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David Gryn, Sound and Technology Curator, about If So, What?

In Art Basel, Art Fair, Curator, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, If So, What ?, ifsowhat, San Jose, Silicon Valley, Sound, Technology, Uncategorized on 06/12/2017 at 8:54 am

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David Gryn, Sound and Technology Curator, about If So, What?

By Abby Margulies

“I think about audience as much as I think about how to support artists.” Says David Gryn, who is speaking with me in the lead up to the opening of Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB) about curating film programs, his thoughts on the upcoming fair in Miami, and his new role as Technology and Sound Curator for If So, What?. Gryn, who is Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx, is also going into his 7th year as curator for film and sound for ABMB, and is a renowned expert in the field of film, digital media, and sound curation.

Right now, Gryn is hard at work for ABMB, which opens this week. This year’s program takes as its theme the universal language of dance, and explores the relationship between music and movement. The program will include three films by artists Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Jen DeNike and Tin Ojeda, as well as a series of short films presented by the Chicago Film Archive in collaboration with Chicago-based gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey.

“The goal,” said Gryn, who has dedicated his career to elevating and creating a platform for film and digital art, “is to encourage galleries to show the mediums that they don’t really bring to art fairs or find easy to sell. And the result is that it often raises the profile of the work and the medium.”

For the sound component of the program, Gryn is working with artist Hans Berg to program surround sound in the 160 speakers in SoundScape park, part of New World symphony. The sound element was a component that Gryn introduced into ABMB a few years ago, and which runs each evening before the film programming begins.

One of Gryn’s favorite aspects of the program is that the film and sound portion of the fair is open and accessible to everyone. “At the screenings there’s a big mix of huge art collectors, homeless people, and families from Miami,” said Gryn. “They are all equal to me; that mix is interesting to me. I’m trying to be accessible to as many people as possible.”

Gryn is in the business of empowering and providing a platform for artists. He is the Director of Daata Editions, a platform that he developed with art collector Anita Zabludowicz. Daata Editions commissions artists’ video, sound, poetry, and web-based works, and makes them available for purchase by museums, fairs, hotel brands, and private collectors, among others. But as a curator, and someone who ultimately wants to see these artists make a living, he is also in the business of audience engagement.

“When I view an audience I am always looking at how they are engaging with the work. I think if I’m not doing the right thing it’s not always good for the artwork.”

For Gryn, his commitment to curating film and creating a platform for artists working in video and digital mediums to present their work serves a larger mission. “I am trying to empower a medium, to make sure there is a marketplace connectivity,” said Gryn.

Working with If So, What? is a natural fit for Gryn, who said that he is very excited to be working with and supporting an innovative new art event. “We have a mutual belief in supporting the artists, in being honest, truthful, and diligent about how we operate with artists.”

In addition, Gryn sees Silicon Valley as an interesting new frontier. “I think there is a change going on and a growing interest in art. It was hitherto dominated by the dot com sensation, but I think that has moved on and people are becoming interested in other ways of being,” said Gryn. “The art gold rush is starting to take place, and people think there is more opportunity on the West Coast to gain traction. Being supportive of a new art fair model excites me.”

With regards to his plans for If So, What, Gryn is still holding his cards close. He is planning to work with some of the artists that he has commissioned for Daata Editions, as well as to collaborate with artists and designers that he has been interested in partnering with, some of whom are working in virtual reality, and others who are experimenting with new and unconventional surfaces on which to display video work. He is also interested in drawing on themes relevant to the Bay Area, from the South Bay’s long connection to the tech industry, to San Francisco’s history as a hub for LGBTQ communities.

Part of Gryn’s mission is to help communicate the medium of film as an artwork, which an event like If So, What? provides a perfect opportunity to do. “I’m trying to delineate that this is an artwork more than anything,” says Gryn. “Boundaries are becoming ever more blurred and I’m trying to make sure that the boundaries are at least acknowledged. The function of art is itself. It is not a marketing tool to sell something. It is nothing other than to be itself.”

Ultimately though, it is always about the artists, and Gryn is committed to helping them along – by elevating their medium and creating a perfect forum for audiences to engage with their work.

“Artists are leaders of cultural thought, of intellectual thought, and they are often undervalued and under-looked. Even at art fairs things get forgotten, which is why I’m excited by a new fair that thinks about artists in a different way.”

https://www.ifsowhat.com/

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Blink Burn – The Pratt and New World Symphony Collaboration – Miami Beach – Dec 7

In Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Miami, Miami Beach, New World Center, New World Symphony, Pratt, Uncategorized on 27/11/2017 at 10:57 pm

 

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Pratt x New World Symphony present
BLINK, BURN.

A unique performance during Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017
Followed by a cocktail reception co-hosted by Pratt Alumni Miami Network

Thursday, December 7
6pm Performance
7pm Reception

SunTrust Pavilion, New World Center, 500 17th Street, Miami Beach

Free and open to the public; reservations and more information at

http://www.nws.edu/events-tickets/concerts/blink-burn/

FACEBOOK EVENT

Please join us for BLINK, BURN, a new addition to the landscape of Art Basel in Miami Beach. This collaboration between Pratt Institute and New World Symphony (NWS) explores the creative possibilities that emerge when film/video artists engage deeply with sound artists/musicians. This yearlong collaboration, conceived by David Gryn, curator of Film & Sound for Art Basel in Miami Beach and Director of Daata Editions, will culminate in a high-profile visual/aural event on December 7 during Art Basel in Miami Beach. It will feature original video work by select Pratt students accompanied by NWS fellows’ live sound performance.

PROGRAM

BLINK, BURN, led by Lisa Crafts at Pratt and Michael Linville at NWS and London based artist Molly Palmer, encompasses four different video and musical pieces that explore the general theme of human impact and the multifaceted, complicated nature of humanity.

Lifeblood

Composed by Christopher Hernacki (Bass Trombone Fellow) and Zach Manzi(Clarinet Fellow)
Performed by Nick Castellano (Horn Fellow), Christopher Hernacki and Zach Manzi
Moving Images by Alexander Mejia with creative partner Sieanna Janae Williams

Lifeblood is an exploration of urban existentialism through the depiction of the interior and exterior spaces we inhabit; a suggestion of the relationship between our biology and the structures around us. This piece features sequences of textured video layers, cutouts and deep instrumentation to weave the genetic fabric of our collective experience.

Zodiac Suite

Performed by Andrew Chilcote (Bass Fellow)
Moving Images by Lou Goncalves

Zodiac is a textured moving image work that interacts with a live performance to create a dialogue between the sound and the image. It combines hand–processed 16mm film and handmade colored pencil drawings with digital software. The style, color and timing of the images were inspired by the musical momentum, intensity and notations of Lucas Drew’s Zodiac Suite as performed by Andrew Chilcote.

Ex Materia

Mary Reed (Bass Fellow): performing her original composition: Cosmicomics
Moving Images: Natalie Carvallo, Emma Dold, Holly Durgan, Lauren Kolar

The cyclical nature of creation and destruction is explored in this scrolling exquisite corpse. Ex Materia combines stop-motion, hand drawn animation, collage and live action video to create an otherworldly universe inspired the hypnotic composition Cosmicomics by Mary Reed.

Utopia

Utopia, composed by Ludek Wojtkowski (Violin Fellow)
Moving Image by Christopher Rutledge with creative partner Lauren Pedrosa

What will happen after sea levels rise? What life will emerge from a post-human climate? Through animation, drone footage shot over Miami and a combination of live and pre-composed audio, Utopia addresses these questions.

https://www.pratt.edu/the-institute/public-programs/

Conception idea:

The idea to bring both entities together has emerged after my many years of working with Art Basel in Miami Beach as both Film and Sound Curator, and hosting the screening program taking place in Soundscape Park at the New World Symphony. It is aimed at the empowerment of students and future artists at the time of the annual city’s focus of the art fair and bring student bodies together to explore true collaboration, which for any filmmaking and most creative disciplines is so valuable and vital. (David Gryn)

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Film & Sound at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017

In 303, Anat Ebgi, Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach, Chicago Film Archives, Corbett Vs. Dempsey, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Gio Marconi, Hans Berg, Jen DeNike, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Lisson, Tin Ojeda, Uncategorized on 21/11/2017 at 3:12 pm
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Art Basel in Miami Beach 2017 – Trailer

From December 7 to December 9, 2017, Art Basel will present a premier program of film and video works that focus on the universal language of dance and movement. Selected from the show’s participating galleries by David Gryn, Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx, this year’s program will present films by artists Jibade-Khalil Huffman (Anat Ebgi), Jen DeNike (Anat Ebgi) and Tin Ojeda (303), as well as a series of short films by Robert Stiegler, Samantha Hill, Morton & Millie Goldsholl, Ruth Page, Larry Janiak, Helen Morrison & Sybil Shearer, Helen Morrison & Sybil Shearer, Latham Zearfoss all from the Chicago Film Archives (Corbett Vs. Dempsey) collection. Sound is by Hans Berg (Gio Marconi, Lisson). These featured artist programs take place at SoundScape Park, New World Symphony, Miami Beach.

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In addition, Marian Masone, New York-based film curator, has selected ‘Boom For Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat’ (2017), directed by Sara Driver, for a special cinema screening. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, takes place from December 7 to December 10, 2017 at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Full Press Release: ABMB_2017_l_Film_announcement

Chicago Film Archives

 

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Image still: Free Jazz Vein 2017, Tin Ojeda (303 Gallery)

David Gryn Interview on Artload

In Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Art Basel Miami Beach, Artload, Artprojx, Artprojx Cinema, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, Uncategorized on 16/11/2017 at 3:52 pm

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The Artload interview, David Gryn

David is Founder/Director of Daata Editions and Artprojx and is Curator of Film & Sound, Art Basel in Miami Beach.

Interviewed by Artload’s Vivian Gandelsman

See full interview here: http://artload.com/video/david-gryn

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FlucT: The psychological thriller of Evidence, now on Daata Editions

In Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, FlucT, Performance, Uncategorized, Video on 22/10/2017 at 12:40 pm

FlucT – The psychological thriller of Evidence 

Now available to buy on Daata Editions

The subjects of these short texts feature FlucT. The table of contents is in itself hermetic. In 6 episodes, Monica & Sigrid traverse the psychological thrill within the manipulative isolation of a game. They flaunt evidence in the effective nature of capital as it sings the absurdity of our behavior and our performitivity. They include birdcages and bitches; the underlying systems that control us, warrior tactics toward empathy and the pregnancy of their relationship. The psychological thriller of Evidence can be considered a guidebook to the incessant questioning of reality that FlucT sees as the task of performance.

Monica Mirabile and Sigrid Lauren have been performing as FlucT since 2011, presenting a hybrid collaboration of radical choreography, confrontational performance art, collaborative practice and pure magic. Before entering into a performance, each individual places a spell of protection over each other, allowing themselves to push their physicality to the max while remaining mindful of their partner’s saftey. Their dance practice has been described as “violently intimate” and their performances often confront and challenge not only the space between their bodies, but between the performers and audience. Most works involve audio tracks designed by the artists, leading to a further intimacy and connection between the performance, performers, and audience. This work, “Main Tool as a Dummy,” reflects the rhythm and nonlinear narration of their performance work.

FlucT by Whitney Mallet in Cura magazine

 

Daata x citizenM breakfast talk with Jon Sharples – Oct 30

In Art, Artist, citizenM, Daata, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Jon Sharples, Tower of London, Uncategorized on 15/10/2017 at 9:43 pm

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Join us on Monday October 30th at 8.30am at citizenM Tower of London for a breakfast discussion with intellectual property lawyer and Chair of the Simmons & Simmons Art Network Jon Sharples. Jon will talk about corporate collecting and his interest in art, the law and digital mediums, joined by Art Basel in Miami Beach Film & Sound curator David Gryn and Director of Daata Editions. Including an audience Q&A.

Book to join us at Eventbrite

Daata Editions at Sunday Art Fair

In Daata Editions, David Gryn, FlucT, Frieze, Jacky Connolly, Jeremy Couillard, Lu Yang, Sue de Beer, Sunday, Toby Ziegler, Uncategorized on 22/09/2017 at 9:54 pm

Sunday Fair

DAATA EDITIONS – a new mixtape

Launching the new FlucT, The psychological thriller of Evidence artworks for Sale online.

Presenting a new compilation mixtape featuring recent artist commissions and artwork releases on Daata Editions: FlucT, Jacky Connolly, Jeremy Couillard (curated by yours, mine & ours), Sue de Beer, Lu Yang, Toby Ziegler and artists sound works in A-V curated by Amanda Schmitt featuring artists: Maria Antelman, Alexandra Drewchin, FlucT and Marina Rosenfeld. 

See the Full Press Release – Daata Editions PR

SUNDAY
5—8 October 2017
Ambika P3, 35 Marylebone Rd, London, NW1 5LS
http://www.sundayartfair.com/ 

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Daata x citizenM Tower of London Breakfast & Talk – Oct 3rd

In citizenM, Daata Editions, David Gryn, Tower of London, Uncategorized, Zabludowicz on 22/09/2017 at 9:43 pm

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Please join us at the citizenM Tower of London for a Daata Editions breakfast & talk on Tuesday October 3rd, 9.30-10.30am. Please RSVP to art@citizenM.com

Daata and citizenM have joined forces to launch a series of artworld talks – kicking off with David Gryn and Anita Zabludowicz talking about collecting artist digital mediums, the artworld and much more. This morning celebrates Frieze Week in London and Daata exhibiting at Sunday Art Fair Oct 5-8.

See the Full Invite: Art Breakfast Invite citizenM Tower of London

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New Daata Editions Artist Releases – Now Available

In Artune, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Expo Chicago, Jeremy Couillard, Lu Yang, Photofairs, Shanghai, Societe Berlin, Uncategorized, yours, mine & ours on 04/09/2017 at 8:37 am
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Jeremy Couillard on Daata Editions

Coinciding with Daata Editions collaboration with PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai – there are two new artist releases, the new FREE DOWNLOAD by Lu Yang and six new short artworks by Jeremy Couillard.

Jeremy Couillard’s new commissioned artwork ‘Suite for Absynth in D minus USB 1008’ is curated by yours, mine & ours gallery, and available for purchase on Daata Editions from Sept 7.

The release coincides with Daata Editions at PHOTOFAIRS Shanghai (Sept 7), EXPO CHICAGO (Sept 13) and then a dedicated screening evening on Sept 18 at Ludlow House NYC featuring the artwork, along with Jeremy Couillard, Patton Hindle and David Gryn in conversation.

‘Suite for Absynth in D minus USB 1008’: Titles and digitally altered music from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor BWV 1008 form the backdrop for each environment where a rat duck man named Uncle Sad Bedroom travels through fantastical video game versions of different moons in our solar system trying to find his place.

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Lu Yang, LuYang Interactive Hearse, 2017

LuYang Interactve Hearse, 2017 by Lu Yang 

The Daata Editions Commission, powered by Artune

Released online and featured at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai on Sept 7  

陆扬的互动灵车 – 2017年陆扬作品

Daata Editions委约作品, 由Artune赞助支持, PHOTOFAIRS影像上海艺术博览会

Conversations: Friday, September 8, 2.30 – 3.15 pm

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai at the Shanghai Business Center

What Next?  Photography, Moving Image and the Internet

Introduction: Jefferson Hack (CEO, NOWNESS)
Moderator: Robin Peckham 
Speakers: David Gryn (Director, Daata Editions), Lu Yang (Artist) and Michael Xufu Huang (Collector & Co-founder, M-Woods Museum, Beijing)

David Gryn, Michael Xufu Huang in conversation with artist Lu Yang, moderated by Robin Peckham, exploring the relationship between photography, moving image and internet based art.

 

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Lu Yang – a new Free Download available on Daata Editions from Sept 7

In Daata Editions, David Gryn, Lu Yang, Photofairs, Shanghai, Uncategorized on 02/09/2017 at 10:15 am

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LuYang Interactive Hearse, 2017 by Lu Yang.

陆扬的互动灵车 – 2017年陆扬作品

The Daata Editions Commission, powered by Artune. (A Free Download)

Released at PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai and online at Daata Editons on Sept 7 

Daata Editions委约作品,由Artune赞助支持

LuYang Interactive Hearse. This new commission links to Lu Yang’s recent work ‘LuYang Delusional Mandala’, referencing the Chinese text within the artwork, is derived from Buddha’s first teaching: ‘like everything high will fall down, everything together will separate, all living things will die’.

陆扬的互动灵车 | 这一新委约作品与艺术家近期新作《陆扬妄想曼陀罗》息息相关,作品的重点是一段中文文字,取自于佛陀最初的教诲,意为:一切处于高位的终将落下,一切一起的终将分离,一切活着的终将死去。

‘LuYang Interactive Hearse’ is an artwork of the artists own imagined funeral, a death portrait as a living animation, with the imagined dead artist’s face smiling at you on both sides of hearses LED screen, while it moves along its ever-lonely journey.

在《陆扬的互动灵车》中,艺术家想象了自己的葬礼,她选用动画作为自己的遗像,在灵车两边的LED屏幕上,死去的艺术家在朝你微笑,但她也正踏上愈发孤独的一个人的旅程。

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