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Announcing Art(ists) On the Verge 2

Author
mediachef
Post
10.16.2009

Northern Lights announces a second round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions (AOV2). AOV2 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program for 5 Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory. AOV2 is generously supported by the Jerome Foundation.

Deadline

Monday, November 16, 2009

Art(ists) On the Verge info session

Author
mediachef
Post
10.6.2009

Are you an emerging artist? Do you work experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture with a focus on network-based practices that are interactive and/or participatory Do you live in Minnesota? Would you like $5,000? I can help answer at least some of these questions. Come find out more about the new […]

Thank you Jerome!

Author
mediachef
Post
10.4.2009

“During their September 24, 2009, meeting, the Directors of Jerome Foundation awarded a one-year grant … to Northern Lights in support of the Art(ists) on the Verge Fellowship/Commissioning Program for emerging Minnesota artists working at the intersection of art, media, technology and social practice.”

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Transitio_MX

Author
mediachef
Post
10.4.2009
Sabrina Raaf, Translator II: Grower, 2004-06 curated by Eduardo Navas for Transitio_MX.  It consists of an interactive robot that responds to the level of carbon dioxide in the room. Quite a popular piece in the exhibit; some visitors, upon learning about the work, exhale in front of the sensor to make the lines as long as possible.

Sabrina Raaf, "Translator II: Grower, 2004-06" curated by Eduardo Navas for Transitio_MX. "It consists of an interactive robot that responds to the level of carbon dioxide in the room. Quite a popular piece in the exhibit; some visitors, upon learning about the work, exhale in front of the sensor to make the lines as long as possible."

Check out Transitio_MX Biennial

ZER01 does Mariachi

Author
mediachef
Post
09.25.2009
Pilar Aguero-Esparza and H. Dio Mendoza. Drawing of temporary home constructed out of recycled materials for ZER01 at the Mariachi Festival.

Pilar Aguero-Esparza and H. Dio Mendoza. Drawing of temporary home constructed out of recycled materials for ZER01 at the Mariachi Festival.

I often say that the 01SJ Biennial – I’m the artistic director – is multidisciplinary and medium agnostic. I’m not sure I ever thought that meant we would be programming at a Mariachi Festival.

This weekend, however, I’m very excited about some programming that ZER01 is presenting at the “T-Mobile San Jose Mariachi & Mexican Heritage Festival Presented by Target.”

Ars Electronica.4

Author
Northern Lights.mn
Post
09.23.2009
Blast Theory, RiderSpoke at Ars Electronica. Photo: Bruce Charlesworth

Blast Theory, RiderSpoke at Ars Electronica. Photo: Bruce Charlesworth

A highlight of the final days of Ars Electronica was Rider Spoke, a project by the UK-based collective Blast Theory. Mixing interactive media, installation, live performance, gaming and digital broadcasting, Blast Theory is perhaps best known for Kidnap, in which the winners of a lottery were abducted and held in a secret location for 48 hours. Rider Spoke extends the idea of the group’s search games Can You See Me Now? and Uncle Roy All Around You by asking each participant to ride a bicycle throughout a city after dark, with earphones and a handheld computer mounted on the handlebars.

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