Pixilerations [v.9] an art and technology showcase that’s part of the FirstWorks Festival kicks off this afternoon and runs through October 21st at various locations. I’ve always had a hard time describing what goes on at these things. Fortunately there is a real arts writer in town, Bill van Siclen at the Providence Journal, who asked Pixilerations exhibit coordinator Elena Lledo for clarification. (ProJo 10.11.12)
Launched in 1993, Pixilerations presents works . . . that straddle the line between between art and technology. Often referred to as “New Media,” such works might include a symphony created using computer algorithms, a video monitor that mimics the look of an Old Master painting or a sculpture that actually talks back to viewers.
“Because it’s so new, it’s not an easy art form to define,” says Pixilerations’ exhibit coordinator Elena Lledo. “Basically, the term “New Media” is used to describe art that makes use of technology, whether it’s computers, video — even something as simple as a motion-sensor. But because the technology keeps evolving, so does the art.”
Good, there’s a name for it. There are too many events and installations to list, so go to the Pixilerations website to map out your plan of attack. (However, I will mention that my friends Blevin Blectum and Kirsten Volness will be performing at the Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, 154 Angell Street, at 8 pm on Friday!)
Downtown, RISD’s Koffler Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street will be showcasing other artists; gallery locations are open daily noon to 6pm. And the Cable Car Cinema, 204 South Main Street, gets into the act on October 17th hosting a series of video screenings starting at 9pm.
(Seen here is Miwa Matreyek who will perform at Granoff, Friday and again Saturday, 8pm start. Video after the jump.)
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You can learn more about Pixilerations [v.9], the installations, the video screening and Saturday evening’s performance at first-works.org.