Reflections on Paul Sharits frozen film frames

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On the bus back to Boston this past Monday I kept thinking about the Images of an Infinite Film exhibit I saw at MoMA last weekend. I loved how Paul Sharits’s Untitled, from his Frozen Film Frame series (c. 1971–76) brings into sharp relief the physicality of film.

Kevin Sweet Intervals Series in the Brant Gallery through April 21, 2013

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Now through Sunday, April 21st, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each night in the Brant Gallery (3rd floor, South Building) at MassArt, filmmaker Kevin Sweet is orchestrating an { installation | performance | workshop } that is part of his Intervals series. Experience some of his completed 16mm multi-projector loops and create your own (or […]

2010 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment

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If you live in the Boston area, here’s an idea for what to do this weekend: The 2010 Bumpkin Island Art Encampment! Consider making a day of it and come out and visit on one of the public visitation days, Saturday, July 31st or Sunday, August 1st. Seven artists groups homesteading on a island off […]

Pearls of wisdom

Art Without Compromise

Back in February I attended a conference “Who’s Afraid of New Media” held at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Wendy Richmond, who has recently published a book, Art Without Compromise* (Allworth Press, 2009), was one of the speakers. During a break we had a delightful conversation on observation vs. voyeurism in the context of […]

Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present

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I was in New York on March 27th to participate in The Conversation at Columbia University. In a recent blog post about the event, Rania wrote, “the paradox—though the topic was digital, the excitement came from face-to-face, real-world, real-time, high-touch experience of bodies in a room.” That turned out to be theme of my weekend […]

What happens when artists annex an island?

The Bumpkin Island Art Encampment, a weekend-long interactive art exhibition, will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday (August 1-2, 2009). Sharon Haggins Dunn, Alice Apley, and yours truly are among the artists participating in the event this year. If you live in the Boston area, consider visiting the island this weekend, you […]

Metropath(ologies): ecstasy of communication or ambivalence of information?

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Judith Donath recently spoke at MassArt. In anticipation of her talk I went to see the Connections exhibition of works by Donath and her Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Lab. I was particularly taken by Metropath(ologies), an immersive installation that is at once beguiling and enchanting. The exhibition is on display at the […]

A postmodern remake of a futurist classic

Man with a movie camera: the global remake

Video artist Perry Bard’s Man With a Movie Camera: The Global Remake is a participatory project made with contributions from people around the world who upload video clips interpreting Dziga Vertov’s Man With A Movie Camera (1929), a film that is still fresh today in surprising ways. With this remake, anyone can upload footage that […]

Artist Encampment Photos

These are the photos from the recent artist encampment on Bumpkin Island (a Flickr slide show). The Berwick Research Institute joined with the Island Alliance and Studio Soto to present the 2nd Annual Artist Encampment, a "homesteading" experience on Bumpkin Island, Boston Harbor Islands, on Labor Day weekend, August 28-September 1, 2008. Ten artists and […]