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Texas Tech talk – Art/Tech/Food: Cultural Collaboration

I’m heading to Lubbock, Texas this week to give a presentation – Art/Tech/Food: Cultural Collaboration, at Texas Tech University School of Art.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM
Texas Tech University
2500 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79409

The talk is presented by Landmark Arts in the School of Art. Their exhibitions and speaker programs are supported by a generous grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional support comes from Cultural Activities Fees administered through the College of Visual & Performing Arts.

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-empyre- soft_skinned_space #ArtTechFood discussion

Screen Shot 2016-03-02 at 4.06.38 PM-empyre- is a global community of new media artists, curators, theorists, producers, and others who participate in monthly thematic discussions via an e-mail listserv.

-empyre- facilitates online discussion encouraging critical perspectives on contemporary cross-disciplinary issues, practices and events in networked media. The list is currently co-managed by Renate Ferro (USA) and Tim Murray (USA) with the moderating team of Simon Biggs (UK), and Patrick Lichty (USA). Melinda Rackham (AU) initiated -empyre- as part of her doctoral research in 2002.

For the month of March 2016, Renate Ferro, has asked me to moderate a conversation on all things #ArtTechFood.

We were joined by a number of luminary artists and curators, as discussants. They are: Nicole Caruth, Shu Lea Cheang, Leila NadirJodi Newcombe, Marina Zurkow, Stefani Bardin, Shilpa Rangnekar, Hernani Dias, Amy LiptonNatalie Jeremijenko, and Mary Mattingly.

The discussion is here on the March 2016, -empyre archive, and for the final part of the discussion check the first few posts in the April 2016 -empyre archive.

ART/TECH/FOOD Moderated by Amanda McDonald Crowley and Renate Ferro with invited discussants:

March 3 – Week 1: Stefani Bardin, Marina Zurkow, Hernani Dias

March 11 – Week 2: Shu Lea Cheang, Amy Lipton, Mary Mattingly

March 17 – Week 3: Nicole Caruth, Leila Nadir, Jodi Newcombe

March 24 – Week 4: Natalie Jeremijenko, Shilpa Rangnekar

Welcome to the March discussion, ART/TECH/FOOD

For our discussion on Art/Tech/Food, our hope is to identify and discuss projects and research that to bring biologists, environmentalists, food activists, and molecular gastronomists, together with artists to deliver urban agricultural strategies, bio-generative art, and potentially even open source software and hardware solutions that address our food systems.

We are especially interested in a discussion of projects and programs that undertake a critique of the commercialization of food production, where contemporary consumption is more likely to be watching people prepare food on television than spending time in the kitchen. Our observation is that where discussion does happen it is often either inside the food justice movement, with little cultural context; or in an art context, where discussion of policy, food justice, or broader cultural context of food production is almost entirely absent. Food is either designer-sexy, or a social justice issue, but rarely both. And there has been little exploration of the historical and contemporary trade routes of food and how they affect our cultural landscape.

This month of March, 2016 we invite the –empyre subscriber list to discuss these issues in our soft-skinned space with our distinguished group of weekly guests. Looking forward to it.

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Moderator Biography:

Amanda McDonald Crowley http://publicartaction.net

Amanda McDonald Crowley is a curator and cultural worker who specializes in creating contemporary art and new media events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. This kind of programming might best be described in terms of practice-based, creative research leading to a range of outcomes understood in terms of both traditional and non-traditional curatorial outputs – exhibitions, residencies, public programs, festivals, and participatory programs. Amanda’s work has largely been at the intersection of art + technology, and her experience and interests often revolve around working with artists and groups who have a research based practice. In her curatorial work, she is interested in developing platforms to generate dialogue, bringing together professionals and amateurs from varied disciplines, and creating space for social change and audience engagement.

Most recently, a key curatorial research focus has been around the topic of food + art, as evidenced by recent curatorial projects, including the exhibition food nostalgia, currently on view at Radiator Gallery in Long Island City, NYC; Circuit of the Senses, a celebratory meal and participatory event conceived by artist Emilie Baltz at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Nebraska in 2014; GastroLabs, a program series developed with New Media Scotland for the Edinburgh Science Festival 2014; and the exhibition CONSUME at Gallery gallery@calIT2 at the University of California, San Diego in 2012.

She has previously held positions as Executive Director of Eyebeam art + technology center in New York City – recognized internationally as a model for collaboration and innovation in art + technology; executive producer for ISEA2004 (International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004) held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea; Associate Director of the Adelaide Festival 2002 in Australia, and in this position she was also co-chair of the working group that organized the exhibition and symposium ‘conVerge: where art and science meet’; and Director of the Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) where she made significant links with science and industry by developing a range of residencies and masterclasses for artists in settings such as science organizations, contemporary art spaces and virtual residencies online.

Amanda has also been subscribed to the empyre list since it was founded by Melinda Rackam in 2002, though she mostly lurks.

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Nutritional Facts

BALTZ_HEADSHOT_SUCK_THUMBjpgloresSpecial event at Radiator Gallery

Friday March 4, 2016. 5:00 – 8:00pm

Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY 11106

Drop by to see food nostalgia during the Armory Arts Week Events, and join exhibiting artist Emilie Baltz for Nutritional Facts, a wearable edibles performative experience. Emilie will have foodstuffs available for you to realize a bit of your own edible body adornment (Lick Me!!).

 

food nostalgia, is an exhibition of paintings, photographs, video, sculpture and installation works by artists Cey Adams (New York), Emilie Baltz (New York), Disorientalism (Katherine Behar and Marianne M. Kim, New York/ Arizona), Gonzalo Fuenmajor (Miami, FL), Kira Nam Greene (New York) and Jonathan Stein (Coral Springs, FL).

food nostalgia looks at food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production” says curator, Amanda McDonald Crowley. “Participating artists variously draw on popular cultural references, brand recognition, bodies, memory, nostalgia, and playfulness. They ask us to think about our relationship to our colonial pasts, feminist thinking, cultural diversity, and marketing culture. The corporatisation of our food systems is deeply entrenched in our psyche; historical and contemporary trade routes of our food affect our cultural landscape.”

As a framework to explore how we cook, eat, and consume, food nostalgia is a platform to share ideas, and food.

Emilie Baltz is an experimental artist, director and educator with a focus on food and sensory storytelling. She creates playful and unconventional work that moves people to discover new worlds one lick, suck, bite, sniff, and gulp at a time.

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food nostalgia included in Armory Arts Week Events

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Junk Food Brunch

Installation view, food nostalgia. Graphic: Cey Adams; photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, food nostalgia. Graphic: Cey Adams; photo: Jeanette May

Installation view. Cey Adams, CREAM; Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view. Cey Adams, CREAM; Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Installation view, Disorientalism, Two Sides to Every Coin. Photo: Jeanette May

Sunday February 28, 2015. 12:00 – 2:00

Radiator Gallery, Long Island City, New York
10-61 Jackson Ave, LIC, NY 11106

Radiator Gallery hosts a Junk Food Brunch, where curator Amanda McDonald Crowley will give a walk through of our current exhibition food nostalgia, and talk about the underlying themes of the exhibition. Exhibiting artists Cey Adams, and Katherine Behar will also talk about influences and inspirations in their work in the exhibition.

In addition to serving up delectable and surprising nostalgic packaged foods Amanda, and artist Stefani Bardin, will be serving deliciously reverse engineered versions of Gatorade and Gummy Bears.

Come expecting to have your taste buds tickled by a range of nostalgic taste sensations, and stay for the conversation. And please feel free to bring along your favorite versions of Junk Food, from around the world.

food nostalgia is an exhibition of works exploring food in contemporary America through a lens of fast food iconography and industrial food production. The exhibition runs at Radiator Gallery through March 13.

Cey Adams dismantles contemporary cultural imagery to build multiple layers of color, texture, shadow, and light. From his roots in the NYC graffiti movement and hip hop culture, his artwork draws inspiration from 60’s pop art, sign painting, comic books, and popular culture; he focuses on themes including race and gender relations, pop culture, and community issues.

Katherine Behar‘s videos, performances, and interactive installations explore issues in contemporary digital culture. Disorientalism (whose work is included in the exhibition), is an artistic collaboration between Katherine and Marianne M. Kim, in which the duo study the disorienting effects of technologized labor, junk culture, and consumerism. Disorientalism explores how these forces mediate race, gender, and bodies. In character, the Disorientals expose our hapless submersion in junk culture, and our failed attempts to rationalize it by mistakenly resorting to industriousness and work.

Stefani Bardin explores the influences of corporate culture and industrial food production on our food system and the environment. She works with neuroscientists, biologists and gastroenterologists to ground her research in the scientific world.

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Food For Thought – Review of food nostalgia at Radiator Gallery

Qboro_articleThoughtful article – Food for Thought – posted by Kelly Marie Mancuso in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, February 4, 2016 about the food nostalgia exhibition I have organized at Radiator Gallery. Read the full article here.

 

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NY Observer: food nostagia included in 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World

Screen Shot 2016-02-07 at 2.15.26 PMWeekend Edition: 10 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before February 8
By Paul Laster • 02/04/16 4:20pm

Opening: “Food Nostalgia” at Radiator Gallery

A group exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and installations, this delightful exhibition features five emerging artists and a collaborative duo that have a fascination with food. Organized by independent curator Amanda McDonald Crowley (the director of Eyebeam from 2005 to 2011), the show includes Cey Adams ironic portrait of the smiling black chef from the packaging for Cream of Wheat, Emilie Baltz’ yummy-looking color photos of junk food and Kira Nam Greene’s luscious watercolors of open cans of Chef Boyardee and packages of Ding Dongs and Ring Dings, which are realistically rendered over brightly patterned fields.
Radiator Gallery, 10-61 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens 6-9 p.m.

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PointB Brooklyn | Closing Ceremony

pointb_panoramaic_10Join us on Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00pm

Follow the White Rabbit. Saying Goodbye to the PointB Brooklyn Building.

Tomorrow there will be a full moon and a blizzard in NYC, so come out tonight before you’re stuck indoors for the weekend 😉

Guests will be invited to experience a virtual tour on an iPad or iPhone, as they navigate through the remaining and empty physical space. This augmented reality presents an opportunity to transcend time and preserve the memories held by the PointB Brooklyn location.

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Sag Harbor Express interview

IMG_2537In anticipation of my ArtFoodTech talk at the Parrish Museum on November 6, 2015, Mara Certic interviewed me in The Sag Harbor Express (full interview at the link).

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ArtFoodTech talk at Parrish Art Museum

Parrish Art Museum, Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, © Hufton + Crow

Parrish Art Museum, Mildred C. Brinn Terrace,
© Hufton + Crow

ArtFoodTech

I will be presenting at the Parrish Art Museum, in Watermill, Long Island on Friday, November 6, 2015- 6:00pm, as part of their Friday Nights Talks series.

Technology is changing the way we think, approach, and eat food at an unprecedented rate. These changes are already popping up along the food chain–from smart tractors and irrigation-monitoring drones, from grocery delivery to connected kitchens, from wearable nutrition monitors and robot bartenders. I will be leading a discussion on how artists are interrogating the future of our food systems.

A press release, issued by Parrish Art Museum is available here: Parrish Art Museum, ArtFoodTech Press Release.

 

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