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September 27, 2005

Pixilerations v.2


FirstWorksProv Festival

Providence will be the site of Pixilerations v.2, the annual downcity exhibition of new media art, ranging from digital installations and experimental video to robotic sculpture and interactive music performances. This exhibition showcases an eclectic range of artists associated with the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Brown University as well as Rhode Island’s thriving creative communities.

Pixilerations v.2 opens for art lovers, technocrats and families alike to enjoy on September 29, 5-8pm and runs through October 15, 2005 at both the Space at Alice on 186 Union St, and the Pixilerations Gallery on 191 Westminster St. This opening exhibition kicks off the FirstWorksProv Festival (September 29-November 4) featuring electronic arts, premiere performances, multimedia spectacles and world-class artists including Laurie Anderson, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Momix and Rhode Island’s innovative music ensemble Aurea.

OPENING NIGHT: September 29 – Cutting-edge digital installations and festivities with Timinandi West African Music and lighted costumes by Pink Inc. animated ­­­by Fusionworks Dance Company. 5-8 pm @ The Space at Alice and the Pixilerations Gallery. Free admission.

GALLERY PERFORMANCES: September 29 & October 8 – Interactive digital performances and music. 9/29 at 8 pm and 10/8 at 10pm @ the Pixilerations Gallery. Free admission.

ONGOING EXHIBITION: September 29 – October 15 – Digital installations, experimental video and sound. Gallery hours: Thursday through Saturday, 4-7 pm @ The Space at Alice and the Pixilerations Gallery. Free admission.

Pixilerations v.2 presents Betsy Connors’ holographic Light Garden; Mark Swarek’s Fall of the Damned with interactive projections across 18’ screens; Daniel Peltz’ Tonight I sleep in a strange bed, utilizing a live-feed video system; Brian Alves’ Manual for Clinical Mycology and Mark Domino’s Glas. There will also be digital installations by Paul Badger, Brenda Jean Grell, Michelle Higa, Naomi Kaly, Inmi Lee, Robin Mandel, Hye Yeon Nam, and Filip Olszewski. Single-channel video pieces will be featured in both locations by artists Luke Fischbeck, Edrex Fontanilla, Robert Kieronski, Roger Mayer, Dennis Miller, Ben Russell, Arvid Tomayko-Peters and Lisa Young. Evil.1 by Tony Cokes is a selective chronology describing 20 explosions of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, while Epiphany by Bill Seaman is a poetic video integrating sound and text. Boston artist Dennis Miller brings Cross Contours, an investigation of nearly identifiable icons and images, from which numerous associations among them develop.

Two gallery performance evenings, September 29 at 8pm and October 8 at 10pm, at the Pixilerations Gallery, 151 Westminster Street will feature Envyloop’s bleak Texas thing, a collaboration between Butch Rovan, co-director of Brown’s Multimedia & Experimental Music Experiments (MEME) program, and renowned Berlin-based cellist, Ulrich Maiss; Laura Colella and Alec Redfearn’s video and live music performance; Rovan’s Collide, a gestural glove controller with video; and Jamie Jewett’s video/dance performance Snowblind. Performance programs also include works by Damon Baker, Mark Domino, Shawn Greenlee, Lori Hepner, Kevin Patton, Arvid Tomayko-Peters and Matthew Warne.

A listening environment for audio pieces has been created at the Pixilerations Gallery for audiences to experience radiophonic and acousmatic works by Jenny Arsonow, Damon Baker, Leah Beeferman, Jessy Casey, Luke Fischbeck, Brian Knoth, Christopher Smith, Bridget Stokes, Helen Thorington and Lisa Young.

Additionally, works from the Cave are being shown October 8 & 9, 11am-5pm. This exhibiton is located in Brown University’s virtual reality “Cave” at the Center for Computation and Visualization, 180 George St. The Cave is an 8-foot cube powered by a high performance parallel computer with high resolution stereo graphics projected to create an immersive virtual reality. Free admission. Advance reservations must be made by calling the David Winton Bell Gallery at (401) 863-2932.

Pixilerations v.2 is located in downcity Providence within a two-block area. The Space at Alice will feature video and installation works while the Pixilerations Gallery, a transformed 3,000 square foot raw space, will host performances, installations, sound and video works. Interactive performances are slated for Thursday, September 29, 8pm and Saturday, October 8, 10pm.

Posted by jo at September 27, 2005 09:42 AM