[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Commission: "Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven Voisey

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Tue Jul 29 02:07:19 CEST 2008

Turbulence Commission: "Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven
July 10 - October 31, 2008
Venues: GREYLOCK ARTS, 93 Summer Street, Adams, Massachusetts; MCLA
GALLERY51 ANNEX, 65 Main Street, North Adams, Massachusetts; and TURBULENCE,

"Lumens" is an installation of lamps networked across three spaces: Greylock
Arts (Adams, MA), MCLA Gallery51 (North Adams, MA), and Turbulence.org.
Scores of personal lamps that usually inhabit and illuminate the interiors
of homes and shops have been borrowed from the residents of Adams and North
Adams to fill the two gallery spaces. Their images and stories are
represented on Turbulence.org, which also serves to connect the two
locations telematically.

Clusters of lamps have been outfitted with proximity sensors and arduino
microcontrollers. Lamps light up in response to a visitor's presence and
simultaneously illuminate lamps in the counterpart spaces. Thus, an
individual in Adams can communicate his/her presence to an individual in
North Adams, and vice versa. Additionally, as visitors investigate the
history of a particular lamp online, the lamp will light in the physical
gallery space.

"Lumens" re-connects North Adams and Adams -- originally a single community
-- through an exploration of location, influence, history, and the present.

"Lumens" is a project of "Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses,"
a collaboration between Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery51, and Turbulence.org.
It was made possible through New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with
funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the LEF
Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 


MATTHEW BELANGER is a new media artist, programmer, and consultant. He is
also the co-director and founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts
space dedicated to non-traditional and electronic arts, located in the
Northern Berkshires. His work includes documentary video, large-scale
digital photography, interactive online applications and software
development. His complete portfolio can be seen at matthewbelanger.com.

SEAN RILEY is an artist currently living and working in North Adams, MA. He
holds his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of
Pennsylvania and has received several grants, most notably a Joan Mitchell
Foundation MFA Grant in 2004, given to only 10 artists from across the
country graduating from an MFA program. He has exhibited at the CUE
Foundation in New York City, has gallery representation in Philadelphia, and
exhibits frequently in North Adams. http://polaresolare.net/

V. V. (VEN VOISEY) is a sound artist and sculptor from Oakland, California,
currently living in North Adams, MA. More can be found about his works,
which include sound, installation, sculpture and actions at his website,

For more Turbulence Commissions, please visit http://turbulence.org

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
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Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
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