UNCONSCIOUS MEDIA (Hans Breder) “Experiments in Intermedial Activism”

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New York City, Whitebox Art Center presents: Unconscious Media — an experiment in Intermedial Activism; Saturday November 2, from 3 to 5 pm.

Unconscious Media is Intermedia epitomized in performance, video, audience participation, and mobile media feeds. They coalesce in a spectacular philosophical inquest using smartphones, tablets, Google Hangouts and Tweeter to probe cross-pollination between quantum mechanics, the nature of mind, and art-making. This trans-continental web conference — with several feeds coming in from different countries — is a pathbreaking juxtaposition of artists and thinkers whose work are exemplary hybrids of art, technology, philosophy and pure science.

Featuring among others: Hans Breder, early pioneer of media art and founder of the Intermedia and Video Art program at The University of Iowa in 1968; Igor Molochevski, (New York) artist focused on technology integration, physical computing and generative programing; Dr. Gregory L. Matloff, professor of astronomy at CUNY and expert in interstellar propulsion; Raul Marroquin, (Amsterdam) whose work comprises early time-based experiments in video and television; Herman Rapaport, art philosopher and writer; Caridad Botella, (Bogotá) specializing in mobile phone-made cinema; Ellen K. Levy, artist and teacher at SVA completing a PhD for artists involved with science and technology at the Zurich Node of the Planetary Collegium.

Organized by Carlos Cuellar, writer and curator focused on media art, performance, social theory and metaphysics.

The event will be broadcast simultaneously via GOA and Youtube. Google + event notifications will be sent early this week. URL for the Youtube simulcast will be Tweeted and posted on Facebook minutes before broadcast.

PERFORMERS/PANELISTS

Hans Breder, artist and founder of the Intermedia program in 1968 at the University of Iowa. Ellen K. Levy, PhD, artist and Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. Raul Marroquin, artist and pioneer in Video Art and Media Web Conferencing. Herman Rapaport, PhD, philosopher of art, Reynolds Professor of English at Wake Forest University. Igor Molochevski, media artist and manager of Digital Technology at Pratt Institute. Caridad Botella, the Artistic Co-Director of SKLN gallery Bogota. Yolanda Duarte, performance artist, SKLN gallery Bogota. Carlos Cuellar Brown, performance artist, writer, and co-director of Unconscious Media.

Biographies listed below press release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Whitebox Art Center presents a Web Conference Panel Performance: UNCONSCIOUS MEDIA (Experiments in Intermedial Activism)

New York City – The explosive proliferation of digital media has opened new discussions in the understanding of human perception.

Whitebox Art Center stages this fall a unique experiment in intermedial activism when it hosts the web-conference: Unconscious Media. This web-conference initiated by Hans Breder will bring together a diverse group of experts, artists and performers to explore the wider perspective of digital media and quantum activism. Hans Breder has said: “Digital technology allows me to excavate new worlds of microcosmic event horizons. I aim for a dematerialization of content by entering into the microstructure of sound and imagery.”

Unconscious Media will be broadcast live on the world wide web and include four simultaneous city feeds (New York, Amsterdam, Bogota, Copenhagen) on a giant multi-screen on all three venues with: live interactive performances, digital art, discussion segments, audience participation and live social media feeds.

“Digital media has become a major force in society with great potential to play an active role in shaping art and society” contends Juan Puntes, Founding Director of Whitebox Art Center. “For the most part, the transformative dialogues of these intermedial body extensions, happen irrationally in the unconscious.” The artist can become a subliminal activist deploying technological appendages that interface and change our perceptions into surreal domains. “This is a paradigmatic change that disrupts conversations regarding the nature of reality and consciousness,” explained Carlos Cuellar Brown co-director for this web-conference event.

Unconscious Media will feature artists Hans Breder and Raul Marroquin (Pioneer in Video Art and Media Web Conferencing) as well as experts in art and philosophy such as Reynolds Professor of English at Wake Forest University, Herman Rapaport. A remarkable architect (tbc) has been invited as honorable panel member to share his knowledge on human perception and phenomenological space. Special appearances include: Ellen K. Levy, Special Advisor on the Arts and Sciences IDSVA. Caridad Botella, Artistic Director of SKLN gallery Bogota, featuring performance artist Yolanda Duarte, and in studio at the Whitebox performance artist and writer Carlos Cuellar Brown.

Finally audience and attendees will enjoy participation on live cams or by messaging chat board.

To find out more about the Unconscious Media Web Conference, visit www.whiteboxny.org     or write to us at admin@whiteboxny.org

For press materials, contact  press@whiteboxny.org

 

PERFORMERS/PANELISTS BIOGRAPHY

Hans Breder was born in Germany in 1935 and moved to NYC in 1964. His first exhibition in NY consisted of constructivist-aligned objects showcased at the Richard Feigen Gallery in 1967.

Breder created the first “Intermedia and Video Art Program” at the University of Iowa in 1968. This year, the Iowa program is included in the traveling exhibition Anti-Academy.

Breder’s time-based work has been included in several Whitney Biennials (1987, 1989, 1991).  In 2013, he has enjoyed a major retrospective of his media work at Ostwall Museum, Dortmund, Germany. His most recent moving images are presently shown at Whitebox Art Center.

His new paintings and recent video installations are grounded in an exploration of the neuro-opthalmology of image perception — continuing Breder’s 40-year interest in that medium. Working with a neuro-opthalmologist and a scientific imaging specialist, Breder utilizes the interactions of the retina’s color sensitive photoreceptor cone cells (S, M, and L) by converting the cells’ differing spectral sensitivities into RGB print values. The result is paintings whose vibrating color space, where image and afterimage interact, recall the utopian optical constructivism of painters like Wojciech Fangor, as well as the meticulously photoshopped, if blithely neutered, color field photography of younger artists like Cory Arcangel.

Dr. Gregory L. Matloff is emeritus associate and adjunct associate professor of physics at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), having also coordinated the astronomy program at that institution. Dr. Matloff has consulted for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; he is a Fellow of the British interplanetary Society, and a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. His pioneering research in solar-sail technology has been utilized by NASA in plans for extra-solar probes and in consideration of technologies to divert Earth-threatening asteroids.

Igor Molochevski is a new media artist, film-maker, and photographer. His work — defined by the destructuralization of visual and conceptual paradigms — is based on the integration of mixed media and technology.  Molochevski’s workflow includes live coding, interactive and generative programing, kinetic sculptures, sound design, and digital imaging.

Raul Marroquin was born Bogotá, Colombia in 1948. As an early pioneer of video art starting in 1968 published Fandangos, an artist magazine; followed by other initiatives like the Kremlin Mole published in Amsterdam during the 1980s. After a series of experiments with national television stations in several European countries, he began to explore the possibilities of cable television in Amsterdam and in 1990 co-authored Time Based Art Television. He currently lectures and conducts workshops at various institutions such as the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, among others.

Yolanda Duarte is an artist based in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work explores the relationship between nature and technology as it pertains to experiences of the human body through the use of experimental interfaces, software and apps created for mass media.

Caridad Botella is an art historian, film scholar, art and film writer, organizer, freelance lecturer on film theory, and cell phone made cinema based in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied at the University of Amsterdam, there acquiring a Master’s Degree in Film Studies and completing her Master’s thesis in Mobile-Phone Cinema. She’s written on the subject for several publications such as: CINEMASCOPE Independent Film Journal, Off Beat Cinema, and Artpulse.

Ellen K. Levy, a New York-based artist with special expertise in the interface between art and science. Levy has had numerous group and solo exhibitions in the US and abroad at venues such as: the National Academy of Sciences (1985), the 2nd Moscow Biennale in Petroliana (cur. E. Sorokina, 2007), the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Weather Report: Art & Climate Change (cur. L. Lippard, 2007), and Michael Steinberg Fine Art in New York City (2009). She will be teaching a seminar on art and neuroscience this coming spring at The New School.

Herman Rapaport is Professor of English at Wake Forest University. He is a critical theorist who has written on art, television, literature, music, performance, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Among his books are Heidegger and Derrida, The Theory Mess, and The Literary Theory Toolkit.

Carlos Cuellar Brown was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is a time-based artist in New York City. He is an essayist who has written on media art, performance, social theory and metaphysics. Currently, he is a columnist for Second Sight Magazine and the Fullinsight blog page out of the Netherlands. His essay on Intermedia and Consciousness: Intermedial Being will be published this fall in (A Journal of Performance and Art) PAJ 106 issue.