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Into the Light/Into the Dark
Visual Arts Faculty and graduate students at School 33
Saturday, November 1st, 2008 // 6 - 9 pm
School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230
Into the Light/Into the Dark features three video makers and an installation artist, each works with light modulated through analog systems via low or now lapsed technologies. The drive behind the exhibition is the impending transition of broadcast television from analog to digital transmission in February 2009. The exhibited artists are multigenerational, with the most senior emerging from the advent of video as an art form in the 1970s and continuing to the young post-mortem investigators reanimating analog video and electronic circuits today. The exhibition was curated by Prof. Tim Nohe, and will be on view through December 13, 2008.
The large downstairs galleries are presented as three separate viewing areas, screening the works of Phil Davis, John Sturgeon, and Christian Valiente. The video compilations will be complemented by digital image prints, installation, and interactive computer artworks. The installation space on the second floor of will be dedicated to the work of Bonnie Crawford Kotula. Her work Commonplace is an installation that consists of tiny lights aimed at everyday objects placed throughout the room. Each light is controlled by circuitry that fades the light on and off, like a swirl of fireflies on a summer evening.
Sound artists Steve Bradley, Andy Hayleck, Devin Hurd and the exhibition's curator Timothy Nohe will improvise with analog circuits, invented instruments, percussion and digital media in a concert event staged at the exhibition opening on Saturday, November 1st, from 8 - 9 PM. This concert will meld elements of analog synthesis, acoustic and digital music, just as the visual artists in the exhibition exploit the tension between analog and digital media. This interdisciplinary event will draw on composers active in the international community of electro-acoustic musicians and computer game composers.
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