RipZipRARLANd Lecture and Exhibition Set for March 3
Chicago-based new media artists Nick Briz and Jon Satrom will speak at Watkins College of Art, Design &Film on Monday, March 3, in the final installment of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series. Their remarks about the ethics of saving/sharing, experimentation, conscious copying, hacking and collaboration will begin at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater, followed immediately by a reception to celebrate the gallery show RipZipRARLANd, an exhibition of ripped work from artists working in a variety of genres including net.art, glitch art, video, and dirty new media.
The theme of the exhibition is based on the infinitely copyable nature of new media, lossy and corrupt works, and the intentions involved in their preservation and distribution. The show will be on display in the Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Gallery on campus through March 20.
RipZipRARLANd (which takes its combination name from several new media terms) is a utopist local area network inspired by experimental new media art, and guests are invited to bring their digital files to copy to the RipZipRARLANd Local Area Network Archive installed at Watkins for the run of the show.
Recognized internationally as leaders in the counter new media art movement known as glitch, Briz and Satrom undermine interfaces, bend data and provoke glitches in the arena of digital media. Their practices have grown out of the infinite copy-ability of data and inevitable decay of digital media. They hack, reclaim, remix and share in an effort to promote and preserve a genre/medium/culture.
Watkins assistant professor of Fine Art Morgan Higby-Flowers, who teaches 4D design and time media, is coordinating the RipZipRARLANd happenings. “We are thrilled to welcome Nick Briz and Jon Satrom in their first visit to Nashville for a unique celebration of experimental new media art, glitch art, net.art, piratical practices, and creative problem creating,” said Higby-Flowers. “Through RipZipRARLANd, they will be facilitating–and compressing and decompressing–some challenging conversations about art, ownership, attribution and the COPY<IT>RIGHT concept of making and sharing new media art.”
Four additional events are scheduled in advance of the lecture and exhibition at Watkins. All RipZipRARLANd-associated events are free and open to the public.
• Friday, February 28, 11 a.m.
Jon Satrom lecture at Austin Peay State University, Department of Art
at APSU campus, Trahern Building, Clarksville 37040 (apsu.edu)
The RipZipRARLANd Local Area Network Archive will also be installed at APSU.
• Friday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.
NO MEDIA open improvisational realtime/performance media art event with Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Morgan Higby-Flowers
at Noa Noa: 620 Hamilton Avenue, Nashville 37203
Participating artists from a broad range of performable disciplines challenge the conventions of their practice by responding in realtime to artists from other disciplines as they are randomly matched in sets of three and given 10 minutes to perform. No preparation, no documentation, one night only. More info: http://no-media.tumblr.com/
• Saturday, March 1, 9 p.m.
RipZiprarLANd: “Light Noize” live performance event organized by Nick Briz, Jon Satrom and Morgan Higby-Flowers
at Track One: Wedgewood Houston, 410 Chestnut Street, Nashville 37203
Briz, Satrom and Higby-Flowers have been organizing, performing and collaborating in various capacities and locations (Chicago, Mexico City, Amsterdam) since 2007. At this ArtWalk event, they will be free improvising with realtime home-brewed audio/video performance system.
• Sunday March 2, 1 p.m.
Three.js Playground WebGL Workshop with Nick Briz [First come, first served]
at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film: 2298 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville 37228
Briz has created a playground for experimenting with 3D models in HTML5. See more at thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/nick-briz-webgl
The Watkins Visiting Artists Series is an annual yearlong program that welcomes nationally and internationally recognized fine artists, designers, filmmakers, educators and critics to the campus and the community. The fourth season of the Watkins Visiting Artists Series kicked off in October with a lecture by art historian/curator Jonathan Katz and followed with a visit by internationally acclaimed conceptual painter R. H. Quaytman in January.
Watkins is located at 2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard in MetroCenter; free parking is available in the campus lot. For more information, visit Watkins.edu or call 615-383-4848.
As [users/artists] we consider ourselves [creators/producers], however, in the eyes of contemporary (networked) corporations, we are the product being sold for billions of dollars. These wide-spread software-as-service models don’t trade in their technology as much as they trade in humans. SoftwARE iz Humans.
Nick Briz is a new media artist, educator and organizer based in Chicago. He is an active participant in digital culture and experimental new media, specifically through his work/research/writing on glitch art, remix-culture and digital literacy, and he regularly organizes events related to these theories/practices as well as teaching at the Marwen Foundation and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Instructor in Contemporary Practices. His work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions such as the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro), the Images Festival (Toronto), the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Moving Image (NYC), Furtherfield Gallery (London); Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas, and LEAP Berlin. Briz has been featured in on/off-line publications including Rhizome.org, Furtherfield.org, the Creators Project, Creativity Online, PSFK, and Neural Magazine. He works collaboratively/commercially as Branger_Briz, a digital interactive agency, and is co-founder/co-organizer of the GLI.TC/H international conference/festival/ gathering. His work is distributed through Video Out Distribution (Vancouver) as well as openly and freely on the web. Briz holds a BFA from the University of Central Florida and an MFA from SAIC.
See more at nickbriz.com
Jon Satrom is a Chicago-based artist, educator and designer who performs realtime audio/video, makes kludgey work-flows, creates colorful glitch-ware, and enjoys working within collaborative projects and open systems. He spends his days fixing things and making things work, and spends his evenings breaking things and searching for the unique blips inherent to the systems he explores and exploits. By over-clocking everyday digital tools, Satrom kludges abandonware, funware, necroware, and artware into extended-dirty-glitchy-systems for performance, execution, and collaboration. His time-based works have been enjoyed on screens of all sizes; his Prepared Desktop has been performed in many localizations. Satrom organizes, develops, and performs with I ♥ PRESETS, poxparty, and GLI.TC/H, in addition to other initiatives with talented dirty new-media comrades. Currently Instructor in New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Satrom holds a BFA in Video/Sound/Art and Technology from SAIC.
For me, making art is as much creative problem creating as it is creative problem solving. I’m interested in the moments that yank us out of a particular context. Those moments spark awareness; or, at least, provoke us to consider systems at play. A hiccup, a stock-market crash, or a glitch marks a threshold—sometimes jarring, sometimes volatile, sometimes transcendental.
Morgan Higby-Flowers holds an MFA from the Electronic Integrated Arts program, NYSCC at Alfred University (Alfred, NY) and a BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and has served as visiting faculty at Austin Peay State University and Ball State University (Muncie, IN). He joined the Fine Art faculty at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in 2013, where he teaches 4D design and experimental video and is responsible for developing curriculum for Time-Based Media courses involve glitch art, animation, programming, video, etc. His work has been performed and exhibited extensively in Chicago and New York as well as in Mexico City, Barcelona and Cairo.
See more at morganhigbyflowers.com.
An alternative to copyright, this ethic encourages making, sharing, remixing, and distributing media art, its systems, and technologies freely and openly. The process was dubbedCOPY<IT>RIGHT by Phil Morton (1945-2003), an electronic visualization artist, analog computer builder, real-time video graphic performance artist, C.B. radio performer, Mobile Video Van designer/user, and videotape maker. He taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he founded the first department for Video Art to offer a BFA or MFA degree in the United States. Morton’s thirty-year “personal video databank” is available through the Phil Morton Memorial Research Archive in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
See more at http://www.copyitright.org