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Friday, May 19 • 12:00pm - 6:00pm
I Touch You and You Touch Me by Jeff Thompson at Harvestworks' Art Space - May 19, 2017

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Hours: May 14–19th, 12–6pm and Sat/Sun by appointment
Opening reception: Tuesday, May 16th at 6.30pm

Harvestworks is pleased to present “I Touch You And You Touch Me,” a solo exhibition of work by Jeff Thompson. In 2016, Thompson was invited to be artist-in-residence at Bell Labs, famous for their collaborations with artists under the umbrella of Experiments in Art & Technology. Working embedded in the context of Bell Labs’ engineers, Thompson created several large-scale works that are on view for this exhibition. Thompson’s work puts forward conceptual and poetic possibilities for giving agency to increasingly self-aware technological systems. “I Touch You and You Touch Me” is a robotic sculpture trained through a machine learning system to touch viewers the way the artist touches his phone, hallucinating new movements based on its understanding of previous interactions. Other works include several large panels mapping the exact physical location of every byte on the artist’s hard-drive, a 12-foot hand-built inkjet printer that slowly copies a blank wall over the course of the exhibition, and a text that is transformed by a real-time wind sensor, “blowing” a sentence from Italo Calvino’s “Six Memos for the Next Millennium” through a 2D representation of the English language.

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Jeff Thompson

Assistant Professor and Program Director, Visual Arts & Technology, Stevens Institute of Technology
Jeff Thompson is an artist, programmer, hacker, and educator based in the NYC area. He is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Visual Art & Technology at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. His work explores collaboration with, empathy for... Read More →

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Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center

Executive Director, Harvestworks Inc
Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Our mission is to support the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Our goals... Read More →

Friday May 19, 2017 12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Harvestworks Digital Media Art Center 596 Broadway #602 New York NY 10012 Phone: 212-431-1130 Subway: F/M/D/B Broadway/Lafayette, R to Prince, #6 to Bleecker
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