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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Sat Jan 24, 2015 19:00 - Sat Feb 21, 2015

Brooklyn, New York
United States of America

TRANSFER is pleased to present Jamie Zigelbaum’s ‘NO THERE THERE,’ the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first solo presentation in the USA.

::: OPENING RECEPTION ::: SATURDAY January 24 ::: from 7 -11PM :::

'NO THERE THERE' is an exhibition of new work from Brooklyn-based artist Jamie Zigelbaum that explores the materiality of the digital image. This exhibition begins with two of the artist’s earlier works ‘Pixel’ and ‘Six-Forty by Four-Eighty’ but moves beyond Zigelbaum’s interest in the “recontextualization of the pixel” to question the role of the screen itself — moving images are programmatically constructed and displayed in unconventional formats, hardware is sliced and exposed, and interactive artworks engage the viewer in reconsidering the false dichotomy of the natural and the digital.

Upon entering 'NO THERE THERE' the viewer confronts a large-format installation on a six-foot screen. Zigelbaum’s ‘100 Hours per Minute’ is an algorithmically generated, video-based work that extends across the public space of the web and the institutional space of the gallery. Gallery patrons input search terms via public tweets with unique hashtags (accessible only from the installed piece) to programmatically generate ‘averages’ of YouTube videos that match their query. Each act of viewership is archived within the piece, and also visible online, as the videos are uploaded back to YouTube and available in the public space of the web in real time.

In the center of the exhibition sits Zigelbaum’s ‘My Television’. The artist waterjet sliced his own TV into 40 square pieces and cast them in clear resin to produce this sculptural object. Zigelbaum explains “The cutting of the television like this highlights the irreality of the images I viewed on it.” Extending this inquiry into the moving image object, on another wall flicker twenty, small LCD screens running on a network of Raspberry Pi’s. The grid of ‘Sequence in Parallel’ displays a selection of Zigelbaum’s favorite films, each one evenly divided into twenty, looping segments that play simultaneously across the screens, allowing a viewer to glimpse the entire film object as a whole.

On January 24th, visitors are invited to TRANSFER from 7–11PM for the debut of this new body of work. The exhibition runs through February 21st, 2015 – public hours are 2-6PM on Saturdays and appointments are available to view the exhibition anytime by tweeting @transfergallery or writing to the

About the Artist

Jamie Zigelbaum employs light, computation, and industrial design to create sensate, interactive sculptures in order to understand the relationship between information structures and the human organism. Informed by current work in physics, media theory, computer science, and philosophy, his digitally-imbued, physical objects explore how the contemporary experience of communication refigures the body and repositions the boundaries of identity.

In 2013, Andrew Blum wrote in the New York Times Magazine that Jamie is part of “A new generation of visionaries [who] are using next-level technologies to create products, projects and experiences that test the limits of design—and our imaginations.” Later that year, his work Pixel debuted and sold at Paddles ON!, the first digital art auction at Phillips, curated by Lindsay Howard. Additional exhibitions include Riflemaker Gallery, Design Miami/, The Corcoran Gallery, Johnson Trading Gallery, Ars Electronica, Saint-Etienne International Design Biennial, and The Creators Project. His work can be found in private collections, including the Frankel Foundation for Art, the Rothschild Collection, the MIT Media Lab, The Tech Museum of Innovation, and at Tumblr.

Jamie Zigelbaum was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1978. He received a BS in Human-Computer Interaction from Tufts University in 2006, a Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the Tangible Media Group at the MIT Media Lab in 2008, and was the recipient of the 2010 Designer of the Future Award from Design Miami/. Jamie lives and works in New York.


'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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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.

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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