Digital Canvas: For the Time Being - Manhattan West
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Digital Canvas:
For the Time Being
Curated by Superblue
Daily
ev-cal 5.08 - 12.31
ev-cal 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Manhattan West Digital Canvas, presented by Arts Brookfield, features new or adapted digital artworks by renowned artists from around the globe on a massive, custom-made media screen located on the outdoor plaza at Manhattan West. Measuring over 100 feet wide and 17 feet tall, artworks presented on this unique media platform will offer a moment of captivation and contemplation to all.

The 2022 Digital Canvas will feature For the Time Being, curated by Superblue, which brings together the works of four artists who examine the natural rhythms of life – the fundamental exchange of energy between organisms and their environments. Whether one is simply passing by, or finding a place to pause; this rhythm, complex yet often unnoticed, is brought forth here to imbue a new sense for slowness. 

The exhibition calls for moments that invite visitors to heighten their senses in observing the world around them. The cathartic, quiet pace of the artworks explores how one breathes amidst the complexities of their livelihoods, how forests can flourish undisturbed, how water sways to the mildest gusts of wind, and how life, be it artificial or natural, evolves. The artists in For the Time Being offer truths about our world to not only accentuate its sublimities, but also to recognize the challenges hidden behind every moment of growth and beauty. 

Using innovative technologies and creative storytelling, these works welcome visitors to be immersed in feelings of wonder and introspection. Instinctively, we create narratives from the complex behaviors we observe around us – everything from simple gestures to familiar patterns seen in nature.  This common human attribute enables us to feel connections between different forms of beings and shows hope for a remediation of the natural order of life. 

As we continue to collectively experience the turbulence of this world, the works presented in For the Time Being recognize and share a reverence towards the need to connect with the rhythms of life by bringing together a sense of nowness, all before it is time for us to carry on to our next destinations. 

The 2022 Digital Canvas series is curated by Superblue, and will feature works including Windscreen by Simon Heijdens, Drawing Breath by Risa Puno, Life in a Day (repeat) by Random International, and Catharsis by Jakob Kudsk Steensen.

 


CURRENTLY ON VIEW:


Jakob Kudsk Steensen: Catharsis 

Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s large-scale, immersive installation, Catharsis, pulls audiences into a digital simulation of a re-imagined old-growth forest. What they experience is an imaginary forest that has existed undisturbed for hundreds of years, free from human intervention. It was developed through fieldwork conducted by the artist and his primary collaborator, Matt McCorkle. Its virtual ecosystem was built from 3D textures collected in a number of North American forests. 

Set up as a continuous shot that moves between submerged underground roots to the forest’s canopy, Catharsis draws on Kudsk Steensen’s concept of “slow media.” As a philosophy and practice, “slow media” uses digital technologies to draw attention to the natural world and create new narratives around our ecological futures. Collapsing various ecological timelines, the work operates as a digital portal, taking viewers on a meditative journey through a holistic new world that gives an overwhelming sense of communion and harmony. 

Catharsis was exhibited at the Serpentine Galleries, London, in January 2020 for Connect BTS 2020, the global public art project initiated by South Korean supergroup BTS. The original version of Catharsis was commissioned by the PinchukArtCentre, Kieve, Ukraine. The work continues Kudsk Steensen and his studio Erratic Animist’s focus on emerging ecological realities, and the ways that digital technologies can be used to engage with past and present natural environments.  

 

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About the Artists
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Jakob Kudsk Steensen
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Born in Denmark, New York-based Jakob Kudsk Steensen is an artist working with environmental storytelling through 3D animation, sound, and immersive installations. He creates poetic interpretations examining overlooked natural phenomena, through extensive fieldwork and collaborations with biologists, composers, and writers.   

Recent major solo exhibitions include Berl-Berl at Halle am Berghain, Berlin, commissioned by LAS; and Liminal Lands, part of the Prélude exhibition, LUMA, Arles. Kudsk Steensen was a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize at the 2019 Venice Biennale. He received the Serpentine Augmented Architecture commission in 2019 to create his work, The Deep Listener, with Google Arts and Culture. He is the recipient of the best VR graphics for RE-ANIMATED at the Cinequest Festival for Technology and Cinema, the Prix du Jury at Les Rencontres Arles, the Webby Award – People’s Choice VR, and the Games for Change Award – Most Innovative, among others.

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Superblue is a groundbreaking new enterprise dedicated to producing, presenting and engaging the public with experiential art. Superblue works with artists and collectives who are in the forefront of utilizing new technologies to produce kinetic sculptures and site-specific art installations that offer opportunities for audiences to experience art in novel, immersive ways.

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