculpture, sound, and painting. Her works have been screened at Lincoln Center, NYC, the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Austin Museum of Digital Art, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“Harvestworks brings together innovative practitioners from all branches of the digital arts and makes them available to artists, curators, and collectors.”

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. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space.

NYEAF is a Harvestworks 30th Anniversary Event.  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.

 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 Silverstein Properties.

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