A program of music videos created by Artists, curated by Milton Croissant III
Denver Digerati continues to advance a network of the world's most exciting artists who are merging technology and motion-art in unprecedented ways. Our 2015 Friday Flash series launches on June 19th with Friday Flash No.9 - MTVTM, curated by Denver Digerati alum Milton Croissant III. MTVTM, or Music to Video to Music, explores the evolving world of music videos where the sound/music element is inseparable and features some of the most exciting up-and-coming visual artists and musicians of today. The selected works that will screen are also largely a showcase for evolving trends in digital art and animation, covering a wide range of styles that embody the visual play that is concurrent with advanced technological tools. Our guest curator Milton Croissant III has compiled an assortment of works that include local, national and international artists supporting musicians such as Holly Herendon, Lightning Bolt, Dan Deacon and others, and in some cases the showcase will be the platform launch for select works. The full lineup includes artists Akihiko Taniguchi (Japan), Lale Westvind (NYC), Alan Resnick, Max Eilbacher and Nick Vyssotski (all Baltimore, MD), Nicole Ginelli (Chicago), Colin Ward and Vid Kidz (Colorado) as well as the latest from Croissant himself, who now resides in Brooklyn, NY. Come find out the full lineup of artists by attending Friday Flash No.9 on June 19th.
Friday Flash No.9 - MTVTM will start with an oral presentation by Denver Digerati creative director Ivar Zeile and comments by FF No.9 guest curator Milton Croissant III starting at 7pm at Denver's newest downtown innovation center, the Commons on Champa at 1245 Champa Street. The formal screening will follow starting precisely at 8pm at the 14th and Champa L.E.D. screen just a block from the Commons. Following the screening, the public is welcome back to the Commons on Champa from 9-10pm for an afterparty featuring DJ Daugherty.
Friday, June 19th at the Commons on Champa at 7pm And the Corner of 14th and Champa Street at 8pm
The Ten Second Film Festival
10 Artworks @ 10 seconds each on 5 LED screens for 2 months
Denver Digerati commences our 2015 season of exclusive public programming with the “Ten-second Film Festival,” a concept that has been brewing ever since the introduction of the first LED screen in the Denver Theatre District back in 2010. The Ten-second Film Festival will activate all five of the District’s LED screens with digital animations and motion-art by leading artists from around the world. The brief duration is derived by the screen protocol which limits all content to 10-seconds, presented in a rotation that repeats on a quick cycle throughout the day. Denver Digerati has selected ten artists, eight of whom have supported our Friday Flash programs in the past three years, commissioning each to create a unique 10-second artwork that will enter the screen rotations from May 1st through the end of June. The effort presents a much needed respite from commercial programming that dominates the screens throughout the year, and also serves as a precursor for our upcoming Friday Flash programs that will commence in June. Artists who have been commissioned for the inaugural 10-second Film Festival are:
Sin Young Kim
Milton Croissant III
A SENSORY CELEBRATION
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th AT ATISPHERE IN ARLINGTON, VA
Denver Digerati is proud to be showcasing our work at the upcoming Students for a Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) fundraiser 'A Sensory Celebration' on September 25th at Artisphere in Arlington, VA. Denver Digerati will present over an hour of our best programming and artist commissions from the last four years, along with some additional works we've deemed unsuitable for public consumption. VIP ticket purchase for the event will benefit SSDP and grant access to a very special evening affair held in Arlington's creative hub, the architecturally and philosophically signature Artisphere and Dome Theater. An open bar and decadent passed appetizers will compliment casual conversations with SSDP student members who will share their stories of reform from campus, topped off by our very own unique programming including works by artists close to the DC area such as Jonathan Monaghan, Milton Croissant III, Katie Torn and Jeremy Couillard as well as other top-level digital animators that are part of our growing network.
Find out more at ssdp.org
FRIDAY FLASH #8
7 COMMISSIONED ARTWORKS
In 2013 the DTD and Denver Digerati set out an ambitious new agenda for activing public space in downtown Denver's core, with our summer series of Friday Flash events that bring outstanding motion-based art to the public. Friday Flash No. 8 is the continuation of our most unique initiative within the series, our second set of artists commissioned to create works specifically for our LED screen and ongoing permanent collection, the first of its kind in the world. The artists join an elite group of top local, national and international artists advancing techniques relating to advances in technology and digital art.
FRIDAY FLASH #7: KID WONDER
LIGHT-HEARTED, VISUALLY EXPRESSIVE ANIMATION THAT'S FUN FOR ALL AGES
he basis for "Kid Wonder" is to explore short-form animations and digital artworks that inspire the imaginations of kids as well as adults. In general, the artworks presented by Denver Digerati over the first three years of programming are accessible to the public in a way that is rare for all art, for both young and old alike. The spark of interest struck by a younger generation, however, has been apparent from the start of our series, and Denver Digerati comes through with a program that serves as an example of the overriding accessibility and 'wonder' inherent in art that is firmly of today yet rooted in artistic traditions that have steadily grown in sophistication and visibility over just the last hundred-plus years. "Kid Wonder" is distinctly not a kids cartoon hour, rather a subtle shift in direction with artworks that are particularly friendly to youth of all ages but should equally interest adults with a thirst for fun, visually expressive content. The program consists of almost an hour's worth of visual bliss by artists and creatives from all over the world. In keeping to the spirit of Saturday morning cartoons, Kid Wonder will have a repeat screening the morning of July 19th at 11am, following it's debut Friday night, July 18th at 7pm.
FRIDAY FLASH #6: DOWNLOAD THIS
A THOROUGHLY UNIQUE PUBLIC-ART ENGAGEMENT
Denver Digerati's "Friday Flash" program returns to the streets of Denver once again to present a refreshing dose of visual awe to the public in the form of today's most captivating and unique digital animation and motion-based artworks. Download This / Image Anarchism delivers an assortment of fascinating artworks downloaded directly from online file-sharing sources, resulting in a diverse and exciting mixture that continues Denver Digerati’s efforts to remain at the forefront of leading trends in art. The concept picks up on Brad Troemel’s theory’s put forth in his recent essay Art after Social Media, in which he states “.....the image anarchist reflects a generational indifference toward intellectual property, regarding it as a bureaucratically regulated construct. This indifference stems from file sharing and extends to de-authored, decontextualized Tumblr posts. Image anarchism is the path that leads art to exist outside the traditional context of art.” In keeping with the unique protocol, one has to show up in order to discover what artists and which of their individual works will be shown,the first time such a concept has likely been presented to the public anywhere in the world.
FRIDAY FLASH #5:
SEVEN COMMISSIONED WORKS
For 2013 the DTD and Denver Digerati set out an ambitious new agenda for activing public space in downtown Denver's core, with our summer series of Friday Flash events occurring monthly and the initiation of a new program to commission artists to create new works specifically for the LED screen at 14th and Champa, where Friday Flash takes place. Friday Flash No. 5 is the highly anticipated conclusion of the series, where we will unveil brand new, never before seen works by seven spectacular talents. All of the commissioned artists have supported the DTD and Denver Digerati's initial efforts in our first three years in one context or another. The artworks created through the commissions will become part of the DTD's permanent collection, the first of its kind and a vital change to the nature of public art.
ARTIST ROUNDTABLE: DENVER DIGERATI 2013
PRESENTED by EMERGENT DIGITAL PRACTICES @ THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER
2121 East Asbury Ave in the C-cubed Studios (top floor of the Shwayder Art Building)
DU's Emergent Digital Practices program will host a forum with Denver Digerati and six of the artists commissioned to create original works for the public within the unique infrastructure of the Denver Theatre Districts LED screens in Downtown Denver. Denver Digerati curators Ivar Zeile and Ryan Pattie will moderate a discussion around the topic of how technology is transforming animation and motion-based art, the artists individual responses to the task of the commissions, and how these works might transform traditional notions of public art. The roundtable preceeds the unveiling of the seven artworks commissioned by the DTD that evening as Denver Digerati's final Friday Flash program of the year.
FRIDAY FLASH #4: REDLINE ARTIST
A PROGRAM OF MOTION BASED ART BY RESIDENT ARTISTS FROM DENVER'S REDLINE STUDIOS
RedLine is a diverse urban laboratory where art, education and community converge, and one of the most respected artist residency programs in the region. RedLine engages approximately 15 to 20 artists at any given time for durations of up to three years, with a structure that supports both emerging and mentoring contemporary artists. Friday Flash No. 4 will present works by some of the current crop of resident artists who have a concentration in motion-based art or have projects that extend into that realm, including Katie Martineau-Caron, Nikki Pike, Katie Watson, Lurke (Laura Shill in collaboration with Burke Miles), Donald Fodness (in collaboration with Barry Whittaker and Mike Bernhardt) as well as Bryan Leister and Justin Beard, two commissioned artists for Friday Flash No 5.
FRIDAY FLASH #3: THE WORLD IS !FLAT
A PROGRAM OF CUTTING EDGE MOTION-ART BY EMERGING INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS CURATED BY DU PROFESSOR AND DENVER DIGERATI ARTIST CHRIS COLEMAN.
The World is !Flat presents short-form animations and motion-based artworks by a select group of artist who are building a strong presence in the international sphere of digital art. The program features works by Sama Alshaibi, Brianna Lowe, Sara Ludy, Rosa Menkman, Brenna Murphy, Katie Torn, Sabine Gruffat and Angela Washko. Chris Coleman is one of seven artists commissioned by Denver Digerati to create new works for the Denver Theatre District's permanent collection in 2013. His collaborative works with artist Michael Salter are on view in the Denver Digerati exhibition 'Mirage' hosted at Plus Gallery, Denver through July 6th. Coleman is an Associate Professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver, specializing in video, installation, gizmology, animation, and sculpture.
FRIDAY FLASH #2: CROWD > CONTROL
AN INTERACTIVE AUDIO-VISUAL PERFORMANCE BY DAVID FODEL & PACO PROANO
crowd>control playfully engages public media space by turning the corner of 14th and champa into a live audio-visual instrument. Using the big-screen LED panel and software for tracking people in public spaces the artists construct a system that is interactively changed by the movement of the people and vehicles. Sound and image become entangled with bodies and technology in an artwork that is part game, part instrument and all fun. crowd>control is sponsored in part by Artemis Vision, a Denver-based machine vision systems integrator.
FRIDAY FLASH #1:
CURATED BY IVAR ZEILE AND RYAN PATTIE OF DENVER DIGERATI, WITH TARIANA-NAVAS-NIEVES PROGRAM MANAGER FOR DENVER ARTS & VENUES.
Join us at Crave starting at 6pm to hear DTD curator Ivar Zeile discuss this year's unique programming efforts for the District’s LED screens and introduce the lineup for the evening's first "Friday Flash" program. Assistant curator Ryan Pattie and Arts & Venues Manager of Cultural Programming Tariana Navas-Nieves will also discuss their selections for the program, and Crave’s Brandon Meyer will be serving up his FF inspired “Miracle” cocktail infused with Smirnoff raspberry pomegranate sorbet vodka both before and after the screening!
URBAN ENCOUNTERS: SIGHTLINE
CURATED BY IVAR ZEILE AND RYAN PATTIE OF DENVER DIGERATI
Urban Encounters: SightLine is the second curatorial effort led by the Denver Theatre District (DTD) that takes the best in video, animation and motion-based art directly to the public, presented on a massive, state-of-the-art LED screen prominently located in downtown Denver, Colorado. 2011's "Frame of Mind" showcased 39 short-format works exclusively from Colorado artists as one of the focal points of city-sponsored Create Denver's "Local Network," an evening of creative new media, presented to an enthusiastic audience numbering in the thousands. The goal of Urban Encounters is to expand the presentation to become international in scope, with new and existing works by pioneers in motion-based art from around the world, intersecting with recent works by some of the best local contemporary artists.
FRAME OF MIND
CURATED BY IVAR ZEILE AND RYAN PATTIE OF DENVER DIGERATI
The signature program for 2011 was the half-hour program “Frame of Mind,” a central component to that year’s Create Denver Week celebration “Local Network,” part of an evening event supporting creative endeavors from within the Denver community. “Frame of Mind” was culled from a locals-only call for entries of motion based artworks of one minute or less. 39 works were selected and showcased to the public during the robust evening event.“Frame of Mind” also awarded a best-of cash prize to artist David Fodel for his 52 second work “Nimitta.” Select works from the program were later put into a regular rotation on the LED screen alongside the regular commercial content.