G.H. Hovagimyan
Since 2003
ghh@thing.net
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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BIO
G. H. Hovagimyan is an experimental cross media, new media and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. He was born 1950 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1972, He received a B.F.A from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received an MA from New York University in 2005. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Computer Arts Department. He was one of the first artist's in New York to start working in Internet Art in 1993 with such artist's online groups as, the thing, ArtNetWeb, and Rhizome.
He has collaborated with English/French sound artist Peter Sinclair (sound artist) on a number of works. <br>

From 1973 to 1986 he was involved in the SoHo and Lower East Side underground art scene. He exhibited a rigorously conceptual art show at 112 Workshop in 1973. He was a friend of the artist Gordon Matta-Clark who was also involved in 112 Workshop. He worked with Matta-Clark on several projects namely; Days’ End, Conical Intersect, Walking Man’s Arch, and Underground Explorations. In 1974 during the video-performance series at 112 Greene Street, he performed opposite Spaulding Gray in Richard Serra's video, A Prisoner's Dilemma.<br>

Much of his early work was ephemeral in nature. It involved performance art, written and language works and temporary installations in galleries. A word piece, Tactics for Survival in the New Culture, was exhibited in "The Manifesto Show" (1979) organized by the artist collective colab. This particular piece was to become the basis for one of his first online hypertext works in 1993. He showed in several group exhibitions organized by Jean Dupuy, a French Fluxus artist living in New York at 405 E. 13th Street. In 1980 he did a series of punk performance pieces for Artist's Space series called Open Mic. One piece, Rich Sucker Rap was recorded by Davidson Gigliotti for a video tape called Chant Accapella which Electronic Arts Intermix carries in its catalog. He also performed in several No Wave Cinema films among them, The Offenders(1980) by Scott B & Beth B and The Deadly Art of Survival by Charles Ahearn.

In the early 1990’s he started working in Media Art and New Media Art. Some of the pieces involve using a combination of photographs and text, often mimicking advertising. In May, 1994 his twenty billboard project for Creative Time, Hey Bozo… Use Mass Transit, received quite a bit of press. The work was seen on several newscasts such as Good Day New York, and the NBC Nightly News (nationally). It was written up in the NY Post, NY Daily News, The New York Times, etc. A telephone interview with the artist and a report on the project was distributed over the AP newswire.

Around the same time he began working with computers and the internet. One of the earliest internet artists, his first pieces, BKPC, Art Direct and, Faux Conceptual Art, were written about in the art magazines Art in America ( Robert Atkins, 1995 Art in America, December, “Art On Line” pp.63) and Art Press (Special Issue, Techno: Anatomy of electronic culture, 1998) France. He also hosted an internet radio/TV talk show called Art Dirt. The first of it's kind, Art Dirt, is part of the Walker Art Center's Digital Studies Archives collection. Of his collaborative works with Peter Sinclair, the most well known are a Soapopera for Laptops/ iMacs, Shooter and Rant/ Rant Back/ Back Rant. Shooter, an immersive sound and laser installation was developed at Eyebeam Atelier as part of its’ Artist in Residence program.
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DISCUSSION

3D Karaoke - Flint Public Art Project




3D Karaoke for Flint Public Art Project

Stephen Szacks, James andrews and Jerome Chou have started up a new project in Flint, Michigan called the Flint Public Art Project. They are there to re-imagine ways to stimulate that post-industrial town. They've been doing public art projects and conferences with designers, city planners, architects and visionaries jump start a city that has taken a fall. They invited me to do a project and liked the social aspects of 3D Karaoke. So I hopped on a plane and flew to Flint, MI. If you can believe it they have an airport. The flight with transfer was 2 ½ hours from New York. When I got there I was put up in a 14 room house that had been abandoned before going through a two week renovation. It was typical artist housing. Not fancy but clean and warm. The block it sits on has around ten homes. There was probably twenty at some point but most had been abandoned and ½ had burned down. Other visiting artists were there as well as the FPAP crew.

Two Artists from Buffalo, NY, Andrew Perkins and Matt Bain are doing very interesting hybrid sculpture habitat work on a building across the street. The artists are working with some of the notions put forth by Gordon Matta-Clark in the 1970's. Of course these young artists are approaching Flint as a different set of problems for a sort of post-disaster American landscape that is becoming more and more familiar. Flint's predicament was brought to attention by Michael Moore's film Roger and Me. I look at Flint as if it's after the fall of the Roman Empire. People living in the ruins. The key fact is that people go on living. As a cultural matrix it becomes interesting. Especially when you are trying to experiment and find new approaches to art making.

I think it's fascinating that the whole idea of social sculpture put forth by Joseph Bueys and many other 1970's utopian communal is continuing in Flint. James and Jerome are part of a loose design/art collective called NSUMI that were invited to help Stephen energize the town and “consult” on different approaches.

So I took 3DKaroake to Flint. The piece uses two Kinect Cameras to create a live 3D video that is exported into meshlab. Meshlab is an open source (free) software program. I used Processing (which is another free program) for the piece and got help from Tom Schofield in Newcastle, UK for the initial coding which we released under GIT-Hub. This is also open source.

The piece 3DKaraoke is very odd. The singer experiences themselves as a 3D shape on the screen. Tom & I lowered the pixel scan number to give live refresh to the image. It's intentional insofar as it's not standard video. We also set the virtual camera to spin which adds a disorienting aspect. The piece also functions on a media memory level since it uses pop songs that the singer must know and there is the social aspect of the group sing along. This is quite a hybrid using digital 3D, open-source hacker aesthetic, pop media, and social sculpture to function.

FPAP was giving an empty bank building in downtown Flint to host the event. We had quite a crowd. I've posted photos on facebook. We had a drag queen do her performance art, a walk-in karaoke cowboy brought his own music and entertained everyone, there were several people who sang 96 Tears, a sixties hit by ? And the Mysterians. There was one scrawny blond fellow who did impressive punk twitching as he sang. Another singer, an elegant black man in a maroon suit and cowboy hat surprised us with his version. Also on the great list was a mullatto Rastafarian intellectual who did Space Oddity by David Bowie. He was better than the original and gave his own angst to the piece. Rob McCullough who is a project manager at FPAP led the group and various partners through Lean On Me by Bill Withers. And Britney Spears song Hit Me Baby One More time was rendered several times by different women and men perhaps being the top song of the evening. My personal favorite was a duet I sang with FPAP curator Stephen Szacks – Jackson by Johnny Cash. I wound up singing the June Carter bit! Good fun was had by all and I believe that the healing power of art was putting out the positive vibes that evening.
GH

EVENT

SEX-FOOD-DEATH


Dates:
Fri Apr 13, 2012 19:00 - Fri Apr 13, 2012

Location:
Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

SexFoodDeath
The Semiology of Art Against Nature, seen as an Ontological Trajectory, Mapping the Representation of Nature versus Art.

A Panel Discussion @ 319 Scholes Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11206

April 13th, 2012
Doors open at 7pm. Panel discussion starts at 8pm
Followed by a cocktail reception with the panelists
Free admission

Sex-Food-Death is a panel discussion organized by 319 Scholes and Artists Meeting, a New York City based collective. The Panel will explore a range of creative tendencies that presage the coming integration of biology, science, art, research, and post-human critique. 


A multidisciplinary team of panelists from the L’Institut d’Arts Invasifs, working in conjunction with researchers from University of Life Sciences and the Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, will discuss their controversial research on Biostallations, an emerging creative practice situated in active theaters of war. This work has been quietly generating controversy among European bio-ethicists and religious leaders, due to its use of human subjects, genetic interventions, drone technology, and bizarre academic ritual celebrations. While the group of artists undertaking this work chooses to remain underground, their institutional research partners have agreed to speak out for the first time, amid accusations of European-wide censorship and a media blackout.



Sex-Food-Death will illuminate new and potentially groundbreaking creative practices, while proposing techniques for collapsing the boundaries between contemporary theories of bio-art and art, art and nature, nature and bio-art. These multiparous fields of generative practice existing within both microscopic and socio-cultural domains will soon have a disrupting effect on cultural production as we have come to understand it.


“Simultaneously, the so-called ethical constraints of Western Civilization collapse around the reality of the flexible genome. The tools of war unleashed by the scientific community are affording us with a tremendous opportunity to map the exigent patterns of the bio-chemical experience of fear, and to develop protocols, heuristics, and experimental trials, which heighten, modify and rework an individual’s range of experience.”

“As World Society produces ever more regenerative social features, and as its formerly static definitions and self-descriptions clash with their own circular perceptions of their continued existence—contemporary artists must either adapt to this new paradigm, or prepare for extinction. It is only through the continual creation of self-producing/other-producing virtual organisms—that art can survive the coming singularity. Biostallations are but the opening move in this unfolding post-information domain.”



”The object is over, dead, finished. The virtual is soon to follow.”
Dr. Novotny, addressing a recent gathering of paleo-capitalists at the FLINS conference, Brugge, EU.

With Ivan Drajic (Croatia), Martin Savernak, (Czeck Republic), Dr. Ava Novotny (Czeck Republic),
Dr. Branko Cerny (Croatia), Jan Nemec (Croatia, ), Raz Johansen (Altai Republic). Moderated by William Gregory 


A visual art exhibition and will accompany the panel discussion.


319 Scholes supports digital arts and experimentation through exhibitions, lectures, panels, participatory workshops, and live performances. We use a non-disciplinary approach to examine technology and its effects on our communities, relationships, and the body. Grounded in the belief that art is the best way to navigate the potential of networked culture, we aim to cultivate challenging and experiential modes of engaging with new media. Established in 2009, 319 Scholes is run by artists and a core group of collaborators, operating out of a renovated warehouse in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 

http://319scholes.org


EVENT

AM auction at Flux Factory


Dates:
Wed Oct 14, 2009 00:00 - Wed Oct 14, 2009

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For Immediate Release:
Artists Meeting, the artists collaborative, will have a benefit party/
art auction and concert at the Flux Factory,
Sunday, November 1st. Doors open at 6pm. Suggested Admission is $10.
Flux Factory
39-31 29th St
Queens, NY 11101
Directions -- http://www.fluxfactory.org/about/directions/

Schedule of Events:
Art Viewing/Auction -- 6pm-8pm - (special auction performance by
Bethany Fancher starting at 7:00).
Artworks by: James Andrews, Daniel Blochwitz, Eliza Fernbach,
Emmanuelle Gauthier, David Graeve, Karen Gunderson,
Jon Handel, G.H. Hovagimyan, Thomas Hutchison, Jaime Jackson, Olga
and Viktor Lysenko, Lara Star Martini, Christina McPhee,
Artists Meeting, Mayuko Nakatsuka, Nsumi Collective, Sally Payen,
Maria Joao Salema, Lee Wells and others.

Preview and Pre-Bid auction site - http://artistsmeeting.org/auction

Concert/Dance Party/DJ - 8pm-10pm
Featuring -- Super Seaweed Sex Scandal and Live Footage
SSSS - http://www.myspace.com/superseaweedsexscandal
Live Footage - http://www.livefootagebrooklyn.com/
Special DJ sounds by: Y.M.I.
Further info: artmeet(AT)nujus.net


DISCUSSION

YouTube Triptychs (2008) - Micaela Durand


you3b.com is a terrific tool! Artists Meeting http://artistsmeeting.org has been using it since January '09 for a series of youTube party/exhibitions shown at Postmasters gallery in New York (459.W.19th). Here's a review of our events in DIGIMAG in Feb. '09 -- http://www.digicult.it/digimag/article.asp?id=1392
We started doing youTube parties in October of '08 at Postmasters Gallery http://www.postmastersart.com/ before we discover the you3b.com tool created by Jeff Crouse and Steve Mahon at eyebeam. http://eyebeam.org There's quite bit of documentation on the AM site and also the direct links to all the tritychs we've produced using you3b.com The list is a DIY triptych party and curated virtual exhibition. -- http://www.artistsmeeting.org/index.php/Exhibition-Documentation/YTTP_2.html

EVENT

Artists Meeting - Art Machine on Kickstarter


Dates:
Thu Jul 23, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jul 23, 2009

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Artists Meeting is testing out a new fundraising site called kickstarter.com. We have a project called Artists Meeting - Art Machine that we are developing to be shown in Art Fairs. It is an Art Automat. We're asking the Rhizome community to donate small sums to build this piece. The upside is that you get valuable prizes if you contribute on the Kickstarter site.



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