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Daata x Vanity present Saya Woolfalk

In Art, Art Fair, Artist, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, David Gryn, Digital, digital art, Frieze, Frieze Art Fair, Leslie Tonkonow, Miami, New York, Rita Pinto, Saya Woolfalk, Uncategorized, Vanity Projects, Video on 30/04/2017 at 7:25 am

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Daata Editions x Vanity Projects – featuring Saya Woolfalk

Colour Mixing Machine

On view in both Vanity NYC and Miami venues April 15 – May 9

Vanity Projects, 99 Chrystie St 2F, New York, NY, 10002 +16464102928

www.vanityprojectsnyc.com/ & https://daata-editions.com/

Saya Woolfalk is a New York based artist who uses science fiction and fantasy to re-imagine the world in multiple dimensions. With the multi-year projects No Place, The Empathics and ChimaTEK, Woolfalk has created the world of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who are able to alter their genetic make-up and fuse with plants. With each body of work, Woolfalk continues to build the narrative of these women’s lives, and questions the utopian possibilities of cultural hybridity. The Pollen Catchers is a continuation of ChimaTEK, in which the Empathics employ color-mixing machines to further shape shift their morphology. Sound attribution to The Hathaway Family Plot. https://daata-editions.com/artists/saya-woolfalk

“2017 promises to be an exciting year for Vanity Projects, which is partnering with Daata Editions, the British-based online art platform equally dedicated to outside-the-box experimentation. This initiative will bring a wealth of talent to both the Miami and New York venues, starting with Scott Reeder, followed by Saya Woolfalk, Ed Fornieles, Yung Jake, Jacky Connolly, Jillian Mayer, Jeremy Couillard, Rashaad Newsome and others. “A Goth Life,” a group show opening in June, cheekily brings together video that honors “our joyously soulless, self-reflective, insular, tension and angst ridden times,” just in time for the sunny summer. Key activations with art institutions will expand the project’s reach, with plans for potential events during Art Basel Miami Beach.” Text by Scott Indrisek

Vanity Projects in collaboration with Daata Editions welcomes Frieze, Vanity and Daata guests, Friday May 5, 10am-12pm for a screening of Saya Woolfalk’s work Color Mixing Machine 1-6, and complimentary nail polish manicures inspired by the artist & join Rita Pinto, David Gryn and Saya Woolfalk for drinks from 6-8pm. RSVP: contact@vanityprojectsnyc.com

Saya Woolfalk: ChimaCloud and the Pose System at Leslie Tonkonow. New works by the artist are on view through May 6th in Saya Woolfalk: ChimaCloud and the Pose System at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, 535 West 22nd Street, New York, NY. www.tonkonow.com

Daata Editions x DAD on Apple TV

In Apple TV, artie vierkant, Daata, Daata Editions, DAD, Ed Fornieles, FIAC, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jillian Mayer, Jon Rafman, Leo Gabin, Paris, Rosie Hastings, Saya Woolfalk, Takeshi Murata, Uncategorized on 19/10/2016 at 10:00 am

 

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Daata x DAD on Apple TV – still: Takeshi Murata – OM Passenger 

Coinciding with FIAC and Paris Internationale opening in Paris – a selection of Daata Editions artworks are now featured on Apple TV through the DAD app!

The selected Daata Editions artists are Ed Fornieles, Leo Gabin, Michael Manning, Jillian Mayer, Takeshi Murata, Hannah Perry, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, Jon Rafman, Jacolby Satterwhite, Artie Vierkant, Saya Woolfalk. Their works are available for streaming on Apple TV through the DAD app, as well as on the DAD website and iPhone app.

DAD is Digital Art on Demand on iPhone, Apple TV, and the web. Moving image artworks are selected by partner institutions on their curated channels, and available on-demand to their global audience. Current channels include the most recent edition of the Berlin Biennale, the Chalet Society, and XPO Studio – streaming over 100 artworks by artists such as DIS, Simon Denny, assume vivid astro focus, Grégory Chatonsky, Danielle Dean, Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Joe Hamilton, It’s Our Playground, Sabrina Ratté, Katie Torn, and many more.

More info: dad.digital

Download the app here

View the Daata x DAD trailer here.

 

Saya Woolfalk – All the colours of a rainbow

In Art Basel, Art Basel in Miami Beach, Art Fair, Daata, Daata Editions, daataeditions, digital art, Expo Chicago, POSTmatter, Saya Woolfalk, Uncategorized, Video Art, wetransfer on 15/09/2016 at 8:40 am

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ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW

by POSTmatter Editors | September 7, 2016

A CONVERSATION WITH SAYA WOOLFALK ON CULTURAL MIXES, UTOPIA AND HER NEW COLLABORATION WITH DAATA EDITIONS AND POSTMATTER. “I AM DEEPLY INTERESTED IN PLAY AND THE POSSIBILITIES THAT EMERGE THROUGH PROCESSES AND I TRY TO BRING TOGETHER THINGS THAT MAY NOT GENERALLY BE FUSED TOGETHER”

Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based, Japanese-born interdisciplinary artist. Using science fiction, fantasy, anthropology and semiotics, she explores the alternative utopian possibilities of identity. Melding dance, video, animation and sculpture in a number of ongoing projects, she offers fantastical narratives of cultural hybridity to expand traditional visions of the present and ideas of the future.
In a recent public performance piece that took over New York’s Fulton Centre, she paired performance with interactive app technology to offer passers by a glimpse into her kaleidoscopic imagination. It is one in a series of pieces that builds the story of the Empathics, a fictional race of women who Woolfalk is writing as unbound by the limits of genetics.
In collaboration with Daata Editions, we preview one artwork from Woolfalk’s upcoming 2016 series Color Mixing Machine. In it, she continues to build the story of the Empathics through ritualistic digital creations that reimagine what it means to be human. The full set of artworks will run in POSTmatter from 29th September, and are available to buy on Daata Editions, an innovative digital platform representing contemporary moving image and sound artists. Our preview and interview with Woolfalk is presented in association with WeTransfer.

PM: What is the mission of your fictional future female species, the Emphatics, and the space they inhabit, ‘No Place’?
SW: ‘No Place’ is a project I worked on from 2006 to 2008 with filmmaker and anthropologist Rachel Lears. The No Placeans are plant humans from the future who change gender and colour, transform into the landscape when they die, and repurpose refuse into usable technologies. The Empathics are people in the present who establish something called the Institute of Empathy (IoE) to study No Place. The IoE encounters a grouping of No Placean bones and fungus on the bones stimulates their physiological mutation and cultural transformation. This mutation allows the Empathics to easily cross species by integrating foreign genetic material into their DNA.

PM: From performance to digital to textile, your art practice includes a comprehensive range of materials, forms and processes. What is your process for developing new multimedia pieces?
SW: I usually start with an idea, which changes as I make the physical work. I create drawings, mock-ups and digital renderings and then create physical prototypes. Both the mock ups and prototypes are edited as I go along. Many are discarded or stored as parts for future projects. I constantly move through multiple media and I work simultaneously in many.

PM: What is it about the history of craft as a practice that appeals to you and how do you see it as remaining prominent in a time when analogue methods are being outpaced by automation?
SW: I was taught by feminists at Brown University, and the work done at Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s Womanhouse was incredibly influential for me when I began making my own work. The students who created that project reimagined and reconstructed a home to integrate alternative logics into its structure. Their use of craft based practices to transform the domestic appealed to me as a kitchen table way of making art that could address larger social issues.
I also use many digitally methods to produce work. I have created augmented reality garments, digital video and animation, as well as vinyl wall papers printed from vectorised files. However, I try to maintain a relationship to the handmade by using original hand-printed artworks and collages as the raw material for the creation of the work.

PM: Can you discuss the notions of hybridity that feature in your work?
SW: I am deeply interested in play and the possibilities that emerge through processes and I try to bring together things that may not generally be fused together. When I started working on the Empathics project, I was inspired by the dual notion of a chimera. A chimera is both an imaginary female monster with disparate parts, and a scientific term for a genetic organism composed of two or more genetically distinct tissues—for example, partly male and partly female. This is one of my entry points into thinking about hybridity.

PM: What is your personal relationship with religion and spirituality, and how has it influenced your work?
SW: Many of the forms I use evoke the religious and spiritual. I do this to set a tone for my audience, so they have a sense that they are entering a state of liminality. My own life is relatively secular, although I was raised Catholic on my father’s side and Buddhist on my mother’s.

PM: It feels as if you are envisioning a model for a future that prioritises indigenous belief-systems, the female, digital innovation and harmony. This stands out as optimistic at a time when futuristic visions are so often grey, mechanic and dystopian. Is your commitment to a sense of joy, communion and hope a deliberate choice or natural occurrence for you when making work?
SW: The Empathics were conceptualised as a group of humans who became incredibly receptive to the introduction of foreign genetic material. I wanted to explore how morphology and culture are mutable through contact and creolisation. As I make work, I explore narratives that offer my audience a sense that there may be positive solutions for our often-dystopian visions of the future. I would say that yes, I make a deliberate choice to offer a sense of hope.

This interview is published in partnership with WeTransfer, as part of our series exploring the creatives who push the boundaries between digital and physical space in new and surprising ways. See Saya Woolfalk’s work custom moving image piece on WeTransfer here.
The six works from ‘Color Mixing Machine’ are now Online at Daata Editions, in association with POSTmatter, and are now available to buy online. Daata will be exhibiting a specially created artwork by Saya as part of the project at Expo Chicago, in conjunction with this POSTmatter and Daata Editions collaboration.

Saya is represented by Leslie Tonkonow Gallery NYC

Is Online Art The Future ? Aston Martin feature on Daata Editions

In Amalia Ulman, Art, Art Basel, Aston Martin, Daata, Daata Editions, David Gryn, David Hockney, digital art, Elizabeth Dee, Julia Stoschek, Saya Woolfalk, Scott Reeder, Uncategorized, Zuecca Projects on 08/07/2016 at 10:53 am
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Image: Tracey Emin, I Lay Here, 2016 (courtesy the artist and Daata Editions

 

Art transcends culture, echoes its roots and is integral
to the documentation of the human experience

For an artwork to reflect the musings of its creators, it should ideally be able to naturally adapt. While a ‘physical’ piece of art may be moved or displaced, its very form cannot. The intellectually satisfying aspect of enjoying a painting for example, will come from discovering (or rediscovering) a detail we have missed or overlooked. A brush stroke or a shaft of sunlight can add new meaning to a well-loved piece, without altering it per sae. Since the dawn of the Internet in the 1980s, artists have exploited the laws of this parallel world to create events, images, or to subvert the way we visually absorb information.
Part of the attraction is its global reach, the use of cutting-edge technology and the liberation of art from the constraints of traditional wealth-creating establishments such as commercial galleries, auction houses, private collectors and public museums. Then there’s how we as viewers actually relate to virtual or digital art and one of the most exciting features of a digital piece of art is that it is ever changing. While we may be familiar with its initial subject, it will surprise us as it moves and transforms, inviting us to engage.

Though digital pieces have found a home in some of the art world’s most heavyweight institutions, many collectors still need convincing.

Enter Daata Editions: an online gallery utterly dedicated to video, sound and web art, launched in May 2015, showcasing artists’ video, sound, web and poetry works, available to view and acquire on the website as digital downloads in limited editions. Featured on Daata Editions is Argentinian-born Spanish Artist Amalia Ulman whose series, ‘White Flag Emojis’, displays short videos that create a powerful feeling of apprehension. Ulman is also known for exploring social media in her work, Excellences and Perfections, a poignant four-month long art project in which she creates a fake persona on her Instagram page with thousands of followers. The thought-provoking series throws up important questions on the pitfalls of easily manufactured online “fame”, while, perhaps ironically, highlighting the power of digital art in doing so.

The founder of Daata Editions, David Gryn, and his team have a strong reputation worldwide for producing, curating and promoting artists’ audio visual projects and events that have consistently excited and attracted large audiences, and introduced new audiences to the arts. Gryn says that digital and downloadable art is the future, a belief confirmed by David Hockney who in 2011 began creating works to be viewed exclusively on an Ipad, thus allowing him broader perspective and freedom of adaptability when working.

Daata Editions artworks form part of the Hammer Museum Contemporary Collection, US; the Julia Stoschek Collection, Germany; KIASMA, Finland and the Zabludowicz Collection, UK. Collectors, including Robert and Renee Drake, The Netherlands, as well as galleries, including Elizabeth Dee, New York and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, have purchased multiple artworks from the platform.

Things are moving all the time, so watch out for fresh new works Daata Editions will be launching in the next months. Artists will include the likes of Saya Woolfalk, Larry Achiampong, Scott Reeder and Tameka Norris. In addition, Daata Editions in collaboration with Zuecca Projects presents Gentrification, an exhibition with new works by artists Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings, at BBAR, Bauer Hotel, Venice, to coincide with the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.