Peer-to-Peer Sunset

While gallery-hopping today in Chelsea we stumbled upon Eyebeam, an art and technology center currently located on 21st Street (though it appears they’ll be relocating to Brooklyn this summer as they begin construction on a new space in Fort Greene). The current exhibition is called The New Romantics, and gathers contemporary digital work reacting to 19th century Romanticism.

Peer-to-Peer Sunset, by Mark Beasley

Among the works on display was a beautiful piece called Peer-to-Peer Sunset. It is an interactive work in which you visit a website, and if another user connects at the same time you both experience the impression of a sunset via synchronized color gradients drawn in the browser. To experience the piece yourself you can head over to duskjacket.com/SUNSET with a friend—or just open up two different browsers, if you’re the solitary type.

Eyebeam was a great discovery; if you’re in NYC, definitely try to check out the current show. They’re also running a significant closeout sale on older books and catalogues relating to technology and art, if you’re looking for library fodder!

WordPress for Artists

I am excited to be exhibiting my photos for the first time during this year’s Somerville Open Studios, the city-wide open studios event in which I last participated back in 2010 (though with a completely different body of work). As part of the build-up to SOS weekend, I volunteered last month to deliver a talk to the local artist community on easy ways to set up your own artist website. The presentation was a success, and I had the opportunity to deliver an expanded, WordPress-focused version of the material a week later at our monthly BostonWP meetup. The video is below; enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Phillip Stearns’ Glitch Art resources

I am a big fan of art created through glitches, overload and feedback loops (I think the first thing I ever put up on Pinterest was an image of the distortion resulting from scanning an iPad). I’m just discovering the work of artist Phillip Stearns, but I’m already a big fan of the fantastic list he’s put together of glitch art tools, techniques, writing, theory, and practitioners.

See the full list of Phillip Stearns’ Glitch Art Resources here.

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