Streaming Museum at 15
Viewpoints and what's ahead
Streaming Museum launched on January 29, 2008 to bring awesome experiences of art 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. Watch the videos: Carla Gannis, Portraits in Landscape
Other Midnight Moments: Bjork, Mutual Core / Ryoji Ikeda, test pattern [times square]
What's ahead in 2023 and beyond
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 & Creativity, a body of the European Union: Streaming Museum is a partner in this multi-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
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, which increases the ability to see things from new perspectives. 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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Related features: John Cage's Lecture on the Weather 1976 / Christine Gedeon, Aleppo: Deconstruction | Reconstruction / Magna Carda The Root, hip hop music video / Victim #2, David Boring band, Hong Kong / Massimiliano Fusari's stories from Cairo: Artisans speak out on hopes, politics, tradition / Pianist Vicky Chow performs Foxconn Frequency (no.2) for one visibly Chinese performer by Remy Siu
Art connects time and cultures
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.
Related features: Of Poets: Human and Robot / Monika Weiss on art’s poetic and political responsibility / Marty St. James, Somewhere or InBetween / Chris Rainier: Ancient Marks: Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking, Sacred: Angkor Watt, music by Anoushka Shankar; Ancient Stories with Modern Technology / Codes of Culture, Argentina / Nordic Outbreak / New Era: The Middle East / Cross-Korea: Come Join Us Mr. Orwell / Contemporary Crosscurrents, Dubai
Art creates ways to see how it all works
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.
Related features: Forests have social lives: the science + paintings by Fedele Spadafora / Emotion Forecast, Maurice Benayoun's real-time data artwork / Buckminster Fuller, Making the Invisible Visible by Allegra Fuller Snyder and David McConville / Refik Anadol Radical Visualizations / W. Bradford Paley's CodeProfiles / Debbie Symons, Counting One to Four: Nature Morte / Alana Esposito on art and political satire / Theresa Sauer's Notations 21 on John Cage, experimental music notation and creative communication systems.
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
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 special 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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humans and nature living together
across time and cultures
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