P R E S S R E L E A S E S 2002
January 8, 2002
Kidspace to Present Interactive Video Works by Camille Utterback
In Luminous Flux, for example, as participants move in front of the camera, the visual accumulation of their motions is projected on a screen to produce a stunning, temporary outline of their body in red and green. Vertical edges are represented in green and horizontal edges in red. For Liquid Time, Utterback has recently shot video footage of street scenes in Tokyo. The projected image is "whole" until a participant moves in the space in front of the projected image. When "shadowed" in this way, the image advances forward or rewinds only in the section obscured by the participant's body. These "time shadowed" sections appear out of sequence and fragmented until the participant moves away from the camera projections, at which point the video returns to its original, unaltered state. As Utterback describes it, "in the Liquid Time installation, the interface of one's body-which can only exist in one place, at one time-is the means to create a space in which multiple times and perspectives coexist. The resulting imagery can be described as video cubism."
"We are thrilled to present this exhibition of interactive video works by Camille Utterback," said Molly Polk, associate curator of Kidspace. "Utterback's work is incredibly beautiful and challenging and will serve as an excellent basis for teaching children about the visual arts and the medium of video as well as about the nature of interactive media, language, science, and technology. The work in this exhibition is engaging on many different levels; students of all ages, teachers, and parents will enjoy it."
For Engaging Space, visitors will not only interact with Utterback's video works but will have the opportunity to work with a variety of transparent and translucent materials to create artworks of their own. Light boxes will be set up in Kidspace for visitors to use in the composition of these works. This project will develop children's understanding of how light is integral to many forms of artwork, including video, and provide an opportunity for them to experiment with composition, color combination, and translucent montage.
Utterback is a pioneering artist and programmer in the field of interactive installation. Utterback was selected by Res Magazine as artist pick of the year for its 'Annual Res 10 - Ten People who are making a difference in their field' (2000), and was recently nominated for a Rockefeller Fellowship in New Media Art (2001). NYU has filed for a patent on an interactive system Utterback developed while working as an Interval Research Fellow at the University. Utterback has developed commissioned installations for Herman Miller, Shiseido, and The American Museum of Natural History, and is currently working on a new piece for the Pittsburgh Children's Museum. She received a BA from Williams College and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition to her artistic and commercial work, She also teaches as an adjunct professor at Parsons School of Design.
This spring, Kidspace will expand its work with local schools, beginning a partnership with the Northern Berkshire School Union. All students and teachers from Clarksburg, Gabriel Abbott Memorial, and Savoy schools will participate in the Kidspace program, which includes visiting the Utterback exhibition and working on an intensive curriculum guide developed by Kidspace. The curriculum includes lessons in analyzing media, basic color theory, pixels, composition, and texts in pictures.
Kidspace at MASS MoCA is a joint program of the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, the Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. Additional funding has been provided in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council (a state agency), the GE Fund, the Cherkis family, and the Brownrigg Charitable Trust in memory of Lynn Laitman. Additional funding for Engaging Space has been provided by the James and Robert Hardman Fund for North Adams of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant to Williams College, and the Center for Technology and Humanities and the English department at Williams College.
Through May, Kidspace is open to the public every Thursday from 3-5 P.M. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 P.M. During February school vacation (February 18 through 22), Kidspace will be open the 18th from 1:30 - 4 P.M. and on the 19th, 20th, and 21st from 1 to 4 P.M. Kidspace will announce extended summer hours in May. Admission to Kidspace is free.
MASS MoCA, housed on a 13-acre campus of restored 19th-century factory buildings, is the largest center for contemporary art in the country. Through May 31, MASS MoCA's galleries are open 11 AM - 5 PM, closed Tuesdays except for February 19. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students, $2 for children 6-16, free for children under 6 and free for members at all times. For additional information call 413 662 2111 or visit www.massmoca.org.
For Immediate Release