JULY 24 TO SEPTEMBER 6 AT THE 117 GALLERY
Winners of Tech + Art:
Juror: Brett Balogh, Faculty, the Art Institute of Chicago
Technology in art refers to the production of arts using technical processes, methods, or knowledge; the application of technology to produce novel visual imagery and sound; and the broadening of the viewer’s participation in the artistic experience.
Artists relentlessly appropriate, repurpose, and subvert technologies to create new visual imagery and sound and to enhance viewer interactivity. Novel ways of interacting with art once thought impossible are rapidly emerging. There are also novel ways of interacting and appreciating art never thought possible, such as art that is response to one’s presence in physical space, e.g., art responding to one’s presence in physical space.
The Technology and Art exhibit explores applications of technology in the creation and experience of art. It invites creating and manipulating objects, images, sound, text, music, voice, and movement in tandem with custom-written software, emerging materials, unconventional processes, and new methods of integration with other technologies and fields of practice. Examples include, virtual reality, experimental visualization and fabrication, new materials and processes, interactive and kinetic art, responsive environments, bio art, embodied networks that alter thinking, perception, and creative processes.
For this exhibit, technology is interpreted widely. We welcome artists using technologies in traditional art processes such as drawing, painting, photography, collage assemblage and installation. Examples might include the use of computer generated designs in painting, kinetic sculpture, innovative photographic processes, and data visualization in any medium.
This year’s juror is Brett Ian Balogh on the faculty of the Art Institute of Chicago. Brett is a Chicago-based artist working at the intersection of objects, sounds and spaces. He is currently an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the Illinois Institute of Technology, teaching courses in new media, architecture, digital fabrication, radio and sound. Brett is a free103point9 transmission artist and has exhibited and performed at P.S.1 (NY), Diapason (NY), Devotion Gallery (NY); The MCA (Chicago) and The Hyde Park Arts Center (Chicago) among others.
Before receiving his masters in studio from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007, Brett studied engineering and biology and received a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999. Much of Brett’s knowledge of electronics, programming, embedded computing and robotics stems from his do-it-yourself practice and hacking ethos. Brett’s educational and artistic mission is to bring the DIY movement in the classroom and the community at large, empowering individuals with the curiosity and confidence to transform themselves and their environments through technology."
Artists may submit a maximum of three entries. All work should be created within the last two years. Works submitted must not have been previously shown in any competition at the Ann Arbor Art Center.
Current exhibition in the AQUARIUM GALLERY
Location: Ashley Street, near the intersection with Liberty, in downtown Ann Arbor
Baby, it's cold inside is a site specific installation by Canadian artist Dagmara Genda which will transform the Aquarium Gallery into a luminous freezer filled with snow. The window and glass door of the project space will be turned into a light-box depicting a pile of snow to create the illusion of a cold world inside. Flipping the title of the 1944 duet inside out, Baby, it's cold outside, the artist playfully alludes to the often alienating interior space of the gallery and its various attempts at using public address to reach a wider audience. In the August heat of its installation, the title is intended to use coldness as an ironically welcoming gesture.