SPECFLIC 2.6 Installation by Adriene Jenik
Particles of Interest Installation by *particle group*
San Diego, CA, July 22, 2008 -- Two new-media art installations that caution visitors about a future when books are relics of the past, and nanoparticles represent a pervasive threat to human health, are on display through October 3 at the gallery @ calit2 on the campus of the University of California, San Diego.
A panel discussion about the technological and societal issues raised in the exhibition will take place on October 2, from 4:30pm to 6pm, in Atkinson Hall's Calit2 Auditorium. [Click here for gallery hours.] The panel will feature three of the artists (Adriene Jenik, Ricardo Dominguez and Nina Waisman) as well as two experts in the technologies evoked in the exhibition: UCSD chemistry and biochemistry professor Michael Sailor, who has developed tiny environmental sensors; and Robin Chandler, program manager for the UC San Diego Libraries' Digital Library Program. The panel discussion will be followed by a closing reception on the first floor of Atkinson Hall from 6pm to 8pm.
The joint exhibition features two distinct installations by different artists:
The gallery is part of the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2).
Today accessibility to information is a combination of video, image and text, informed in large part by the language of film and the literary novel. Adriene Jenik, in her ongoing project SPECFLIC, currently in version 2.6, explores the evolution of film language as “Distributed Social Cinema.” Using multiple screens, from cell phone interfaces to large image projections, Jenik layers media and technology forms. SPECFLIC 1.0 premiered at the dedication of Atkinson Hall as Calit2’s headquarters on the UCSD campus in 2005; SPECFLIC 2.0, hosted by the San Jose Public Library, was a featured event at ISEA06/ZeroOne San Jose in 2006.
“Granted the opportunity for networked interaction within the gallery, for SPECFLIC 2.6 I have rethought the installation to integrate audience contributions,” said Jenik. “So the project is very much evolving in response to what I learn from each previous iteration, as well as the opportunities afforded by the space, encounter with the audience, and technological framework.”
SPECFLIC 2.6 offers a plausible future that is in large part dependent on a network with defined boundaries that are modeled after, or part of, the Internet.
Particles of Interest
“Particles of Interest” reflects on nanotechnology, which has no clear boundaries because it links humans to machines in ways that are beyond binary networks. Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field at the crux of scientific research and corporate investment. Research on nanoparticles has led to the commercial development of products such as improved rubber tires, coating in glass that makes it easier to clean, improved water filtration systems, sunscreen lotions and much more. At the same time, there has been little consideration of the health implications of nano-products.
Each iteration of the “Particles of Interest” project has been, as much as possible, site-specific. “This version of the piece functions as an access route to Calit2’s gallery, so we became interested in the pedestal and the host of scripts it serves in the gallery or museum,” said the artists. “Pedestals are used to elevate that which the institution has designated to be of value… and here in the Nano3 labs at Calit2, we find the laboratory cousin of the pedestal – the clean white (or aluminum) counter, whose contents may only be intimately accessed by professionals. Visitors to Calit2’s nanolabs are positioned to watch skilled nanolab professionals perform a range of interactions with nanoparticles. In our piece, we wanted our ‘unskilled’ visitors to perform this meeting with the untouchable in a different way. We wanted to bring the clean room and the gallery pedestal together, to see what they might have to say to each other.”
Adriene Jenik is a telecommunications media artist who lives in Southern California. Her works combine "high" technology and human desire to propose new forms of literature, cinema and performance. Career highlights include works in live television, including EL NAFTAZTECA (w/Guillermo Gomez-Pena), interactive cinema in MAUVE DESERT : A CD-ROM Translation, and the Internet street theater of DESKTOP THEATER (w/Lisa Brenneis and the Desktop Theater troupe). Her current research continues her interest in wireless community media and new storytelling forms. Jenik is currently developing SOCIAL SPHERE, a spatialized cinema program, and (with collaborator Charley Ten) the performance platform "Open Dancefloor." An associate professor of Computer & Media Arts in UCSD’s Visual Arts department, Jenik is an affiliated researcher with Calit2 and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD.
Particles of Interest
*particle group* has exhibited at ISEA (San Jose) 2006, House of World Culture (Berlin) 2007, “Inside the Wave” at the San Diego Museum of Art 2008, and FILE (Brazil) 2008. It is a collective consisting of Principal Investigators Ricardo Dominguez (an assistant professor of Visual Arts at UCSD, affiliated with Calit2) and Diane Ludin, as well as Principal Researchers Nina Waisman (Interactive Sound Installation Design) and Amy Sara Carroll, with a number of others flowing in and out.