VIA 2016 Visual Artists

WEIRD REALITY VR SALON

TH. OCT 06 - SA. OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL BALLROOM
co-presented with Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh's first virtual reality exhibition showcasing award-winning and experimental works by artists from around the world. This program explores new and independent visions for virtual, augmented and mixed realities that depart from typical tech fantasies and other normative media. Experience film, video games, and interactive artworks on a variety of platforms including Oculus Rift, Microsoft Hololens, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, and more. In collaboration with CMU's Weird Reality Art && Code Symposium also running Oct 6-9.

Exhibiting Artists / Projects:
GIANT by Milica Zec + Winslow Porter // CLOUDS and EXQUISITE MUSEUM by Jonathan Minard, James George & Scatter // SUPERHYPERCUBE by Kokoromi collective // DARK PATTERNS by Caroline Sinders + Mani Nilchiani // PoopVR by Laura Chen // Salome Asega // Rachel Rossin // Jeremy Bailey // Nitzan Bartov // Institute for New Feeling // Sarah Rothberg // Claire Hentschker // Martha Hipley // Christoper Manzione // Paolo Pedercini // Jesse Stiles // Char Stiles & Alicia Iott

Multi-artist projects:
DiMoDA Museum of Digital Art (Alfredo Salazar-Caro + William Robertson) with guest curators Helena Acosta + Eileen Skyers. Featuring: Jacolby Satterwhite, Claudia Hart, Brenna Murphy, Rosa Menkman, Miyö Van Stenis, Theo Triantafyllidis

D.R.E.A.M.H.O.U.S.E. by VNGravity (Gibrann Morgado & Salvador Loza Alfredo Martinez) featuring: Martin Onassis, Alejandro Garcia Contreras, Katie Torn, Aoto Oouchi , Matthew Hillock, Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Rachael Archibald, Edgar Silva"

IYAPO REPOSITORY (VR Edition) - SALOME ASEGA & AYO OKUNSEINDE

SA. OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL BALLROOM - 1-3M
Salome exhibits in the Weird Reality Salon, speaks at Weird Reality Art && Code Symposium Friday Oct 7

Participants will be creating with the HTC Vive, and will receive a 3D print of their creations after the workshop. The Iyapo Repository is a resource library that houses a collection of digital and physical artifacts created to affirm and project the future of peoples of African descent. "For Brooklyn-based new media artists Salome Asega and Ayodamola Okunseinde, creating the opportunity to invent a vision of the future that includes people of African descent is an urgent project. What looks like an Afro-centric astronaut is actually an artifact of much deeper spiritual and cultural meaning." - Okay Africa

FLUCT & LISA E. HARRIS

FRI. OCT 7 - ALLOY STUDIOS - MASTER CLASS 1-3PM, PERFORMANCE 6-8PM
co-presented with Afronaut(a) + Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Brooklyn performance art duo FluT (Monica Mirabile + Sigrid Lauren) use their bodies to investigate the systems controlling us—and invite us to join in. “Their confrontational performance of femininity drags the viewer through a hall of mirrors—one moment parodying “pretty,” the next being crudely suggestive. The content might be PG-13 but it shocks because their exaggerated movements reveal an uncomfortable truth about modern desire and how it has been almost entirely permeated by the patriarchy.” – THE FADER

LISA E HARRIS (Houston) is a new opera / composer, performer, filmmaker, singer/ songwriter, writer, educator, community organizer, and artist of exceptional breadth and talent. She was the 2015 recipient of acclaimed Valiante Award - given to artists and activists who reflect the organization’s passionate commitment to speaking out and inciting social change through art. (Past recipients include Mel Chin, Ruben Martinez, Bapsi Sidhwa, Patti Smith.) Harris has performed in the 52nd Venice Biennial, Museum of Modern Art (NYC), the 2012 Los Angeles Biennial with collaborator Kenyatta C. Hinkle’s Kentifrica, and the 2012 Whitney Biennial. She is the founder of Studio Enertia, a mixed media production company, with longstanding collaborator Alisha B. Wormsley with sister branches in Pittsburgh and Brooklyn.

LIVE VISUALS

THU. OCT 6, FRI. OCT 7, SAT. OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL - 9PM-2AM
in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University's Video & Media Design Program

All Main Showcases feature live, immersive video and media design in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University's Video & Media Design Program and a selection of Guest Artists. CMU's video & Media Design team includes Davey Steinman, Syuan-Cheng Sun, Joseph Mertz, Adam J. Thompson, Professor Larry Shea and Staff Nica Ross. Guest artists have been paired together who conceptually and aesthetically both complement and challenge one another to push the boundaries of their own work. Many of these artists know one another (while others have been put on a blind date) but have never collaborated before. Over the course of a night we foresee a pattern of Similarity/Disparity, Familiarity/Unknown to enhance the tactile, human, and performative aspects of live media design as an artistic means of expression - not just a demonstration of cool tech.

DAN MOORE + CHRIS COLEMAN - OCT 6 - ACE HOTEL - Main Showcase with CHINO AMOBI, RABIT
Dan Moore (Brooklyn) is a media artist combining his skills in Software Development, App Design and Interaction Design with his art practice. Moore has contributed to award-winning interactive installations, performances, music videos, commercials, artworks, and media art wedding receptions. He contributes to several open-source projects including openFrameworks. Dan is currently a Masters student at Carnegie Mellon. Chris Coleman’s (Denver) work includes sculptures, animation, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. His open source project developed with Ali Momeni, called Maxuino, has been downloaded more than 70,000 times by users in over 120 countries and is used globally in physical computing classrooms. He currently resides in Denver, CO and is an Associate Professor and the Director of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.

NICA ROSS + CAROLYN FRISCHLING - OCT 7 - ACE HOTEL - Main Showcase with ESG, EMPRESS OF
Nica Ross (Pgh/NYC) is a visual artist whose work challenges the expectations of reality using performance, light and play. Their work/play includes parties, gaymes, light shows, performances and image making. Carolyn Frischling (Pgh) is influenced by Futurism, Modernism, Pop, and Graffiti. Now working with a digital canvas and mew media tools, Carolyn has exhibited at LACDA, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, PULSE! Art + Technology Festival at Telfair Museum of Art, Butler Institute of American Art (Trumbull), and Carnegie Museum of Art.

SAM ROLFES + KEVIN RAMSER + CLAIRE HENTSCHKER - OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL - Shock Value Showcase with JULIANA HUXTABLE, LEE BANNON, ABBY, ANTHONY DICAP

Sam Rolfes (Chicago) is a prolific emerging artist and designer whose work straddles music, art, fashion, and advertising. Clients and collaborations recently include video / media design for Rihanna’s 2016 MTV VMA performance, Louis Vuitton, Nicopanda, music videos for Kingdom (Fade To Mind), and more. Rolfes works almost entirely in digital media, but rejects the classification of “digital art”. He thinks the fetishization of teenage taste is stupid, has a background in stenciling and wheat-pasting, and encourages people to first find interests outside of the art world and not be distracted by ephemeral fads. Kevin Ramser (Pgh) is an artist working multimedia for live performance. Since 2012 he has worked with the collectives VIA and Honcho as a media designer, visual arts curator, and video engineer. His work as appeared at many venues in the US and abroad, including the Serpentine Gallery, the Kitchen, BAM Fisher, and the Carnegie Museum of Art. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Video and Media Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Claire Hentschker (Pgh) is an artist and Carnegie Mellon graduate student working with Augmented and Virtual Reality platforms. Her work has been shows at venues including the Mutek Montreal, Carnegie Museum of Art, as part of #NOWSEETHIS, The Drift H30//002, Glasgow School of Art’s Creativity and Cognition Conference. Bjork recently cited Claire's project "Shining 360" as one of her VR inspirations.

DAVID BERNABO + JULIE MALLIS - OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL - Main Showcase with JUNGLEPUSSY
David Bernabo (Pgh) is an active filmmaker, musician, dancer, visual artist, and writer. David currently performs and composes for the band Host Skull, dances and composes for Maree ReMalia | merrygogo and his own variable dance company, MODULES, and acts as the Arts and Culture Editor of The Glassblock. He curates and produces work for the Ongoing Box imprint and co-curates the Lightlab Performance Series with choreographer Taylor Knight. David's recent projects include a four-film documentary series called Food Systems, Julie Mallis (Pgh) is a contextual practice artist and VJ working primarily with new media, printmaking, sound and 'happenings'-style events. Their artwork is inspired by the auditory-visual connection between senses, perception, and how politics affect everyday experience. Julie has exhibited, curated and performed at The Andy Warhol Museum, The Carnegie Museum of Art, Baby's All Right, The Silent Barn, Coaxial Arts Foundation, PhilaMOCA, and more. Julie holds a degree in Electronic Time Based Media and Anthropology from Carnegie Mellon University and is the Education Program Manager at BikePGH. Her studio, home to #MagicOrgans is located at BOOM Concepts where she is also the Creative Director.

VINCENT NAPLES (DRMBT) x BRANDON LOCHER - OCT 8 - ACE HOTEL - Main Showcase with RAKIM
DrmBt (Chicago) is the audio and visual design output of Vincent Theodore, an artist,musician, DJ and Producer. Working alone and wit collaborators, it is the aim of DrmBt to provide a challenging encounter at the point of experience, engaging an audience through liminal content and sub-liminal texture. Exploring the mediums of dance and art music, light, sound and video, Vincent works with traditional and electronic instruments, DMX and MIDI protocols, and mapped projections to create unique visual/acoustic textures. Brandon Locher (Johnstown, NYC)) is the artist behind VIA 2016's mysterious asteroid series. A prolific and exacting artist and illustrator - Locher has created numerous commissions for Matthew Dear's Ghostly International label/online store. He is also a musician, and since 2006 he has disseminated more than 60 releases under various monikers and artistic mediums including audio recordings, visual art, multimedia art and sound art.

EXQUISITE DONUT

FRI. OCT 7 - SUN. OCT 9 - EAST END BOND
Concept & Curation: David Newbury

Artists: Christopher Carlson, Elizabeth Henry, Jake Marsico, David Newbury, Jordan Parsons, Caroline Record, Dana Sperry and Robert Twomey, Pras Velagapudi, and Nico Zevallos

Extending “The Exquisite Corpse” into the digital world, the “Exquisite Donut” prompts artists to re-create the surrealist drawing game using the coding languages of OpenFrameworks and Processing. Following a set of rules artists create, anticipate and subvert one another’s drawings without having seen them—pushing the total work in new directions by anticipating what others might do. These digital drawings travel around a circular array, changing form and appearance.

UNDERGROUND - AFRONAUT(A) 4.0 PREMIER

SAT. OCT 8 - KELLY STRAYHORN THEATER - 6-8PM
co-presented by Kelly Strayhorn Theater

Thought-provoking films of an experimental and futurist nature representing a diverse array of racial, sexual, and national identities and perspectives. Curated by Pittsburgh-based interdisciplinary, artist Alisha B. Wormsley. Featuring: Black Quantum Futurism Collective [Philadelphia], Tiffany Joy Butler [NYC], Kelli Clark [PGH], Oreen Cohen [PGH], Jasmine Hearn, [PGH / NYC], Autumn Knight [Houston], Tzu-Huan Lin [NYC], Tchaiko Omawale [Los Angeles], Hyla Willis [PGH]

More artists TBA.