Emerson Urban Arts
2016-2017 Inaugural Year Exhibitions
Oliver Herring: Areas for Action
November 1–December 3, 2016
For the inauguration of the Emerson Urban Arts: Media Art Gallery, the artist Oliver Herring has conceived of a distinctive performance-exhibition. In May, Herring staged a public, participatory performance, Areas for Action, in the raw, un- renovated galleries of 25 Avery Street. Herring will now inaugurate the new gallery with an installation of still images and synchronized video projections across three walls from the May performances.
Organized by Curator-in-Residence Joseph Ketner in coordination with Emerson College students, this exhibition presents a snapshot of future visual art culture by selecting work by some of the finest graduate students working at Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition capitalizes on Boston’s position as a seedbed of emerging visual culture in the international art community.
Camille Utterback: Entangled
Camille Utterback makes interactive video projects that track the movement of viewers and transforms them into abstract and evolving painting-like projections. 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 is a pioneer in digital and interactive art. Her work explores 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 native of Boston, Utterback is a professor at Stanford University and a recent recipient of a MacArthur “genius grant.”
Visual and Media Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition
Emerson’s Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in Film and Media Art concludes with a public presentation of each student’s thesis project. After completion of the theses, students take part in a public presentation of their MFA works for the year, which provides entrée for the next generation of media artists.
A permanent feature of the EUA, the Video Jukebox will be a black box room that continuously screens film, video, and new media created by Emerson College faculty members. The room will feature a large, touchscreen computer with icons to represent different faculty works. When a visitor touches their desired icon, the media presentation begins on a large-screen monitor. Through Video Jukebox, Emerson shares the artistic accomplishments of its faculty with students, colleagues, and the general public.
The EUA will provide a venue for various New England museums to present their media collections to a Boston audience via rotating installations in a dedicated new media room called Digital Common. Currently, we are negotiating with the deCordova Museum, the Fitchburg Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Rose Art Museum, and the Williams College Museum of Art as possible partners. The room will include several computers, media players, and projectors in order to present the variety of media being shared. In addition, there will ultimately be interchangeable wall partitions to help reconfigure the room for the different types of media installations that will take place.
New Media Windows
To create a continual visual art presence throughout the night, the EUA will feature a 50-foot long area of contemporary video art and new media for pedestrians on Avery Street. These will feature works like Balint Bolygo’s laser Aurora Borealis, Camille Utterback’s interactive, digital paintings, Dieter Jung’s holograms, and video projections by international artists, including Andrew Neumann (proposal illustrated below).