Tuesday, May 16 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Opening Reception: David Galbraith & Jeff Thompson at Harvestworks Art Center

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Hours: May 14–19th, 12–6pm and May 20-21 Sat/Sun by appointment

Opening reception: Tuesday, May 16th at 6:30pm

David Galbraith
Trio is a multiscreen installation of abstract digital images, each a visual echo of a distinct three-note chord from a string trio score by the first-generation minimalist composer Tom Johnson. Each of the notes in the 49-note musical scale are represented by a unique color and rectangular shape, known mathematically as straight polyominoes. Emerging from a dynamic spatial relation that couples the movement of the notes in the score to the direction of the shapes and the image transparency, the visual compositions of the Trio installation appear to be architectonic and malleable, one gently flowing into the next.

At once directly related to the music notation while operating in their own realm as a series of digital paintings, Galbraith’s installation continues a body of work exploring alternative relationships between sound and image enabled by his custom software that works across media boundaries to form a new audiovisual composition environment.

Jeff Thompson
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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David Galbraith

David Galbraith is an artist and composer based in Brooklyn, New York. Galbraith explores the couplings between art, music, technology and the body through his installations, compositions, sound works, and performances featuring live electronics and custom software. Galbraith completed... Read More →
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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 →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 6:30pm - 8:30pm
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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