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Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich + ATNE, Boston Cyberarts Gallery

  • Boston Cyberarts Gallery (next to the Green Street Station) 141 Green Street Jamaica Plain, MA, 02130 United States (map)
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Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich work collaboratively to create works that engage ideas and practices that involve sharing communities, livable ecologies, and the transmutation of waste. They employ traditional drawing and sculptural techniques within a contemporary framework of interactive media and participatory installation. Among other things they create participatory installations, games, and happenings where audience participation is a key component of the work and its message. During their talk they will provide an overview of some of their ongoing projects and the themes that run throughout them. Some of you may have seen their arcade-style game Total Jump which trains people for a coordinated worldwide jump when it was at Boston Cyberarts. The impossibility of accomplishing a Total Jump contrasted with the ease and fun of training for it invites the audience to bridge the gap between a postmodern pluralistic world and the necessity of globally coordinated solutions in the face of the Anthropocene. The recent cultural, political, and environmental upheavals in the US and the rest of the world are worrisome. Their Worries Bash project, which was developed for an exhibition in Berlin and will be at Proof Gallery in Boston this Spring, is an opportunity to share worries and consider similarities in emotional cycles across communities via electroacoustic pinatas which act as worry browsers when hit.

Caitlin Foley & Misha Rabinovich are recent recipients of a NEFA Creative Opportunity Grant, frequent residents at NYC’s Flux Factory, and have exhibited at venues such as the the New Museum’s Ideas City Festival (NYC), Machine Project (LA), the Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse, NY), SIGGRAPH (LA), and currently at the Open Data Institute (UK). Misha is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media at UMass Lowell and Caitlin is Assistant Director at Boston Cyberarts and Art Consultant/Curator for the Massachusetts