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The Project Room 2005




Vision Into Art

12/10/05, 4-6 PM

Vision Into Art benefit - 12/13, 7:30-9:30 PM 

Interdisciplinary, thematically unified performances driven by newly commissioned music, dance, film, and spoken word.





Daniel Bernard Roumain & The Mission

October 8, 2005

Composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) & his band, DBR & 

The Mission perform DBR’s 24 Bits: Hip-Hop Studies & Etudes, Book 1 - meshing modern, classical, jazz, rock, and hip-hop styles of music. The Mission: Wynne Bennett (keyboards/laptop), Kenny Grohowski (percussion), Earl Maneein (violin), Brett O'Mara (violin), Jessie Reagen (cello), Tara Thomas (vocals), & Jon Weber (viola).


June - September


Jihui Digital Salon

September, 2005 - June, 2006 @ 6:00 PM

Jihui Digital Salon, founded in 2000, features discussions and presentations by new media artists as a gateway to digital art, furthering the dynamic dialogue between the academic and the art world. The digital salon is aimed at promoting understanding of new media arts, supporting emerging artists, and exploring the rapid paradigm shifts brought about by digital technologies. All discussions are recorded and subsequently archived at the project website.

agent.netart is a collaboration on public programs organized by the Netart Initiative and Intelligent Agent. agent.netart is made possible by generous support from the Digital Design Department and Parsons Design Lab of Parsons School of Design and from the Rockefeller Foundation. Presented by Christiane Paul and Zhang Ga.

Program #5 - 6/8/06 Ken Feingold

Program #4 - 2/24/06 Scott Snibbe, “Body, Space and Cinema”

Program #3 - 11/17/05 Cory Arcangel

Program #2 - 11/3/05 Julia Heyward and Toni Dove, “Interactive Cinema”

Program #1 - 9/30/05 Joachim Sauter



Project RITE

Reinventing Tradition and Environment: East Merges with West

September 8, 2005

Concert at 7:30 PM

Pre-concert talk, “Face, Race, Art and Music”, at 7:00 PM

A concert of electronic World Music by Project RITE, a new music/multi-media ensemble of leading artists and computer and acoustic technology from the U.S. and Japan. Produced by Mari Kimura and Yoshihiro Kanno.

Project RITE artists and scientists:

-Mari Kimura, Violin (Japan/US)

-Yoshihiro Kanno, composer (Japan)

-Tamami Tono, Sho performer (Japan)

-Bruce Gremo. Shakuhachi performer (US)

-Miya Masaoka, Koto performer, (US)

-Dr. Yoshio Yamasaki - Professor of GITI (Global Information and Telecommunication Institute), Waseda University. Dr. Yamasaki is a world leader in the area of acoustics.

Project RITE is made possible with generous support from Japan Foundation, International Institute on Human Environment (IRIHE Japan), Waseda University and Yamaha Corporation.

A New Art Lab program of The Project Room


with Cassie Terman, Shinichi Momo Koga, and Keren Rosenbaum

Saturday, July 16 @ 2pm 


Information Esthetics: Lecture Series One

presented by W. Bradford Paley

March 31 — July 14, Thursdays 6 PM

presented by W. Bradford Paley

Lecture Series One

Completed: March-July, 2005

Making data meaningful-this phrase could describe what dozens of professions strive for: Wall Street systems designers, fine artists, advertising creatives, computer interface researchers, and many others. Occasionally something important happens in these practices: a data representation is created that reveals the subject’s nature with such clarity and grace that it both informs and moves the viewer. We both understand and care. This is the focus of Information Esthetics.

Information Esthetics, a recently formed not-for-profit organization, has put together a lecture series dedicated to helping this happen more often. World leaders in seven different aspects of sense-making have been invited to speak on topics from typography to visual perception, from charting to electro-mechanical engineering. The goal: to help expose the beauty experts see in their databases, better engaging their whole minds in interpretation; to help inspire art that’s not just decorated with data but makes the data readable, satisfying viewers’ minds as much as their eyes and hearts.

The format of the talks lets us explore more deeply than a typical panel or academic paper presentation. Each speaker will talk for a full hour, we’ll break for a half hour of fine spirits and snacks, then sit down again for an interview/chat led by series organizer and interaction designer W. Bradford Paley. The intent throughout is to delve into the implications these profound ideas have for human communication in general-but also to share some simple techniques that people can immediately put to use in their own projects.

The lectures take place Thursday evenings in the Chelsea Art Museum at 556 West 22nd street in Manhattan.

Robert Bringhurst, March 31 · Typography and layout

The distinguished Mr. Bringhurst is perhaps the most recognized typographer, a published poet, and the author of the fundamental contemporary work on typography: “Elements of Typographic Style.”

Judith Donath, April 21 · Social computing

Dr. Donath’s group at the MIT Media Lab studies intriguing social interactions and produces some of the loveliest and clearest visual representations of these complex systems. She is a well-read and careful observer of fine art. 

Ted Selker, May 12 · Situated devices

Dr. Selker focuses on putting intelligence into everyday bjects: his invention of the eraser-like IBM Trackpoint device transformed laptop 

keyboards throughout the industry. His MIT Media Lab group continues to expand those explorations.

Lisa Strausfeld, May 26 · Real-time charting

Ms. Strausfeld is a partner in Pentagram, the respected New York

design firm. Her dense, readable information displays are well structured, 

visually rich, and intellectually satisfying.

Bill Buxton, June 16 · Supporting creative analysis

Mr. Buxton is a musician, mountain climber, and interaction designer; former Chief Scientist of Silicon Graphics; and a well-known and controversial computer interface expert. He owns an art gallery in Toronto with his wife and has been developing user interfaces explicitly for designers for over a decade.

Ron Rensink, June 30 · Visual perception

Dr. Rensink is one of the world’s experts on “Change Blindness” a feature of the human visual system that allows major changes to happen unnoticed right in front of one’s eyes, allowing (among other things) magic performances to work. He studies human perception, discovering and sharing principles useful in design.

Tamara Munzner, July 14 · Large data sets

Dr. Munzner specializes in information visualization: showing complexities in subjects that range from genetically-determined phylogenetic evolutionary trees to environmental sustainability. Her work is informed by an eye developed under her art-teacher father, and often reveals structure more clearly as a result.

This lecture series is an Information Esthetics production, made possible by a project of Digital Image Design Incorporated. The talks are presented by Nina Colosi, producer/curator of The Project Room at Chelsea Art Museum, and are supported in part by the Department of Computer Science at Columbia University.

Generous volunteer efforts support Information Esthetics, including high-reliability Web site hosting by Michael Rosenthal and expert audio/video support by Peter Kennard. Please contact i.e. director W. Bradford Paley if you would like to volunteer, be put on the i.e. mailing list, or otherwise participate.

The Information Esthetics site was generously hosted at the time of this series by Walrus Internet.

World leaders in seven different aspects of sense-making have been invited to speak on topics from typography to visual perception, from charting to electro-mechanical engineering. 

March 31: Robert Bringhurst – Typography and layout 

April 21: Judith Donath – Social computing 

May 12: Ted Selker – Situated devices

May 26: Lisa Strausfeld – Real-time charting 

June 16: Bill Buxton – Supporting creative analysis 

June 30: Ron Rensink – Visual perception 

July 14: Tamara Munzner – Large data sets


ProyectArte, School of Fine Art, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Presents an exhibition of art created by young students and their mentor/teachers.

June 16 – July 2 


Star Art I

May 28 - June 14

Peter Falk, William Burroughs, Sophia Loren, Federico Fellini, Jack Kevorkian, Jonathan Winters, Gloria Vanderbilt, Bob Dylan, David Byrne, Richie Havens, Buddy Ebsen, Dee Dee Ramone, Emilio Pucci, Allen Ginsberg, Victoria Gotti, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Muhammad Ali, Kurt Vonnegut, and others.

Star Art II 

June 17 - July 9

Tony Bennett, Miles Davis, Jacques Cousteau, Zero Mostel, Gloria Swanson, Martin Mull, Merce Cunningham, Anthony Quinn, David Bowie, John Waters, Xavier Cugat, Ron Wood, Phyllis Diller, Peter Beard, Red Skelton, Joni Mitchell, Rosie O'Donnell, Mel Brooks, James Dean, Butch Patrick, Jimmy Stewart, Viva, Joe Mantegna, John Lennon, Jessica Tandy, Dinah Shore, Micky Dolenz, Congo The Chimp, Randy Jones, Adam West, Vincent Price, Art Carney, Eli Wallach, Ceasar Romero, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Robert Englund.

Curated by Baird Jones.





Meet-the-artist: Arik Shapiro

renowned Israeli composer demonstrates and discusses his work. 

April 30, 2 pm 


Beyond the Machine 3.0

From the Music Technology Center at Juilliard

April 19-20, 8 PM 



“Rhythm Science: Sampling in a Global Context: Music, Art, Technology and Copyright”, moderated by Paul Miller DJ Spooky.

April 15, 2005 6:30-9:30pm 

Miller is the author and composer of “Rhythm Science”, a book and CD, published by The MIT Press (2004), that will generate and inspire this discussion. The panel will present a wide range of perspectives on issues surrounding sampling in contemporary culture from artistic, philosophical, legal and business points of view.

Participants include: Hank Shocklee, Producer of “Public Enemy” and many other hip-hop groups; Lee Hirsch, Director of “Amandla”; Siva Vaidhyanathan, author of “Anarchist in the Library” and “Copyrights, Copywrongs”; Catherine Corman. filmmaker; Colin Mutchler, director,; Christoph Cox, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Hampshire College, editor of "Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music", writer on contemporary art and music for “Artforum; Kodwo Eshun and Anjali Sagar, directors of Otolith Group; Daniel Bernard Roumain, composer.




James Tunick, founder April 14-23, 2005 

Opening Thursday, April 14, 6 – 9 PM, through April 23

Immersive Displays, Live Image Processing, Social Software, Wearables & Wireless

Michael Naimark, Paul Miller DJ Spooky, W. Bradford Paley, Judith Donath, Natalie Jeremijenko, Luke Dubois, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Kathleen Ruiz, Matthew Sutter, Clay Shirky, Derek Lomas, Craig Konyk, Miro Kirov, and many others.


10th Floor – second edition, Parsons School of Design

Curated by Zhang Ga

April 12– 19 





NY Debut

Reflex Ensemble -“BLOWING STEAM" 

Composed & Created by Keren Rosenbaum

Tuesday, March 22, 8 PM 

Janne Rättyä – Solo Recital

Thursday, March 17, 7 PM

World-renowned Finnish accordionist, NY debut recital.

Music by J.S. Bach, S. Gubaidulina, L. Berio, K. Rosenbaum & J. Tiensuu




Hi Art!

January 29 through February presenting an art workshop program for children 2-12, accompanying the exhibition "ManMade Planet”

An exhibition parallel to The Gates, Project for Central Park by Christo and Jeanne-Claude.


Reflex Ensemble - open rehearsal

January 15

Preview to NY debut on March 22. Rehearsals with ensemble members and workshops with conservatory and university students are open to the public. Reflex is the resident ensemble of The Project Room


Symposium - Marty St. James and Lev Manovich

January 8

Christiane Paul, adjunct new media curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Barbara London, curator, video and digital media, Museum of Modern Art

Sue Hubbard, art critic, Independent Newspaper, London

Ken Feinstein, artist/professor of experimental video

Moderated by Mechthild Schmidt, master teacher, digital communications and media, McGhee Divison, New York University


Lev Manovich

MISSION TO EARTH (Soft Cinema edition)

A media installation

Official Release Presentation of a new DVD published and distributed by MIT Press (2005)

JANUARY 8 – 26

Saturday, January 8, 2:00 PM Opening reception and Talk

The discussion will continue as Manovich is joined by

Christiane Paul, adjunct new media curator, Whitney Museum of American Art

Barbara London, video and digital media curator, Museum of Modern Art

Marty St. James, visual artist

Sue Hubbard, art critic, Independent Newspaper, London

Ken Feinstein, artist/professor of experimental video

Moderated by Mechthild Schmidt, master teacher, digital communications and media, McGhee Divison, New York University

At 3:00PM the discussion will continue as St. James is joined by: author/artist/new media theorist, Lev Manovich; Christiane Paul, adjunct new media curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Barbara London, curator, video and digital media, Museum of Modern Art; Sue Hubbard, art critic, Independent Newspaper, London; Ken Feinstein, artist/professor of experimental video. The discussion is moderated by Mechthild Schmidt, master teacher, digital communications and media, McGhee Divison, New York University.

Mission to Earth is a film assembled by software in real time.

Mac G5 computer, custom software written in Lingo (Macromedia Director).

Narrative, videography, editing: Lev Manovich.

Soft Cinema software: Andreas Kratky | Berlin.

Music: Jóhann Jóhannsson | Iceland

Motion graphics: Ross Cooper / Stuart Sinclair | LondonARTIST TALK - JA

Technical installation: Brooklyn College, Program in Performance & Interactive Media Arts

Produced in cooperation with the Program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College, John J. A. Jannone, Director 

What kind of cinema is appropriate for the age of Palm Pilot and Google? Automatic surveillance and self-guided missiles? Consumer profiling and CNN? To investigate answers to this question Lev Manovich, one of today‚s most influential thinkers in the fields of media arts and digital culture, paired with award-winning new media artist and designer Andreas Kratky. They have also invited contributions from leaders in other cultural fields: DJ Spooky, Scanner, George Lewis, and Jóhann Jóhannsson (music), servo (architecture), Schoenerwissen/OfCD (information visualization), and Ross Cooper Studios (media design).

The results of their three-year explorations are the three films, the latest of which is making its New York debut in The Project Room at Chelsea Art Museum. Mission to Earth tells the story of Inga, an alien who after spending twenty years on earth is finally given the chance to return to her own planet, Alpha-1. An allegory about the Cold War and immigration, Mission to Earth utilizes footage of a secret radio telescope build in the former Soviet Union in 1971. The film is edited in real time by custom software, rendering each run of the piece different from the last. The software determines the screen layout, number of windows on the screen, and each window’s content, using a script and a system of rules determined by the authors. In a great deal of narrative nearly all choices are left to the software; however at some points the authors specified exactly what the viewer sees as a particular moment in time.More information at

Complete text used for voiceover in Mission to Earth is available at

Lev Manovich, the leader of the Soft Cinema project and the videographer, editor, and author of Mission to Earth, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of new media culture. He is the author of The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) and Little Movies (1994), the first film project created specifically for the World Wide Web. His computer-driven installations and films have been exhibited in numerous museums, galleries, media and film festivals in the US, Europe and Asia, including ZKM, Karlsruhe; the ICA, London; SENEF, Seoul; and the ICC, Tokyo. In addition, Soft Cinema received an honorary mention at Transmediale 2003 festival, Berlin and is the subject of a short documentary by ARTE-TV.

Andreas Kratky, the author of the Soft Cinema software, has been responsible for media design and co-direction of a number of groundbreaking new media projects, including the award-winning DVDs That‚s Kyogen and Bleeding Through ˆ Layers of Los Angeles 1920-1986 (both published by ZKM).

For information please contact: Nina Colosi, Producer/curator, The Project Room @ Chelsea Art Museum

Produced in cooperation with the Program in Performance and Interactive Media Arts, Brooklyn College, John J. A. Jannone, Director.

JANUARY 8 – 26

A media installation – Official Release Presentation of a new DVD published and distributed by MIT Press (2005)


Marty St. James


January 6 - 26






St. James will discuss his work and meet museum visitors.

At 3:00 PM the discussion will continue as St. James is joined by author/artist/new media theorist, Lev Manovich; Christiane Paul, adjunct new media curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Barbara London, curator, video and digital media, Museum of Modern Art; Sue Hubbard, art critic, Independent Newspaper, London; Ken Feinstein, artist/professor of experimental video. The discussion is moderated by Mechthild Schmidt, master teacher, digital communications and media, McGhee Divison, New York University.

MARTY ST. JAMES, London based fine artist, is a modernist in post-modern clothing.

As an artist his primary medium, along with drawing, is digital technology but his concerns are firmly rooted in the spiritual and Utopian subtexts of modernism with its hallmark of self-reflexive thinking.

“This guy’s work is dark, yet at the same time he recognizes something in us all which at the same time we locate and understand within his work, something fundamentally familiar. In Russia he is described as a visual poet penetrating our deepest thoughts and asking questions we dare not ask.”

In Somewhere Or In Between St. James dares to ask difficult and uncomfortable questions as to where we as viewers and artists choose to locate ourselves within contemporary society. The spaces he explores are those balanced stylistically between figuration and abstraction, between absence and presence, between idealization and cynicism.

For him creativity – in line with Joseph Beuys’ legacy – is the purest form of political statement.

Included in the exhibition is the video triptych The Journey of St. Maurin first shown in Moscow last year at the National Centre for Contemporary Art. The journey is a recurrent metaphor, the journey as quest, the journey as self-delineation. Through static, figurative and moving images accompanied by sound the viewer is drawn into a place of spiritual isolation and entrapment. St. Maurin was a supposed heretic beheaded for his beliefs.

After his death he was said to have returned to his place of worship holding his head in his hands. This horrific story of martyrdom acts as a metaphor for conviction, for the strength of belief and underlines that all experience is part of a continuing journey towards a goal of self-realization. But the journey portrayed here is bleak. Through the kinetic spiral created by the turning window we leave the enclosed space of an anonymous room to travel through undisclosed locations, both urban and rural, only to be spun back to a final frame of empty blackness. No happy resolutions are proffered so that we are invited to consider Yeats’ famous lines:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold Familyway is a single channel video work. The stillness of Familyway stands both in stylistic and emotional contrast to the St. Maurin video. The frozen frames embody time at a stand still. In this work Marty St. James explores ideas that have seduced him in the writing of Sartre; how time separates the self from the self, from the self as it once was, from what we wish to be, from desires, from things, from others. Yet in this stillness, in the conjoined image of a family where the members reach out one to another, there exists a contradiction, a seed of hope, a way forward out of the postmodern swamp of indifference, out of a universe dominated by narcissism and commodity.

Sue Hubbard The Independent Newspaper London


Marty St. James is a London, UK based artist born in Birmingham, England. St. James studied at Bournville School of Art and Cardiff College of Art under the directorship of the innovative art educator Tom Hudson. He has concentrated on Performance Art, Video and Installation Art (time based-media) and digital works since the 1980’s. During the 80’s and 90’s he undertook major Performance art and video tours of Britain, Europe and North America.

St. James made his first video art work by appearing as a fictitious contestant on the TV quiz game Mr. and Mrs. His video art works have been shown and broadcast worldwide in galleries, festivals and on network television, including TimeCode and Hotel produced by Channel Four television. St. James invented the art term Video Portraits exhibiting the 11 channel video portrait of the Olympic gold medalist.

The Swimmer and two others commissioned by the National Portrait  Gallery in London in 1991 all of which are in the collection. He has completed Residencies at Kunstakademiet, Trondheim, Norway (1993); 101 Gallery Ottawa, Canada (1994): Banff Centre For The Arts (1999), Canada and with the Kolodzei Foundation in Moscow (2003). In 2000 he traveled around the world in researching his artwork including North America and the Australian outback. St. James represented UK in British Council Shows including Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo (1998) and Contemporary Art Museum, Nagoya (1995). Forty of his video works have been archived for the UK by the British Film Institute. The National Portrait Gallery selected St. James’s video portrait Boy/Girl Video diptych to represent the year 2000 in its millennium exhibition 101 Portrait Masterpieces of the Twentieth Century alongside major works by Picasso, Bacon, Warhol, Freud, Warhol, and others. In 2003 he had a one-person show at the National Contemporary Arts Centre in Moscow. 

Artist’s websites: and


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