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As the world becomes more and more digitized, new mediums of expression emerge entwined in technology. Coding and physical computing have became tools for artists to create digital interactive art. Betwixt Festival attends to this form of art, a form that becomes art in the presence of the human element through interaction, thereby humanizing digital technology.
Betwixt Festival is conceived and organised by SPANG & LEI (Serena Pang and Wen Lei). For this inaugural exhibition, the theme is Interstice. Interstice refers to gaps and intervening spaces. Betwixt Festival is part of a larger movement that seeks to fill the gap between technology and art, answer the questions about what lies in this interstice, and present the interstices of the different aspects of our world through digital, interactive art.
The festival will open on 25 February at Expression Gallery, Artscience Museum at 7.15pm. It is free entry as part of ArtScience Late series. Ulrich Lau will start with Video Conference: Co-optive at 7.30pm followed by P.P.M. [Puzzled..Processed.Meshed.] by Otto Krause and Milan Loviška with Alwyn Burger and Jason Nel.
The Betwixt Festival Sunday Showcase Betwixt: Art & Bytes features:
an art exhibition which will feature a work by Austrian artist LIA, who is considered one of the pioneers of software and net art. Find out more about the artis www.liaworks.com
six works from an Open Call which attracted over 170 submissions from different parts of the world
three works from students from Ping Yi Secondary School which participated in a pilot workshop programme supported by NAC, Fun with Art & Bytes
There will be film screening of Lillian Schwartz, her life and her work www.lillian.com. Time: 26 Feb 2016 1pm – 2pm
There are series of conferences held on 27 and 28 February 2016. Registration begins 10:00am in the museum lobby, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Interstice: Art & Technology
Beyond the Gap – Keynote Lecture by Vibeke Sorensen, Saturday, 27 Feb | 10:45am–11:10am
As we look toward the future, where do we go beyond present gaps surrounding art and technology.
Panel Discussion 1:
Women, Art & Technology, Saturday, 27 Feb | 11:15am–12:30pm
This panel opens up a dialogue on the institutional gaps in society, technology, economical systems, education, arts and culture.
Panel Discussion 2:
Digital Art in Southeast Asia, Saturday, 27 Feb | 1:15pm–2:30pm
This panel opens a discussion on curatorial practices, concerns and challenges in digital art, from the perspective of Southeast Asian curators. Where are the interstices of art, culture and digital in Southeast Asia?
Affect, Art and Politics by Nathaniel Stern, Sunday, 28 Feb | 11:00am–11:30am
Nathaniel Stern will discuss frameworks for moving-thinking feeling with interactive art, and show, through specific works, how such experiences have us practise and relate anew in our on-going activities.
Embracing All Sorts of Gaps as An Artist by LIA
Presented by SPANG & LEI, Sunday, 28 Feb | 11:40am–12.00pm
Discover the interstices in art, gender and technology from an anecdotal essay by LIA.
Admission is free of charge to all 4 days to Betwixt Festival only.
Other activities held in Objectifs and other locations:
Interactive Art and Embodiment: the implicit body as performance ith Nathaniel Stern on 26 Feb 2016 7pm – 8pm, LASALLE Lecture Theatre, Block F, Level 2, F201.
Interacting Images: Reactive Art for Beginners with Nathaniel Stern on 29 Feb 2016 12pm – 6pm, Objectifs. Admission fee is applicable.
DIY Mind Machines & Creative "Eye-ware" with Denisa Ker and Yair Reshef on 1 Mar 2016 2pm – 6pm
IDA Labs@NDC. Admission fee is applicable
A lecturer by Debbie Ding on "Alien Probes, Archaeological Ambiguities, And Un-forgetting Machines" will be held on 1 March 2016 12:30pm – 1:30pm at Objectifs. Free admision.