HYPER-RUNT: Online launch September 3, 2004

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Date/Time: 03/09/2004 12:00 am

InLiquid.com presents a major new media project,
HYPER-RUNT, curated by Ebon Fisher and Emily Zimmerman
ONLINE September 3-18, 2004 at www.inliquid.com and
ONSITE October 8-14, 2004 at the National Products Building in Old City, Philadelphia.
(Philadelphia, August 2004) The nonprofit artist organization, InLiquid.com, is pleased to announce the launch of the the online component of HYPER-RUNT, an exhibit of digital and coceptual art curated by “media breeder,” Ebon Fisher and curator, Emily Zimmerman. HYPER-RUNT’s online component (September 3-18, 2004), presented at http://www.inliquid.com, will act as a preview to the installation, and will include essays, images, links, and manifestos by the participants. It will be promoted during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival through a guerrilla marketing campaign in Philadelphia and New York with materials featuring the HYPER-RUNT logo and URL.
HYPER-RUNT is an exhibition of experimental projects by an internationally diverse group of artists including Bigtwin, Shawn Brixey, David Brody, Klip Collective, Ken Goldberg, Natalie Jeremijenko, Yael Kanarek, MTAA, Mark Napier, Joseph Nechvatal, neuroTransmitter, and Caterina Verde. For HYPER-RUNT, artists were asked to submit those peculiar projects which rose up out of the creative process and took on an insistent life of their own, either in the studio or in the public arena. These works do not fit snugly in the usual litter of cultural categories. As Ebon Fisher points out,
“HYPER-RUNTs raise uneasy questions pertaining to the nature of art in the realm of artificial life forms, media viruses, robot psychology, and inter-species cultures. They flirt with the possibility of a ‘post-human’ future in which the paradigm of art and civilization gives way to a hyper-biology of emergent processes. A HYPER-RUNT might be seen as an ornery cultural lifeform, an élan vital, unexpectedly rearing its head in the turmoil brewing between artist, audience, technology, and ecosystem.”
HYPER-RUNT’s installation (October 8-14, 2004) will be the last event to take place at Philadelphia’s National Products Building, which is scheduled for reconstruction in November 2004. The National Products building is located at 109-131 N. 2nd Street in Old City Philadelphia. HYPER-RUNT will include technologically based installations, and site-specific works tailored to the spaces of National Products Building. For the week of October 8-14, the National Products Building will be activated by a series of events hosted by Inliquid.com in conjunction with the exhibition, including a screening ‘Frames’, a documentary about Grahame Weinbren‚s piece by the same name, and an evening of immersive media with Klip Collective and musical guests. See www.inliquid.com for a full list of events including dates and times.
Curator, Ebon Fisher, was one of the first instructors at MIT’s Media Lab during its inception. Since the early 1990s he has been cultivating media organisms through the use of media rituals and “Bionic Codes” in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He ran the Digital Worlds program at the University of Iowa for 3 years, beginning in 1998, and has exhibited and lectured internationally. His digital world, Nervepool, is at HYPERLINK http://www.nervepool.net. Curator, Emily Zimmerman, has worked with Creative Time, New York as a curatorial assistant to Carol Stakenas, and is currently working as a research assistant on a reader on moving images for Tanya Leighton. Other consultants on the HYPER-RUNT exhibit include Glen Muschio, professor and director of the Digital Media Program at Drexel University. Prior to teaching at Drexel University, Glen had over 20 years experience in corporate communications, legal, community and educational media production. Ian Cross is a co-founder of the Philadelphia area New Media Association (PANMA), co-founder and CEO of I-Site, Inc., and co-founder of MYX gallery in Philadelphia.
InLiquid.com is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) web-based membership organization dedicated to providing opportunities and exposure for visual artists and designers, serving as a free public hub for arts information and resources, and making the visual arts more accessible to a broader audience. More than just an online presence, InLiquid also nurtures our creative community through a continuing series of „non-virtual‰ art exhibitions and events.
Emily Zimmerman