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Streaming Museum at 15
Viewpoints and what's ahead

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Streaming Museum launched on January 29, 2008 to bring awesome arts to people in public spaces on 7 continents and on its website, using the burgeoning capabilities of technology.

Over the years we've expanded to include a broad range of international programs, publications, and feature stories. With our Network partners we bring together art, culturally diverse audiences, and professionals across disciplines who sharpen how we see the world and create innovations that influence how humans and nature coexist.

Early inspirations, and a video with program highlights

Image above: Times Square Midnight Moment: Carla Gannis, Portraits in Landscape
Other Midnight Moments: Bjork, Mutual Core Ryoji Ikeda, test pattern [times square]

What's ahead in 2023 and beyond

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The Energy+Art Garden: Designed by Streaming Museum, artist Raphaele Shirley, and our architectural team. Land Art Generator Initiative's design competition exhibition and publication release, Mannheim, Germany, April-October, 2023.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Culture and Creativity, a body of the European Union: Streaming Museum is a partner in this 15-year multi-million euro program beginning in 2024.

In development: Metaverse properties of Streaming Museum. New works and partnerships will be announced soon.

Art's AWE effect

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Awe is the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world. Awe-inspiring experiences are associated with a higher sense of meaning and connection that, as emerging research shows, may make us more curious, creative and compassionate people.

Look to art for the experience of awe. It has a positive impact on our health and well-being and a lot of the same neurophysiology of deep contemplation. But there is also a threat-based variant of awe that arises in response to vast, complex stimuli that are threatening experiences with increased feelings of powerlessness.*

Image: Jennifer Steinkamp, Still-Life 3 (2019), digital animation. *Awe research by Dacher Keltner, psychologist, UC Berkley, author, “Awe: The New Science of Everyday Wonder and How It Can Transform Your Life.” Interview NY Times 1/3/23

How humans and nature live together

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supersymmetric particles (2019) by Michael Najjar, is a hybrid photograph of The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, that is searching for the inner structure holding the world together. Najjar's cool earth (2021+) combines science and fiction to imagine a world without fossil energy.

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Agnes Denes’s Wheatfield—a Confrontation (1982), a conceptual land artwork on the undeveloped Battery Park City property with the World Trade Center buildings in sight, addresses human values and misplaced priorities. Exhibited in evo1 Moscow, September 2001

Related features: Mass for the Endangered, composer, Sarah Kirkland Snider / UCLA Kindness Center / Land Art Generator Initiative / Allegra Fuller Snyder on Buckminster Fuller and socially responsible design / Chinese high fashion designers' sustainable practice by Amanda Vallance / Slurb, Marina Zurkow's flooded world

Art as a witness to war and displacement
and victims of everyday violence

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Madonna and Child (2012) by Richard Mosse, photographed in the DRC with discontinued military surveillance film, captures the beauty and tragedy in war and destruction. 

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Video still from Incoming #96 (2016) by Richard Mosse, using a military-grade camera designed for battlefield situational awareness and long-range border surveillance, charts mass migration and human displacement across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. 

Related features: Artist Monika Weiss on Francisco Goya, War, Trauma and Unforgetting History Behind the walls of Ritsona, Greece’s largest refugee camp / Breakthrough by artist Edwina Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill, international tour for anniversaries of Fall of the Berlin Wall / Basetrack media project in Afghanistan with photographers Teru Kuwayama, Balazs Gardi, Tivador Domi / Sustainability in Afghanistan by Teru Kuwayama for Centerpoint Now

Art's viewpoints of a world controlled
by forces of power in all its forms

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Michael Najjar's high altitude (2008-2010) hybrid photography series, renders stock indices into mountaintops, reflecting corporate influence on the environment. CDP and the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index evaluate corporate investment value according to their long-term commitment to sustainability.  

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Unapologetic Body is a story by Francesca Harper, an African American woman standing on the shoulders of those who have actively confronted  the constraints of rascism and sexism, a woman claiming her own legacy.

Art connects time and cultures

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The World is Yours the World is Mine (2014) by Shahzia Sikander. Her artwork evolves from her life experience and ideas of language, trade and empire, and migration."It is important to open the discourse, to challenge and re-examine our histories." Sikander on the meaning of this work.

Art creates ways to see how it all works

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EXIT (2008-2015) a data artwork on human migration and its causes by Virilio, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Hansen, Kurgan, Rubin, Pietrusko, Smith. Collection Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris.

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The imperceptible signals that surround us, resonate in the sound art of Stephanie Castonguay

Related features: Forests have social livesthe science + paintings by Fedele Spadafora Emotion Forecast, Maurice Benayoun's real-time data artwork / Refik Anadol Radical Visualizations / W. Bradford Paley's CodeProfiles / Debbie Symons, Counting One to Four: Nature Morte / Alana Esposito on art and political satireTheresa Sauer's Notations 21 on John Cage, experimental music notation and creative communication systems.

Xpanding Reality

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The arts, creative technology and science are crossing the physical, virtual and AI worlds in imaginative ways, pushing forward the potential of Xpanded Reality in all its forms. "Skin has become inadequate in interfacing with reality. Technology has become the body’s new membrane of existence." Nam June Paik 1974

Related features: (Above) Lundahl & Seitl's remarkable artVR experiences / Arido Taurajo human/AI operatic music video by James Morgan and Maya Ackerman / Exploring Web3 and NFTs by leading artists / Maurice Benayoun's Value of Values / Digital Art @Google / Vicky Chow plays Steve Reich and Tristan Perich works for piano and technology / Mark Amerika's Immobilité / Eduardo Kac's transgenic art / Fashion designers blend art, science, technology: Iris Van Herpen in Dubai, Sabin Bors's story on Anouk Wipprecht

The overview effect

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Streaming Museum's 'viewpoint' is to look at the big picture reality of the earth from above and zoom in to the complexities, interconnections, and inventions of life on earth across time and cultures.

A View from the Cloud was a public program of artworks and conversations with general public and professionals across disciplines, from global finance to AI, science, education, UN leadership and others. Astronauts Ron Garan and Nicole Stott spoke of the awesome, transforming experience of seeing the earth in space and the reality of the interdependence of life on earth -- called "the overview effect." Nicole Stott explained that art is the ultimate universal communicator to the general public about the complex ideas in science and other fields; and Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, that "Cynical, pessimistic viewpoints about the future become a self-fulfilling prophecy."

Topics and viewpoints featured in A View from the Cloud, a collaboration with World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN), were expanded in their s
pecial UN's 75th anniversary issue of Centerpoint Now, "Are we there yet?" the publication of WCPUN produced in collaboration with Streaming Museum

Related features: (Above) Eduardo Kac's Inner Telescope created with astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the International Space Station on February 18, 2017, exhibited in A View From The Cloud / Rising Above, A Conversation with Ron Garan, Astronaut for Centerpoint Now, "Are we there yet?"

Distant Early Warnings

“I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it”. – Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media, 1964

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