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Tonight: Theodore Darst and Louis Doulas on Curating New Media at Upgrade! Chicago, The Nightingale, April 12, 2011

Theodore Darst and Louis Doulas on Curating New Media
Upgrade! Chicago
The Nightingale (map)
1084 N. Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642

Theodore Darst curates TLVSN, “a monthly series of video and new media screenings/performances.” TLVSN has recently featured the work of Chelsey Hoff, Bit_Synthesis (Ben Baker-Smith), CRACKED RAY TUBE (James Connolly and Kyle Evans), Arcane Bolt (Mark Beasley, Alex Inglizian, Tamas Kemenczy), Jon Satrom, and many more.

Darst will discuss organizing and curating these events and issues related to New Media Art events IRL (in real life).

Louis Doulas curated and ran the online exhibition space, The Gallery Space (TGS). Doulas exhibited various international artists in solo and group shows in/on TGS including Ryan Barone, Colin Schappi, tanner america, Petra Cortright, Arend deGruyter-Helfer, Dain Oh, and many more. Incorporating models from offline galleries, while also focusing on the particularities of online platforms, TGS dealt with issues such as, “our dependency on digital documentation as a way of experiencing artwork.” Doulas will discuss contemporary online curatorial practices — tracing these practices across blogs such as VVORK and Rhizome, to spaces such as Jst Chillin’ and Chrystal Gallery — while looking at how online spaces and AFK (away from keyboard) spaces, such as the BYOB series, can cooperate and propose new directions.

Nick Briz will facilitate a discussion following their presentations.

Nick Briz, an organizer of GLI.TC/H and curator of various Glitch Art programs, will moderate the discussion following the presentations by the artists/organizers/curators.

Upgrade! Chicago is the local Chicago-based node of the international Upgrade! network, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. Upgrade! Chicago presents new media projects, engages in informal critique, and fosters dialogue and collaboration between individual artists. Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.

Upgrade! Chicago meets @ The Nightingale 1084 N. Milwaukee, Chicago, IL 60642

The Nightingale is a rough and ready microcinema dedicated to screening emerging work across film, video, and new media genres and aims to support Chicago vibrant cinema community.

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