December 3, 2008 - Art in General - “Coming to You LIVE” at Bloomberg
December 3, 2008

“Coming to You LIVE” at Bloomberg

Coming to You LIVE
Curated by Sarah Lookofsky
Through April 17, 2009

Bloomberg Headquarters
731 Lexington Ave
New York NY
Tel: +1 212 318 2000

Ian Burns, Francis Carlow, Saskia Holmkvist, Kimberly Miller, Ola Pehrson, Andrea Polli, Katya Sander

Please contact Jessica Maturo at 212-219-0473 ext. 21, or for information

Coming to You LIVE presents artworks that reflect the notion of live transmission, one of the dominant technological processes that shapes and defines our relationship with information. Continually updated streams of information permeate both the home and the workplace and are increasingly pervasive elements of contemporary architecture and infrastructure. Drawing from direct news coverage, live feeds of financial data, and reality TV and its myriad DIY offshoots on YouTube, the artworks in the exhibition—like the majority of live transmissions—report on largely unspectacular material with little real-time urgency. The show focuses more on the social, political and psychological effects of a wired world than the advanced equipment that enables it.

Andrea Polli‘s installation involves a live image feed from the South Pole, while Ian Burns‘ video of an icy plane with a waving flag in its midst reveals itself to be an illusion concocted from, among other elements, a plastic Wonder Bread box, a bulb, and a fan. Pre-recorded videos by Saskia Holmkvist and Kimberly Miller display subjects molded by the ever-present potential of “going live” and Francis Carlow and Katya Sander take on the anonymous iconicity of newscasters. Ola Pehrson created a live translation of the NASDAQ index into musical notes, resulting in an abstracted composition derived from capital highs and lows. Featuring taped information that appears to be “live,” along with rather undramatic real-time footage, several of the pieces remind us that direct visual access can create a sense of profound geographic remoteness rather than the celebrated promise of immediate global connectivity.

Coming to You LIVE is organized by Art in General and sponsored by Bloomberg.

Art in General
79 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
Tel: +1 212 219 0473
Fax: +1 212 219 0511

Gallery Hours: 12-6 Tuesday through Saturday

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