The New Romantics is an exhibition exploring the ways in which contemporary artists using digital media engage the body, representations of nature, poetic irony, and expressions of individuality as originally expressed in 19th Century Romanticism. By drawing equivalences between then and now, this exhibition identifies a critical precedent for artists today that are responding to their ever changing technological environment. Just as the Romantics responded to the industrial revolution, this group of artists are similarly responding to the current information revolution.
Two events happening in tandem on October 18 and 19th at Eyebeam—What Do We Do Now? and Performing Change—each explore ways we might think about the art world we know today very differently.
What Do We Do Now? Alternatives Fair organized by Arts & Labor Alternative Economies Group
Friday October 18 from 6–9pm Opening party with informal presentations
Saturday October 19 from 12–4pm Workshops, skill-shares, discussions and information tables
Using NYC.gov wireless hotspot data, “WiFi Spotting” topographically visualizes Wi-Fi saturation in the metropolis. Areas with higher saturation of access points form the peaks of these mountainous terrains, thus lending physicality to the usually ephemeral in our constantly changing cityscape. “WiFi Spotting” highlights how our immediate environments are saturated by constant signals, and it aims to materialize the underlying social contracts hidden within our ubiquitous noise.