Analog Futures

Bernagozzi, Cathodic Vernacular, 2016

Bernagozzi, Cathodic Vernacular, 2016

Analog Futures features work by two generations of artists who emphasize the material and sculptural potential of media technology: Aldo Tambellini, Brandon Barr, Jason Bernagozzi and the collaborative partners known as LoVid. Beginning in the 1960s, Tambellini has played an influential role in video and new media art practice. His manipulated cathode ray tubes, known as “prepared” television sets, produced engrossing, abstracted visual alternatives to conventional televised content. Prefaced by documentation of this influential work, Analog Futures presents artworks that demonstrate the unique aesthetic vocabulary made possible by artists’ purposeful exploitation of the inner workings of electronic media devices.

Bernagozzi, Cathodic Vernacular 2016

Bernagozzi, Cathodic Vernacular 2016

Curator Laura McGough describes the creative approach of Barr, Bernagozzi and LoVid as “resurrecting half-forgotten and obsolete media, creating a host of new meanings and contexts.” Bernagozzi, co-founder of the experimental media arts non-profit Signal Culture, cites disciplinary precedent as he comments on our current political media culture with his newly-constructed wobbulator, while LoVid’s Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus reach inside computer circuit boards to unlock the visual potential of the short circuit. Los Angeles-based artist Brandon Barr exposes the elemental properties of plasma screens themselves, and in a new installation created by McGough and Wells College students, VHS tapes are re-envisioned as a source of vibrating, kinetic matter.

Bernagozzi, 24 LoVid 486 Shorts, 2006

Bernagozzi, 24 LoVid 486 Shorts, 2006

Laura McGough is a media art historian, curator and educator currently based in Buffalo, N.Y. She has organized exhibitions, screenings, performances and streaming content for arts organizations in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. In 1997, she co-founded the new media collective NOMADS and through this initiative organized a number of early web-based art projects/exhibitions including Audiophfile, a six-part sound art series, and published MASSAGE, an early multi-media Web-based journal. She received a master’s in interdisciplinary studies from New York University and is completing a Ph.D. in the Department of Media Study at the University of Buffalo. Her current research focuses on the live transmissions and the turn to liveness in contemporary visual and media arts.

The String Room Gallery is a center for the exhibition of contemporary art in the Finger Lakes region of New York. It is located on the Wells College campus in the southwest corner of the first floor of Main Building. For more information about the Gallery’s public hours and the show at Wells, please see the gallery’s website at www.wells.edu/stringroomgallery or contact Professor Katie Waugh at 315.364.3237.

Through October 14
Wells College, String Room Gallery
170 Main Street, Aurora, NY 13026
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China Blue is an internationally exhibiting artist and the Founding Director of The Engine Institute. She is the recipient of a 2012 RISCA Fellowship in New Genres and her exhibition "Firefly Trees" was nominated for 2012 Best Monographic Museum Show Nationally by the International Association of Art Critics. Her in depth worked in sound was what drove her to be the first person to record the Eiffel Tower in Paris and through a NASA/Rhode Island Space Grant she was invited to do a pilot study to record nature in an innovative way. She has shown her works in museums, galleries and non-profit institutions for over 20 years. Her work has been widely covered in web, television and print media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and NPR.
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