The 2009 Installation Art Showcase
MGFest09 begins a tradition of full-scale environmental design, bringing together a massive range of creative talents to inspire, awe, and activate your mind. Showcasing over 30 artists.
Saturday, January 24th, 9pm-12am
at Pixel Brothers Studio, 400 N Wolcott, Fourth Floor, Chicago, IL 60622
Vir Unis, Justin McGrath, Lokua, Slava, and OAO3
selections from "Our Favorite Things"
Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sound, image and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and "culture jamming" (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.
MGFest will be showcasing a few selections from Negativland's newest release entitled "Our Favorite Things" Visit Negativland
Robert Rich / Daniel Colvin
selections from "Atlas Dei"
A lyrical journey through time and space into the mystery of our cosmos. MGFest will be showcasing selections from this feature length film, in which long time musician Robert Rich and filmmaker Daniel Colvin weave the strands of science, myth, and poetic vision into a powerful and compelling tapestry of the human enigma. Visit Atlas Dei
Meticulously sampling “Slumdog Millionaire” for its vibrant sounds and images, and reconstructing them into this fast-paced audiovisual remix, Addictive TV were asked by the film's producers to give “Slumdog Millionaire” their unique treatment for an alternative online trailer for the film’s promotional campaign. The award winning movie, directed by Danny Boyle - director of “Trainspotting” and “28 Days Later” - tells the incredible story of a kid from the slums of Mumbai who gets to go on India's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?".
Respondr uses its proprietary video tracking software to analyze motion in the display area. Motion is processed to activate various games, media, and effects. The Respondr playlist can be set to change effects and imagery automatically. Many effects are provided with the installation, such as liquid, reveal, soccer and beachball and flying simulations, informational displays and many fun games.
Gordon Kummel, "Wearable Media Art"
Presenting the personal avatar helmet. From 11pm - 1am Gordon will be supplanting his identity with any identity he wishes by showcasing his wearable helmet mounted projection system. Whatever is drawn on his iPhone is transfered in real time to the video screen. The same applies to photos. Instant "identity theft". Great fun and intentionally a bit creepy.
An interactive audio visual installation incorporating elements of live
theater and sampling over 30 of the worlds most well know, and most obscure
science fiction films.
Deepest space explores the relationship between cinema, outer space, and the inner mind. Deepest Space, a live installation, edited, mixed & directed by Christopher Andrew (Stoptime341), with live interactive mixing and technical direction from Liviu Pasare (Stoptime341), also featuring assistant editor, VJ, and producer, Audrey Sica (Stoptime341), script for theatrical performance and live action directing by Seth Bockley. Originally commissioned by Matt Woodburn as part of the Art Institute of Chicago, After Dark series. Actors undisclosed.
RookTV + CAD, "Immersive Spaces"
Nathan Peck, Nat Soti and Chuck P. will be creating an immersive space using Module8 and multiple projectors displaying personal compositions alongside many of the International Motion Art submissions submitted to this years Call For Entry
Nano, "Bustin' out"
This installation invites people to look into windows that activate the busts of philosophers, entertainers, rulers, and scientists both ancient and modern, turning the street into a living museum. Viewers can enliven the likes of Mark Twain, Kanye West, Henry Ford, Jay-Z, Einstein, Plato, Bill Gates, Augustus Caesar, Jacques Derrida, Marshall McLuhan, Jacques Cousteau, Julia Child, Queen Elizabeth, Max Headroom, George Clinton, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Sun Ra, and, in fact, all of Planet Earth, and, if you're extremely patient, the entire universe.
Nano's audio description:
Edyta Stepien's style, vision, and approach embodies the experimental spirit,
and gives her a unique and poetic voice in the Chicago art scene. Her work
unapologetically buries itself in evocative contradictions - mysterious
yet familiar, cold yet inviting, beautiful yet frightening. She seems to
capture humanity in flux; between our natural organic state and the synthetic
world we've willed ourselves into. While she continuously creates profound
and ambiguous pieces, her immersive environments and seductive imagery plunge
audiences into a completely accessible world of sense experience.
View past work by Edyta Stepien
Christian Matts, "Sorry, I'm not here right now"
At the core the installation is a simple projected live camera feed. However
it plays with your expectations as it is delayed and affected by the motion
in the video. Increased motion will increase the delay, echo effects and
sound. Less motion makes the video run in real time. The piece explores
ideas about how we view art and if art exists void of an audience. Christian
Matts is a Brooklyn based video and motion graphics artist.
View past work by Christian Matts
Michael Una, "Beep-It"
Beep-it is an optical theremin synthesizer. It outputs a square wave signal whose pitch is modified by the amount of light detected. The sound resembles that of early 8-bit video games. These are hand-built and assembled by Michael, signed and individually numbered.
Kim Alpert, "Shave I, II, & III"
Shave I, II, & III is an expression of the simple aesthetics that limit our perspectives on gender evolution. With a background in Fine art, world music, and carpentry, Kim Alpert brings an attention to detail and diverse style to her work. With a deep interest in new media and design trends Kim received her degree in Digital Media from Full Sail University, where she is currently on their Advisory Board to help design the curriculum. Kim was the Film and Video Curator for Chicago’s Around the Coyote Festival through nine festivals. She has premiered her work there, as well as Facets, Movieside, Ice Capades, and the 28th annual Framline Festival. Kim’s installations have been part of several gallery exhibitions and She was featured as part of the first Looptopia with display forty feet tall on the side of a predominant building in downtown Chicago. Kim is currently the Creative Director for a boutique design agency in Chicago. She continues to be an active member of both the art and advertising community.
Galina Shevchenko, "WILL IT EVER? Expanded Euro Instances..."
Galina Shevchenko is a Moscow-born, Chicago-based video artist. She works
across the mediums of live video performance, animation, and video installation.
Galina has performed live video at numerous venues around Chicago including
Rodan, Smart Bar, Sonotheque, Museum of Contemporary Art. Her short films
had been shown
at festivals in New York, Berlin and Moscow. She is a member of Chicago based short films collective Group 312 films and Collaboraction theatre company. Galina’s art work is represented by Moka Gallery in Chicago.
Sin-R8, "Digital Painting"
Imagine you're a painter who wants something more from your canvas and
acrylics. Your final pieces capture the subject with haunting beauty, profound
depth, and sharp emotion, but you wish that your art was more dynamic and
it had the freedom to be independant of gallery lighting. Digital Painting
is an interactive installation that uses tablets, computers, video effects
to create a painting process where paints glow and pulse, canvases spin
and dance in 3 dimensions, and the process of painting emerges as it's own
visual artform. Digital Painting has been developed by Chicago based VJ/Visualist,
Chris Hampson, “The TV Show”
Imagine your living room flipped inside out: The TV has taken your spot on the couch and your life is the show. The common household instrument of mass mind control becomes a musical instrument in a unique composition for six TV sets. While this television ensemble is entertaining to the eyes and ears, its juxtaposition requires the audience to examine their relationship to televised media.
Byron Durham, "REP (Reactive Environmental Projection)"
An environmental projection that reacts to ambient room audio. Byron is part of MFchicago which is an open source brand used by a group of musicians, dj’s, music producers and video artists who collaborate in an organic fashion on various projects, including live music, video and art performances. Visit MFchicago
Vir Unis is an artist working within the medium of electric and synthesized sound.
Working for over twenty years, Vir Unis has released and produced nearly
50 albums. In 2002, he and James Johnson formed AtmoWorks, which is an online
resource to produce and release their own music as well as others.
music has been played on national syndicate radio shows such as Hearts of Space, Echoes, and Star’s End, as well as many others around the world. Combining an ethereal and swirling sound of electronic synthesizers, samples, and computerized loops, Vir Unis weaves a sonic tapestry over fractalized beats and terrestrial grooves. He has collaborated with some of the best in ambient music, such as Steve Roach, Saul Stokes, Vidna Obmana, Ma Ja Le, Mj Dawn, Rena Jones, Interstitial, and James Johnson. Vir Unis has also created loop libraries for Sony Creative Software, which has been used for sound design in tv and film.
Vir Unis performances are always improvised and usually go beyond ideas recorded on studio albums, leading into new experimental territories in which a new sound might be forged. Visit AtmoWorks
Moment Sound is a netlabel that is maintained and curated by a few musicians from the city of wind - Chicago. It is an audio story, a journal if you will. A story about THIS moment - the singularity at the center of the vortex that continuously propels us from the past into the future. Each release is designed to suspend the mad current of time and transport the listener into the world of the MOMENT - where futurism is retro and antiquity is something to be looked forward to, where future and past exist in the present. In this world music stripped of its immediate contextual baggage down to its essence - its SOUND - leaving the listener room to create his/her own context whether it be an all-encompassing discourse on aesthetics and culture or a background ambiance to lascivious activities.
Live electronic and real-time video performances can be experienced on a weekly basis at one of many Moment Sound residencies in Chicago. Visit Moment Sound