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[NYC] Arab summer closes at Babycastles Gallery

To many of us, the very title Assalamualaikum is more than a mouthful. Exotic and enigmatic, it tantalizes us with both the thrill of mystery and the threat of the unknown… unless, of course, you speak Arabic, in which case it aims to convey the “lived Muslim experience”. In the superficially controlled chaos that is New York City, people from all walks of life walk past each other every day, but non-Muslims can only imagine what it is like to live as one. ...

[NYC] Eva & Franco Mattes: From Internet Ennui to the Dark Web

Remember the good old days, when the Web was gray, text was black Times New Roman, links were blue and you went to check your e-mail in a cybercafe? Then came color, blinking caps, animated .gif, .jpg, .mpg and .wav, not to mention fumbling, prepubescent javascript. Soon we spoke of Net Art, pioneered by mysterious artistic duos who hijacked HTML, subverted our expectations and operated under URLs such as jodi.org and 0100101110101101.org ...

[NYC] Alt art fair Cutlog inhabits Lower East Side landmark

As the high-profile Frieze Art Fair raged on Randall’s Island and the Whitney Biennial wrapped up its very last weeks on the Upper West Side, new kid on the block cutlog New York celebrated its second edition from May 8-11, 2014, inhabiting every hidden nook and cranny of the iconic Clemente on the alternative Lower East Side. ...

[NYC] Small Data reanimates old media

At a time when artists are taking video mapping to new dimensions and designing spectacular displays on iconic buildings, Daniel Canogar has trimmed his projections to intimately diminutive proportions, refocusing the spotlight on nostalgic remnants of technology past. ...

[NYC] Katabasis: Journey through a 3D junkyard

One could say that 3D models never die, they just sur-render… All puns aside, most designed objects of the digital age begin as a set of minutely adjusted vectors and calculations, before they finally materialize into a mortal product. While the product line of physically manufactured prototypes eventually lives out its earthly existence, the perfected 3D model remains eternally pristine, albeit forgotten, on someone’s hard drive. ...

[News from NYC] Austin Lee defies digital painting

  Finally, painting has come full circle. From finger painting on the small screen to “digital” painting on the big canvas, Austin Lee has created a bright new world of portraits and pictures that tease our perception in the realm of representation. ...

[News from NYC] Mathematical poetry animates storefront window

You would be forgiven for simply walking right by An Aquarium of Equations, rushing past this discreet installation in a narrow storefront space at 266 West 37th Street in Midtown Manhattan, as you struggle to find your footing through the slush and proceed toward shelter from the falling snow. And yet, every once in a while, some random passer-by actually slows down and stops to peer inside. ...

[News from NYC] PostPictures challenge preconceptions

As the first gallery in New York dedicated to new media art in 2001, Bitforms has pioneered many forward-thinking exhibitions over the years. It sees in 2014 with an exhibition that references the past, while looking toward the future: PostPictures reprises the infamous 1977 Pictures show at Artists Space in Soho, updating its focus to feature seven American artists using new media to create contemporary images. ...

[News from NYC] First Class graduates from School For Poetic Computation

No less than 10 weeks after the inaugural session of the School For Poetic Computation opened its doors to 15 eager students in September 2013, SFPC’s First Class has emerged with myriad new ideas, a few changed attitudes and some surprising projects. ...
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