Kelani Nichole
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

I am a Digital Strategist and Independent Curator working at the intersection of ART + TECHNOLOGY.
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'Evident Material' a solo exhibition from Phillip David Stearns

Sat Nov 15, 2014 19:00 - Sat Dec 13, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

TRANSFER is pleased to present ‘EVIDENT MATERIAL’ a new series of work from Phillip David Stearns.

::: OPENING RECEPTION ::: SATURDAY November 15 ::: from 7 -11PM :::

For this exhibition, Stearns produced film-based images without a camera by applying various household chemicals and 15,000 volts of alternating current directly to the film. In a flash, arcs spread out across the surface, burning holes and igniting the film. As in our eyes, images are conveyed in a stream of such electric impulses. Here such impulses are amplified some 300,000 times.

Statement from the Artist:
“The sentiment that the camera is an extension of the eye is taken to an extreme. When looking through the Fujifilm FP-100c instant color film datasheets, the similarities between the layering of materials in the film and the layering of cells in the retinal is striking. Perhaps it is because the development of such film technologies parallels an evolving understanding of how the eye sees.”

This work continues previous explorations challenging the ontology of post-digital photography using extended techniques—bending, cracking and breaking the medium. The works in ‘EVIDENT MATERIAL’ explore the potential for analog photographic media to operate beyond their intended capacity for reproducing a world of appearances. The process of extension is applied to every material in such a way that reveals process itself as evidently material.

PHILLIP DAVID STEARNS, (USA, 1982) Based in Brooklyn, NY, Stearns’s work is centered on the use of electronic technologies and electronic media to explore dynamic relationships between ideas and material as mobilized within complex and interconnected societies. Deconstruction, reconfiguration, and extension are key methodologies and techniques employed in the production or works that range from audio visual performances, electronic sculptures, light and sound installation, digital textiles, and other oddities both digital and material.

His work has been exhibited internationally at electronics arts festivals, museums, and galleries including: Turku Biennial 2013, WRO Biennale 2013, Transmediale 2013, Denver Art Museum (2013), The Photographer’s Gallery London (2012), The Camera Club of New York (2012), Eyebeam (2012, 2007), Harvestworks (2010, 2012); 2112; and more. Full bio at

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between networked practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive projects in new modes of exhibition.

Open Saturdays 2 – 6PM ::: 1030 Metropolitan Avenue

::: OPENING RECEPTION ::: SATURDAY November 15 ::: from 7 -11PM :::


'The Garden of Emoji Delights' from Carla Gannis

Fri Oct 31, 2014 19:00 - Fri Oct 31, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

Halloween Screening ::: FRIDAY October 31 ::: from 7 -11PM
949 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY 11211
(just two blocks from TRANSFER)

TRANSFER is pleased to present the NYC debut of Carla Gannis’ ‘Garden of Emoji Delights’ with a screening and Emoji Halloween Celebration.

Carla Gannis’s work examines the narrativity of 21st century representational technologies and questions the hybrid nature of identity, where virtual and real embodiments of self diverge and intersect.

In ‘The Garden of Emoji Delights’, Gannis contextualizes Emoji within the iconographic lineage of the works of Hieronymus Bosch, re-inscribing the third panel of his triptych, The Garden of Earthly Delights, by using the new secular, pop vocabulary of signs and digital symbols. These symbols are as pervasive now as religious symbology was in the 15th and 16th centuries. According to Carla Gannis, Emoji add a new flatness to the iconography of the past, emptying it of controversy and replacing it with something akin to Murakami’s Superflat aesthetic questioning the “sins” of our contemporary consumer culture.

This screening event is a collaborative presentation of Gannis’ solo show at Kasia Kay Gallery in Chicago. The exhibition on view October 17 – November 15 is an installation of a large scale triptych, which comprises digitally collaged emoji symbols and animated characters into Hieronymus Bosch’s painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, (1500-1505), along with a small 3-D printed sculpture entitled " Escape Pod", a collaboration between Gannis and Everett Kane that explores the theatrical poetries of the modern domicile.

On Halloween evening TRANSFER presents the large-scale digital animation from Gannis’ ongoing project and an Emoji Halloween reception hosted by our neighbors King’s Tavern. The mediated version of her masterpiece contains over a dozen looping narratives across all three emojified realms: Eden, Hell and Earth. A large-scale projection installed in King’s Tavern outdoor courtyard, will be accompanied by 12 screens inside the Tavern screening HD looped moving image details from the animations (available in digital editions).

Emoji costumes are encouraged!

CARLA GANNIS lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Gannis is the recipient of several awards and her work has been featured or reviewed in The Huffington Post, Wired, Art F City, Hyperallergic, The Wallstreet Journal, & The New York Times, among others. Most recently she collaborated with poet Justin Petropoulos on a transmedia book, installation and net art project entitled (Jaded Ibis Press and Transfer Gallery, 2013). She is faculty and Assistant Chair of the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute. Carla Gannis is represented by Kasia Kay Art projects Gallery in Chicago and by Transfer Gallery in New York.

Acknowledgements: Rafia Olufemi Santana, Studio Assistant

One-night Event ::: Screening + Emoji Halloween Reception
Friday, October 31 from 7PM–Midnight
Hosted at KING’S TAVERN 949 Grand Street, Brooklyn NY 11211 :::

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'Sky Burial' a solo Exhibition from Rick Silva

Fri Oct 17, 2014 20:25 - Sat Nov 08, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

TRANSFER is pleased to present 'SKY BURIAL’ our second solo exhibition with Rick Silva, featuring new video, print, and sculpture works.

::: Opening Reception ::: FRIDAY October 17 ::: from 7 -11PM :::

Titled ‘SKY BURIAL’, the exhibition takes as its starting point the Tibetan Buddhist funeral practice in which a body is placed on a mountaintop to be eaten by birds of prey. In lieu of bodies and birds, Silva uses quadcopter drones and digital images to reflect on ritual and ascension in the 21st century.

Using a camera drone, Silva lifts the artist’s submitted image hundreds of feet into the air until it loses contact with the remote and the drones programmed artificial intelligence takes over. Silva records a series of these “sky burials” for 10 artists, selected by the artist from his friends and past collaborators. Silva’s installation of prints and sculpture in the exhibition further explore a world of post military drones and future rituals.

RICK SILVA is an artist whose recent videos, websites and images explore notions of landscape and wilderness in the 21st century. Silva’s art has been shown in exhibitions and festivals worldwide, including Transmediale in Germany, Futuresonic in the U.K and Sonar in Spain. His projects have been supported through grants and commissions from organizations such as Rhizome and The Whitney Museum of American Art. Recently WIRED called his videos “glitchy, curious things—some mesmerizing, some arresting.” Silva lives in Eugene Oregon, where he also teaches at the University of Oregon.

Events + Gallery Hours :::


Reception with the Artist
Friday, October 17 from 7–11PM

TRANSFER 1030 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11211

Gallery Hours
Saturdays from 2–6PM

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Ways of Something

Sat Sep 06, 2014 17:30 - Wed Oct 01, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

TRANSFER is pleased to present the USA debut of 'Ways of Something'

Screening + Discussion ::: SATURDAY September 6 ::: from 7 -10PM

"Ways of Something”, is a contemporary remake of John Berger’s BBC documentary, “Ways of Seeing” (1972). Commissioned by The One Minutes, at the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam and compiled by Lorna Mills, the project consists of one-minute videos by fifty eight web-based artists who commonly work with 3D rendering, gifs, film remix, webcam performances, and websites to describe the cacophonous conditions of artmaking after the internet.

The screening at TRANSFER Gallery is based on the first two episodes of a four-part series of thirty-minute films created by art theorist John Berger and produced by Mike Dibb. In the original episode one, voice-of-God narration over iconic European paintings offer a careful dissection of traditional “fine art” media and the way society has come to understand them as art. The second episode is a contentious and sometimes maddening look at the female nude in the western tradition.

The combined work is, in effect, art about art about television about the internet.

Featuring formal, figural and kitsch practices to videomaking, “Ways of Something” is constituted by aesthetically diverse interpretations of Berger’s ideas on looking at art after the introduction of digital media and the internet. Ultimately, it turns the highbrow nature of the original documentary film into a exuberant and disjointed series on how artists understand art today.

Debut Screening + Discussion Saturday, September 6th
7PM – Reception
8PM – Screening Begins
9PM – Discussion led by TRANSFER artist Lorna Mills, Julia van Mourik of The One Minutes at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, and Paddy Johnson of ArtFCity

Participating artists:

Episode 1:

1: Daniel Temkin
2: Rollin Leonard
3: Sara Ludy
4: Rhett Jones
5: Jaakko Pallasvuo
6: Dafna Ganani
7: Jennifer Chan
8: Rea McNamara
9: Theodore Darst
10: Matthew Williamson
11: Hector Llanquin
12: Christina Entcheva
13: V5MT
14: Marisa Olson
15: Joe McKay
16: Carla Gannis
17: Nicholas O'Brien
18: Eva Papamargariti
19: Rosa Menkman
20: Kristin Lucas
21: Jeremy Bailey & Kristen D. Schaffer
22: Giselle Zatonyl
23: Paul Wong
24: Alfredo Salazar-Caro
25: Sally McKay
26: RM Vaughan & Keith Cole
27: Andrew Benson
28: Christian Petersen
29: Faith Holland
30: Jennifer McMackon

Episode 2:

1. Kevin Heckart
2. Geraldine Juarez
3. Gaby Cepeda
4. Angela Washko
5. Emilie Gervais
6. LaTurbo Avedon
7. Lyla Rye
8. Mattie Hillock
9. Antonio Roberts
10. Georges Jacotey
11. Daniel Rourke
12. Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung
13. Yoshi Sodeoka
14. Alma Alloro
15. LoVid
16. Andrea Crespo
17. Ad Minoliti
18. Arjun Ram Srivatsa
19. Carrie Gates
20. Isabella Streffen
21. Esteban Ottaso
22. ZIL & ZOY
23. Hyo Myoung Kim
24. Jesse Darling
25. Tristan Stevens
26. Erica Lapadat-Janzen
27. Claudia Hart
28. Anthony Antonellis

photo credit: Ways of Something 2 – minute 3 by Gaby Cepeda

The One Minutes is a global platform for moving images. Since 1999, The One Minutes has produced and distributed over 10.000 video works from makers of 120 different nationalities.

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between networked practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive installation projects within our walls.

Gallery Hours

Screenings every Saturday at 4PM and 6PM on:
September 13
September 20
September 27
and by appointment


Language and Code

Sat Aug 09, 2014 00:00 - Mon Sep 01, 2014

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

TRANSFER is pleased to present 'Language and Code' – our second exhibition with artists Daniel Temkin and A Bill Miller.

::: Opening Reception ::: SATURDAY August 9 ::: from 7 -11PM :::

'Language and Code' is a collaborative exhibition from A Bill Miller and Daniel Temkin that presents alternative ‘aesthetic’ experiences with language.

In their recent practice, both artists explore the ways in which human/machine language patterns and new semantics emerge in conversation with our post-digital era. Through their work with language systems for communication with – and within – technological systems, space has been opened for conceptual and arbitrary inclusions.

The interaction between human and machine becomes one of shifting, expanding, unstable language constructs. This exhibition presents Temkin and Miller’s recent explorations into these shared concerns. Each artist presents a singular work installed as a series in the gallery.

A. Bill Miller’s gridCycles is a suite of browser-based animations that opens a speculative visual text system sampled from the gridCycles narrative field.

Daniel Temkin’s Light Pattern is a programming language that uses photos in the place of text for source code.

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A full inventory of work from LANGUAGE AND CODE is available from the gallery. Please inquire with to request information.

About the Artists :::

DANIEL TEMKIN (b. 1973, USA) makes images, programming languages, and interactive pieces exploring our inherently broken patterns of thought and the clash between human and algorithmic thinking. Daniel’s work belongs to the Spalter Digital Art Collection and other private collections, as well as the Rhizome ArtBase. He has spoken widely to both art and hacker audiences, at Media Art History (Liverpool 2011 and Riga 2013), CAA, GLI.TC/H, Notacon, and others. He appeared on PBS's OffBook series and was the critic’s pick for ArtNews 2014 Summer Issue. His writing has been published in academic journals such as World Picture, NOOart, and Media-N Journal and has been taught at Bard College, Penn State, and Clark University, and others.

Daniel received his MFA from International Center of Photography / Bard College. His work has been featured at American University Museum (Washington, DC), Christopher Henry Gallery (NYC), Higher Pictures (NYC) and Carroll/Fletcher (London).

A BILL MILLER (b. 1978, USA) has exhibited and screened his abstract ASCII drawings, animated GIFs, browser-based compositions, and video work nationally and internationally. Miller also regularly performs and experiments with live audio/visuals using custom software patches. He is Assistant Professor of Art and Design at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and an active participant in the College Art Association through the New Media Caucus.

Miller earned his MFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Recent exhibitions of his work include his solo show "Gridworks" at TRANSFER Gallery (April 2013), and The Wrong, New Digital Art Biennale (October 2013) where he curated one of the 30 international pavilions. His performances have been presented at Technology, Art, and Music Festivals including VIA (Pittsburgh, PA), Slingshot (Athens, GA ) and GLI.TC/H (Chicago, IL).

Events + Gallery Hours :::

Opening Reception
Saturday, August 9 from 7 – 11 PM

Gallery Hours
Summer Hours by appointment only; contact

TRANSFER is an exhibition space that explores the friction between networked practice and its physical instantiation. The gallery supports artists working with computer-based practices to realize aggressive installation projects within our walls.