JY&A 2019 Winter Art Salon | Unreal Seduction - Art & Tech As A Lifestyle
Time & Location
For our last Salon of 2019, the tech-art pioneer Claudia Hart will transform a normal living room on Manhattan's Upper East Side into a virtual-reality lounge with her widely exhibited and collected Augmented Reality Wallpaper and Ceramics. Scanning her unique objects with your smart devices, you will be able to experience how art and technology can shift your routine life instantly into a seductive dream. Programmed by the artist herself, Hart's AR wallpaper and ceramic collection create a world covered by pulsing flowers, animated graphics, computer code, and emoji graphics. They are metaphors of the unfolding, intoxicating layers of new information that surround us - the symbols of power, money, and addiction found free-floating on the Internet. The current Salon particularly welcomes real-estate developers, architects, industrial/interior designers, fashion designers, computer science professionals and lovers.
About the artist
Claudia Hart stepped into the '90s into virtual imaging, using 3D animation to make media installations and projections, then later VR, AR, and objects using computer-driven production machines, all adapted from the same computer models. Taking a feminist position in a world without women, and inspired by the French media artists of the '60s, Hart is considered a pioneer in the art and technology field in the US contemporary art scene. Hart's work is about issues of the body, perception, nature collapsing into technology, and then back again. Everything is fluid in it, including gender. She considers it Cyborg-ish, creating liminal spaces, and is in love with the interface between real and unreal because it is the space of contemplation and transformation. Hart produces "mediated objects" that refer to digitally-enabled sculptures, drawings, paintings, wallpaper, conceptual crafts, projections on painted walls, and ultimately on human bodies wearing sculptural screens of some sort. They are symbolist and poetic, usually mesmerizing, hypnotic, and formalist. Hart created a body of theoretical writings and exhibitions based on the concept, also developed the academic program, Experimental 3D, to teach it at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, where she is a tenured professor in the department of Film Video, New Media and Animation. Experimental 3D is the first art school curriculum teaching simulation technologies in the art world. Hart's work is widely exhibited and collected by galleries and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum (New York), the New Museum (New York), San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art (San Diego), Museum of Contemporary Art Berlin (berlin), Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology (New York, where she was an honorary fellow in 2013-14), among others. Awards include Ellen Stone Bellic Institute, Illinois Arts Council, and National Endowment for the Arts. Hart lives n both New York and Chicago, shows with Transfer and bitforms galleries and is married to the Austrian media artist Kurt Hentschlager.