Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Antioch College Presents Julia Heyward

Renowned multimedia artist coming to the Herndon

Heyward will present interactive new media works from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., November 20, at Herndon Gallery, South Hall, Antioch College.

Videographer, composer, vocalist, performance artist Julia Heyward has been on the cutting edge of interactive media arts for two decades. Her work centers on the orchestration of music and image in video, performance and new media. Her projects include music videos and pop television, large-scale collaborative spectacles, and interactive new media. All the work looks at the contradictory cycles of our culture, from the traumatic to the transcendent, seeing them simultaneously through the telescope of collective myth and the microscope of personal revelation.

Ms. Heyward has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Greenwall Foundation, The New York State Council for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts and others. Her work has been exhibited and performed in museums, galleries, festivals and theaters throughout the world, including Lincoln Center in New York City.

Julia Heyward will present multi-media work made over the last decade including her interactive DVD-ROM Miracles in Reverse, a time-based self-portrait in the form of a multimedia album that tells various versions of the artist’s life story from the point of view of Jesus, her mother and an alien. Miracles in Reverse has been shown at The Daejeon Municipal Museum in Korea (curated by Lawrence Rinder), Art Interactive in Boston, the Wood Street Galleries in Pittsburgh, and Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City as an installation

In a review in The Boston Globe, Cate McQuaid wrote; “Dizzyingly provocative, Julia Heyward's Miracles in Reverse, an interactive DVD-ROM, lets the viewer navigate through wildly looping and intersecting filmic stories. Drag and click the mouse, and you can change the story line, or the camera angle, or the speed at which you view the piece. The New York Times’ reviewer, Linda Yablonsky, wrote; “The future of art DVD's may well belong to interactive feature films like those that the new-media artists Toni Dove and Julia Heyward.”

Heyward will also show excerpts from Points of View, a series of ‘faux windows’ using large flat screens displaying simulated urban and natural continuums intermittently interrupted by ‘Hollywood’ murder scenes, war maneuvers, daily human and animal routines, and the weather. These real windows look out onto an alley where violent scenes are shot, a beach where the houses are washing into the sea, and a desert overlooking the largest marine training center in the world.

Heyward is currently working on a large scale triptych entitled collectively Nothing Random Access Memory, which looks at the nature and evolution of consciousness through our collective and subjective memories, mythologies and scientific theories.

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