Welcome to AltspaceVR's Screens and Scenes Festival 2018!

New Order of Being (N.O.O.B.) by Laura Hyunjhee Kim

Laura Hyunjhee Kim is a multimedia artist who renders familiar physical experiences into fabricated (non)existent spaces that reimagine digital culture and virtual living. Playfully engaging with the Do-It-Yourself amateur aesthetics of the Internet, she utilizes consumer electronics in production and draws inspiration from viral memes, lo-fi pop music, narrative found-footage film, and kitschy low-budget commercials. In recent projects, she explores emerging trends and patterns in ubiquitous consumer-grade technology to capture the underlying dreams and desires that continue to influence human life and existence.

Kim has shown work in numerous on/offline exhibition spaces, screenings, and festivals around the world including the Internet Archive, Harvestworks, Centro Cultural São Paulo, ​Minnesota Street Project, Ever Gold Projects, San Jose ICA, California Academy of Sciences, Kadist Art Foundation, CAAMFest, Portland State University, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, Aurora Picture Show, Adirondacks Lake Center For The Arts, Bronx Art Space, Newark Museum, Spring / Break Art Show, New York Anthology Film Archives, Institute of Contemporary Arts - London, Annual Dresden Artists' Exposition in Germany, The Berlin International Directors Lounge, Mutuo - Centro de Arte, Magmart International Videoart Festival, São Paulo Museum of Image and Sound, Costa Rica Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, quARTel - Galeria Municipal de Arte, Museum of Contemporary Art of Caracas, Fei Contemporary Art Center-Shanghai, Asian Experimental Video Festival in Hong Kong, “#nfcdab Wrocław” Digital Art Biennial, Super Art Modern Museum (SPAMM), The Wrong-New Digital Art Biennale.

Kim was the recipient of the inaugural ArtSlant Award in New Media and Sally Owen Marshall Best in Show Award. She was an artist in residence at the Internet Archive, Korea National University of the Arts, Black & White Projects and Queens Nails Projects. Her work has appeared in ArtSlant, Hyperallergic, KQED, Daily Serving, San Francisco Chronicle, New Hive, Mutual Art, The Creators Project, The One, and the Living Room Light Exchange. She enjoys sharing her thoughts IRL and had the opportunity to present at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and to students at the San Francisco Art Institute, Stanford University, and University of California, Berkeley.

Kim received her B.S. in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.F.A. from the New Genres Department at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is a Ph.D. student in Intermedia Art, Writing and Performance (IAWP) at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. She is also a 2017-2019 HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Fellow. Kim resides in the U.S. and frequents South Korea. Original Soundtrack "Hybrid" by SEICA Resident Research Fellow Chris Corrente Vocals by SEICA Human Condition Research Lab Laura Loremipsum

L'impossibilité d'une Île by Martin Beauregard

My artistic process expands the field of sculpture by exploring the interaction of sound and vision in its relationship to embodiment and memory. It draws on phenomenological thought, cognitive psychology, the use of digital media and the creation of new narrative forms. I’m interested in how technology influences physical experience and mental states, as well as how it redefines communication between individuals, the community and society. Each project expresses a paradox between the self and the environment, beingness and the virtual world, in addition to offering a vision of ‘reality’ that is at once incomplete and transcendent.

I was born in Ville-Marie, Canada, in 1978. I reside and work in Montreal, Canada. I hold a Master’s degree from the École des Beaux-arts de Bordeaux in France as well as a double Ph.D. from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Canada and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France. My work has appeared in numerous exhibitions (around 40 in the past 10 years) including the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Montreal, Canada), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (Québec City, Canada), the CAPC Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary Art (Bordeaux, France), Location One (New York, U.S.A.) and Asahi Art Square (Tokyo, Japan).

The theme this year: Hyperconnect

Though this term is commonly used to describe what we consider to be intermachine communication, it can also be used to describe a state of interpersonal and human-to-machine interaction as well. Alternatively, hyperconnectivity is used as a medical term to describe a rapid firing of neurons making excessive connections within the brain. We have asked participants to consider the impact of all existing connections in our society, both organic and digital.

About the Festival:

The Scenes and Screens Festival is an event that was created to solve the gap in physical divides by providing contemporary artists a platform to bring their work to a global audience. Our goal is to provide recognition to a variety of educators and artists through a virtual platform in which these artists may express and present their ideas. In addition, it is an opportunity for these individuals to create meaningful experiences. It is our hope that this festival will inspire those interested in the bridge between art the technology to rethink the way that social VR platforms can be used in contemporary society.

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