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Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments by Nate Berg
From a railway run by children in Ljubljana to brutalist monuments in the Balkans, the Nonument Group maps abandoned 20th-century architecture… Moren and the Nonument Group developed an interactive augmented reality app that enables users to use a smartphone or tablet to move through a digital version of the fountain and hear stories from people who used the site.
Where Art and Science Meet by Tori Anew
Artist-in-Residence, Lisa Moren serves as an excellent example that these disciplines can be linked. The energy Lisa brings to her work is inspiring.
The Urgency of Reality in a Hyper-Connected Age Curated by Dena Eber
An exhibition showcases artworks that question, illustrate, embrace, make predictions or otherwise challenge the notion of what it means to define the “real” in our quickly evolving landscape of connectivity.
Best of Baltimore ::
Best Public Art 2018
Remember McKeldin Fountain, where people spoke freely about war, racial inequality, and police brutality? The beloved fountain was bulldozed in 2016, but artists Lisa Moren and Jaimes Mayhew found a way to preserve it.
Brutalist Building Finds Life After Demolition
by Ed Gunts
“We set out to make an experience that would claim public space and celebrate the people who used it… I hope Baltimoreans will feel like they own this as 21st century monument to everyday people, that this is part of their city now…No other city has a monument like this.”
Image: “NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain” screen still from augmented reality app. © nonument01 2018.
Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain Returns as an App
A review by Fern Shen
A virtual monument celebrates the civic gathering place that city leaders demolished in 2016
Image: Republic Square, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Public event for augmented reality app “NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain”, Photograph by Kaja Brezočnik.
© nonument01, February 21 2018.
This Augmented Reality App Creates a Virtual Monument to McKeldin Fountain
A review by Stephen Babcock
NONUMENT 01::McKeldin Fountain is a virtual monument that memorializes the fountain, … The app aims to show how people from all walks of life gathered at the fountain and adjoining plaza with one focus being its role as a “free speech zone” where movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy gathered.
Image: “NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fountain” augmented reality still. Courtesy of the artists. © nonument01, 2017.
With Augmented-Reality App, Artists [Virtually] Revive the Demolioshed McKeldin Fountain
A review by Ethan McLeod
Image: Maura Callahan holding an iPad like a protest sign and bringing back McKeldin Fountain. McKeldin Square, May 19 2018. Photograph by Timothy Nohe. © nonument01, May 19 2018.
NONUMENT Group in Njihova Prva Umetniška Akcija
Featuring Neja Tomšic and Lisa Moren on the exhibition NONUMENT 01:: McKeldin Fontana at the City Museum in Ljubljana. February 20, 2018.
Algorithmic Pollution::Artists Working with Dataveillance and Societies of Control
by Lisa Moren
On artists who reveal the nature of government and corporate relationships to meta-data and private data. Featuring Jill Magid, Chris Csikszentmihalyi, David Rokeby, Beatriz de Costa with Preemptive Media, Force of Freedom, Whitefeather, Hasan Elahi and others.
Image: "Stranger Vision" by Heather Dewey Hagborg, detail of installation from Cyber In Securities, 2013.
by Mark Jenkins
“Cyber In Securities” should be one of the fall’s most discussed local exhibitions. The idea for the show, at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, preceded Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs.
Image: "PolyCopRiotNode" augmented reality project [screen capture] by Channel TWo [CH2]: Adam Trowbridge and Jessica Westbrook, with Jesus Duran. from Cyber In Securities, Pepco Edison Place Center, September 2013.
CYBER IN\\SECURITIES is a catalog on the exhibition addressing privacy, meta-data and dark side of security in culture.
Curated by Lisa Moren
Artists include David Rokeby, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Hasan Elahi, Beatriz de Costa with Premptive Media and others.
Image: "and all watched over by machines of loving grace" an interactive video installation using a computer, software, large monitors and a sensor [detail] by Donna Szoke and Ricarda McDonald. Courtesy of the artist 2013.
Everything is Intertwingled::New Perspectives on Computer Art History and a Community of Users
by Lisa Moren
Published by Inter Arts Actual, 109, 50 Years of Media Art. Montréal, Québec. Canada.
Image: Diagram by Ted Nelson [Computer Lib \\ Dream Machines, p. 45, 1974] Courtesy of the AOK Special Collections Library, UMBC, Baltimore MD.
Marbleized Oil From the Gulf of Mexico
by Lisa Moren
With an Introduction by Norie Neumark, Phd. A book featuring 22 Marbleized papers created from the oil in the Gulf of Mexico during the BP Oil spill where the Deep Water Horizon rig devastated the Gulf of Mexico.
Image: Photograph of the artist collecting oil in Bastian Bay, Louisiana by Captain Patrick. June 12, 2010.
The Drawing Center’s Viewing Program, NYC.
⌘Z: Artists Working with Phenomena and Technology
Curated by Lisa Moren
An exhibition and catalog featuring Paul DeMarinis, Nina Katchadourian, Ingrid Bachmann, Émile Morin and Jocelyn Robert for the Center for Art Design and Visual Culture [CADVC]. Published and distributed by D.A.P. [Distributed Art Press, Inc., NY].
by Paul DeMarinis
Image: "One Bird" [detail] by Paul DeMarinis. 57 in. high. Mixed media including: oxyacetylene gas, potassium ions, Bunson burner, birdcage, mp3 player, and circuitry. Courtesy of the artist.
by Émile Morin & Jocelyn Robert
Disclavier Piano, MAX/MSP, mac mini, audio and projection.
and The Portable Sublime by Ingrid Bachmann
Found shoes, solenoid motors, arduino, hardware.
and Indecision on the Moon by Nina Katchadourian
Popcorn machine, popcorn, microphone, MAX/MSP, audio.
The Shape of the Stone is Stoneshaped
by Lisa Moren
An essay between the generations of fluxes artist Dick Higgins and media artist David Rokeby.
Image: The Giver of Names [screen shot] by David Rokeby [1998-present]. Image courtesy of the artist.
Keep Watlking Intently::Scoring Contemporary Art Actions
by Lisa Moren
Featuring an introduction by Ina Blom, Phd.
Image: Courtesy of the artist.
Review of the exhibition Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection at UMBC curated by Lisa Moren.
Image: “Symphonie n°609”, bullet hole in paper with color ink, 23x17.7" by Dick Higgins. Courtesy of AOK Library and Gallery at UMBC.
Featuring scholars Hannah Higgins, Dick Higgins, Ina Blom, Chris Thompson, Kathy O'Dell, Owen Smith, Ken Friedman, Marina Grzinic, poet Piotr Gwiazda and artist Timothy Nohe.
Image: Exhibition Catalog. Dick Higgins contriubtion to Fluxus Virus. Image courtesy of the AOK Special Collections Library and Gallery.
Essay for the catalog Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection at UMBC. The essay describes items in the collection through the etymology of "intermedia."
Image: “Sparks for Piano"  The darker, the louder: the lighter. the softer” by Dick Higgins. Duration up to three minutes From the Dick Higgins Collection at UMBC. Courtesy of the AOK Library and Gallery.
An essay on live streaming intervention "Cinderella is Missing", Oct. 2001. A Chatroom for Live Tele-Theater through multiple continents. Edited by Jochen Gerz.
Image: Anthology of Art edited by Jochen Gerz, published by Braaunschweig School of Art, Austria, 2002.
An exhibition and public programming showcasing the newly collected archive with over 1000 prints, flux boxes, drawings, posters, CDs, tapes, LPs, objects and "unnamables." All works were collected from the studio of Dick Higgins with the generosity of his widow and fluxes artist, Alison Knowles, and their daughters, Hannah and Jessie Higgins.
Image: "Solo for Violin" by Nam Jun Paik, performed by Larry Miller UMBC Concert Hall, November 2003.
The public programming for the exhibition Intermedia: The Dick Higgins Collection at UMBC. Featuring Alison Knowles and Larry Miller.
Image: “Trace for Orchestra & The Oraculum or Book of Fate” by Robert Watts performed at the Intermedia Fluxfest by Alison Knowles and Freshman Experience students at UMBC. November 2003.