Streaming Museum produces and presents contemporary-themed exhibitions of international multi-media arts, innovative ideas and related programs to a global audience via Internet, a network of big screens worldwide, and at cultural and public centers. The museum was founded by Nina Colosi and since its launch on January 29, 2008 exhibitions have been viewed on big screens in over 55 cities on 7 continents. Programs are generated in collaboration with a variety of cultural and educational organizations, prominent and emerging visual and performing artists, curators, and visionaries across fields.
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Alice Arnold's Electric Signs (2013) - the future of urban screen spectacles

Tue Dec 03, 2013 07:00 - Tue Dec 03, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

7-9pm at Harvestworks
Curated by Tanya Toft

ELECTRIC SIGNS is a poetic and timely documentary about signs, screens and the urban environment, directed by Alice Arnold. The film's narrator, a city observer modeled on the critic Walter Benjamin, takes us on a journey thru a variety of urban landscapes, examining public spaces and making connections between light, perception and the culture of attractions in today's consumer society.

The film is structured as a documentary essay in the spirit of city symphony films, and features Hong Kong, Los Angeles and New York, as well as Tokyo, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Vienna, Macau, Berlin, Seoul, Prague, and Kaohsiung. Also featured are interviews with prominent lighting designers; advertising and marketing professionals; urban sociologists and visual culture experts; community activists; a public space artist whose work offers alternative ideas about the use of media in the public sphere; and with people in the city who walk, sit, work, shop and daydream in these spaces. The spine of the film is a voice-over narrative by a 'city observer' (inspired by the work of Walter Benjamin) who takes us on a journey thru a variety of urban landscapes and who weaves together the film’s themes, cities and various personalities.

The conversation following the screening between the director Alice Arnold and curator Tanya Toft will address the notions of spectacle, politics and perspectives on future critical engagement with urban screens.

The screening and conversation is part of an ongoing curatorial project titled Urban Media Aesthetics (, launching in December 2013 and curated by Streaming Museum curator Tanya Toft. This is a platform for research, reflection and critical discussion on urban media aesthetics. Its ongoing research is conducted through interviews with curators, artists, architects, cultural planners and artistic producers who, through their practices, have contributed to the shaping of a territory, which is also the territory of possibilities for future practices. The platform facilitates various public events based on the issues brought up in the underlying research and interviews, through screenings, salons and urban art installations, in partnership with various platforms and communities for art and technology. It also facilitates a series of critical writing responses, which from multiple viewpoints investigate themes and subjects particularly relevant to urban media aesthetics now.

Urban Media Aesthetics is initiated with support of CuratorLab / Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design.


Nordic Outbreak - Moving Image Exhibition and Symposium in NYC

Sun Mar 31, 2013 22:00 - Sat Apr 06, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Traveling Exhibition Of Moving Image By Over Thirty Nordic Artists Launches Throughout New York City
March 31 to April 6, 2013

Nordic Outbreak Symposium
April 6 at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue

Streaming Museum is pleased to present Nordic Outbreak, an exhibition of over 30 moving image artworks by established and emerging contemporary Nordic artists curated for public space. Organized by curators Nina Colosi and Tanya Toft the exhibition program launches in New York City and will travel throughout the Nordic region and internationally. Nordic Outbreak reflects an open exhibition structure for the museum without walls and contemporary ways of engaging with cities through moving image. It will be viewed as large projections and on screens in public spaces, on its website, and at partnering arts, cultural and architectural centers.

Nordic Outbreak opened on March 1st with a new version of Björk’s Mutual Core video by Andrew Thomas Huang, which is on view nightly through March 31st during Times Square’s “Midnight Moment”, a collaboration between Times Square Advertising Coalition and Times Square Arts. The exhibition of this work, simultaneously displayed across 15 of the largest screens in Times Square, is a prelude to a series of events and exhibitions that will take place March 31st to April 6th.

A symposium and exhibition at Scandinavia House with Nordic artists, theorists, and curators will take place on April 6. The symposium highlights contemporary dynamics in aesthetics and form in moving image from the Nordic art scene and the new modes and impact of exhibition in public space.

Among other events are screenings at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza and the Manhattan Bridge Archway, a lecture at NYU Tisch School of the Arts on the history of Nordic moving image, and an evening event in the Sky Room at the New Museum.

Speaking about the focus of Nordic Outbreak, Danish curator Tanya Toft said, “the artworks touch upon contemporary issues that are confronting the underpinnings of society in the Nordic region – but which also reflect international realities and conditions in the digital age. The exhibition brings new light on the Nordic as a diverse aesthetic concept and reveals an amazing experimental energy.”

Over 30 contemporary Nordic artists are included in the exhibition: Eija-Liisa Ahtila, J Tobias Anderson, Björk, Ken Are Bongo, Jeannette Ehlers, Efterklang, Jette Ellgaard, Jessica Faiss, Marit Følstad, Søren Thilo Funder, Sigurdur Gudjonsson, Styrmir Örn Gudmundsson, Eva-Mari Haikala, Iselin Linstad Hauge, Kaia Hugin, Hanne Ivars, Mogens Jacobsen, Vibeke Jensen, Jesper Just, Hannu Karjalainen, Antti Laitinen, Dan Lestander, Una Lorenzen, Pernille With Madsen, Dodda Maggy, Eva Olsson, QNQ/AUJIK, Miia Rinne, Egill Sæbjörnsson, Magnus Sigurdarson, Birgitte Sigmundstad and Superflex.

Nordic Outbreak is produced in collaboration with Nordic curators Daniela Arriado, Birta Gudjonsdottir, Kati Kivinen, and Jacob Lillemose.


Collaborators and sponsors
Nordic Outbreak is presented in collaboration with Scandinavia House, MOCAtv for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, World Council of Peoples for the United Nations, Times Square Advertising Coalition in Partnership with Times Square Arts, Dumbo Improvement District, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Reykjavik Art Museum, Danish Architecture Center, Screen City Festival, Katuaq the Cultural Centre of Greenland, Babes at the Museum, PNEK, AV-Arkki, James Cohan Gallery, NY, Marian Goodman Gallery, NY.

Nordic Outbreak is supported by Nordic Culture Fund, Nordic Culture Point, Consulate General of Sweden, Royal Norwegian Consulate General, Consulate General of Finland, Consulate General of Denmark, Consulate General of Iceland, Office for Contemporary Art Norway, Icelandic Art Center.

For press inquiries contact Kate Greenberg, +1 646-405-5987

Image: Antti Laitinen, Snowman (2006)


CYBORG ALARM - When Technology, Imagination and Body Collide

Mon May 28, 2012 06:00 - Sat Jun 30, 2012

New York, New York
United States of America

Curated by Tanya Toft, Curatorial Fellow, Streaming Museum

OPENING EVENTS – May 28, 6 to 10 PM
Panel discussion: 6 – 7:30 PM in The Screening Room
Eventi Hotel, 851 Avenue of the Americas, 5th Floor, NYC

Exhibition launch: 6 – 10 PM at Big Screen Plaza
Sixth Avenue between 29th and 30th Street, NYC, behind the Eventi Hotel
On view through June. Schedule at

Party: 7:30 -10 PM in the newly opened Brighton overlooking Big Screen Plaza
835 Avenue of the Americas

Panel and exhibition FREE
Food and Beverage available at Brighton


Streaming Museum will open the exhibition CYBORG ALARM: When Technology, Imagination and Body Collide on May 28 from 6 – 10 pm at Big Screen Plaza, NYC, featuring artwork by 2011 NYFA Fellows and Finalists. A panel discussion in the Eventi Hotel’s screening room, will take place 6 – 7:30 PM with the artists: Karolina Sobecka, Michael Greathouse, Sophie Kahn, Jason Bernagozzi, James Case-Leal, and the artist team caraballo-farman. Following the discussion, guests will view the exhibition on the big screen at an opening party at Brighton. The exhibition will be on view at Big Screen Plaza through June 2012.

The exhibition and panel discussion address the timely topic of being human in a world in which digital technology and the body are colliding and giving us new experiences, ideas and capabilities for inventing and imagining our physical and virtual identities. The artworks explore the digital persona as it transcends the human body in representational situations of the contemporary world where norms and behavior are reformulated. The discussion will also address the attributes that make art accessible to a global public in open spaces and online.

The exhibition is inspired by Marshall McLuhan’s description of how art acts as “an early alarm system” and anticipates future social and technological developments. This prompts us to reflect whether what we see in today’s art might anticipate a new reality for future generations. Has the idea of the cyborg, a fictional technologically dependent organism popularized in the 1960’s, gained new relevance as digital technologies continue to enhance our human capabilities and affect our behavior and imagination?

The artworks featured in CYBORG ALARM exemplify how art can translate these issues across time, space and cultures. Telling a story through images of the human dimension in the digital world, they could be considered “contemporary hieroglyphs.”

The works include:

Karolina Sobecka’s Capacity to Act in a World (2011) investigates the limits and meaning of human agency. It explores behavior within an interdependent matrix of elements, sets of norms and constructed histories. The piece exposes our capabilities for navigating and understanding the world in our overtly mediated environments.

In Dreams (2009) by Michael Greathouse is inspired by film noir and b/w Hollywood horror films and produced exclusively with composited computer animation. It depicts continual repetition of a single moment of a human portrait floating in animated waters. In Dreams addresses identity in terms of continuity and journeys through an anachronistic world with endless dimensions.

04302011 (2011) by Sophie Kahn is a collection of laser portraits of New Yorkers inspired by rotating 3-D models of people on large public screens in sci-fi movie scenes. The portraits appear incomplete and fragmented as a result of disruptions caused by the models’ movement and breathing during the scanning process, suggesting a metaphor of instability in our digitally mediated identities.

James Case-Leal’s republic of heaven (2010) presents a lyrical interpretation of the world in which we live. The piece illustrates a spiritual departure from the material world into “the next world” – that is fantastic and perhaps ideal – one which might be possible in the digital realm. It reflects human aspirations and a sense of endlessness, perhaps mirroring the experience in the world’s endless chain of Internet links.

Jason Bernagozzi’s The Presence of Something in its Absence (2008) illustrates a perceptual experience in a digital world. In this poetic universe, there is a sense of ‘getting lost in code’ or virtual worlds; perhaps a search for identity, perception and rhythm, covered in great expectations for the future.

Venerations (Applause) (2009) by caraballo-farman questions the dictates of logic and free will. Why does an audience produce shared emotional states and erupt in collective applause, bound beyond reason? This ritual mirrors situations of collective behavior in a manipulative, commercial, and participatory culture, which is becoming increasingly complex and opaque.

The artists: Karolina Sobecka, Michael Greathouse, Sophie Kahn, James Case-Leal, and the artist team caraballo-farman, are 2011 Artists’ Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). Jason Bernagozzi is a 2011 Artists’ Fellowship finalist. This presentation is cosponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a public program Administered by NYFA with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).


Streaming Museum Presents Reflections on John Cage’s Influence on the Arts and Mass Culture

Sat Feb 18, 2012 08:00 - Thu Jan 31, 2013

Online, New York
United States of America

John Cage had a profound impact on the arts and mass culture according to architect Frank Gehry, who reflects upon Cage's legacy in the 1993 film Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage. In the film, directed by Henning Lohner, Gehry notes that Cage questioned conventions "and in questioning them he was questioning our lives and our world around us.”

In this spirit, Streaming Museum launched a John Cage Centennial Tribute on February 1, featuring John Cage and a collection of visual and sound art and stories by contemporary multi-media artists he has influenced. Inviting further questioning and reflections, this month the museum will present two exclusive screenings of this unique "composed film."

The entire Tribute program will be on view at through 2012 and select works will be exhibited in public spaces later this year. The Composers Now Festival, founded by internationally renowned composer/conductor, Tania Leon, will feature Streaming Museum’s online program through February 29th. The Festival, now in its third season, is the product of ongoing collaboration between cultural centers throughout NYC who present performances of music by living composers. Post-performance discussions with the composers constitute an important aspect of the programming, engaging audience members and furthering appreciation.

Streaming Museum’s Tribute program

Exclusive screenings of The Revenge of the Dead Indians: In Memoriam John Cage (1993) by filmmaker Henning Lohner, sponsored by Mode Records.
February 12 at 2 pm
February 18 at 8pm
Both @

Video program curated by Artist / inventor Tom Shannon including Sea-Tails (1983), a film installation by Jackie Matisse, David Tudor, Hillary Davies; and the premiere of 6 AV, by Tom Kovachevich.

The premiere of Notations 21, a video that includes a collection of interviews, music and scores by composers presented in Notations 21, a book by Theresa Sauer inspired by John Cage’s book Notations (1969). Featured composers include Keren Rosenbaum, Joseph Pignato, Michael J. Schumacher, John Kannenberg, Chris Chalfant. The Notations 21 video also offers an opportunity to view and hear scores by composers around the world including Jennifer Walshe, Makoto Nomura, Halim El-Dabh, Takayuki Rai, Guilliermo Gregorio, Rajesh Mehta, Leon Schidlowsky, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Earle Brown and others.

Streaming Museum's Tribute presents visual and sound art and stories about John Cage’s lasting influence on subsequent generations including Cage collaborators William Anastasi, Dove Bradshaw, Joel Chadabe, Emanuel Pimenta; and multi-media artists, ADACHI Tomomi, Phil Dadson, Lesley Flanigan, Richard Garet, Loris Greaud, Martha Mooke, Marcin Ramocki, Phillip Stearns, Stephen Vitiello, Monika Weiss.

Artists will be joining the program throughout the year.

Tanya Toft


French new media artist Maurice Benayoun at Streaming Museum's Fourth anniversary celebration

Tue Jan 31, 2012 06:00 - Tue Jan 31, 2012

New York , New York
United States of America

Streaming Museum, an international public art and online museum, will celebrate its Fourth anniversary on January 31 with the US premiere of “Emotion Forecast” and “Occupy Wall Screens,” real-time artworks by the renowned French artist Maurice Benayoun.

“Emotion Forecast” and “Occupy Wall Screens” are part of Maurice Benayoun’s ongoing series on the “Mechanics of Emotions” which translate emotions into maps, performances, the Emotion Vending Machine, and sculpture relics of the world.

The reception will take place from 6 to 8 pm on January 31, 2012, at the Eventi Hotel’s Bar Basque, designed by futurist Syd Mead (839 Avenue of the Americas). Guests will meet Benayoun and enjoy dramatic views of the exhibition on the Big Screen. Please RSVP by January 29.

The exhibition will be on view until February 29 at Big Screen Plaza in New York City.

Details on the exhibition schedule at Big Screen Plaza and, and Maurice Benayoun’s lectures at Parsons the New School for Design and Columbia University, at

Tanya Toft
+1 631 691 9827