It may be strange to think of technology’s authority over art, but really, we’ve seen emerging technology’s influence on the artist and culture for ages. Today, art and technology are more intertwined than ever before; galleries across the world are welcoming the possibilities that follow, spawning the term “network gallery”. Network galleries are spaces that demonstrate a preoccupation with contemporary digital culture and immersive environments. Here are some of our favourite “networked galleries” from around the world. If you’re so inclined, check these out on your next adventure.
Black Rock City’s (Nevada) Burning Man
More of a festival than a gallery, Burning Man, the epicenter of artistic exploration and expression (debatebly) since 1986, has seen an influx in tech-driven installations at this year’s event, including The Sonic Runway (pictured above) a 1,000' open tunnel of light made from a row of 32 circular steel gates, each rigged with an LED light strip and synced with music, and a tricked out 1985 Boeing 747 jumbo jet plane designed by the Big Imagination Foundation.
Korea’s Nam June Paik Art Center
The gallery’s goal is to expand the possibilities of creating new media for information and communication in the information age, and to create a new space for cultural participation. New Gameplay, the gallery’s special exhibition until February 2017, focuses on simulated realities through art, games and video.
San Francisco’s Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts is a self-described “non-profit organization supporting art and technology for social good” and has been operating in San Francisco for a decade. The group is focused on the integration of “technology for cultural development instead of strictly as solutionism”. Exhibits, labs and workshops are ongoing.
Montreal’s Arsenal Contemporary Art Gallery
Located in the Griffintown district of Montreal with a smaller space in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood, Arsenal is a private foundation dedicated to the support, promotion and development of contemporary art. It’s home to current exhibits I think we feel bad, a multimedia installation environment calling to mind the question of where to locate technologies among a string of inventions and cultural changes; and Jon Rafman’s Sculpture Garden centred around a sprawling maze populated with structures, video and virtual reality (as pictured above).
SPEKTRUM is a space of convergence for cultural communities and transdisciplinary groups emerging and operating in and off Berlin. They aim to bring technology-based artworks, science-focused events and futuristic utopias to the forefront. Their most recent exhibition, States of Matter, explored how visual concepts such as light, color and movement were reinvented through physics.
Also, want to see some cool tech-driven art? Check out this article on Smithsonian.com titled “7 Ways Technology is Changing How Art is Made.”
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