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Garage Museum launches experimental online platform for digital artists

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The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, Russia has launched a new experimental programme and online platform called Garage Digital, which will host works by digital artists.

Garage Digital will bring together artists, scientists, programmers and art historians. It aims to explore and support the visual culture that is emerging with advanced technology and new media.

According to a press release, the traditional museum has lost its monopoly as a place to store imagery, with smartphones and the internet providing access to content.

“The Garage Digital team, together with artists and experts, is redefining the role of cultural institutions and means of creating and exhibiting works of art,” said Anton Belov, director of the Garage Museum.

Garage Digital features artworks and research projects

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Запускаем новую программу Garage Digital, которая объединит художников, ученых, программистов и искусствоведов, исследующующих новые языки визуальной культуры. Garage Digital собирает опыт изучения современного born-digital искусства и новейших технологий, как код, нейронные сети и анализ больших данных, игровые движки и компьютерная графика, 3D-печать и других новых типов производства. Платформа запускается с новыми проектами — музыкальным произведением Джеймса Ферраро Xerces Blau с видеорядом Эзры Миллера, онлайн-версией инсталляции «Те, кто» Саши Пофлеппа, созданной с помощью искусственного интеллекта, Russian Ferations коллектива Posthuman Studies Lab и приложением FOOOD 2050 Гинтса Габранса. Вместе с платформой мы открываем open-call на грант «Новые исследовательские практики». Все — по ссылке в профиле. ______ We're launching a new program Garage Digital! Bringing together artists, scientists, programmers, and art historians, Garage Digital aims to explore and support the new languages of visual culture. Garage Digital accumulates the experience of studying contemporary born-digital art as the product of a new type of thinking and living through everyday reality. Along with digital art proper, the program focuses on the latest technological advancements—code, neural networks, big data analysis, game engines and computer graphics, 3-D printing. The platform features new projects and digital artworks created for the exhibition #TheComingWorld: James Ferraro's and Ezra Miller's work Xerces Blau, online version of Sascha Pohflepp’s multimedia installation, Posthuman Studies Lab project Russian Ferations, Gints Gabrāns' app FOOOD 2050. #музейгараж #garagemca

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“Launched in 2019, this programme is focused on digital reality, but that does not mean we are choosing between online and offline presence.

“For Garage they are of equal importance. In essence, the Garage Digital platform is a space within the museum, with its own exhibition and education programs.”

The online platform features artworks and research projects created for Garage Digital, as well as multimedia material on digital art and culture, and documentary videos.

Garage Digital will also have offline events at the museum and other locations, in order to build a community of digital and new technology artists.

Grant programme for artists who work with new tech

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Открываем прием заявок на грант Garage Digital для художников, работающих в области цифровых технологий. Программа грантов поддержит пять проектов: каждый лауреат получит вознаграждение в размере 60 000 рублей и до 250 000 рублей на реализацию проекта. Все проекты будут опубликованы на онлайн-платформе Garage Digital. Дедлайн подачи заявок: 3 февраля 2020 года. Ссылка в профиле?? ________ Open call! Garage Digital grant program aims to support and develop projects, artworks, and theoretical research driven by an interest in new technologies and media. The 2019/2020 Garage Digital program will support five projects. The deadline for the application is February 3, 2020. #музейгараж #garagemca

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In addition, the project includes a grant programme for artists who work with new technology. Each season will focus on a particular aspect of artistic practice in the digital environment.

For the launch, Garage Digital will feature new projects and digital artworks created for the exhibition ‘The Coming World’, which examines the relationships between contemporary art and environmentalism.

This will feature ‘Xerces Blau’, a four-part work produced by musician James Ferraro and artist Ezra Miller, immersing viewers in a world facing an ecological crisis caused by pollution and technological overproduction.

It will also include Gints Gabrāns‘ app ‘FOOOD 2050’, the ‘Russian Ferations’ interactive map by Posthuman Studies Lab, and ‘Those Who’ – an online version of Sascha Pohflepp’s multimedia installation produced with artificial intelligence (AI).

Elsewhere, Sands Resorts Macao and teamLab are opening permanent interactive experience teamLab SuperNature at The Venetian Macao in February 2020.

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