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The Illusions of Love Stories

Artist Nichola Kinch is bringing back the physicality of images with her participatory installations. A mix of 19th and 21st century image making methods as well as her consideration of the exhibition space provides a captivating viewing experience.

The installation Love Stories is being exhibited at Fleisher Art Memorial located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA from December 4, 2015 thru January 30, 2016. Nichola is a Philadelphia artist and her work has been chosen to be included in Fleischer’s 38th Annual Wind Challenge Exhibition Series.

My first reaction from experiencing Love Stories is how the illusion of two- dimensional images is perceived in the physical space, which is a traditional gallery space. Multiples of digitally printed trees are what visually command the space. The heavy bark texture on the trees is one of the illusions that drew me into the space, with the discovery that the trees were flat. Nichola views this as the tension between fiction and reality for these images to form a narrative.

In the process of arranging the installation, Nichola considers the arrangement of the space as a theatrical stage set. Within this arrangement there is an opportunity for the viewer to engage in the act of discovery and the sense of wonderment by wandering through the placement of the trees and discovering the viewing machines.

The overall arrangement of the installation in relation to the viewing machines is derived from aspects of Nichola’s research of early photographic production and Victorian era image production. In my conversation with Nichola about her research, she referred to the Richard Balzer Collection of Victorian era visual entertainment. From this collection, she mentioned the range of her extensive investigations of pre-photographic methods. This range of image production is taken from the multiple layers of the dioramas and peep shows that influence the illusion of the perception of depth as it pertains to a visual scene.

This research is not only seen in the arrangement of the installation as a whole, but also in how these Victorian era optical toys and devices had a physicality to the control and limits of the viewers’ visual perception. Free Birds is an example of one of the two viewing devices that is included in Love Stories. Silhouettes of birds are projected on the far wall of the gallery from an overhead projector. Upon closer examination of the overhead projector, there is an inviting manual crank for the viewer to participate in the flight of the projected flock of birds. As I cranked the digitally printed lenticular animation on acetate I was producing the backdrop of the installation. My time spent animating the flock of birds was used in the beginning by grasping the idea of speed variations in which I could crank the handle of the overhead projector. Once I felt comfortable with the manual aspects my mind wandered to memories of viewing geese in the sky from a distance. My experience with Free Birds is significant to the description of specific physicality of a viewing device, along with the process of producing and consuming images within the installation.

While Nichola does use 19th and 21st century image making methods to form her artwork, these two centuries are intertwined with how the viewer considers the engagement and the pace of the experience of viewing images. These viewing machines are in contrast to how current images are produced with various digital devices and instantly consumed when presented on social media sites. Nichola states, “In direct response to this phenomenon, I have become particularly interested in the moments in which we, as viewers, become tangibly aware of image as a mediated production.”

The video that accompanies this blog post is intended to translate the experience of the installation, Love Stories, at the Fleisher Art Memorial, while including the voice of the artist, Nichola Kinch, depicting her research and making within the creative process of these specific installation pieces.

By: Carrie Ida Edinger

Carrie's interest with new media is in interdisciplinary methods and the use of the Internet as a presentation site for evolving contemporary projects.

1 Year Visitng Teaching Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practice

The Emergent Digital Practices Program seeks to hire a Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor in Emergent Digital Practices, School of Art and Art History, University of Denver. This is a non tenure-track, 1 year position. MFA or equivalent required. We seek an artist/scholar who is creatively and critically engaged in the practices and discourses of New Media. We are especially interested in candidates who are creative coders and visual artists.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellent teaching and will have a creative practice utilizing digital tools. Some of the responsibilities of the position include teaching seven 10-week classes per year in a program that serves undergraduate majors and minors in Emergent Digital Practices, as well as MFA and MA graduate students. The courses would include undergraduate foundation-level studio courses, an upper level elective studio tied to the practice of the candidate, and a lecture course related to New Media for broader audiences. The right candidate will begin fall 2015.
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The Emergent Digital Practices (EDP) program, part of the Division of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences, brings together art, design, media, culture and technology studies in a hands-on, collaborative environment. Technology links academic disciplines with professional fields and joins shared communities with our personal lives in many new and exciting ways. To understand and explore this landscape, we infuse the digital practices of making and writing with contemporary critical approaches to cultural technologies, media philosophy, the critique and investigation of electronic and new media arts, and studies in science fiction, trans-global politics and science.

CURRENTS 2015: 6th Santa Fe International New Media Festival

CURRENTS brings together New Media artists in an atmosphere that fosters open exchange and professional networking. CURRENTS serves as a platform for artistic experimentation and generates exploration into all forms of new media art, while providing the public with an opportunity to experience an outstanding selection of innovative work. Committed to making this extraordinary work available to everyone, the CURRENTS Festivals are free to the public.

Friday, June 12 through Sunday, June 28 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays) 2015

Parallel Studios ( a 501(c)(3) non-profit ) has been producing, curating and designing small and large scale currents video exhibitions in Santa Fe since 2002. In 2010 we launched CURRENTS: Santa Fe International New Media Festival as an annual, citywide event. The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances, single channel video, animation, digital dome programs, experimental documentary,web based/app art forms, architectural mapping, the oculus rift, robotics and 3D printing. Parallel Studios reaches out to local high and middle school students through its Youth Media Makers Program. All events and programs are free.



UCSC’s DANM 2015 MFA Exhibition “NEW ALCHEMY”

April 23 - 26 (12-5)
Reception: Saturday April 25 (5-8pm)
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), UCSC
In the Digital Arts and New Media MFA Program (DANM) at UC Santa Cruz, two years of intensive study culminate in the development of individual projects, which premiere in an annual MFA exhibition. In honor of the golden anniversary of UC Santa Cruz and the tenth anniversary of the DANM program, twelve emerging artists have come together to present New Alchemy, a group exhibition exploring various processes of transformation through interactive, digital, mixed-media, and performative work. danm.ucsc.edu/mfa15
The exhibition is the centerpiece of a day-long festival celebrating DANM’s first decade, on April 25, 2015. This free event includes outdoor exhibits and interactive demos, the annual DANM MFA art exhibition, alumni slideshows, research lab open houses, and a masquerade ball. It’s a day of DIY making, projection mapping, repurposed military vehicles, free food, fine art, vacuform masks, kids crafts and more – It's pan-DANM-onium!