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NoCamels: Digital Arts Festival At Tower Of David Museum To Showcase Impact Of AI On Art. “The art festival, which will hold a hybrid of physical and virtual events from December 27 through the 31st, will give viewers the chance to take in 30 works of art, six original site-specific pieces, nine lectures, 10 live performances, 12 international artists, and 28 Israeli artists. Many of these events will be livestreamed on the Tower of David website.” I went to the livestreaming site. I only saw a Hebrew version but it was easy to both translate and navigate.
Conde Nast Traveller: What lies outside the window? A new wave of digital artists show and tell. “For artists, windows have always been the frame within a frame and an escape. During the pandemic, they became a primary medium of inspiration and expression. And a vantage point for street photography, a tool for projection and a framing device for stories. The coming together of the physical window and digital art allowed people to access the view from a window in Mumbai or New York no matter where they were. As we locked ourselves indoors, artists adapted the physical world outside into a digital avatar.”
I had heard of this but I had no idea it was so extensive. MIT News: Transformative truth-telling at the MIT Open Documentary Lab. “When he was convicted, his twin children were 45 days old. Now, they’re 21. This father’s voice is one of dozens collected in the ongoing documentary project ‘A Father’s Lullaby’ by current MIT Open Documentary Lab Fellow Rashin Fahandej. It comprises a compilation of recorded lullabies and oral histories from incarcerated fathers separated from their young children…. This inventive and moving inventory of lost lullabies is one of many examples of the boundary-pushing creative works that are found in the MIT Open Documentary Lab (ODL) archive — a deep archive known as the Docubase.”
New York Times: Very Personal Computing: In Artist’s New Work, A.I. Meets Fatherhood. “Ian Cheng was feeling adrift. It was the start of 2013; he was nearly 30, with an art degree from Berkeley and another from Columbia, but he needed an idea, something to build a career on. Pondering the question one wintry afternoon in the balcony cafe at the Whole Foods Market on Houston Street, a place that promises people-watching and ‘you time,’ he found himself gazing absently at the shoppers below. He grew increasingly transfixed.”
Illinois News Bureau: Illinois artist Ben Grosser’s solo show imagines ‘Software for Less’. “A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign professor of new media in the School of Art and Design, the co-founder of the Critical Technology Studies Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and a faculty affiliate with the School of Information Sciences and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, [Ben] Grosser makes artwork that provides alternative ways of experiencing software and considers its cultural, social and political effects, how it changes our behavior and who it benefits.”
CNET: NFT goldrush: A roundup of the strangest nonfungible tokens. “Real digital artists are making real money on NFTs. Take Beeple. He’s a digital artist with a huge fanbase, over 1.8 million followers on Instagram. Art he sold as an NFT recently fetched $69 million in a Christie’s auction. That’s insane to you or me, but not to people who frequent Christie’s auctions, who spend $60 million on abstract expressionist paintings. But even if there is a small percentage of NFT sales you can make sense of, there are many more which are absolutely, positively nuts.”
Illinois News Bureau: Illinois researcher’s work among the pop-ups that invade your online day. “A new online digital art exhibition features the work of University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researcher and artist Ben Grosser. But instead of displaying on the exhibition’s website, the work of Grosser and six other artists will come to you. It will appear on your computer screen unannounced at intervals throughout the day – pop-up art, rather than pop-up ads.”
The Calvert Journal: 5 Eastern European creatives trailblazing the world of digital art. “Museums and galleries remain closed, but the stream of online art in our feeds keeps coming. Long before the Covid-19 pandemic reiterated the importance of digital media, the traditional museum had already lost the monopoly of art to the internet. Which is why in December 2019, Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art launched Garage Digital, a virtual platform that aims to bring together artists to explore new forms of visual culture that emerge from the contemporary dialogue between technology and society. Working on disciplines ranging from big data analysis to 3D printing, these five artists have been selected as the first cohort to be featured in Garage’s virtual platform, setting the trend for their new digital museum experience.”
Engadget: The weird, wild and expensive world of blockchain art. “Is it still shocking in 2018 to see someone drop more than $50,000 on a digital playing card? Well, that’s what happened when Gods Unchained, a blockchain-based digital card game, wrapped an auction on its rarest card to date: the Hyperion Mythic card. It sold for 146.279 ETH, which was worth about $54,000 at the time. If that doesn’t shock you, how about the fact that a digital trading card of Elon Musk is currently on auction for about the same price?”
PR Newswire: New Website Shines Light on Women of Color in the Digital Art Space (PRESS RELEASE). “In the world of digital art, women of color are largely underrepresented. A 2017 study conducted by The City University of New York, Guttman College, notes that in New York City alone, one of the most highly populated cities for artists, women of color made up less than six percent of artists represented by top galleries. One minority-owned organization seeks to change that. Launching today, Electric Women highlights the work of women of color in the digital arts space through a collection of profiles that highlight the work of these accomplished artists.” There’s about 30 artists listed here at the moment. I like the design.
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