Emerson Urban Arts
Media Art Gallery
Emerson College opened the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery in the fall of 2016. The Gallery serves as the locus of the College’s initiative to develop contemporary visual art as a vital component of Emerson’s arts profile.
Camille Utterback, Entangled, 2016
March 1 – May 13, 2017
Entangled is an interactive digital art installation created by Camille Utterback that utilizes a computer program to track the movement of viewers and transforms them into abstract and evolving digital painting. According to the artist, Entangled is an attempt to have viewers not only interact with the computer program, but also create a two-sided, transparent image by facing each other. Utterback explained, “Entangled, refers to the merging of participant’s physical traces on scrims in the installation, and also our ongoing emotional entanglement with digital systems in our lived environment.”
A native of Boston and recipient of a 2009 MacArthur so-called ‘Genius Grant,’ Utterback explores through her work the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement. To create her projects, she combines sensing and display technologies with the custom software she writes. A professor at Stanford University, Utterback also co-directs the Stanford Graduate Design Program. Her work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums internationally, including The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and
The American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, NY among others. She is represented by Haines Gallery, San Francisco.
Cybernetic Serendipity: a documentary exhibition
Curated by Jasia Reichardt
March 1 – May 13, 2017
This exhibition recognizes the landmark exhibition curated by Jasia Reichardtat the ICA-London in 1968, regarded as one of the important early exhibitions devoted to the relationship between the arts and new technology. Ms. Reichardt draws this display from her personal archives that document the contributions and content of the original exhibition.
The original exhibition included over 130 artists and scientist as was enormously popular at the time. The premise of the exhibition was to present artists’ involvement with science, and scientists’ involvement with the arts; in particular, to show the links between the random systems employed by artists, composers and poets, and those involved with the making and the use of cybernetic devices. Cybernetic Serendipity dealt with possibilities rather than achievements, especially since in 1968 computers had not yet revolutionized music, art, or poetry, in the way that they had revolutionized science. Nearly 50 years later, at a time when our relationship with computers permeates every aspect of visual culture, this exhibition offers documentation of Cybernetic Serendipity to highlight its impact and continued relevance today.