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COLLISION19:COmpress/DECompress

COLLISION19:COmpress/DECompress
Show Info
Start date: 
Fri, 06/14/2013
End date: 
Sun, 07/28/2013
Address: 
141 Green Street, Boston MA 02130

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

- William Butler Yeats
The Second Coming

But when things fall apart we dust ourselves off and put ourselves back together again, albeit in a reconfigured manner. Experience reduced, translated, and re-amplified attains a state of singularity. Collision 19: COmpress/DECompress takes its name from a process which echoes these phases. CODECs encode and decode a digital signal, changing and changing again the bits that make up an image or a sound, in an act, ultimately, transformative of both signal and material.

In the works presented by the show’s 22 artists time and space are simplified and restructured: words stripped from soundtracks, minutes from hours, sounds teased from surrogate pulsars. William Tremblay’s head is reduced to a set of numbered planes; a QR code rematerializes a famous sculpture but with conceptual twist. This rematerializing occurs again and again. Burgeoning relationships are analysed by strangers and adjusted on command (or terminated). Paradigms of critical thinking in art and science are probed, and boundaries expanded and re-drawn; technological flaws are exposed and exploited. Humor plays a role. A duel becomes a thing of wonder.

Ultimately all the pieces are things of wonder, demonstrating that with the act of making comes recohesion and healing. Two days after the Marathon bombings Collision 19 artist Jim Rolland posted this message on the Collision blog: “I hope you and all of your relatives are safe! I address you my best friendship from France.”

-Georgina Lewis

COLLISION17:transformer Closing Event

COLLISION17:transformer Closing Event

 

Come join the artists of COLLISION17:transformer for presentations, discussion of the work in the show and other projects they are working on. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public (the gallery will be open). Seating is very limited. 

When: Saturday, April 6, Noon-3:00 PM

COLLISION17:transformer

COLLISION17:transformer
Artwork: 
ACOMMUNICATION
Artwork: 
Airlock Park
Artwork: 
Display Table #1
Artwork: 
Electroscapes
Artwork: 
Essais de Connexion
Artwork: 
Friends First!
Artwork: 
Jacob's Ladder
Artwork: 
Light Mobile
Artwork: 
Mind of its own
Artwork: 
Paradigm II
Artwork: 
RIP Geocities
Artwork: 
Schrödinger v. Cat
Artwork: 
Seis-Dinamica-F
Artwork: 
Status Symbols
Artwork: 
String Theory
Artwork: 
Television
Artwork: 
Wonder
Artwork: 
Wonderlust
Artwork: 
Shunyatan Flow
Show Info
Start date: 
Fri, 03/02/2012
End date: 
Sat, 03/31/2012
Address: 
141 Green Street, Boston MA 02130

COLLISION17:transformer assembles a wide range of new work from 6 countries to explore the notion of transformation. Power, signal, material and meaning are altered, recast and impedance-matched to underscore and harmonize with the ceaseless change of our lives. Curated by COLLISIONcollective members William Tremblay and Georgina Lewis, COLLISION17:transformer is the seventeenth COLLISIONcollective show and the sixth held at Axiom. The 22 works that comprise the show span sculpture, photography, video, surveillance, interactivity and research, making this the most comprehensive and far-reaching COLLISIONcollective show to date.

A transformer is a device that changes one form of energy to a different form, then changes it back to an altered version of the original. In COLLISION17:transformer we present the artist as transformer of experience though metaphor, translator of ideas between language modes, and transmuter of physical phenomena into forms optimized for human perception.

Included in the show is work by Natalie Andrew, Ryan Boatright, W. Benjamin Bray, Sophia Brueckner, Alicia Eggert, Juan Escudero, Joseph Farbrook, Antony Flackett, Ben K. Foley, Dave Gordon, Rob Gonsalves, Lori Hepner, Wei-Ming Ho, Faith Holland, Annette Isham, Arnold Koroshegyi, Victor Liu, Andrew Neumann, Bob Kephart, Jean-Michel Rolland, Mark Stock, Wayne Strattman and Topp & Dubio.  

Opening Reception: Friday, March 2, 6-9 pm

Artist's Talk: TBA

AXIOM Center for New and Experimental Media - 141 Green Street located in Green Street T Station on the Orange Line

Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 6-9 pm , Friday and Saturday 2-5 pm, or by appointment.

Press please note: For images, interviews, or more information please contact Heidi Kayser at 617-676-5904 or hkayserataxiomart [dot] org  

About AXIOM:
AXIOM's mission is to support and encourage experimentation in the arts through exhibitions, events, educational programs and collaboration with like-minded groups in an effort to foster the development of new practices in contemporary artmaking.
Our interest lies in technology based, innovative combinations of sculpture, installation and live performance. Axiom has had a history of success in bringing together members of the new media community as well as outreaching to the general public, supporting emerging and established artists alike.

Read the review by Bill Shaner in the The Dig Boston

COLLISION16:fluid

Gyre 29, Mark J. Stock, 2011, still from digital video of algorithmic fluid flow
Show Info
Start date: 
Fri, 02/25/2011
End date: 
Sat, 03/26/2011
Address: 
Jamaica Plain, MA

Our world is fluid. Seven tenths of the Earth’s surface is water; a similar ratio holds for the body’s proportion of liquid to solid. Interesting things happen in fluid, and life seeks it out. Discrete elements dissolve and commingle. Change is swift and subtle forces hold sway, opening possibilities. Our culture and our creations exist solely in the fluid realm, exceeding the limits of material liquid and leaving us grasping the paradigm of change as the only solid.

COLLISION16:fluid, the sixteenth COLLISIONcollective group show of new work, explores the concept of the fluid and the changing, in a wide variety of manifestations and interpretations. These works range from a piece in which pixels on screen are programmed to act like a liquid, to works that explores the fluid boundaries of our perception, from work that aesthetisizes the “glitch” —an unanticipated or undesired change in the media stream, to a work that uses images projected on ice to explore our changing climate. What these works have in common is that they express the contingent and the unforeseeable. As technology’s rate of change continues to get faster and faster, it has dramatic consequences for our culture. In order to reflect our world, our art must be able to embody the fluid. We believe the work in COLLISION16:fluid does exactly that.

COLLISION16:fluid was co-curated by John Slepian and William Tremblay. The opening reception was February 25, 2011, from 6 - 9pm.

Work by: Jonathan Bachrach and Jonathan Ward, Kevin Benisvy, W. Benjamin Bray, Chris Fitch, John Craig Freeman, Rob Gonsavles, Giles Hall, Ben Houge, Heidi Kayser, Georgina Lewis, dan paluska, Dan Roe, John Slepian, Mark J. Stock, Wayne Strattman

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