Eyebeam is pleased to host the first gathering of the Upgrade! International through Sept. 24. The Upgrade! is a monthly gathering of media artists, curators, theorists and educators that fosters dialogue and creates opportunities for collaboration within the media arts community. The Upgrade! was founded by media artist Yael Kanarek in New York in 1999 and has spread into a global network of associated gatherings. This event/exhibition is an opportunity to lfrom organizers and see work presented in each location, while gaining a sense of the range of manifestations of the Upgrade! model. Participating groups are from: New York, Vancouver, Montreal, Boston, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Munich, Oklahoma City, Istanbul and Chicago
Show September 16-24 Tues-Sat, 12-6pm Documentation of works by 131 artists who participate at Upgrades! around the world. Representing: Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Munich, New York, Oklahoma City, Scotland, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Vancouver.
Gather Friday, September 23 7:30-9:00 pm Sala-Manca Group performs Elephants on Metula’s Nights and discusses their practice at our monthly gathering. The Sala-Manca Group is comprised of Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman, Argentine-Israeli artists who have been creating work in performance, video, installation and new media since 2000. Sala-manca’s works deal with the poetics of translation, Yiddish culture, the tensions between low-tech and high-tech aesthetics, as well as social and political issues.
Share Saturday, September 24
12:00-7:00 pm How does each Upgrade form its presence and community? What is the potential of the network? Join artists, curators and organizers for two panels, lecture and party.
12:00 pm: Introduction and welcome.
12:10 pm: The New York Upgrade! story with media artist Yael Kanarek and director of education at Eyebeam Liz Slagus.
12:45 pm: Artist-Run Upgrades! with Tiffany Holmes, Chicago; Tamiko Thiel, Munich; Adam Brown, Oklahoma City; Mushon Zer-Aviv and Sala-Manca Group, Tel Aviv; Kate Armstrong, Vancouver. Moderated by Yael Kanarek.
2:45-3:15 pm: Break
3:15 pm: Art + Tech Organizations Upgrades! with Jo-Anne Green and Catherine D’Ignazio, Boston; Cezanne Charles, Robb Mitchell and Michelle Kasprzak, Scotland; Suhjung Hur, Seoul; tobias c. van Veen, Montreal. Moderated by Liz Slagus.
5:15 pm: “NETWORKS, AGENCY, PROPERTY and POLICY: Practical thoughts on the emergence of new global cultural formations” — closing talk by leading scholar of media arts Michael Century.
6:00 pm: After-party with music by artist/DJ tobias c. van Veen.
This event was open to the public free of charge.