Innovative Art Video New Media Lounge at Art Miami 2008

Innovative “Art Video – New Media” Lounge Sponsored by Blackrock at Art Miami 2008

Press & Professional Preview (By Invitation Only)
Tuesday, December 2, 4-5 pm

VIP Preview (By Invitation Only)
Tuesday, December 2, 5 pm – 10 pm
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Benefit for The Sundari Foundation and Lotus House

The Art Miami Pavilion
The Miami Midtown Arts District
Midtown Blvd (NE 1st Avenue)
between NE 32nd & NE 31st Street
Miami, FL 33137

General Admission Fair Hours
Wednesday December 3 *11am – 7pm
Thursday December 4 *10am – 7pm
Friday December 5 *11am – 7pm
Saturday December 6 *11am – 7pm
Sunday December 7 *11am – 5pm
One day fair pass $15
One day fair pass including catalog $30
Multi-day fair pass $20
Multi-day fair pass including catalog $35
Catalog $25
Students 12-18 years and Seniors $10
Children under 12 years accompanied by adult Free
Groups 10 or more $10

Innovative “Art Video – New Media” Lounge Sponsored by Blackrock at Art Miami 2008
Art Miami 2008 (www.art-miami.com) will have a unique, Art Video–New Media Lounge organized by curator Asher Remy Toledo and sponsored by BlackRock, the nation’s largest asset manager. The 4,000-square-foot lounge will be the biggest at any of the Miami art fairs and will present work from six, major, international, art institutions including: The Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami, U.S. (CIFO), The Foundation for Art and Creative Technology in Liverpool, U.K. (FACT), The Palazzo Delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy (PAN), The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (CCA), The Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China and The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China. NMR Staging and Events will provide necessary equipment and technical assistance.

New media art emerged at the end of 20th century. It uses new technologies for critical and experimental purposes and is concerned with the cultural, political and aesthetic possibilities of these tools. The internet, advances in information technology and the familiarity of computers and video to a new generation of artists were the impetus for the current global, international new media movement.

Work presented at Art Miami by the participating museums and foundations will include:

• CIFO – Movement as Meditations on Modernity presents work by four artists with different approaches to movement as an inherent aspect to technology and as a meditation on modernity and modern art and its many traditions. Included are: Venezuelan artists Alexander Apóstol and Magdalena Fernandez, Brazilian artist Amilcar Packer and Colombian artist Ícaro Zorbar. Curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill.

• FACT – Fireworks, a high definition video by Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson made in 2007. Crowe and Rawlinson have collaborated since 1994. Their new video work focuses on the complexities of faith and the transformative potential of fire and light. Fireworks examine cultural conventions, tensions and misunderstandings. Curated by Heather Corcoran.

• PAN – Deadly Storms, Bjorn Melhus’s 2008 three-channel video installation is based on appropriated audio footage from the Fox News Network. Three identical talking heads on three vertical screens repeat phrases and statements of alert and threat. The repetitive elements are set to a rhythm and exercise a hypnotic power over the viewer. Curated Julia Draganovic.

• CCA – Dancing for Maya (2005) and Salame (2008), videos by artist Sigalit Landau explore the creative process in Tel Aviv. Curated by Manon Slome.

• IBERIA CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART – Mist, a 2008 video animation by Zhang Xiatao. The artist uses the microscopic animal world to explore the angst and restlessness caused by the transformation of contemporary China. The country’s socialist heritage – what remains and what has died – and the Chinese identity in the context of globalization are examined. Curated by Carmen Blanquez.

• ULLENS CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART – Long March! Restart – Feng Mengbo’s video game uses Chairman Mao’s famous Long March as a theme. The artist’s goal is to use the computer and digital technology to breakaway from accepted norms of the media art genre and to see if the viewer can complete the Long March sitting on a chair. Curated by Jerome Sans.

About Art Miami
Art Miami, the city’s longest running contemporary art fair, regarded as an important art fair in America, is produced by Summit Business Media, LLC. Established in 1989, Art Miami showcases leading national and international contemporary art galleries and prominent institutions, combining a selection of special exhibitions and curatorial projects, outdoor sculptures and video installations. In its 19th edition, Art Miami 2008 will feature nearly 100 galleries. For additional information, please visit Art Miami’s Web site at www.art-miami.com.

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