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Queertopia, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley for Daata Editions plus invited guests for If So, What? San Francisco

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Queertopia

Queertopia, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley for Daata Editions

Launching online on Daata Editions and exhibited at

If So, What?

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco April 26-29, 2018 https://www.ifsowhat.com

Daata Editions is announcing a new online project Queertopia, curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley, Artsy Private Sales Lead and Gay Times Magazine Columnist and Curator, to be launched at a screening exhibition at If So, What?, a new art fair celebrating art, design, music, and innovation in San Francisco April 26-29, 2018. The project will be released simultaneously on Daata Editions website https://daata-editions.com

In addition, Daata Editions has invited three Virtual Reality projects to the fair; a project by San Francisco based artist M Eifler titled Making the Bed, 2017, and Virtual Reality Art presented by Khora Contemporary featuring the premiere of Nikita Shalenny’s The Bridge, 2017, and Paul McCarthy’s C.S.S.C. Coach Stage Stage Coach VR experiment Mary and Eve, 2017.

Daata will also be collaborating with Label Dalbin and their Table.Video – an acclaimed concept that originally debuted at the Venice Biennale and the Design Miami/Basel – by streaming artworks through two custom-made tables at If So, What?.

Queertopia is a collection of work that reviews the existence of queer communities and their spaces – both real and mythological, memorialising those lost and building environments and landscapes to nurture new radical possibilities. The icons, monuments and geography of queertopia present an opportunity to explore future structures of identity, inti- macy and legacy. The list of artists features Holly Blakey, Rindon Johnson, Zoe Marden, Rashaad Newsome, Han- nah Quinlan + Rosie Hastings, Jacolby Satterwhite and Puck Verkade.

Director of Daata Editions and Technology & Sound Curator for If So, What? David Gryn and Gemma Rolls-Bentley will both feature in conversations at the fair.

 

QUEERTOPIA TRAILER

NOTES:

Daata Editions is acknowledged worldwide as a leading platform for commissioning and exhibiting digital artworks, working with both emerging and established artists. Available as limited editions, the 300+ artworks by 70 artists can be viewed and acquired as digital downloads through the website. In 2018 Daata Editions are actively involved in a number of high profile collaborations with renowned international galleries, art fairs, museums, institutions and curators, including projects with Independent NY, If So, What? San Francisco, ArtRio and EXPO CHICAGO among others, and will be releasing a number of new commissions throughout the year. http://www.daata-editions.com

Gemma Rolls-Bentley works closely with artists, collectors and galleries to explore new ways of creating, presenting and discovering art; her specialist interests include queer culture, gender equality and community engagement. Gemma leads the Private Sales business for online arts platform Artsy, which she joined in 2015, and is a member of the board of trustees at SE London charity Deptford X. Gemma writes the queer art column Art Hole for Gay Times Magazine and in 2017 curated The Gay Times Honours in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery. In 2011 she launched the arts arm of the Fawcett Society’s East London branch and ran their 2012-2013 Art Audit campaign. Gemma holds an MA in History of Art from both the Courtauld Institute of Art and the University of Edinburgh.

If So, What? is a new immersive event celebrating art, design, music, and innovation. Taking place April 26- 29, 2018 at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, If So, What? will feature showrooms by an international roster of curators, exhibitions by galleries from around the world, and artists working in the field of digital media. Visitors will also be invited to attend music performances and a series of multi-disciplinary panel discus- sions with visionary speakers. Inspired by the creative communities in the Bay Area and internationally, the event will invite visitors to experience art and design in a new way. https://www.ifsowhat.com

M Eifler, aka BlinkPopShift, is making unruly art for unruly bodies in an unruly world. They combine AR, VR, performance, sculpture and video to create new chimeras, things in-between things, between art and technology, objects and places, physical and virtual. http://www.blinkpopshift.com

Khora Contemporary is the first Virtual Reality art production company. We provide artists with the best assistance to develop and unleash their imaginative visions, exploring the new medium of VR. We strive to establish VR technology as a widely applied medium within the arts. We bridge the artists’ vision and the infinite possibilities of Virtual Reality. http://khoracontemporary.com

Label Dalbin, established in Paris in 2003 develops art and design collaborations. Label Dalbin produces videos, installations, and performances at the interface between music and the visual arts for cultural institu- tions and private collections. Label Dalbin also conceives innovative audiovisual installation for interior de- sign. The ambition is to define how digital becomes a new luxury and an intelligent material within the archi- tectural context. http://www.dalbin.com

For further information please contact:

Anna Mustonen,

Business Development and Artist Manager Daata Editions
anna@daata-editions.com
+44 7738098931

http://daata-editions.com

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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/