"Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven Voisey

Posted by Turbulence.org | Thu Jul 10th 2008 6:32 p.m.

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Turbulence Commission: "Lumens" by Matthew Belanger, Sean Riley and Ven Voisey
July 10 - October 31, 2008
Opening Reception: July 10, 6-9 pm
Venue: GREYLOCK ARTS, 93 Summer Street, Adams, Massachusetts; MCLA GALLERY51 ANNEX, 65 Main Street, North Adams, Massachusetts; and
http://turbulence.org/works/newadams/lumens/
(A shuttle bus will be available for transport between the two galleries).

Lumens is an installation of lamps networked across three spaces: Greylock Arts (Adams, MA), MCLA Gallery51 (North Adams, MA), and Turbulence.org. Scores of personal lamps that usually inhabit and illuminate the interiors of homes and shops have been borrowed from the residents of Adams and North Adams to fill the two gallery spaces. Their images and stories are represented on Turbulence.org, which also serves to connect the two locations telematically.

Clusters of lamps have been outfitted with proximity sensors and arduino microcontrollers. Lamps light up in response to a visitor’s presence and simultaneously illuminate lamps in the counterpart spaces. Thus, an individual in Adams can communicate his/her presence to an individual in North Adams, and vice versa. Additionally, as visitors investigate the history of a particular lamp online, the lamp will light in the physical gallery space.

Lumens re-connects North Adams and Adams -- originally a single community -- through an exploration of location, influence, history, and the present.

Lumens is a project of Networked Realities: (Re)Connecting the Adamses, a collaboration between Greylock Arts, MCLA Gallery51, and Turbulence.org. It was made possible through New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the LEF Foundation, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. http://turbulence.org/networkedrealities

BIOGRAPHIES

MATTHEW BELANGER is a new media artist, programmer, and consultant. He is also the co-director and founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space dedicated to non-traditional and electronic arts, located in the Northern Berkshires. His work includes documentary video, large-scale digital photography, interactive online applications and software development. His complete portfolio can be seen at http://matthewbelanger.com.

SEAN RILEY is an artist currently living and working in North Adams, MA. He holds his Masters of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Pennsylvania and has received several grants, most notably a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Grant in 2004, given to only 10 artists from across the country graduating from an MFA program. He has exhibited at the CUE Foundation in New York City, has gallery representation in Philadelphia, and exhibits frequently in North Adams. http://polaresolare.net/

V. V. (VEN VOISEY) is a sound artist and sculptor from Oakland, California, currently living in North Adams, MA. More can be found about his works, which include sound, installation, sculpture and actions at his website, http://www.v---v.net.

For more Turbulence Commissions, please visit http://turbulence.org
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