Past Events

Sun. Jan. 20: Nancy Baker Cahill

Fine Art, Public Access and XR: Integrating Emerging Technologies into a Studio Practice

Join us for a special artist talk with Nancy Baker Cahill. Cahill is a visual artist whose works encompass drawing, augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) Her one-person exhibition, Hollow Point is currently on view at the Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

When: Sunday, Jan. 20th, 4pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Nancy Baker Cahill
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About the Presenter

Nancy Baker Cahill is a multi-disciplinary artist and founder of 4th Wall, a free augmented reality app which allows users to place art in 360 degrees anywhere in the world. She also created the ongoing, collaborative, AR public art exhibition Coordinates, a new feature on her app, which allows individual artists to activate their work in site-specific locations. She received her B.A. from Williams College and began her career describing TV and movies for the blind and visually impaired at WGBH in Boston. From 2010-2012 she initiated and led a collaborative art project at Homeboy Industries called Exit Wounds. Works from this project were exhibited throughout Los Angeles as part of the Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM)’s Folk Art Everywhere program. In 2015 she designed and led a collage workshop with homeless individuals under the aegis of a CAFAM grant. She is the recipient of an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, was a featured TEDx speaker in September 2018 in Pasadena, and is profiled in a Bloomberg Media short documentary airing in early 2019. In January of 2019 she will be honored as an Impact Maker to Watch at LA City Hall.

Solo exhibition highlights include the Pasadena Museum of California Art, her virtual reality public art project on the IF (Innovation Foundation) sponsored Sunset Digital Billboards, Cyber Arts Gallery in Boston (upcoming), and a VR/AR event at LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) in April 2018. She has been profiled by Forbes Magazine, ARTnews, the Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, The Smithsonian Magazine, Bloomberg Media, The Art Newspaper, VRScout, ZDNet, KCET’s award-winning Artbound series, Aesthetica, Good Magazine, LA Magazine, LA Weekly, La Stampa, Peripheral Vision Arts and on several podcasts, including Feminist Crush, Bookish, and State of the Art. She served for years as a member of the Hollywood Public Art Advisory Board, is a member of the Pasadena Art Alliance, an Advisory Board member of Fulcrum Arts and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at LACE.

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Sun. Dec. 16: Zenovia Toloudi

Architectural Apparatuses for Immaterial Transformations

With the occasion of multimedia installation “Photodotes I: Light Donors” being part of Boston Cyberarts’ “Future of History” group show, this talk unfolds around artworks that embody processes of immaterial transformations such as kinesis/movement. To present these machines that produce effects as well as time-sensitive and ephemeral spaces, the talk employs the term of architectural apparatus. An architectural apparatus can be either an individual structural element with particular forms, materials, textures, and perforations, or an opening and a threshold, or a design of particular scales, geometries, proportions, and dimensions, or a strategically positioning of a building or monument to produce an effect in the eyes of the beholders. The architectural apparatuses can intervene in particular buildings or conditions to either transmit light, or recreate an image to interrupt the daily routine in a building through the production of ever-changing phenomena, or to produce an illusion of infinity. Through this artistic research certain ideas prevail about architectural apparatuses: they are artifacts yet non-representational; they become portals for phantasmagoria; they disrupt the spatial homogeneity and lifestyle monotony; they recalibrate the senses and cognitive abilities of the viewer; they displace temporarily one’s image in relation to the surroundings; they are theatrical, literal, and temporal; they become transitional objects or communicative devices; and they become co-producers of space.

When: Sunday, Dec. 16, 4pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Zenovia Toloudi
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About the Presenter

Zenovia Toloudi is an artist, architect, and Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth College. Zenovia makes art to realize imaginative architectures that generate inclusion through digital and organic media, and to experiment with subjective perception of space and engagement. Her work, poised at the intersection of art and architecture, critiques the alienation of humans from nature and each other and strives to restore broken relationships. Zenovia has exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, the Center for Architecture in New York, the Athens Byzantine Museum, and the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens and won commissions from Illuminus Boston, and The Lab at Harvard. Her work belongs to permanent collections at Aristotle University and the Thracian Pinacotheca. In addition, she has published on bioart, immaterial architecture, and the public sphere in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture, Technoetic Arts Journal of Speculative Research and MAS Context’s issue on the Ordinary. A Research Fellow in the Art, Culture, and Technology Program at MIT and a Fulbright Fellow, she received her doctorate from Harvard’s GSD, a M.Arch. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a diploma in Architectural Engineering from Aristotle University. Raised at a periphery of Greece, she works in the Mediterranean and in North America and her fascination with borders is reflected in art that ranges in reference and material across the boundaries of biology and technology.

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Thurs. Oct. 11th: Art21 Screening

Join us for a screening of the “San Fransisco Bay Area” episode from Season 9 of Art21, followed by a conversation.

Episode Synopsis: A longtime home for political progressives and technological pioneers, the San Francisco Bay Area is a magnet for artists who are drawn to its experimental atmosphere, countercultural spirit, and history of innovation. In addition to presenting three artists working across photography, installation, and new media, this episode features a nonprofit art center, spotlighting multiple artists with physical and cognitive disabilities who work in a range of mediums. The artists in this hour are united by their steadfastness and persistence in creating; their art serves as an essential expression of their experience of the world.

When: Thursday, October 11th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Featured Artists: Creative Growth Art Center, Katy Grannan, Lynn Hershman Leeson, and Stephanie Syjuco
Free event

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About the Featured Artists

Creative Growth Art Center was founded by Elias and Florence Katz in 1974. Operating in a former car-body shop near downtown Oakland, California, Creative Growth provides studios, gallery space, and supplies to more than 150 artists with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, who work in a wide array of media. Predicated on the belief that art is fundamental to human expression and that all people are entitled to its tools of communication, Creative Growth is an incubator of artistic activity that has fostered exemplary artists, such as Dan Miller, Judith Scott, William Scott, and Monica Valentine.

Katy Grannan was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, in 1969. A photographer and filmmaker, Grannan is fascinated by the lives of what she describes as “anonymous people” on the margins of society in the American West. Grannan develops long-term relationships with transient residents, which lead to stunningly beautiful and unsettling portraits.

Lynn Hershman Leeson was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941. At once a pointed critic and a sly practical jokester, Leeson has worked across a wide range of mediums, from drawing, painting, and sculpture to interactive films, net-based media works, and artificial intelligence. Overlooked for the better part of her decades-long career, Leeson is a pioneering multidisciplinary artist, critiquing the deep-seated gender biases that have excluded her and other women artists.

Stephanie Syjuco was born in Manila, Philippines, in 1974. Syjuco works in photography, sculpture, and installation, moving from handmade and craft-inspired mediums to digital editing. Her work explores the tension between the authentic and the counterfeit, challenging deep-seated assumptions about history, race, and labor.

This event is produced in collaboration with Art21, a nonprofit global leader in art education, producing preeminent films on today’s leading visual artists and education programs that inspire creativity worldwide.

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Sun. June 24th: “History of the Future” Exhibition Walkthrough

We are hosting a walk-through of the Boston Cyberarts show History of the Future with artists Carlos Del Castillo, Daniel Alexander Smith, Yao Wang, Jeffu Warmouth and more!

This exhibition is the result of an open call for work that pairs art and technology in a thought provoking and visually engaging manner. History of the Future features fifteen artists hailing from as far away as Singapore and Switzerland, as well as local Bostonians and places in-between. Many of the works incorporate historical and cultural references into the medium and message of their technologically savvy contemporary artworks.

The show features work by: Jenny E. Balisle, Tyler Bohm, Sara Bonaventura, Keaton Fox, Bob Kephart, Pat Lay, Bang T. Luu, Nick Montfort, Hye Yeon Nam, Molly O’Donnell, Lalie S. Pascual, Daniel Alexander Smith, Yao Wang, Jeffu Warmouth, and Jody Zellen.

When: Sunday, June 24th, 4pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: History of the Future artists Carlos Del Castillo, Daniel Alexander Smith, Yao Wang, Jeffu Warmouth and more
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About the Presenters

Artist bios can be found at Boston Cyberarts.

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Sun. May 13th: Joseph Farbrook

Join us for a special artist talk with Joseph Farbrook whose work is currently on display as part of Now You See It…

Farbrook’s piece Amorphous Ball is an augmented reality kinetic sculpture. He writes about it, “We’ve come to expect that the device that we carry in our pocket will be all things at once. One by one, our other things are beginning to disappear as this pocket toy becomes the only toy that we play with. We’ve lost our cameras, camcorders, postcards, letters, notes, maps, tape recorders, flashlights, radios, stereos, watches, wallet photos, newspapers, calculators, answering machines, not to mention telephones. Like an amorphous ball, this shape-shifting device that we carry has also absorbed boredom, getting lost, physical contact, eye contact, talking, meeting, connecting, observing, remembering, asking advice, and discovering by chance.”

This talk is on Mothers Day and the final day of the exhibition. We would love to see you and your mother!

When: Sunday, May 13th, 4pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Joseph Farbrook
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About the Presenter

Joseph Farbrook grew up in New York City and Santa Fe. His father was a concrete poet and his mother, a painter. Farbrook creates digital artwork in the form of electronic installations, interactive video, augmented and virtual reality, video sculptures, live performances, and interactive screen projections. He has invented customized media platforms that mix physical and virtual art making practices. Within his work, he explores the evolution and consequences of cultural mythology and mediated perception. 

Farbrook exhibits his work regularly in galleries and museums worldwide, including SIGGRAPH, International Symposium for Electronic Arts, Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Watermans Gallery in London, Galerie Vaclava Spaly in Prague, and numerous solo and group exhibitions in NYC, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle and other cities. Joseph Farbrook is an Associate Professor at the University of Arizona.

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Wed. May 2nd: Augmented Reality Art Curator’s Talk

Join in on a special curator’s talk about the history of augmented reality and art while exploring the Boston Cyberarts Gallery Now You See It… exhibit which will be up from Saturday, March 31 to Sunday, May 13. This new exhibition is of augmented reality artworks created by Joseph Farbrook, Carla Gannis, Claudia Hart, Michael Mittelmann and Will Pappenheimer.

When: Wednesday, May 2nd, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: George Fifield
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About the Presenter

George Fifield is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which programs numerous art and technology projects, including the Boston Cyberarts Gallery in Jamaica Plain and two large public LED screens in downtown Boston, Art on the Marquee, on the 80 foot video marquee in front of the Boston Convention Center and the Harbor Island Welcome Center screens in the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. This year, Boston Cyberarts has curated The Augmented Landscape, large augmented reality sculptures at The Salem Maritime National Historic Site. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, a documentary on the history of the media arts that aired on PBS in 2000. Fifield writes on a variety of media, technology and art topics for numerous publications.  In 2006, the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter honored Fifield with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Arts Community. In 2007 the Boston Cyberarts Festival was the recipient of the Commonwealth Award in the category of Creative Economy.

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Postponed Twice! Thursday, March 22nd: Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich

Postponed a second time! Another Wednesday, another Noreaster… We are moving this salon back one night to Thursday the 22nd. See you then!

Postponed! Due to the possibility of bad weather, we’ve decided to move this event to the 21st. Please join us in two weeks!

Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich work collaboratively to create works that engage ideas and practices that involve sharing communities, livable ecologies, and the transmutation of waste. They employ traditional drawing and sculptural techniques within a contemporary framework of interactive media and participatory installation. Among other things they create participatory installations, games, and happenings where audience participation is a key component of the work and its message. During their talk they will provide an overview of some of their ongoing projects and the themes that run throughout them. Some of you may have seen their arcade-style game Total Jump which trains people for a coordinated worldwide jump when it was at Boston Cyberarts. The impossibility of accomplishing a Total Jump contrasted with the ease and fun of training for it invites the audience to bridge the gap between a postmodern pluralistic world and the necessity of globally coordinated solutions in the face of the Anthropocene. The recent cultural, political, and environmental upheavals in the US and the rest of the world are worrisome. Their Worries Bash project, which was developed for an exhibition in Berlin and will be at Proof Gallery in Boston this Spring, is an opportunity to share worries and consider similarities in emotional cycles across communities via electroacoustic pinatas which act as worry browsers when hit.

When: Thursday, March 22nd, 7:30pm (was March 7th and also March 21st)
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich
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About the Presenters

Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich are recent recipients of a NEFA Creative Opportunity Grant, frequent residents at NYC’s Flux Factory, and have exhibited at venues such as the the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival (NYC), Machine Project (LA), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), SIGGRAPH (LA), and currently at the Open Data Institute (UK). Misha is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at UMass Lowell and Caitlin is Assistant Director at Boston Cyberarts and Art Consultant/Curator for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.

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Dec 2nd: USCO Gallery Talk

Join ATNE for an artist talk with USCO members Michael Callahan and Gerd Stern. This salon will be a rare opportunity to discuss these artists’ pioneering work in multi-media performance, forays into the emerging new media field and their technological innovations that helped inspire a new generation of artists. The USCO individual and collective histories trace a fascinating path from 50s Bay area and Beat culture through 60s New York downtown media experiments and into the genesis of the computer and information era art.

When: Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 4pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: Michael Callahan & Gerd Stern
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About the Presenters

Michael Callahan

Michael Callahan was born in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1944. While still a student at Lowell High School, he became the first Technical Director of the San Francisco Tape Music Center, joining Ramon Sender, Morton Subotnik and Pauline Oliveros. During this period Callahan worked with Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Harry Partch, John Cage and David Tudor among others. In 1963 he began a collaboration with the poet Gerd Stern, initially on Stern’s Who R U and What’s Happening mixed media performance at the San Francisco Museum of Art. Shortly thereafter a joint presentation with Marshall McCluhan was held at the University of British Columbia.

In 1964 Callahan joined Stern and the painter Stephen Durkee in New York to start what became known as the USCO Group (Company of Us). The church building that served as their studio was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places due to their work there. USCO’s first activity was again with Marshall McCluhan, this time at the University of Rochester.

In addition to gallery and museum exhibitions, USCO toured the United States with a mixed-media performance incorporating multiple slide and film projections, multi-channel sound mixes, and on occasion was joined by Carolee Schneemann.

USCO’s kinetic sculptures, paintings and immersive environments has been shown at museums around the world, including Centre Pompidou, Tate Liverpool, Whitney, Kunsthalle Wein, and most recently in the Walker Art Center’s Hippie Modernism show that traveled to the Cranbrook Art Museum and the Berkeley Art Museum.

From 1977 to 1994 Callahan held an appointment at Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Since then he has served as president of Museum Technology Source Inc., concentrating on the electronic and media aspects of museum exhibits.

Callahan resides in North Reading, Massachusetts with Adrienne, his wife of forty five years.

Gerd Stern

Gerd Stern is a poet and multimedia artist with experience in both film and video. He has published several books of poetry including First Poems and Others (1952), Afterimage (1965), a serigraphed selection with drawings by David Weinrib Conch Tales in 1984, and a chap book Fragmeants in 2002. His oral history was published by the University of California (ROHO) Berkeley in 2002 and is available on line and in hard cover.

A founder of the nineteen-sixties media arts collaborative USCO, Stern’s first show of electronic sculptures and collages was at Alllen Stone Gallery in 1962. In 1963 his one person exhibit at San Francisco Museum of Art featured a first multi-media performance Who R U & What’s Happening which was also performed at the University of British Columbia with a lecture by Canadian media philosopher Marshall McLuhan — with whom Stern was associated for a number of years.

During the past few years Stern was artist in residence for DAAD in Berlin, Germany and at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha Nebraska and at the Emily Harvey Foundation in Venice. He read poems and exhibited collages both at the DAAD Gallery in Berlin, and at the Thiess gallery in Munich. USCO work was part of Summer of Love at Liverpool’s Tate, in Vienna, Frankfurt and at the Whiney Museum of Art, NYC and in Traces du Sacre at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

The recent issue of CAA’s Art Journal has a twenty page, illustrated article, on USCO and Stern, by Michel Orin titled, Getting Out of Your Mind to Use Your Head. This summer New Yorker Kunst Geschichten by Kat Schuetz published by Verlag Moderne Kunst, Nuernberg includes a twenty five page chapter about Gerd Stern and his work. He now is in his eighties and lives in northern New Jersey

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July 2nd: Vibrations: A Sound Experience

ATNE is teaming up with the Boston Cyberarts gallery to explore their current show, Vibrations: A Sound Experience. The show is an interactive sound exhibition with work by MJ Caselden and Derek Hoffend. Come hear both artists talk about their work, with background provided by curator Stephanie Dvareckas.

When: Sunday, July 2nd, 5–6:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: MJ Caselden, Derek Hoffend, & Stephanie Dvareckas
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About the Presenters

MJ Caselden: I am a sound artist and inventor. I lead a design firm in New York City dedicated to prototyping and innovative use of technology, helping artists and tech companies realize new ideas.

My artwork often explores ritualized listening, offered as guided group sound meditations, or as sound-generating sculpture. Resonating sculptures surround listeners, creating immersive listening spaces for self-reflection and contemplation.

Recent exhibitions showcase a new invention I call “Magnetic Sound”, sculptures that use varying magnetic fields to induce vibrations in metal and wood. I work with this magnetic energy to create repetitive, mantra-like vibrations conducive to deep listening and meditation.

I’ve been exploring integration of these meditative sounds with lifestyle, releasing sculptures for other people to develop their own at-home sound experiences. As the project continues to grow, we are also experimenting with teachers from long-standing healing arts practices such as Asana Yoga, Tibetan Tummo breathwork, acupuncture, and Ch’an meditation.

The Magnetic Sound project has grown to include collaboration with tech companies such as Intel, and been featured in art, meditation, and retreat spaces around the world including the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and Times Square. For more information, visit

The Magnetic Sound project is made possible with the support of Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, Canon Inc., D.S. Solidworks Corp., Intel Inc., NEW INC, Mombucha Kombucha, and The New York State Council on Arts.

Derek Hoffend: My work is characterized by installations that combine sculptural forms with sound and interactive experiences. Pieces explore the intersection of sound as a medium with sculptural forms and structures, as well as light, sites, spaces, and the human body to create immersive and participatory experiences for viewers, employing sonic, electronic, and physical media.  Works are often interactive and invite participation through touch or motion, exploring cause-and-effect relationships of viewer action within reactive systems, as well as personal and social dynamics found in play and collaboration.

Recent work explores an interest in facilitating somatosensory responses, therapeutic experiences, and shifts in consciousness via direct viewer participation. I am particularly interested in works that create a space where scientific and metaphysical ideas can cohabitate, creating a bridge between the physical and supernatural, and inviting the potential for interplay between sensory and spiritual experiences.

To this end, I am inspired by and employ a variety of processes and theories in my work such as vibro-acoustics for haptic experience, entrainment theory (rhythmic, biomusical, and neural), acoustic phenomena such as monaural and binaural beating, and components of sound therapy, sacred-geometry, and color therapy. Biofeedback principles and techniques are also employed such as using heart-rate monitors to trigger external events in the form of sound and light feedback.

My music practice includes recording and performing electronic music under the moniker Aether Chroma as well as my own name. Live performance works have varied between collaborative electro-acoustic improvisation, solo immersive soundscape journeys, and beat-driven electronica working extensively with digital and analog synthesis, software such as Max/MSP, hand-made circuits, field-recordings, and modular synthesizers.

Works have been performed or exhibited at Mobius Artist Space (Boston/Cambridge, MA), IBM (Cambridge, MA), Microsoft Start-up Labs (Cambridge, MA), the Distillery Gallery (South Boston, MA), Studio Soto (Boston, MA), Union Square (Somerville, MA), The Enormous Room (Cambridge, MA), sQuareone Studio (Boston, MA), 90.3 WZBC (Boston, MA), Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT), Sonotheque (Chicago, IL), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL), Athenaeum Theater, (Chicago, IL), and Consolidated Works (Seattle, WA).

~~~ Hoffend holds a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Art and Technology (2004), a MA from New York University in Studio Art (2001), and a dual-major BFA from the State University of New York at Fredonia in Sculpture and Photography (1997). He is currently Associate Faculty of Interactive Media at Becker College in Worcester, MA, and Adjunct Faculty in Animation at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. He lives and maintains a studio in Boston, MA.

Stephanie Dvareckas is Assistant Director at Boston Cyberarts and the Art Consultant for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Dvareckas holds a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media. Currently, Dvareckas is a candidate for a Masters in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Dvareckas is the founder and project manager of, a responsive website designed to connect artists, dealers, collectors and other patrons of the art world with the Boston art-sphere. She has spoken at several colleges including the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Emerson College, and Montserrat. Dvareckas’s latest exhibitions concerning consciousness in contemporary art include Deep in the Dream (Proof Gallery, Boston, May – June 2017); Vibrations: A Sound Experience (Boston Cyberarts, Boston, June – July  2017).  Dvareckas has written a research paper entitled Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Gender, Transformation, and Multiplicity, as well as the foreword for Take Care Magazine and many exhibition catalogs.

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May 17th: Games and Politics: Jeff Warmouth

ATNE hosts three nights of discussion and exploration related to the Games and Politics exhibition at Boston Cyberarts and the Goethe-Institut. Please join us from 7–9pm on each night for a presentation followed by hands-on interaction with the exhibit.

This week Jeff Warmouth & Seth Alter will lead a conversation about Games as Systems.

When: Wednesday, May 17th, 7:00–9:00pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: Jeff Warmouth & Seth Alter
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About the Presenters

Jeffu Warmouth was born in San Diego, California in 1970. He received a BA from the University of Michigan in 1992, and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University in 1997. He lives in Groton, MA and works in Fitchburg, MA, where he is Professor of Communications Media at Fitchburg State University.

Warmouth’s work has been exhibited and screened internationally, including the DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA; Experimenta Media Arts, Melbourne, Australia; Kaunas Photo Festival, Kaunas, Lithuania; The Window Project, Atlanta, GA; Art on the Marquee, Boston, MA; Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA; Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA; Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, MA; Art Interactive, Cambridge, MA; SHOW Gallery, New York, NY; University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA; Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, KS; Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA; MicroCineFest, Baltimore, MD; Brainwash Film Festival, Oakland, CA.

Seth Alter creates political art games that model social systems. Seth takes existing game conventions such as the turn based strategy or the manager sim and deconstructs them to highlight the complicity of the player in a predatory role, while above all showing compassion for the collateral human suffering.

Seth has released two games on Steam, Neocolonialism and No Pineapple Left Behind. He was recently an artist in residence at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, and was awarded a fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in recognition of outstanding work. He is currently working on Traitor Nightly, a small game that experiments with narrative.

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May 3rd: Games and Politics: Ben Houge

ATNE hosts three nights of discussion and exploration related to the Games and Politics exhibition at Boston Cyberarts and the Goethe-Institut. Please join us from 7–9pm on each night for a presentation followed by hands-on interaction with the exhibit.

When: Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00–9:00pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Ben Houge
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About the Presenter

Composer, digital media artist, and video game developer Ben Houge has long been exploring the intersections of divergent disciplines. Highlights from his twenty-year career in the game industry include serving as audio director of Tom Clancy’s EndWar (2008) and composing the celebrated soundtrack for Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura (2001). His performances, sound art, and generative video have been presented internationally, most recently at Boston’s ILLUMINUS Festival, Music Acoustica in Beijing, and, in collaboration with acclaimed dance group New Movement Collective, at Southbank Centre in London. In 2012 he was a visiting artist at MIT, and he currently teaches iPad programming and digital narrative at Berklee College of Music, having returned to Boston after two years helping to launch a new master’s program in music technology at Berklee’s new campus in Valencia.

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April 26th: Games and Politics: George Fifield & Annette Klein

ATNE hosts three nights of discussion and exploration related to the Games and Politics exhibition at Boston Cyberarts and the Goethe-Institut. Please join us from 7–9pm on each night for a presentation followed by hands-on interaction with the exhibit.

When: Wednesday, April 26th, 7:00–9:00pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: George Fifield & Annette Klein
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About the Presenters

George Fifield & Annette Klein are representing Boston Cyberarts and the Goethe-Institut, respectively.

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April 5th: Coded_Couture

Customization has always been at the heart of couture: the hand-beaded, hand-stitched, one-of-a-kind gown as a unique garment with a specific connection to its wearer. In the exhibition Coded_Couture, on view at Tufts University Art Gallery, until May 21, 2017 curators Ginger Duggan and Judy Fox propose a new definition of couture, in which coding supplants handwork as a means to extreme customization of garments. Judy will introduce the work in the exhibition in this illustrated presentation.

When: Wednesday, April 5th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Judy Fox
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About the Presenter

Judy Fox works with co-curator Ginger Duggan, under the moniker c2 (curatorsquared), to develop exhibitions of cross-media contemporary art and design that explore current issues in culture.

With an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College and graduate degree from the University of Minnesota, Judy trained at Walker Art Center. She was curator at the Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College; Museum of Art, RISD; Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and has been Visiting Curator at Harvard Art Museums and Krannert Art Museum-University of Illinois.

Duggan and Fox have organized exhibitions for Boston Society of Architects; Design Museum Holon- Israel; Krannert Art Museum-University of Illinois; Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford MA; Ulrich Art Museum-Wichita State University KS; Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, Pratt Manhattan, NY and Orlando Museum of Art.

Their writing has been published internationally. The Association of Art Museum Curators has recognized their exhibitions with awards and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Elisabeth Stone Graham Foundation have supported their work.

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Feb. 23rd: Tilt Brush Demo

Boston Cyberarts is holding a demonstration of Google’s virtual reality painting software, Tilt Brush. Tilt Brush lets you paint in 3D space within a virtual reality environment. There will be a short demonstration of the technology and then a number of attendees can try it out for 10 minutes each. First come, first serve. We will project what the others are doing so everyone can see the results!

This FREE event is a collaboration between Boston Cyberarts, ATNE, and Boston VR. It is open to ALL AGES.

When: Thursday, Feb. 23rd, 6:30–9pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Free event

Special thanks to Jeffery Jacobson and Josh Widdicombe.

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Dec. 3rd: Constructed Video

Robin will discuss his recent work on display in the Boston Cyberarts gallery show Constructed Video, as well as the projects that preceded it. He will focus on the idea of manifesting motion and stillness within a single work, touching on both the technical and conceptual aspects of his practice.

When: Saturday, Dec. 3rd, 4–6pm (note that this event is on a Saturday)
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Robin Mandel
Free event
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About the Presenter

Robin Mandel is an artist working in sculpture, photography, and installation. Across these media, his work explores the dematerializing effects of time, light, and motion. His exhibition venues include the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT, Currents 2016 in Santa Fe, NM, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI, and the Wassaic Project in New York. He has also exhibited in Portland (Maine), Boston, Montreal, Venice, Barcelona, and Jerusalem. He has held residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center, and has been awarded grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the St. Botolph Club Foundation in Boston. His teaching credits include the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Maine College of Art, and Colby College. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Oct. 29th: Augmented Reality

ATNE is pleased to host an afternoon gallery event with two artists, Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman, from ARt: Augmented Reality, the current exhibition at Boston Cyberarts. This will give the public a rare opportunity to converse with artists working at the forefront of the emerging Augmented Reality field.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29th, 4:00–6:00pm (note that this event is on a Saturday)
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman
Free event
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About the Presenters

Will Pappenheimer is a Brooklyn based artist and educator working in new media, performance and installation with an interest in institutional or spatial intervention and the altered meaning of things. His work often explores the confluence and tension of the virtual and physical worlds. For the past six years he has pioneered the use of mobile augmented reality as an artistic medium and is a founding member of the international Manifest.AR collective. His projects and performances have been shown at Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, Los Angeles; San Francisco MOMA; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; FACT, Liverpool, UK; the Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair and Alt Art Space in Istanbul; Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich; Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles; the ICA, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Exit Art and the New Museum in New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington; the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast; FILE, Sao Paulo, BR;; Xi’an Academy of Art Gallery in China. The artist’s works have been reviewed in Christiane Paulʼs recent historical edition of “Digital Art,” Art in America, New York Times,, WIRED, Modern Painters, the Boston Globe, EL PAIS, Madrid, Liberation, Paris, and Art US. He teaches new and locative media at Pace University, New York.

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty-five years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. With his work, Freeman seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including in London, Mexico City, Calgary, Havana, Kalinigrad, Warsaw, Zurich, Belfast, Venice, Istanbul, Copenhagen, Milano, Sydney, Singapore, Liverpool, Coimbra, Basel, Paris, across America as well as Beijing, Xi’an, Wuhan and Hong Kong. In 2016 he traveled to Wuhan China as part of the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator. In 2015, he was the recipient of a commission from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art + Technology program. He has also had work commissioned by and and he was awarded one of the last Individual Artist Fellowships by the NEA in 1992. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper’s and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman’s work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media Art at Emerson College in Boston.

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Workshop: Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities

This workshop is for beginners — people new to programming. This will be a true introduction to computer programming and how it can be used for inquiry and creativity, with no previous programming experience needed or expected.

The workshop, led by Nick Montfort, is based on Nick’s book Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities. The workshop will cover the initial, core concepts of the book. The book will allow participants, individually or in informal groups, to continue their explorations in different media and using more advanced methods. Participants get a copy of the book, provided at the event.

Nick will lead participants in exploring computer programs through modification (from the bottom up or inside out) and as they start learning the fundamentals of programming (from the top down).

What You Will Learn:

•  Writing programs is not intimidating; materially, it’s just editing a text file.

•  The difference between valid code (a program that runs) and code that does what you intend, along with how error messages are actually helpful to programmers.

•  The true fundamentals of programming – looping and iteration, bundling code together in functions, and using data of different types.

•  How to undertake small-scale projects and see that computer programming is not an abstract mathematical exercise, but part of our culture.

Although we will be working with JavaScript and Python, the fundamentals you will learn in this workshop will not be specific to a particular programming language. They will provide a basis for a great deal of further programming.

We will be approaching programming as a cultural activity that is accessible to everyone. Our work will focus on text, but the book, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, includes exercises and suggested projects that deal with images, statistics and visualization, animation, sound, and interactivity.

The cost of the workshop includes a copy of Nick’s book, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, which retails for $40.

In Preparation for the Workshop, Install:

•  A true text editor (TextEdit for Mac OS X is not one). For Linux, you’ll have one installed. For Mac, TextWrangler will work, although Sublime and TextMate, if already installed are fine. For Windows, the built-in Notepad is enough but Notepad++ is better.

•  Jupyter Notebook. To do so, and get many other useful Python libraries, install Anaconda.

Bring your computer to the workshop, of course.

When: Sunday, August 28th, 2–5pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Nick Montfort
Fee: $43.19 — this includes a copy of Nick’s book, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, which retails for $40.
Register now, space is limited!


About Nick Montfort

Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. His poetry books are #! and Riddle & Bind, and he co-wrote 2×6 and 2002: A Palindrome Story. His more than fifty digital projects include the collaborations The Deletionist, Sea and Spar Between, and the Renderings project. His collaborative and individual books from the MIT Press are: The New Media Reader, Twisty Little Passages, Racing the Beam, 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10, and most recently Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities. He lives in New York and Boston, offers naming services as Nomnym, and is a professor at MIT.

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May 18th: Grounded Exhibition

ATNE hosts an evening with the artists of the Grounded group show at Boston Cyberarts Gallery.

Boston Cyberarts Gallery is pleased to present Grounded, an exhibition that explores the use of technology in contemporary art. In electrical terminology ‘grounded’ is the state of being connected to the earth. As an adjective, ‘grounded’ can also mean sensible, realistic, and unpretentious. New media is sometimes considered the most outré of art forms, but the dynamic nature of technology provides artists with a unique platform to substantively consider current events and the nature of the modern world. In Garden Rooms, Sophia Sobers attempts to reconnect people with the natural world by creating 3D scans of plants and rendering them into digital narratives. By training the world to jump synchronously, Total Jump attempts to accomplish world peace. Mark Stock implements computational physics to simulate the core of a supernova that is then represented as a sculptural object in Chaotic Escape (m70).

Join us to hear some of the artists from this show discuss their work. Artists in this exhibition include: Betsy Connors, Amber Davis Tourlentes, Joseph Farbrook, Caitlin Foley and, Misha Rabinovich, Raquel Fornasaro, Simón García-Miñaúr, Ryan Kuo, Dennis H. Miller, Nick Montfort, Brooke Scibelli, Matthew Shanley, Sophia Sobers, and Mark Stock.

When: Wednesday, May 18th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenters: Artists from the Grounded exhibition
Free event
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Apr. 28th: The Reaction-Diffusion Media Wall at the Museum of Science

Karl Sims’ Reaction-Diffusion Media Wall exhibit opened recently at the Museum of Science. It consists of emergent dynamic patterns displayed on a high resolution wall of 24 screens. Two simulated chemicals, shown as white and dark blue, react and diffuse to generate biological-looking patterns and shapes. A touch screen kiosk in front of the display allows visitors to adjust parameters and create a wide range of different results. Join us to hear Karl speak about this exhibit.

When: Thursday, Apr. 28th, 7:30pm (note that this event is on a Thursday)
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Karl Sims
Free event
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About Karl Sims

Karl Sims is a digital media artist, computer graphics research scientist, and software entrepreneur. He is the founder and a board member of GenArts, Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts, which creates special effects software for the motion picture industry. He previously held positions at Thinking Machines Corporation, Optomystic, and Whitney/Demos Productions. Karl studied computer graphics at the MIT Media Lab, and Life Sciences as an undergraduate at MIT. He is the recipient of various awards including two ARS Electronica Golden Nicas and a MacArthur Fellowship Award.

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Apr. 6th: Astrobiological Horticulture

Abstract: Overview of multifaceted efforts to create an unusual “garden” for discovery and growth of astrobiologicals. These efforts involve experiments in regenerative biology, transcriptomics, synthetic “artisan” sea salts created with recovered halophiles, halophilic paleogeomicrobiology, the search for agencies of prokaryotic/eukaryotic radiation resistance and cellular repair, metagenomic investigations of the MIT nuclear reactor primary coolant microbiome, selected reactor core and neutron beam port exposures, MIT cobalt and cesium irradiator experiments, asteroid 6 Hebe, 10,000 ocean models and “seeds”/simulants for life on Mars. Human history details our transition from groups of hunter-gatherers to communities centered on organized agriculture and the introduction and nurturing of unprecedented varieties plants and animals. Agriculture allowed early civilizations to foster art, religion and literature replete with myths and legends about special powers of transformation allowing one kind of living material to become another or, of transformations of inanimate into animate materials and vice versa. The history of art reflects the quest for control over qualities of vitality and function that distinguish life and death. The dream of science and art is a universe full of life. Creation of the first “flowers” for a vast garden planets is a logical continuation of long standing aspirations to bring the whole universe to life.

Summary: I will describe efforts to create organisms that can survive in cold, simulated Martian Brines. Note that I do not currently advocate seeding Mars with terrestrial organisms. Rather, I am coordinating production of experimental model organisms for basic terraforming operations, should prudent implementation of such an approach become a realistic possibility in future. Meanwhile, these organisms may be useful for modeling activities of presumptive life on Mars. Formulae for candidate Martian brines are based on recent spectroscopic analysis of salts present at alleged groundwater seeps (“lineae”) observed by Mars orbiters. These formulae have also been informed by soil analyses carried out by landers and rovers on the Martian surface. Experiments are planned to extend current work in halophilic paleogeomicrobiology in order to recover a range of microorganisms native to ancient terrestrial oceans and atmospheres having chemistry more similar to their ancient Martian counterparts than the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere have today. Fluid handling robots will be used to create several sets of thousands of titrated ocean models. Titrations will also be created with models based on 21st century seawater. These will be used to determine at which point terrestrial halophiles fail to survive in models emulating Martian brines and paleooceans. A principal goal of these experiments is to find relevant genes and use recombinant techniques to modify psychrotrophic halophilic organisms in order to increase their survivability in simulated Martian environments. Primary inclusions in 4.7 billion year old meteoritic salts (ostensively originating from asteroid 6 Hebe) will also be sampled for evidence of biological activity in the primordial planetary nebula that predated formation of Planet Earth. Radiation resistance is an important prerequisite for life on Mars. Accordingly, 1994 experiments are being repeated to isolate organisms from primary reactor coolant, but with new, metagenomic tools. Moreover, I am pursuing experiments with collaborators to find genes for radiation resistance in various vertebrate tissue samples and bacterial cultures exposed to neutron beam ports and the harsh radiative environment of the MIT reactor core. Because gamma ray output at the MIT nuclear reactor is unquantifiable, a set of parallel experiments is being conducted with quantifiable cobalt-60 and cesium-137 irradiators in separate facilities at MIT. 16S PCR, DNA and RNA sequencing will be undertaken in collaboration with George Church Laboratory at Harvard Medical School. Experiments in regenerative biology are being performed in collaboration with James Monaghan’s laboratory at Northeastern University and Ashley Seifert’s laboratory at University of Kentucky.

When: Wednesday, Apr. 6th, 7:30pm
Where: Boston Cyberarts Gallery, 141 Green St., Jamaica Plain, MA (next to the Green Street Station)
Presenter: Joe Davis
Free event
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About Joe Davis

Joe Davis spent most of his early life in the American Deep South. While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973) from Mt Angel College in Oregon, he pioneered sculptural methods in laser carving at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ, University of Cincinnati Medical Center Laser Laboratory and other renowned laboratories. In 1976, Davis signed the first launch services agreement with NASA to fly a payload for the arts on Space Shuttle and in 1980, was the first non-scientist to address Goddard Spaceflight Center’s Engineering Colloquium. He joined MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies in 1981 as a Research Fellow and was appointed Lecturer in Architecture shortly thereafter. In 1986, Davis created the first genetically-engineered work of art and organized the most powerful and lengthily radar signals for extraterrestrial intelligence ever transmitted. In 1989 he created large permanent sculpture, fountain and pedestrian lighting for Kendall Sq. in Cambridge, MA. In the same year Davis joined the laboratory of Alexander Rich at MIT where he is widely regarded to have founded new fields in art and biology. He attached fishing rods and miniscule fish hooks to his microscopes and developed other whimsical instruments that could resolve audio signatures from microorganisms. His “DNA programming languages” for inserting poetic texts and graphics into living organisms are cited in scientific literature. In 2009 Davis transmitted the gene for the most abundant protein on Earth from Arecibo Radar in Puerto Rico to three sun-like stars. In 2010, he joined the laboratory of George Church at Harvard where he is designated “Artist Scientist” In 2011 Davis worked with collaborators to genetically modify silkworms to produce transgenic silks biomineralized with metallic gold. In 2012 he organized an international consortium to sequence the genome of the ancestor of all domestic apples and later, to contain a version of Wikipedia in that same genome.

This post was written by and was published on March 20th, 2016 under the categories Events , Past Events.