Round Up: The 10 Best Digital Art Shows On Now
1. Barbican Centre, London
As one of Europe’s largest creative venues, it offers a diverse range of arts, music, theatre, dance and film. It is now embracing the Digital Revolution with a three month exhibition that explores new developments like augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3D printing. The exhibition runs 3 July - 14 September.
2. Serpentine Galleries, London
Attracting 1.2m visitors a year and at the forefront of contemporary art in London, the Serpentine Galleries are leading the way in digital and experimental art. On display until 24 August, Ribbons by Ed Atkins simulates a decapitated head bouncing down a never-ending staircase. Alongside Atkins is performance artist Marina Abramovic, who is documenting her 512 Hours exhibition, which ends 25 August.
3. Design Museum, London
Design is key – it can lead to a better use of scarce resources and greater innovation. This idea is at the forefront of all exhibitions at the Design Museum. Now in its seventh year, the Designs of the Year exhibition celebrates the very best ideas, which are increasingly becoming digital innovations. The exhibition runs until 25 August.
4. V&A, London
As the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, it always looks to showcase innovative and experimental items. A design collective from Berlin are currently exhibiting The T/Shirt Issue which combines fashion, design and technology to create wearable garments and conceptual installations. It runs until October 2014.
5. La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris
This digital arts and modern music centre replaced the Théâtre de la Gaîté in 2010, and hosts everything from exhibitions, gigs and screenings to workshops, video game competitions and networking events. The common theme that runs through all these differing events is the focus on the digital age. This is evident in the recent exhibition, Motion Factory, which showcases the imagination and techniques of animation filmmakers until 10 August.
6. Digital Art Museum, Berlin
As the name suggests, this museum focuses on everything digital-related. An ongoing series of exhibitions, Summer Splash 3, provides an overview of current developments in digital art. It features Casey Reas and Gerhard Mantz’s time-based work alongside sculptures by Driessens & Verstappen, Marielene Oliver and Andreas Nicolas Fischer. It runs until 2 August.
7. Hammer Museum, L.A.
At the core of the Hammer’s ethos is the importance of art as a vehicle for cultural, political and social change. For this reason, all events have free admission. The latest digital and experimental offering can be found in the biennial exhibition, Made in L.A. 2014, which features 35 L.A. emerging artists. The exhibition finishes on 7 September.
8. Soho Arthouse, New York
Originally known as Soho Gallery for Digital Art, it hasn’t lost its edge in hosting digital and experimental art. It still displays diverse types of art on its sixteen 40-inch digital screens.
9. The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading institution for newart and ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is widely recognised as being adventurous in its curation. The most recent example of this is Jeanine Oleson’s Hear, Here – an experimental opera that explores different kind of voices, from the musical voice of opera to political acts of speech.
10. Artists Space, New York
Artists Space is all about showcasing experimental art. The most recent exhibition is Living with Pop. A Reproduction of Capitalist Realism, which is the first in the US to take an in-depth look at the phenomenon of Capitalist Realism. It was a specific style present in post-war West German art, and the exhibition aims to reinterpret it according to recent political and critical theory. The show ends 17 August.
Words by Ryan Ramgobin