Holly Crawford
Since 2005
Works in United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Holly Crawford is cross media artist, behavioral scientist, economist and art historian. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Essex in Art History and Theory, B.A and M.A. in Economics and M.S. in Behavioral Science from UCLA. From 2004-2006, she was a non-clinical Fellow at NYU Medical School Psychoanalytic Center. Her art and poetry (www.art-poetry.info) give new meanings and draws categories themselves into question through transformative juxtapositions. Her projects include: Offerings (Ars Electronica, (.net Participant); Open Adoption, The Road, Hyphens, Voice Over, Found Punctuation (video) Tate Modern 2007, My I have your autograph? (unofficial, Basel Miami Art Fair 2007), Critical Conversations in a Limo, NY 2006 (VIP project, Armory), 2007 in Melbourne (MIAF) & San Francisco (The LAB & Sesnon Gallery UCSC), Sound Art Limo, NY and Melbourne 2007, Flatland Limo, NYC 2008. Many projects are ongoing, site specific and participatory. Publications: Artistic Bedfellows, ed., 2008, Attached to the Mouse, 2006 and catalogue essay, “Disney and Pop” in Once Upon a Time Walt Disney Studio; Artistic Bedfellows, edited, 2008. Some projects are created and curated through AC (Art Currents) which she created and directs, www.artcurrents.org She taught art at UCLA and SVA. She was born in California and now lives in New York City.
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Call for Video Artists

Sat Oct 15, 2011 00:00

New York, NY 10001, New York
United States of America

In keeping with our mission to provide a platform for artistic exposure, the AC Institute will be unveiling a bi-weekly rotating video project, entitled Flat Out, along with our exhibition and performance calendar for the 2011-2012 year.

On select Thursdays, the gallery will exhibit a new video work by emerging and experimental artists from around the globe on a LCD screen mounted at the entrance to the gallery.

Please submit your video project to submissions@artcurrents.org.

You may provide links to the work as well as a proposal and CV. All hard copy submissions must be in NTSC format and may be sent to the following address:

AC Institute
Attn: Rotating Video Project
547 W. 27th St. #610
New York, NY 10001

The deadline for these submissions is October 15, 2011.


See You on the Flip Side!

Thu Feb 03, 2011 00:00 - Fri Jan 07, 2011

See You on the Flip Side!
A group exhibition about Narrative/Identity

Curated by Nicole Bebout & Sonja Hofstetter

February 3 - March 12, 2011
Opening Reception: February 3, 6-8 PM

The group show “See you on the Flip Side!” explores the tenuous border crossings through which we define ourselves by questioning the frontiers of cultural, social and medial identities. In putting the viewer in other’s shoes, what we frequently find across those borders is a wall of prejudice, miscommunication and disappointment. Through different media the artists reveal their stories of trying to cross these borders through experiences from past or present happenings. Some are based on personal memories; others are taken out of everyday life. Often humorous, but sometimes deeply disturbing, these artists present narratives of desires and misfires in the search for self.

Salwa Aleryani: Unedibly
Joerg Auzinger: Blind Spot
Sarah Boothroyd: ‘Retro Rethoric: Becoming More Becoming’, ‘Worry, Worry Worry’, ‘Do What You Fear And Fear Disappears’, ‘Lack of Proper Words’
Hou Chien Cheng: You Are My Translator for Nothing
Derek Coté: Rewards Not Given to Men Searching With Big Canoes
Boris Eldagsen: SPAM the musical
Sam Holden: Focus
Karl Heinz Jeron: Playing Identities
Stacy Kranitz: Target Unknown
Monica Ong: ‘Remedies’, ‘Old Timer’s Dis-ease’
Hidemi Takagi: Blender
Vof DuHo Dubach: Trans(port)(l)ation 2
Maya Watanabe: Abrasis


Harm van den Berg: Lullaby Land

Thu Dec 16, 2010 00:00 - Fri Dec 03, 2010

For the installation Lullaby Land artist Harm van den Berg asked people from all over the world to sing a lullaby they remember from their childhood. He recorded these songs and poems and merged them together into a sound collage. The sound piece is presented through a customized radio so it appears as if the songs - invisibly floating in the air like radio waves - are received by a world receiver. Between each lullaby you hear noises like a radio searching. Most of the songs will be incomprehensible, but the universal message of these songs surpasses language.

The second part of the installation consists of a painting of a sky at night with stars and a full moon: an image everyone knows from childhood. In reality everybody looks at the same sky with the same stars, but all from different points of view - topographical and cultural - so the same sky looks different to everyone. To stress this, Harm van den berg broke the painting in several parts and put them in line with each other. The cracks and tears between the parts reminded the artists of noise waves, analogous to sounds a radio makes when it's in between two radio stations. He likes the idea that the collage is presented in a long sheared strip. People who walk along the painting scan the pieces just like a radio searcher.

A sense of “place” is central in Harm van den Berg’s work. Using different media (painting, sculpture, sound, video) and crossing boundaries between them, Van den Berg portrays landscapes in which the spectator can enter and lose herself or himself.


Takafumi Ide / Life is fleeting; therefore, life is beautiful Opening Event

Thu Dec 16, 2010 00:00 - Wed Nov 17, 2010

Life is fleeting; therefore, life is beautiful. This expression is based on one of the values in Japanese aesthetics: impermanence. The fragile and transitory qualities of impermanence are considered exceptionally beautiful. This idea describes the central theme of Takafumi Ide’s work: ephemeral human life and its beauty.

Ide’s installations focus on the stages of life and are derived from his personal experiences. The installations at the AC Institute are created in three stages. Propagate represents birth. Generate and reverberate show memory, particularly the memories of his grandmother. Through a new work, escalate, Ide symbolizes the pathway to death.

Ide’s conceptual and aesthetic concerns are inspired by specific sites. By spending time in the allotted location, he envisions activating the space and transforms his visualization of the space into his installation. The materials often dictate Ide’s idea. He incorporates small fragile objects such as branches, gold leaf, hand made paper, lights, tiny shards of metal and electronic circuitry. The harmony that exists between the small objects offers a sense of solemnity. These delicate elements are meant to touch a chord within the audience and suggest a moment of calm, delight and reflection.

Sound is essential to the installations; he construct spaces with a combination of voice and created auditory effects. Light, sometimes a blinking light that is synchronized electrically with the harmonized sound, communicates with the viewer while casting a shadow of the structure. Composite modules of repeated sound, small objects, and shadows propagate his message. The viewer is stimulated by the psychological and physiological effect of the piece on the senses.

Takafumi Ide is an interdisciplinary media artist specializing in installation with sound and light. He received his B.A. in graphic design from Tama Art University in Tokyo in 1989, and his M.F.A. in studio art from Stony Brook University in 2007. He has worked for more than ten years as an illustrator in Japan and now teaches at Stony Brook University as a lecturer. He has received several honors, such as the Sculpture Space Fellowship and Residency, the Strategic Opportunity Stipend Program Grant through the New York Foundation for the Arts, and most recently the Nomura Cultural Foundation’s Project Grant, and the Vermont Studio Center’s partial-grant and Residency. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. More recent juried solo exhibitions include the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA and the Glyndor Gallery at the Wave Hill in Bronx, NY. Forthcoming solo exhibition is schedule at Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY.

Show runs from December 16, 2010 to January 22, 2011

About AC Institute: AC’s mission is to advance the understanding of art through investigation, research and education. It is a lab and forum for experimentation and critical discussion. We support and develop projects that explore a performative exchange across visual, verbal and experiential disciplines. We encourage critical writing that challenges conventional expectations of meaning and objectivity as well as the boundaries between the rational and subjective.

Art Currents is a non-profit 501(c)3. AC Institute
547 W. 27th St, 6th Floor New York, NY 10001 Gallery #610
www.artcurrents.org / email: info@artcurrents.org Gallery Hours: Wed., Fri. & Sat.: 1-6pm, Thurs.: 1-8pm


Gary DiBenedetto: Sweat Equity Performance

Thu Oct 06, 2011 19:30 - Thu Oct 06, 2011

New York, New York
United States of America

Doors open at 7pm
Peformance begins at 7:30pm

Admission: $20

Sweat Equity (Performance)
DiBenedetto has developed a performance to accompany his interactive installation. Sweat Equity expresses outrage over the negative impact of capitalist exploitation as a means of production. With an increasing globalized economy accompanied by ravenous consumption of natural resources, will we lose an opportunity to recognize the futility of capitalist pursuit and the need to change our direction and gain respect for the preservation of human dignity?

Sweat Equity is a non verbal staged performance where dancers operate kinetic sculptures. Each sculpture is a machine that generates sound. Each dancer’s relationship to their sculpture becomes increasingly complex. Tension is exemplified during a sequence of three acts. Each act presents changes in the actor’s physical appearance and operating procedures. An electroacoustic composition unfolds, increasing tension and directing the dancer’s actions.