The Klein Art Gallery at the Science Center will present READY>RUN, an exhibition of artworks created using vintage video game hardware like Nintendo, Gameboy, Atari, and Commodore 64. The exhibition runs from September 19th through November 7th 2009, with an opening reception on Saturday, September 19th from 5pm to 8pm at the Klein Art Gallery. Followed by 8Static Chip Music Party at Studio 34 From 8pm - 11pm.
READY>RUN exhibition explores 'Chiptune' or Chip music culture. A general term for original music and visual art created by using early video game hardware like the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Gameboy, Atari, and Commodore 64. Chip musicians and pixel artists work within the limitations of these vintage technologies by hacking their childhood toys to generate complex new genres of music and visual art that challenge and reflect the identity of contemporary art on an international level. There are now vibrant underground Chip music scenes in Japan, Europe, New York, and Philadelphia.
8Static is a Philadelphia's Chip music show organized by The Hacktory. 8static takes place at Studio34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA. (SEPTA's No. 34 trolley line)
Alex Bond / Enso is a pixel artist, illustrator, and blogger currently residing in Philadelphia. In his work, Bond builds images pixel by pixel creating rich 8-bit landscapes and portraits. Bond's work has been featured on Boing Boing's Offworld. He is also the founder of the blog Pixelstyle, which promotes pixel-based artwork on the web.
Richard Alexander Caraballo / minusbaby is a New York City based musician, designer and photographer. Focusing primarily on software-based composition, minusbaby uses lo-fi electronic synthesis to create polyphonic, rhythm-driven electronic music. Since 1999, he has come to prominence in the chip music scene with a foundation in New York City and the 8bitpeoples, of which he is a longtime member. Inspired by a recent residency in Brazil, minusbaby recouped his technique and scope to prepare and produce a new mission: the propagation of a unique brand of chip music largely informed by 1960s samba and boogaloo, 1970s Krautrock and Música Popular Brasileira, 1980s No Wave, hip-hop and electro, and 1990s shoegaze and post-techno.
Jeff Donaldson / noteNdo began working with prepared NES consoles back in 2001 with the intent to create animation entirely with his own hardware hacks. There is no new code involved, only raw, machine logic. This work has led to international recognition in new media art and a continuing pursuit of the untapped potential of rewiring consumer electronics to create fresh, new work. In addition, noteNdo has recently begun digging into LSDJ, writing his own brand of 4bit dance crunch for the Nintendo Game Boy. Jeff currently resides in Brooklyn, NY and is an active member of the Baltimore based band WZT Hearts.
Jeremiah Johnson / Nullsleep is an electronic musician and computer artist currently enrolled in the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. His work is focused primarily on the use of repurposed low-bit electronics for creative expression in an ongoing effort to leverage their limitations. In 1999 he co-founded 8bitpeoples, a collective of artists interested in the audio-visual aesthetics of early home computers and video game consoles. He has since released a number of recordings through 8bitpeoples, Astralwerks, Aniplex and others. Based in New York City, Johnson has performed extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including the 20-date International Chiptune Resistance world tour in 2006.
Wil Lindsay / VBLANK is an electronic media artist currently residing in Philadelphia. Lindsay received an MFA in the Integrated Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Lindsay was a recent artist-in-residence at The Hacktory. His work focuses on the implications of re-contextualizing dead or forgotten technologies in contemporary culture and is presented through various modalities including installation, imaging, video, music, physical electronics and algorithmic processing. VBLANK live video is created entirely real-time with all source graphics produced directly from small custom circuits and micro-controllers.
Joey Mariano / Animal Style is an guitar virtuoso, chip musician, visual artist, and educator hailing from Philadelphia. Well-known for his Game Boy Foot Controller mod and for popularizing the 8bit fuzz pedal, Mariano continues to innovate the performance of 8bit music. Live, Joey walks a chiptune tight rope, triggering loops from his feet and shredding progressive, improvised guitar solos rooted in his strict, jazz training. Animal Style music is a blend of demoscene sensibilities, catchy melodies, organic guitar riffs, and improvisation that will explode your ear canal and leave you begging for more. Mariano stands at the forefront of the emerging chip scene in Philadelphia and is a frequent co-conspirator with 8bitpeoples and the New York chip scene.
Music & Entertainment Technology Laboratory (MET-Lab) at Drexel University is devoted to research in digital media technologies that will shape the future of entertainment, especially in the areas of sound and music. One area of particular interest for MET-lab research is new interfaces for performing and interacting with music. MET-Lab experiments with robotics, mutli-touch displays, customized hardware and develops novel software applications that demonstrate some potential interfaces that offer more intuitive and direct connection between a user and the computer for making music.
Don Miller / NO CARRIER is an educator, programmer, and live visualist currently living in Philadelphia. He reprograms nearly obsolete videogame and computer hardware, for use at live music events and installations. He primarily codes for the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Commodore 64, creating visual works that incorporates both new and recycled symbols and patterns. His work simultaneously speaks to the emerging DIY technology culture, and the reminiscence of a generation raised on interactive media technologies.
Paul Slocum is an independent artist, curator, and musician living in Dallas, Texas. Computer technology and culture are often the medium and subject of his work. Since 2006, he has been the director of And/Or Gallery in Dallas, an art space focused on new media work. His band, Tree Wave, makes music and video using reprogrammed obsolete computer and videogame gear. Some of Paul's performances and exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), Deitch Projects (New York), Eyebeam (New York), Transitio MX (Mexico City), Le Confort Moderne (France), README 2005 (Denmark), The Liverpool Biennial, and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
Dan Winckler is a Visualist (aka VJ), educator, programmer, hacker, and occasional actor currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Winckler holds a M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from Polytechnic University (now the Polytechnic Institute of NYU), and a B.A. in Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary.
The Hacktory promotes the use of technology in the arts through: Classes, Community Events, Shared Facilities & Equipment, and an Artist Residency Program.The Hacktory's participants are a diverse community that includes artists, hobbyists, engineers and professionals who share common bond to expand knowledge of technology and to synthesize new ideas through art. The Hacktory is incubated as a project of the Nonprofit Technology Resources (NTR).
8bitpeoples is a record label/arts collective centered in New York City that focuses around the 8-bit aesthetic, which is heavily influenced by vintage videogames. 8bitpeoples was founded in 1999 by Jeremiah Johnson and Mike Hanlon (AKA Tangible). It is currently run by Johnson and labelmate Joshua Davis (AKA Bit Shifter).
The Esther M. Klein Art Gallery hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm
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