[NetBehaviour] Turbulence at PaceDigitalGallery

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Mon Apr 6 15:01:42 CEST 2009

Turbulence at PaceDigitalGallery

Three works commissioned by Turbulence.org:

"Hard Data" by R. Luke DuBois

"School of Perpetual Training" by Stephanie Rothenberg

"Plazaville" by G.H. Hovagimyan, with Christine McPhee

April 7 - May 1, 2009
Opening Reception: April 7, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Pace Digital Gallery, 163 William Street, New York City

HARD DATA -- by R. Luke DuBois -- is a data-mining, sonification, and
visualization project that uses statistics from the American military
actions in Afghanistan and Iraq as source material for an interactive
audiovisual composition based around an open-source "score" of events.
Using Xenakis' understanding of formalized music as a starting point, DuBois
draws upon a variety of statistical data ranging from the visceral (civilian
deaths, geospatial renderings of military actions) to the mundane (fiscal
year budgets for the war) to generate a dataset that can be used for any
number of audiovisual compositions. The intention of the project is to
recontextualize the formal stochastic music in the context of real-world
statistics, and to provide a compositional and metaphoric framework for
creating an electroacoustic music relevant and significant to our time.

R. LUKE DUBOIS is a composer, performer, video artist, and programmer living
in New York City. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia
University and teaches interactive sound and video performance at Columbia's
Computer Music Center and at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at
New York University. He is best known as a co-author of Jitter, a software
suite developed by Cycling'74 for real-time manipulation of matrix data. His
music is available on Caipirinha/Sire, Cycling'74, and Cantaloupe music.

SCHOOL OF PERPETUAL TRAINING -- by Stephanie Rothenberg -- is an ironic
edutainment website that exposes the underbelly and not so glamorous side of
the computer video game industry. An animated personal trainer leads eager
job seekers through a series of webcam game training exercises for
outsourced jobs in digital game manufacturing and global distribution.
Classic arcade games such as Dig Dug and Space Invaders are redesigned to
train job seekers for positions in mineral mining and printed circuit board
assembly. Pushing joystick and mouse aside, the webcam interface utilizes
motion detection requiring full range of body motion to play. Through the
relationship of physical labor for virtual gain, the reality of the actual
physical, labor critical to running virtual worlds is made visible.

STEPHANIE ROTHENBERG'S interdisciplinary practice merges performance,
installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that
question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. She
has lectured and exhibited in the US and internationally at venues including
the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, 2008 Zer01 San Jose, 2004/2008 ISEA; and
the Knitting Factory, NYC. Stephanie received her MFA in 2003 from The
Department of Film, Video and New Media at the School of the Art Institute
of Chicago. She is currently Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at SUNY

PLAZAVILLE -- by G.H. Hovagimyan, with Christine McPhee -- is a new media
video artwork based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard.
Set in 21st century New York City, the scenes from the original Alphaville
are re-enacted, interpreted and improvised upon by the artists, actors and
videographers. The piece uses the internet as one means of distributing the
short video clips. For Pace Digital the scenes will be projected as a
randomly assembled movie. http://turbulence.org/works/plazaville/

G.H. HOVAGIMYAN is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. His
work ranges from hypertext works to digital performance art, installations
and HD video.

CHRISTINA MCPHEE is a media and visual artist whose work reflects on and
interprets generative environments at the edge of the urban. She is based in
the central coast of California. Current exhibitions include "Twice Upon a
Time" at Galerie Andreas Huber Vienna and Silvmernan Gallery, San Francisco.
Her new science fiction project "Tesserae of Venus" debuted at Silverman
Gallery San Francisco in fall 2008 and in Belfast for the ISEA festival in
August 2008. Her work has recently shown at Documenta 12, Lyon Biennial
2007, Bucharest Biennial 3, and Bildmuseet Umea, Sweden.

"Hard Data", "School of Perpetual Training" and "Plazaville" are 2008/'09
commissions of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its
Turbulence web site. They were made possible with funding from the New York
City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Jo-Anne Green, Co-Director
New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.: http://new-radio.org
New York: 917.548.7780 . Boston: 617.522.3856
Turbulence: http://turbulence.org
Networked_Performance Blog: http://turbulence.org/blog
Networked_Music_Review: http://turbulence.org/networked_music_review
Upgrade! Boston: http://turbulence.org/upgrade_boston
New American Radio: http://somewhere.org 

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