July 09, 2007

Digital Art Weeks 2007: Place Relations


PLACE RELATIONS: A special exhibition has been installed at Der Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, Switzerland for Digital Art Weeks 2007 :: Participating Artists: Eteam (DEU), John Craig Freeman (USA) and Will Pappenheimer (USA) :: July 10 - 14; open daily from 14:00 - 20:00 :: Exhibition Host: Patrick Huber, Kunstraum Walcheturm.

The import of location in place-based artworks represents a set of relations that become visible as they are affected or reconfigured. The artists in this exhibition explore the potential of public space, geographic territory, architectural location, social relations, online informational media, and virtual 3D worlds to form situational works. Their methods include participatory performance, field documentation, new media interactivity and mixed media installation. Results emerge as a hybrid reading of community venture, memory map, psychogeographic inquiry and information aesthetics. The works are situational in revealing the conditions or potential of place. They appear momentarily, as a shift in the relations of everything that blends into city life, distant landscape, or the event-stream of global digital space.

International Airport Montello by eteam: On top of chosen public or private terrain, we are visualizing a "possibility" ­ one, that is usually suggested or challenged by the borders and limits of the place and its environment itself. The ability of a possibility to exist within a specific place is of temporary emergence. It usually lasts as long as it takes to realize that the possibility is possible. In our work, this "realization" often happens in a very practical and participatory way. Everyone engaged in the piece has the opportunity to experience a certain probability within the piece's possibility. All 3 projects (1.1 Acre Flat Screen, The Paradox of the 10 Acres Square and International Airport Montello) are based on random pieces of land we bought on ebay.

Imaging Place by John Craig Freeman (aka JC Fremont): Imaging Place is a place-based, virtual reality art project that combines panoramic photography, digital video, and three-dimensional technologies to investigate and document situations where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. The goal of the project is to develop the technologies, the methodology and the content for truly immersive and navigable narrative, from real places. The project has been under development since 1997 and includes work from around the world. The interface leads the user from global satellite images to virtual reality scenes on the ground. Users can then navigate an immersive virtual space.

Join JC Fremont at Emerson Island in Second Life for the opening reception on Tuesday July 10 from 14:00 - 16:00 CEST (5:00 - 7:00 AM PDT Linden Time). ">SLurl tag.

Public Mood Ring by Will Pappenheimer: Public Mood Ring is a combined internet and spatial installation displaying the emotional condition of public news stories as color hue. It is based on the wearable "mood ring" which chemically changes color according to body temperature. A series of animated web pages allow users to pick a news story, a cultural color model and to observe the process of the search engine. The artwork responds to participants news concerns and recalibrates the color of exhibition space with architectural LED lighting. The shared experience is the gift of the remote participant and an immersive color representation of current world events.

Participate in a live performance of the Public Mood Ring during the the opening reception of the exhibition on Tuesday July 10 from 14:00 - 16:00 CEST (8:00 - 10:00 AM EST) or for the duration of the exhibition.

Posted by jo at July 9, 2007 10:40 AM