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September 8, 2021, Ars Electronica / Online

Laser Talks CYLAND has become a part of the Ars Electronica Festival 2021! Join us for an on-line interdisciplinary conversation Communities and Collaborative Art Practice from Local to Global, programmed as part of Architecting Global Communities — Leonardo LASER Garden Ars Electronica 2021.

Participants: Katherine Liberovskaya, David Weinstein, Carol Parkinson, Sergey Teterin.

Introduction: Natalia Kolodzei


Katherine Liberovskaya is a Canadian intermedia artist based in New York City. Involved in experimental video since the 80’s, she has produced numerous single-channel video art pieces, video installations and video performances, as well as works in other media, that have shown around the world. Since 2001 her work predominantly focuses on the intersection of moving image with sound/music in various both ephemeral and fixed forms (projections, installations, performances), notably through collaborations with many composers and sound artists in improvised live video+sound concert situations where her live visuals seek to create improvisatory “music” for the eyes. Frequent collaborators include: Phill Niblock, Dafna Naphtali, Keiko Uenishi, Shelley Hirsch, Barbara Held, Mia Zabelka, Al Margolis (IF,BWANA), David Watson, among many others. Since the late 1980s she has received over 30 grants and arts awards in Canada, U.S.A. and France. Concurrently she curates and organizes the Screen Compositions evenings at Experimental Intermedia NYC since 2005 and, since 2006 the OptoSonic Tea salons (co-curated with Ursula Scherrer) in NYC and various nomadic locations in North America and Europe and lately on-line during the Covid pandemic. In 2014 she completed a PhD in art practice entitled “Improvisatory Live Visuals: Playing Images Like a Musical Instrument” at the Universite du Quebec in Montreal (UQAM).

Carol Parkinson is the Executive Director of Harvestworks, a digital media arts center located in New York City. Since 1987, her focus has been on the development of experimental artworks that explore sound, data and other emerging technologies. Parkinson’s professional services include panel participation at the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Parkinson is the Executive Producer of the New York Electronic Art Festival, a series of workshops, concert performances and exhibitions centered on art and technology. Parkinson is a founding member of TELLUS, the Audio Cassette Magazine, a cassette –based magazine of experimental music and sound art published between 1982 – 1996. Parkinson’s educational background includes the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Skidmore College and the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in New York City.

Sergey Teterin is a Russian media artist, digital archivist and member of CYLAND MediaArtLab based in Vilnius (Lithuania). Teterin participated in a series of international exhibitions and festivals of media art. In 2003, he organized the international festival Machinista in Perm (Russia), which was focused on the comprehension of artistic possibilities of Artificial Intelligence. Other projects of Sergey became a parody response to the public’s inflated expectations regarding the “artist-machine”. Teterin created the web site, being a promoter and popularizer of Marshall McLuhan’s legacy in the Russian language. He believes that artists should treat responsibly the preservation of their ideas for future generations by purposefully forming archives that are future-oriented. He sees in digital archiving of art a long-term basis for improved festivals in the future.

David Weinstein is a composer, sound designer, audio engineer, and curator. He is producer and host of numerous radio projects chronicling activities of New York arts culture including for Clocktower Radio (formerly the radio station of MoMA/PS1), Ridgewood Radio on, Wave Farm’s WGXC broadcast, and Roulette’s Concert Archive and Podcast series. Weinstein was Program Director of the Manhattan alternative space, the Clocktower Gallery from 2009-15. He was MoMA/PS1 Director of Public Programs and Managing Director of its radio station from 2004-2008. Weinstein studied music composition at the University of Illinois with Ben Johnston and Salvatore Martirano. He is co-founder of the New York new music concert hall Roulette. He has taught music, sound, and multimedia at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Yale University, and the City University of New York. He has worked as a consultant, panelist, curator and organizer for arts organizations and companies from Morgan Stanley to MTV. Born in Chicago in 1954, he has lived in Brooklyn since 1979.

The movement from “local to global“ is often accompanied by unorthodox, original, witty and, at times, even absurd artistic practices. Katherine Liberovskaya (Experimental Intermedia Foundation, NY), Carol Parkinson (Harvestworks, NY), David Weinstein (Roulette Intermedium, NY), Sergey Teterin (CYLAND MediaArtLab, RU), Natalia Kolodzei (Kolodzei Art Foundation, NY) through conversation and storytelling explore interdisciplinary collaboration, community building and cross-cultural communication.

From September 8 to 12, Ars Electronica 2021, the festival for art, technology and society, will take place not only in Linz (Austria) and 86 other Ars Electronica Gardens around the globe, but also online. The festival thus presents itself as a dual event – with exhibitions, concerts, talks, conferences, workshops, guided tours and other online activities. — Read more

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public to over 47 cities around the world. The mission of LASER is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building.

Leonardo LASER Garden gathers a global network of artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together in a series of hybrid formats addressing the world’s most pressing issues. Animated by the theme of a “new digital deal” and grounded in the UN Sustainability Goals, Leonardo LASER Garden cultivates values of equity and inclusion by elevating underrepresented voices in a wide-ranging exploration of global challenges, digital communities and placemaking, space, networks and systems, the digital divide – and the impact of interdisciplinary art, science and technology discourse and collaboration.

Dovetailing with the launch of LASER Linz, this asynchronous multi-platform garden will highlight the best of the Leonardo Network (spanning 47 cities worldwide) and its transdisciplinary community.

In September 2020, CYLAND Media Art Lab has become the official representative of The Leonardo / Laser Talks Cyland – see all video recordings on YouTube.


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