Friday, December 28, 2012

Digital art initiative moves into new Dundee studios

BBC News - An initiative that brings together creative workers in Dundee [Scotland] is hoping to cement the city's role as a centre for the digital arts.  Read more.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

In the UK, the Playable City award offers artists a chance to redesign Bristol

Digital Art News - In the UK, the City of Bristol has become one of the European Union's most ardent supporters of digital art and new media.  And funded by Bristol is Watershed, a "cultural cinema and digital creativity centre." 

Using creative and artistic projects to nurture and create social cohesion, Watershed offers artists the Playable City Award, and this year's shortlist of runner's up has just been announced.  Read more.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Google's Tom Uglow: when might 'digital art' become just 'art'?

Wired Magazine - 150 years ago the colour photographic process was being invented; at the same time the Impressionists began to re-imagine the world through painted interpretations of light, something that is now so normal as to appear saccharine or twee. It would be another 100 years before the technology of the photograph would be commonly framed, or presented as art. We are now immersed in a digital world; so how close are we to the generation of artists that will transform our world through their interpretations of data? When might "digital art" become just "art"?  Read more.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Pictoplasma Berlin 2013 artists revealed

Digital Arts Online - The Pictoplasma festival in Berlin is a yearly conference and exhibition featuring the best character design work from around the globe. The headline line-up of artists for Pictoplasma 2013 in April has just been announced – with works spanning art, animation, graphic design, illustration, toy-making in both vinyl and plush forms on show.  Read more.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Curioos Opens Its Digital Art Marketplace In New York

TechCrunch - Curioos is a digital art startup focused on showcasing up-and-coming artists and selling their artwork in different formats. Each object has its own series of artworks specifically tailored for the product.  Read more.

New arts studio brings Ráth Mór and Creggan ‘into the digital age’

The Derry (UK) - A vibrant buzz filled Creggan’s Ráth Mór Centre on Friday past as its stunning new digital arts studio was officially opened for business - ensuring the people of Creggan will benefit from greater access to the arts.

As is fitting for a designated City of Culture, acclaimed local musicians Bronagh Gallagher and Paul Casey performed in Ráth Mór’s main foyer, welcoming the many invited guests to this prestigious occasion and showing visitors just how talented Derry can be.  Read more.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tammam Azzam: Dubai-based artist showcases 'bleeding Syria' map

ArtDaily..org - A popular map on social networks depicting a "bleeding" war-torn Syria has emerged as the centrepiece of an exhibition in Dubai by digital artist Tammam Azzam. The artwork -- simply a 4.5 square metre (48.5 square foot) map of Syria painted in red to indicate blood -- is one of various pieces portraying the carnage of the conflict while mocking the international community's inaction. "I used the Syrian map as an icon," Azzam told AFP. "This map had never meant anything to me during my whole life before. Suddenly, I had a new-discovered nation."  Read more.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Namibia: Germany Donates to Arts School

All Africa - The German Embassy in Namibia recently handed over equipment for a Digital Photography Workshop to the Rehoboth School of Arts.  Read more.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Smartphone Photo Exhibit at the Bastille Design Center (Paris)

Mobile Photo Paris (press release) - From 21-25 November 2012, the Bastille Design Center will play host to the Mobile Photo Paris exhibition, showcasing the work of 18 artists who produce their photo creations with smartphones.

This will be the first major exhibition in Paris to highlight the myriad features and limitless possibilities of mobile photography, which will be illustrated by over a hundred photos, in a wide variety of styles.  Read more.

Bogota artist exhibits work in Teaneck

NorthNewJersey.com - Bogota resident Rita Flores, a digital artist, is displaying her artwork until Nov. 27 in an exhibit at Teaneck's thegrassynoel gallery and studio.  Read more.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Artist Takashi Murakami battling with Manhattan gallery owner over wallpaper design

NY Daily News - Internationally renowned artist Takashi Murakami is suing a prominent Manhattan gallery owner in a dispute that started over her decision to loan his limited edition wallpaper design to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Read more.

Seurat Painted Dots. These Artists Use Bits.

IHT Rendezvous (NY Times) - It has become a trope over the past 20 years that we are turning into cyborgs. Ever reliant on smartphones and social networks, much of human existence has become inseparable from and defined by digital technology. If this is true, why should art be any different? In 2012, has art too become cyborg?  Read more.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Dallas High School student an award-winning digital artist, designer and computer guru

Standard Speaker (Texas) - Megan Redlich seizes the pen and sketches on the computer graphics tablet.

Within minutes, a lakeside scene appears on the screen at the Dallas High School technology lab: sky, trees, shaded foliage, shadow.

"Ta-da," Redlich says, setting down the pen and gesturing toward the finished product, which could pass for a watercolor painting.  Read more.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Engaging Children With the Siren Call of the App

NY Times - Each summer for several years, a two-week seminar at the American Museum of Natural History has allowed 25 youngsters to use technology to resurrect a prehistoric marine animal by designing realistic 3-D models and sea environments.  Read more.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Dundee's NEoN Digital Arts festival develops movement theme for 2012

The List (UK) - Four years ago, NEoN (North East of North) was launched by Interactive Tayside – a body created in partnership between the public, private and academic sectors in the city of Dundee – to promote the region’s activity in the field of digital media. Dundee, of course, has more to shout about than most in this regard, with both the University of Abertay and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design being renowned for their digital media education provision and the city playing host to many computer game development companies and cross-media design firms.  Read more.

Artist Poling reaches back, looks to digital frontier

Oregon Live - Throughout "Elemental Forces," Oakland, Calif., artist Suzy Poling's exhibition at Disjecta, the lines between nature and artifice, as well as analog and digital, are deliberately blurred, as Polling suggests some mystical meaning is produced when these worlds collide.  Read more.

Digital Fingerprints for Art Could Thwart Heists

Discovery News - When it comes to the art of pulling off the ultimate heist, there is little defense against precision and timing.   Read more.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Rebranding Identity: Bringing the gallery into the digital age

Michigan Daily - The Internet is now our bookstore. It’s our auction house, matchmaker, entertainer, newspaper and the first place we go for bad medical advice. But is the Internet also our new art gallery? The pioneering work of Seoul-based corporation Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, whose newly commissioned work is on display at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, would argue that it is.  Read more.

Digital festival among arts groups to get share of £75k

This Is Sommerset (UK) - Grants totalling £75,000 aimed at boosting employment and skills in the creative arts sector have been awarded by Somerset County Council.

Successful applications represented a variety of talents and forms of the arts, including theatre and digital technology. Read more.

Young Toronto artists turn to online media to promote work

Toronto Star - Working as a young artist in Toronto these days requires more than just a palette of paint and canvas. It’s a hustle, says Ryan Enn Hughes, a Toronto-based photographer and multimedia artist.

Hughes, who has established himself as an impressive young talent to watch, says his work involves a constant juggling of applying for grants, marketing himself on social media, booking jobs, making connections across industries and, finally, creating the work and selling it.  Read more.

Art in the digital age

Democratic Herald (New York) - “It’s just photo manipulation.” “The software does all the real work.” “Anyone can do it.” These are common misconceptions about digital art as a creative medium.

That’s what digital art isn’t, but what exactly is it? In the very basic sense, it’s pixels, layers and rasterization — art created using the computer. But like any art form, it’s much more complicated than that.  Read more.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Technology and art: Engineering the future

Eyal Gever @ BBC - Now think technology - and you'll probably imagine a smartphone or a computer.

Throughout history, technology has provided artists with new tools for expression.

Today, these two seemingly distinct disciplines are interlinked more than ever, with technology being a fundamental force in the development and evolution of art.  Read more.

LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art Goes Digital with MOCAtv YouTube Channel

Haute Living - In an effort to extend Los Angeles’ art museum to the digital realm, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has launched an original YouTube channel dedicated entirety to contemporary art.  Read more.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Westobou: Visual Art

The Augusta Chronicle (Georgia) - Kicking off the [Wesbou] festival Wednesday, Oct. 3, and opening the visual arts night at the Old Academy of Richmond County is Augusta-born Julia Easterlin, performing in collaboration with Atlanta digital artist Ben “Bean” Worley, combining sound and vision. The event is free.  Read more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Media-Arts Titan: Vello Virkhaus on Amon Tobin’s ISAM Tour

Art Digital Magazine - AD MAG recently caught up with the founder of V Squared Labs.  His name is Vello Virkhaus, and if you haven’t heard of him already, chances are you’ve seen his work, because VirKhaus is arguably one of the most innovative, living art-technologist producing work in media arts today.  Read more.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ottawa Convention Centre renews digital screen proposal

Ottawa Citizen (Canada) - The Ottawa Convention Centre is looking for someone to operate a “digital wall” on the south side of the building after shelving the plans this spring because its costs were unsustainable.  Read more.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Art for Brooklyn

NY Times - The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, is now also the site of a few ambitious art projects that include a giant vinyl mural of Brooklyn’s cityscape by Mickalene Thomas...read more.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Upcoming exhibit at the Met shows how artists manipulated photos before the age of digital technology

New York Daily News - "The camera doesn't lie," or so the old saying goes.

An exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, however, will show that photographers have been toying with the truth since well before Photoshop 1.0 popped up on computers.

"Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," will open at the museum on Oct. 11 and features over 200 striking photographs taken and altered between the 1840s and the 1990s.  Read more.

Digital Superwomen

Daily Mail (UK) - Digital artist Michael Oswald describes his art as ‘photo manipulation on steroids’ and quite rightly as he transforms posed photographs into beautiful illusions.  Read more.

Art fight! Digital Animation Students Battle For Space, Respect At San Jose State

Silicon Beat (California) - After years of bubbling under the surface, the tension over the future of San Jose State University’s Animation/Illustration program erupted into protest this week and a series of petitions and letters. The problem comes down to this:

The program has become too successful. too fast.  Read more.

Biennale finds art in digital media

Jooh Soh @ Korea Times - Eclectic is the key word to describe the 7th Seoul International Media Art Biennale. This year’s event, titled “Mediacity Seoul 2012,” is ambitious, taking place on all three floors of the Seoul Museum of Art as well as the DMC Gallery in downtown Seoul. A total of 49 artists and groups from 20 countries have contributed to a wide range of installations, videos and interactive media.  Read more.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Boston CyberArts: Art on the Marquee Opening on Sept. 13

Boston CyberArts (Press Release) - Boston Cyberarts and the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority are presenting seven new works on "Art on the Marquee," an ongoing project to commission public media art for display on the 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.  The works will be screened daily interspersed with commercial and informational content as part of the MCCA's longstanding neighborhood art program.  Learn more about Boston CyberArts.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Jacksonville digital billboards will display art by JU professor Lily Kuonen

Florida Times-Union - For an artist in search of an audience, the Highway Gallery project offers an unusual opportunity.

Which is why Lily Kuonen, a Jacksonville artist and professor in Jacksonville University’s division of visual arts, sought the chance to have five of her images included in a rotation of public service announcements, Amber alerts and commercial advertising on 14 digital billboards owned by Clear Channel Outdoors.

Each time one of her five images rotates onto one of the 14 billboards, it will, like the other digital ads and announcements, be visible for eight seconds before rotating off.  Read more.

Veteran artist, instructor John Miller finds new life with 'Digital'

NW Times (Illinois) - Windy City artist and retired professor John Miller didn't seek out digital art. It was bequeathed to him.

Several years ago, one of his former students who was leaving the region for the West Coast, gave him a computer that contained digital art programs.  Read more.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

All Africa: In Defence of Digital Art

All Africa (Namibia) - If Leonardo Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' were ever revealed to be the product of a contraption he designed in the 1400s, a whole lot of people would be really pissed off.

Pitting the traditionalists who create with the purity of brushes and pens against the new media artists who generate artworks with anything digital technology has to offer, the war between the old and the new school wages on in the name of 'real art.'  Read more.

Brighton Digital Festival Celebrates Digital Culture

Max Eternity @ Digital Art News - Running the month of September is the Brighton Digital Festival, which celebrates"all things digital," and brings together"the city’s vibrant arts and digital communities."  the festival is funded in-part by then Arts Council England, and the festival leaders say its series of events are truly "grassroots."  Learn more.

Digital Art Reflections & 10 Seconds in Time ask audiences to stop and consider

Straight.com (Vancouver) - Downtown Vancouver pulses on this warm summer night. Bands play, pedestrians stroll, the scent of hot food wafts through the open doors of pubs and restaurants. And temporary public art inserts its presence into the multisensory urban experience.

At the corner of Robson and Granville streets, look up, look wa-a-ay up. Two programs of digital art, sponsored by the City of Vancouver, are playing among the ads on the screens mounted atop the retail building at the northeast corner of those two busy thoroughfares. The first, Digital Art Reflections, features short animation and video works by local artists Diyan Achjadi, Carol Sawyer, Donna Szoke, and the Project Rainbow collective.  Read more.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Artist Hacks Digital Cameras to Produce Trippy Fabric

WIRED - The glitches in Phillip David Stearns‘ pictures are no mistake. The artist meticulously disassembled old digital cameras and futzed with the electronics. The resulting images are part of a year-long project to post one tweaked-out picture — or video, or sound, or GIF — every day.  Read more.

Aram Bartholl’s DVD Dead Drop

WIRED - For this new commissioned work, artist Aram Bartholl (Berlin, b. 1972) will embed an inconspicuous, slot-loading DVD burner into the side of the Museum, available to the public 24 hours a day. Visitors who find the Dead Drop and insert a blank DVD-R will receive a digital art exhibition, a collection of media, or other featured content curated on a monthly cycle by Bartholl or selected artists. DVD Dead Drop imbues the act of data transfer with a tangibility left behind in a world of cloud computing and appstores, using a medium—the digital versatile disc—that is quickly becoming another artifact of the past.  Read more.

Indiana: Sugar Creek Turns Digital

JC Online (Indiana) - Digital art starts the same way a traditional painting does — with a blank canvas.

Artist Lynne Medsker said there are endless possibilities for color and direction when starting fresh. But there are also endless ways to approach an existing photograph and make it into fantasy through digital art, she said.  Read more.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Digital Arts Experience Celebrates the Opening of Its New White Plains Digital Learning Center

News Times - Approximately 100 guests including family, dignitaries, and local business leaders were in attendance as The Digital Arts Experience Inc. (The DAE) proudly announced the recent opening of its new 8,000 square foot facility at 170 Hamilton Avenue in downtown White Plains.

A non-traditional, state-of-the-art learning center focused on computers, software, and the digital arts, The DAE fosters creativity and collaboration through the use of technology illustrated by the ribbon cutting itself. The DAE President and CEO Rob Kissner did a ‘virtual’ ribbon ceremony through his iPad using a cutting edge digital app. The brand new technology has only been used once before in the United States.  Read more.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Digital art, a new genre

The Hindu (India) - Digital technology has transformed painting, drawing, sculpture and music/sound art. Net art, digital installation and virtual reality are recognised artistic practices. Geeta Padmanabhan on the growing popularity of digital art.  Read more.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hellicar & Lewis Intel Triptych visualises abstract computing concepts that will help those with autism

TechDigest - Ever wanted to dive into a scene from Tron, seeing a world of computer code come to life around you? The Intel Triptych digital art installation, designed in partnership with tech-inspired visual artists Hellicar & Lewis, gave a glimpse as to how that may feel.

Using Intel's 3rd generation processors, designers Pete Hellicar and Joel Lewis focussed on bringing to life three otherwise-abstract computing concepts (hence the "Triptych" title). The "Performance", "Security" and "Design" installations see visitors to the exhibition (held last night at the Vinyl Factory in Soho, London) interact with Microsoft's Kinect motion sensors, hooked up to Intel-powered laptops, creating visuals projected onto giant screens that reacted differently depending on a visitor's movements.  Read more.

MTA Unveils Digital Art At Bleecker Street Station

NY1.com (New York) - The latest sculpture commissioned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and unveiled on Friday is causing riders to stop in their tracks.

The piece by Leo Villareal, called "Hive," is on the uptown platform of the 6 train in the Bleecker Street station.  Read more.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Digital art takes centre stage

Canada.com - The Cowichan Valley Arts Council (CVAC) presents a curated Digital Arts Expo - the first of its kind for the group - from July 6 to Aug. 4.

The display brings together the works of 12 digital visual artists and one digital sound artist in an attempt to introduce the Cowichan Valley to artists who work digitally.

A grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10 starting at 7 p.m.  Read more.

Future Perfect: Digital dreams

Phillippine Star - Nineteen-year-old Pampangueña Steph Manuel has been silently showcasing her digital work on her Tumblr (www.astrobazooka.tumblr.com) for archiving’s sake. But when an international star like Paramore lead singer Hayley Williams praises your designs, it’s a sign that your work isn’t meant to be placed on the back burner. Armed with only her sketchpad, a scanner and her laptop’s trackpad, this fine arts senior from the University of Santo Tomas is out to prove that heavy imagination and a steadfast hold on her design dreams is more than enough to start making waves in the digital art arena. She made her publication debut with Rogue magazine’s June issue, now, we interview Steph Manuel on her slow but steady rise to digital success.  Read more.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Math as art? It all adds up

John Pohl @ The Gazette (Monteal) - Austere but elegant, the mathematics-based interpretations of the world’s ubiquitous data flows now on display at DHC/ART in Old Montreal speak of a brainy creator, the Japanese-born, Paris-based Ryoji Ikeda.  Read more.

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Review of ‘New Media: New Forms,’ at the Montclair Art Museum

NY Times - An update might be in order for the term “new media,” which was invented a few decades ago to describe video and other forms of digital art. It is not imperative, however, that this be done for “New Media: New Forms” at the Montclair Art Museum, since most of the works by the 13 artists in the show employ familiar technology and strategies endemic to contemporary art, like sampling, appropriating and remaking older artworks.  Read more.

The 'accidental' artist, who uses her computer as canvas

MiD Day (New York) - If you stop by The Bagel Shop in Bandra over today and tomorrow, you can catch digital artworks by Vasundhara Prakash. The 30-year-old script-writer, discovered her love for the artform, two years ago, while trying to make her profile on the social networking site, Facebook, more interesting.  Read more.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The new, larger version of the Internet: IPv6


IPV6 Launched Today

Tech News Daily - Did you notice anything odd with your Internet connection today? Probably not, but the Internet started changing in a big way under the hood, with websites and Internet service providers turning on a new technology to transmit data.

The Internet's been running on a system that was originally developed 35 years ago as part of an experimental project called ARPAnet in the U.S. Defense Department. That's when researchers created something called Internet Protocol version 4, or IPv4. [4 Decades of Clever Technology]  Read more.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Digital Graffiti: Painting the town with light

News Herald (Florida) - Digital Graffiti is the world’s first projection art festival, with artists using the latest technologies to project their original works onto the town’s iconic white walls.

For decades, artists have used whatever animation and projection technologies were available to cast images onto the walls of skyscrapers and other urban structures. However, Digital Graffiti at Alys Beach is the first outdoor festival specifically organized to celebrate and showcase these unique talents, according to promotional materials for the event.

“Our town literally becomes their blank canvas,” said Kelli Siler, Alys Beach’s senior event manager.  Read more.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

28 new studios in the Tannery Arts Center's new Digital Media and Creative Arts Center.

Mercury News (California) - Hundreds of art fans turned out Friday night for an opening celebration of 28 new studios in the Tannery Arts Center's new Digital Media and Creative Arts Center.

Built in the skeleton of a leather tannery operation that dates to the 1860s, city leaders said the $7 million project was a success.

"The whole goal is to really create a vibrant home for the arts regionally," said Bonnie Lipscomb, director of economic development for the city of Santa Cruz. "It's phenomenal," she said of the outcome.  Read more.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Unique art show brings in big name surfers

WECT 6 (North Carolina) - Sean Ruttkay, the man behind Elemental Digital Art, is a local artist who photographs waves and coastal landscapes.

His artwork is unique because it is all weather proof. He begins by taking HD photos of waves barreling, then enlarges the images and stretches them over metal.

He also creates one of a kind abstract pieces that mimic the waves.  Read more.

Standard Deviations: The Digital Art of Michael Holcomb Opens In Reno

Carson Now (Nevada) - Standard Deviation: The Digital Art of Michael HolcombOK…Let’s say sometime in the 19th century, George Boole, who created the algebra that’s the basis for digital logic and computer science, met the German biological illustrator Ernst Haeckel and they decided to make art. It might have looked very much like the work of Michael Holcomb, an artist whose images are on view at the McKinley Arts & Culture Center Gallery West, May 14th through June 22nd.  Read more.

Digital arts festival set for September

Sherveport Times (Louisiana) - A digital arts festival and technology career fair celebrating how digital technology enables artistic creativity will come to the Bossier Civic Center in September, the Bossier Arts Council announced Tuesday.

DigiFest South festival will feature a digital arts exhibition, a career fair connecting students with technology companies and educational institutions, and a series of industry talks. The festival is set for Sept. 6-9.  Read more.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Google doodle plays tribute to Moog keyboard creator, honoring bithday

Rolling Stone - Today the Google homepage honors Robert Moog, father of the modern synthesizer, by letting users play, record and share a synth melody of their own. The doodle was revealed on what would have been Moog's 76th birthday.

"At their best Google doodles are a bit like Dr. Moog's inventions. They operate at the nexus of art and technology and are seriously fun," Chief Doodler Ryan Germick told Rolling Stone. "If it wasn't for the geek genius of Dr. Moog, it would be a much less funky world."  Read more.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pixels In Canada: International Digital Arts Biennial (English et Francais)

John Pohl @ Montreal Gazette - BIAN, the International Digital Arts Biennial, continues at various venues, including the old École des beaux-arts building where artists from France have set up six installations.

A Digital Experience by the group Visual System is a representation of a future city that pulsates with the flow of energy. The city is made of “3-D pixels” – Lego-like blocks stacked vertically – with LED lights that move to music. “Every surface can now be a screen),” said Julien Guinard, one of seven artists involved in this installation.  Read more.

[En Francais]

Jérôme Delgado  @ Le Devoir (Canada) - Un an après que la Biennale de Montréal a ressuscité l’ancienne École des beaux-arts, l’équipe d’Elektra investit à son tour le bâtiment à l’angle des rues Saint-Urbain et Sherbrooke pour y déployer un des nombreux pans de sa nouvelle Biennale internationale d’art numérique. L’exposition Out of the Blue/Into the Black est un des meilleurs coups de l’actuelle manifestation.  Read more:

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Power of computer to transform creativity energizes Riffe Gallery show

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - "Let’s Get Digital” explores the influence of technology on contemporary art.

Curated by Alexandra Nicholis Coon, executive director of the Massillon Museum in Ohio, the Riffe Gallery exhibit features the work of 15 Ohio artists and surveys digital techniques and processes.  Read more.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Niklas Lundberg’s Digital Art


Bangstyle - Looking at Niklas Lundberg’s artwork feels like walking into an angst-filled teenager’s room— an extremely talented teenager, that is.

 Lundberg’s art feels youthful, incorporating iconic cultural references from Skrillex to the New York City skyline, things that young and inspired people pay critical attention to. But there’s more to his work than that; there is a darker aspect blatantly stated on the digital canvas of all of his pieces. Balancing youth with the darker sides of reality does not equate to anger; on the contrary, Lundberg uses art as a means of expression, a highly therapeutic act.  Read more.

Making art from Movement

Montreal Gazette (Canada) - Machines are driving the art scenes of Montreal and Quebec City.

Montreal has BIAN, the first International Digital Arts Biennial, and Quebec City has Manif d’art 6, a biennial devoted this year to Machines: The Shapes of Movement.  Read more.

First annual digital arts exhibit screens Thursday at Nugget

The Dartmourth (New Hampshire) - The first annual Dartmouth Student Digital Arts Exhibition will be held on Thursday at the Nugget Theater to honor and celebrate current and former students’ work in the digital arts. Before the main screenings, the Digital Arts Exhibition will offer a gallery show, live digital music, Kinect games and an interactive drawing program, which will be projected on the exterior of the theater and allow guests to “finger-paint” on the walls using iPads, according to Lorie Loeb, a computer science professor and the co-founder and director of the digital arts minor.  Read more.

Claymation! Fashion! Digital Sound! An afterschool arts revival

SF Bay Guardian - If you believe the children are our future, then you may soon agree -- contrary to rumors of its ongoing extiction -- that the future arts scene of San Francisco is actually looking bright.

While arts classes fall off the curriculum in public schools nationwide, a collaboration between the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s (SFRPD) Cultural Arts Division and its Community Services Division (which runs afterschool programs citywide) keeps the creative spark alive via the ongoing Arts Afterschool program.  Read more.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Conceptual digital artist brings his unique creativity to a variety of projects


Del Mar Times (California) - From an office in a second-floor bedroom of his family’s home, local resident John Dickenson dreams of worlds that have never existed, and gives them life, depth and color.

His tools are his computer screen and electronic drawing board, powerful imaging programs, and sometimes simple pen and paper.

A digital concept artist, Dickenson works on feature films, video games and TV commercials, and has even been called in to help with designs for theme park rides. Among his film credits are two movies based on the Narnia novels of writer C.S. Lewis: “Prince Caspian” and “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.”  Read more.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Louis C.K., Bjork among Webby Awards winners

Chicago Sun-Times - When Louis C.K. released his comedy special “Live at the Beacon Theater” by himself on his website for $5, it was little more than a cautiously optimistic experiment.

Less than two weeks later, it had reaped more than $1 million. Already among the most respected stand-ups in the country, Louis C.K. was suddenly a new media trailblazer, too.

On Tuesday, the Webby Awards announced Louis C.K. is their “person of the year” for setting “a new precedent for distribution.” Comedians Aziz Ansari and Jim Gaffigan have since similarly released albums online.  Read more.

Digital art launches into The Space

BBC News - The plays of Shakespeare, a hip-hop festival and a new artwork by Rachel Whiteread are among the offerings from a new on-demand digital arts service.

The Space, a BBC and Arts Council England project, will showcase both live broadcasts and archive footage.  Read more.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Innovation in arts and culture #3: the Happenstance project

Max Eternity @ DAN -   In an ongoing series at the Guardian UK, entitled Innovation in Arts and Culture, Rachel Coldicut writes about "putting digital thinking" front and center in the adminstration of arts organizations.  Coldicut is the acquisitions advisor for Craft Council and her topic of discussion is the Happenstance Project:

Rachel Coldicut @ Guardian UK - The Happenstance project is about putting digital thinking at the heart of arts organisations. If it's successful, we hope it will lead to policy changes that will revolutionise the cultural sector – not just by increasing digital engagement, but also by showing the opportunities that an Agile and iterative approach can offer any creative organisation.

We're doing this by bringing top-level digital expertise into close proximity with arts managers. In fact, our aims are broadly similar to those of the Government Digital Service: it's about making the arts "Digital by Default" rather than digital as an afterthought.  Read more.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Robert Lepage highlights first-ever digital art fest

Montreal Gazette - Robert Lepage launched the first International Biennial of Digital Art (BIAN) this week with Fragmentation, a 3-D projection at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Lepage’s project is one of 30 exhibitions and events during the digital arts biennial, which runs to June 13. BIAN was developed by the Elektra Festival under the artistic direction of Alain Thibault, a composer of electronic music who said in an interview that he has always liked to collaborate with visual arts.  Read more.

2012 HGTC Digital Art's Showcase

The Digital Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) - Students from Horry-Georgetown Technical College's Digital Art program will be showcasing their past two years worth of hard work and achievement at the 2012 Digital Art's Showcase.  Read more.

Global, cutting-edge art festival at Utah Museum of Fine Arts

The Salt Lake Tribune - Low Lives, an annual global, real-time and digital performance-art event, is by nature difficult to define.

A stab at it: Over two days, artists at 25 venues around the earth — including Salt Lake City’s Utah Museum of Fine Arts — will present performance art live that is instantaneously streamed on the Web. Audiences at each venue can watch the on-site performance and witness distant performances on large video screens.  Read more.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cell phone camera quality reaches fine art photography

SF Examiner - Winning photographs from the inaugural Mobile Photography Awards, an international juried competition, on view at San Francisco’s ArtHaus gallery exemplify today’s digital times.

“I think creativity is unleashed in a different way when you can pull a camera out of your pocket,” says Mobile Photography Awards founder Daniel Berman. “There’s a Wild West feeling to phone photography. Not everyone carries their camera with them, but everyone has their phone.”  Read more.

“Mobile Pixels” opens at LA Center for Digital Art 4/12/12

Blogging Los Angeles - The images from the cell phone have evolved, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art has nearly 3 dozen photographers showing images taken with their cell phones. These promise not to be “instagrams” but rather documentation in an a sometimes digitally manipulated view of the world around us.  Read more.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Digital Art Coming to Times Square

Bloomberg - The bright advertising screens of Times Square are about to get more artsy.

About a dozen large signs will feature digital art displays that are 2-to-3 minutes in duration. It's part of a new Times Square Alliance program.  Read more.

Monday, March 26, 2012

High school seniors compete for $70,000 scholarship to Digital Media Arts College

Sun Sentinal (Florida) - For a shot at a full scholarship, student artists had to unleash theDr. Seusswithin.

Twenty-eight high school seniors from South Florida and beyond vied Saturday in the sixth annual competition for an undergraduate scholarship to Digital Media Arts College in Boca Raton.

Although the $70,000 scholarship was being awarded for a bachelor's degree in graphic design or computer animation, the judges were looking for a mastery of the basics. They also wanted to see how creative and "Dr. Seussian" students could be.  Read more.

Intel sponsors digital art show in San Francisco

SF Gate - Intel sponsored an art and music show that used many of its own technology -- and some of the exhibits were really weird.

The Creators Project, a festival put on by Intel and VICE, was held at Fort Mason in San Francisco this past weekend.

Intel spent millions of dollars on the project, helping artists and musicians incorporate Intel chips and servers in their work.  Read more.

Digital artist creates new kind of experiment at CERN

SymmetryBreaking - If attendees at the welcome reception for CERN’s first artist-in-residence learned one thing last night, it was that Julius von Bismarck is not afraid to disrupt others with his art.

In a way, this trait puts him right at home with CERN scientists: the kind of people who always question, the kind of people who fill an auditorium to discuss the possibility that a long-held law of physics could be broken.

But von Bismarck is not a CERN scientist. So inviting him into the laboratory, where he will stay for the next two months, is a sign of trust – not that he won’t disrupt the scientists, but that, if he does, the experience could be worthwhile.  Read more.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Digital libraries are the future

Baltimore Sun - There are already tens of millions of e-book lovers, and their ranks are sure to be boosted by the new iPad unveiled last week — along with improved Kindles, Nooks and their rivals.

My sister, the retired fourth-grade teacher, has finally succumbed; Dorothy reads faster by enlarging the words on her tablet. And my wife favors e-books when she stretches out in bed. Clearly, the time has come for a well-stocked national digital library system, not to replace brick-and-mortar libraries but to augment them.  Read more.

Monday, March 12, 2012

UA digital art student sees future of a new medium

Daily Wildcat (Arizona) - Shane Csontos-Popko sits at his desk tablet sketching the detailed back of a male figure standing in front of a nuclear explosion. On his computer monitor to the left, a Stephen Hawking documentary about the universe and space lends inspiration. The scene and figure in front of Csontos-Popko isn’t one of oils, pastels, pencil or charcoal. Csontos-Popko works with a new medium, in which layers of oil paints crafting dimensions and shading have become layers easily compressed on Adobe Photoshop.  Read more.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Want to Hang Digital Art in Your House? Buy This Japanese Frame for $15,000

Artinfo - So you’ve purchased a piece of digital art — maybe it’s a GIF, maybe it’s a super high-res image file, maybe it’s even a Web site by Rafael Rozendaal. How will you show it in your house, given that there’s no physical object to display? Projectors are nice, but they get in the way. Thankfully, a Japanese design company has solved all of your problems with FRAMED, a new digital art exhibition system.  Read more.

South Africa: Digital Print for Packaging Sets the Pace, Says Colourtone Aries

All Africa - The demand for digital printing for packaging is increasing rapidly. This is the view of printing and packaging powerhouse, Colourtone Aries. Marketers are not only after crucial cost-saving methodologies; they are after speedier turnaround times and vastly improved and consistent output quality. On top of this, they are pushing the boundaries of innovation and printers are responding and matching design thought with state-of-the-art printing and packaging solutions.

Colourtone Aries managing director, John Bywater, is excited about the benefits of digital printing for packaging. "Not only is speed of delivery a competitive advantage; the flexibility it provides ensures that marketers are able to match quantity with demand, positively affecting bottom line results," he says.

New installations of state-of-the-art digital presses across the world are on the rise.  Read more.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

New ARTPORT Commission: America's Got No Talent

Christiane Paul @ Whitney Museum of American Art - "America’s Got No Talent" is a web-based software project by Jonah Brucker-Cohen and Katherine Moriwaki that synthesizes and processes the steady stream of Twitter feeds for several American reality television shows such as "American Idol," "America’s Got Talent," "America’s Next Top Model," and "X Factor US" among others in this genre. The project highlights when and how these shows gain popularity through social media and followers. When tweets are sent, they are dynamically displayed along with the bias for each program which is based on retweets from followers as well as fans. The visualization takes the form of a horizontal bar graph in the shape of an American flag that updates dynamically. Each show’s virtual presence grows in size based on the amount of attention it receives from social media users worldwide, creating a measurement meter that ranks popular media on their social exposure, rather than their credit as viable media sources.  Visit project here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Visual Art Meets Digital Billboard In Boston

Max Eternity @ Art Digital Magazine - George Fifield, the founder of the Boston Cyberarts Festival--a biennial digital and virtual art exhibition and presentation of colossal proportions--has done it again, with a new public art project called  "Art on the Marquee."  This is Fifield's latest collaborative foray, working in partnership with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, who have commissioned visual art for display--in rotation alongside marquee announcements and advertisements--on their new 80-foot-tall multi-screen LED marquee; located at the site of the Boston Conention & Exhibition Center in South Boston.  It's a clever and creative use of the urban and digital landscape folding in as one, incorporating commercial and fine art in text and design.  Visit the "Art On The Marquee" website for more info.

Creativity met technology at the recently concluded ‘2nd All India Digital Art Exhibition’

Deccan Herald (Pakistan) - Creativity met technology at the recently concluded ‘2nd All India Digital Art Exhibition’ where more than 80 computer generated paintings of artists from all over the country were displayed. Read more.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Jersey City artist incorporates African influence in his art

NJ.com (New Jersey) - Darin DeField’s art is nursed by his curiosity.

The Jersey City artist’s mixed media collages, photographs and digital prints often incorporate elements African art, as viewers will see in his upcoming exhibit “Afrocentricity.”  

Bold colors, tribal patterns, figures in silhouette and mask-inspired faces are frequently found in DeField’s work, which vibrates with frenetic energy.  Read more.

Vancouver's dynamic art scene

Vancouver Sun - Slated to be finished this summer is a brand new 51,000-square-foot Centre for Digital Media. The environmentally friendly building will be heated with geothermal energy and have a green roof and solar panels. Besides classrooms and studio space, it will also have 76 studio apartments — which has already been called a “digital dormitory.”  Read more.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Whitney Museum’s Artport: Redesigned and Relaunched

Max Eternity for Art Digital Magazine (AD MAG) - The Whitney Museum of American Art–located in uptown NYC, near Central Park, and housed in one of Marcel Breuer’s most iconic, béton brut, architectural designs–announced today the redesign and relaunch of Artport. Christiane Paul–a noted professor of digital art and new media, and author of several books on the subject–is the Whitney’s adjunct curator of digital and new media, and wrote today in a press release:  Read more.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Anonymous Retaliates Over Megaupload, Megavideo Shutdown: SOPA, PIPA Links?

FOX (business) News - Popular file-sharing sites, Megaupload and Megavideo, were shut down by federal prosecutors on Thursday and hackers from Anonymous retaliated by launching an attack on federal and public Web sites: The online battle over Internet piracy just got personal.

Megaupload and Megavideo, content-sharing Web sites that receive more than 50 million hits per day, got taken down by the Department of Justice on Thursday after an indictment claimed the sites have committed copyright infringement. Read more

Congress Puts SOPA, PIPA on Hold

PC World (blog) - Rocked by Internet protests, the U.S. Congress is postponing action on the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was scheduled to call a vote for PIPA on January 24. That was before Internet users and prominent websites staged a day of protest on Wednesday, which included a censored Google Doodle and blackouts of Wikipedia, Craigslist and Reddit. In light of the protests, several lawmakers withdrew their sponsorships of SOPA and PIPA, while others came out in opposition to the bill.  Read more.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New UK Digital Art Prize Launched

ArtLyst - Samsung Electronics have announced the launch of the UK's first media art competition - the Samsung Art+ prize. It will showcase the works of technologically-forward contemporary artists and is designed to increase the awareness of new media art in the UK. The panel will elect a winner, awarding them a £10,000 prize-and name a second prize-winner who will take £5000, with a third prize being chosen by public vote on-line in the new year.  Read more.

3D documentary of Packard Plant to screen in DIA film series

Detroit Free Press - “Plant (3D),” a new three-dimensional digital video of the abandoned Packard plant in Detroit created by the digital art collective known as The OpenEnded Group, will be shown at the Detroit Institute of Arts from Jan. 20-Feb. 5.  Read more.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Watermans International Festival of Digital Art

Design Week (blog) - The Watermans gallery has announced a series of six interactive commissions for its International Festival of Digital Art 2012.

Inspired by the Olympic Games and Cultural Olympiad, the year-long project is designed to trigger discussion on the impact of technology in art and the meaning and boundaries of participation.  Read more.  Read more.