Several months ago I blogged about about a call for new media art proposals for Art(ists) on the Verge, run by Northern Lights. The grant recipients have been announced:
Christopher Baker, Participation Overload – Reconsidering Participative Art Practices
The core goal of the proposed project is to create an artistic installation that engages and questions the state of technologically mediated participation, both in larger democratic contexts and within interactive new media art contexts. I seek to provide an immersive installation environment wherein participants discover opportunities – through conversation and personal contemplation – to consider the ways that new communication technologies both constrain and enable their participation in democratic and social processes.
Andrea Steudel, Mobile Shadow Projection Theater
This project’s key concept is the simultaneous building of a tool, collaborative relationship, and mode of working that effectively bridges an old approach with new technology in the public sphere. I will expand the ancient techniques of silhouette cutouts and shadow puppetry by using video projection technology on urban landscape.
AOV Mentor Program
I propose to build a motion-activated, interactive installation that visually and aurally presents a collage of a home. The aim is to create a space that functions as memory might, shifting and momentary, referencing images of a domestic interior with audio recordings relative to its component memories.
Kevin Obsatz, Video Cyclorama
A four-wall immersive real-time video projection with both live and pre-recorded sourcing from different environments and scenes. The video feed will be created with four small HD cameras shooting simultaneously on a specially built tripod mount, with a 360-degree field of vision.
Pramila Vasudevan, Dowsing the Mirage II
with Jennifer Jurgens, Mark Fox, Michael Westerlund
Aniccha Arts proposes to engage the Twin Cities community with online discussions and workshops that lead up to a three – day performance that illustrates the contention of humans playing god by taking control of the weather.
Krista Kelley Walsh, (Public access WebCam installation/ performance series)
I propose to make site-specific installations and performances for public access webcam locations for public and internet viewing. This project seeks to create 2-4 site specific public web cam projects, while it explores the technology available to expand audience access, extended life of the projects and effective documentation.
This announcement also marks something of an official beginning to Northern Light’s presence on the web. Steve Dietz, Executive Director of Northern Lights and former Walker New Media Curator, has also launched the Public Address blog in conjunction with Forecast Public Art. The blog has only been running a short time, but it has already tipped me off to a few cool things.
In the interest of full disclosure, I should point out that I designed and implemented the Northern Lights web site as a side project. The identity was designed by two of my very capable friends, Namdev Hardisty, and J. Zachary Keenan (both of whom were included in Hand Job).
It’s exciting (and about time) to have a New Media focused arts organization in the Twin Cities.