Cipher: Refraction

  • Location:
    CultureHub, 47 Great Jones St, New York, New York, 10012, US

Cipher: Refraction
47 Great Jones St, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10012

General Tickets $10
Student and Artist Tickets $5

Cipher: Refraction is curated by Giselle Zatonyl and comprised of a screening in two parts, a post-screening discussion, and an after party with projections and live music from Opal Onyx and HD XD. During the evening Zatonyl will premiere a new work created as part of her residency at CultureHub earlier in 2014.

Refraction, the first installment of the screening, was first shown as part of Discrete Systems, Zatonyl’s solo show at Brooklyn’s Transfer Gallery. Each of the nine artists takes a distinct approach to making video art taking WebGL, Processing, and 3D modeling programs as their tools of choice. The artists featured in Refraction fragment and distort the fluidity of visual language.
Refraction showcases work from Eva Papamargariti, V5MT, A Bill Miller, Carrie Gates, Erik H Zepka,
Mattie Hillock, Mark Pieterson, Faith Holland, and Hector Llanquin.

The second screening, Cipher, is a continuation of Refraction with videos from Morehshin Allahyari, Jenifer Juniper Stratford, Mattie Hillock, Jeremy Couillard, Johnny Woods, Erik H Zepka, Sabrina Ratté, Nicholas O’Brien, and Giselle Zatonyl. Cipher explores the same visual fragmentation as Refraction but also navigates the how language follows this fragmentation. Cipher focuses on how linear narrative is utilized in experimental video.

Cipher will see the premiere of Optimal Health Technologies Institute, conceived during Giselle's residency at CultureHub. OHTI uses the format of a Public Service Announcement that promotes public health programs in a futuristic society and follows a narrative thread from the artist's earlier work about a hyper-commercial future. The video tours a medical facility in a fictitious future, where bodies are reconditioned in body scanners. During her CultureHub residency, Zatonyl incorporated real world data from motion-capture and facial tracking software into 3D rendered, fictional worlds. Following the video presentation, Zatonyl will lead a discussion on the role of open source and commercial software in artmaking, addressing the challenges of communicating in digital mediums and introducing the viewer to particular tools and perspectives.

Argentina born artist Giselle Zatonyl is a Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary artist and curator. Her work explores new technologies to create immersive digital environments with video and sculpture. Zatonyl moved to the United States in 1999, and received a BFA in Photography and Art History from New World School of Arts in Miami, FL. Since 2008 she has lived and worked in New York City – in 2014 she was awarded a micro-residency at CultureHub to continue exploring her interests in systems, mechanisms, interaction and utilizing science and technology in art.

CultureHub is an incubator for creativity focused on the intersection of art and technology founded by La Mama and the Seoul Institute of the Arts in 2009. We connect artists from diverse disciplines and cultures and provide them with environments in which to collaborate, experiment and explore. We serve local and global communities by providing an open space for creative research, artistic exchange and learning.

CultureHub’s micro-residency program supports innovative projects from artists and technologists with materials, equipment, technical guidance, and financial support. For more information about
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