Naming Things received its North American premiere during October's Ear Taxi Festival in Chicago, on the brand new 16-panel LED screen array in the ground floor lobby of Millennium Park's Harris Theater. This follows exhibitions in Wrexham (Wales, UK) and Los Angeles, subsequent to the world premiere last summer on the island of Korcula, Croatia. Darko Fritz commissioned the new work for siva)(zona, the exhibition space he curates there.
The European premiere of Bird took place in Amsterdam's Amstelpark, 21 June-24 August. Secret Signals, curated by Alice Smits for the Zone2Source program, presented a new version of Bird in Het Glazen Huis, in the heart of the park. The 2014 version follows after presentations in New Mexico at the UNM Art Museum and Taipei's Digital Art Festival in 2012; it was site specific for this spectacular venue, and featured a six channel spatialized sound installation in a floor-to-ceiling glass box, four meters high, twelve meters on each side, with computer-cut vinyl graphics mounted on the windows. This space led into an oval-shaped interaction chamber with video projection and an additional two channels of audio. Visitors saw their own motion in this space represented by a corresponding, dynamic "unmasking" that revealed the video scenes playing underneath. Accumulated data fed back into the system by altering the spatialization of sound in the front room and by affecting the probabilities of the video sequence playlist order. A never-before-seen series of 3D modeled 'dream sequences' inspired by the blackbird joined close-up videos of Dutch merels singing and the Amsterdam environments where birdsongs were originally recorded. Also new to this version was an experimental algorithmic grammar that took a vocabulary of 466 individual Dutch blackbird lexemes and reconcatenated them into a constantly shifting chain of new phrases, for the Amstelpark's native population of merels to listen to and react to the Virtual Bird.
In May, Driving School was screened to an audience in the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ as part of a two-day festival Louis Andriessen 75 which celebrated the life and work of The Netherlands' most famous living composer.
London's APT Gallery premiered a new video work, Station 504: Mare Australis Subglacius, Enceladus, Saturn during April's AstroLAB [catalog available here] show, organized by Nicola Rae and Paul Malone with the subtext of "a playful interpretation on themes astronomical". localStyle's contribution imagines a future underwater research station deep below the southern polar icecap of a Saturnian moon that the very latest data suggests is a candidate for supporting extraterrestrial life within our solar system.
TriTriangle in Chicago was the location of a pop-up laptops-on-crates event sparked by Jennifer Chan, called STUFF ON STUFF ON STUFF. localStyle joined in with Chew. Also in February, the Caochangdi art district in Beijing was the site of The Gallery's N-folded Spaces show, where the videos Frontier, Fluid Mechanics Remix, Dancing Cranes were screened, alongside Novak's solo photographic series Double Reflex.
Meticulously produced London-based journal Antennae published an interview with Marlena Novak conducted by Tiffany Funk in its Summer issue 'Wet Once'. You can download the PDF here.