See tech-art from Bushwick Open Studios 2014 [photos] - Brooklyn


Jun. 5, 2014 10:57 am

See tech-art from Bushwick Open Studios 2014 [photos]

From anti-facial recognition imagery to an indoor weather system (!), tech-savvy makers at the annual arts festival pushed far past the edges of the metaphorical canvas.
At Bushwick Open Studios 2014, bike racks were tough to come by. (Photo illustration by Brady Dale)

At Bushwick Open Studios 2014, bike racks were tough to come by. (Photo illustration by Brady Dale)

More artists are turning to technology as a way of art-making and finding meaning.

Digital music and photo manipulation have been around for a long time, but artists are going beyond that: Facebook as a medium. Machines as sculpture.

Creators are pushing far past the edges of the metaphorical canvas.

At the Bushwick Open Studios festival last weekend, all types of art were on display.

Crowds were thick across the rapidly changing neighborhood on a Saturday afternoon visit. Here’s what we saw:

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Carla Gannis showed us a large print of images from her Non-Facial Recognition Project, a project which primarily lives on Facebook. She also showed us some incredibly intricate sculptural work she has done with 3D printers. Also a work in progress mixing myth and emoji. More to come on that.

Man Bartlett also discussed a forthcoming piece that mixes the Schumann resonances with sounds from shortwave radio stations. It’s a 24-hour piece on several vinyl records that is still to come. When it does, listeners will be able to participate by adding sounds via iPhone app.

We like seeing old technology taken seriously, that’s why we stopped to photograph Eric Lee Bowman‘s giant antique camera, which he had out on the street.

Hanny Atern of POWRPLNT walked us through the vision of the arts education-slash-collaboration project inside The Stream Gallery. For the next two months, the group will work to connect the community’s new art-makers with longtime residents, both children and adults. They’ll use software for music and photo editing as a starting point.

“When the arts come to a new community, sometimes there’s a gap,” Atern said. She’s a member of Brooklyn Research, a Bed-Stuy space and agency we have written about previously.


Weather Patterns: the Smell of Red,” at Glasshouse, proved impossible to satisfactorily photograph, because it’s an indoor weather system. Really.

You should go check it out if that makes you curious. It will be up till June 21.

We also appreciated this huge sculpture at the Newd Art Fair. There is no mechanics. It is just balanced perfectly.


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