Urban ScreensA new kind of public art, whether we like it or not
Curator’s Pick: “This is the new public art. Not bronze statues of dead white guys or static plop art, but dynamic media art that reflects the city and the time we live in, and give the energy of the city back to us.”
Digital displays the size of buildings, wearable computers the size of t-shirt logos, and every programmable surface in between are becoming the new canvas for artistic expression.
Boston Cyberarts is bringing media art to two urban screens in downtown Boston, taking our city to the forefront of the artistic use of large urban screens. At the Boston Convention Center, 17 art projects play in rotation with convention information and advertising, and at the Harbor Island Pavilion on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, computer artists will generate real-time, constantly changing imagery to visualize data the National Park Service has collected from the harbor for 20 years.
George Fifield is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which programs numerous art and technology projects including the Boston Cyberarts Festival. This international biennial two week Festival of artists working in new technologies involves exhibitions of visual arts; music, dance, and theatrical performances; film and video presentations and symposia throughout Greater Boston. He is also an independent curator of New Media with numerous projects here and abroad. His most recent exhibitions are Drawing with Code: Works from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum from January 2011 to April and Act React: Interactive Installation Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum from October 2008 to January 2009. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, an hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts that aired on PBS in 2000. Fifield writes on a variety of media, technology and art topics for numerous publications and is adjunct faculty at the Rhode Island School of Design in the graduate Digital + Media department.