G.H. Hovagimyan was in residence with ISIS Arts and Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) during April 2013. Hovagimyan joined us from New York (USA) and was based between the ISIS studio and NGI office.
During the residency, Hovagimyan worked on developing a ‘natural interface’ tool, which he described as “a sequence in the movie Minority Report that has Tom Cruise grabbing digital images floating in the air and manipulating them….this is the natural interface…”
The data world has moved into our real lives via smart phones and tablets. The ‘natural interface’ attempts to integrate the real world and the data world in a more seamless manner. Hovagimyan challenges himself to work within and humanize the data world.
Using the ‘natural interface’, Hovagimyan researched various ways to represent and experience NGI’s vast amounts of data and statistics. By adapting a Kinect camera, Hovagimyan created a real time virtual experience in which the whole body was engaged and immersed in the data, allowing the audience to physically interact with the data while viewing their virtual body in the dataspace.
GH's Artist Talk took place on Tuesday 16th April at the ISIS studio, more details here.
Keep up to date with GH's progress on his blog.
G.H. Hovagimyan is an experimental artist working in a variety of forms. An Internet and new media pioneer, his works ranges from hypertext works to digital performance art, interactive installations and HD video.
His works have been exhibited at MoMA, Mass MoCA, The Whitney Museum, The New Museum, The Walker Art Center, Jeu De Paume, MAC Marseille, MAC Lyon, Pompidou Center, Lincoln Center, ICA The Clocktower, The Kitchen, The Alternative Museum, Eyebeam Art & Technology, List Visual Arts Center, La Gaite Du Lyrique, Stuttgart Kunstverein, Steim Institute, the Moscow Center for Contemporary Art, Postmasters Gallery, Pace Digital Gallery
He has also exhibited works in major festivals and art fairs including; Art Basel Miami, Pulse Miami, Art Cologne, Split Film Festival, Conflux Festival, Video Dumbo, Scope Art Fair, Frieze Art Fair, Avignon Numerique, The Documenta, Interferences 2nd International Festival of Urban Multimedia Arts, Les Musiques, Marseille and Prix Ars Electronica 98 where he won an award for his collaborative work with Peter Sinclair.
His works are in the collections of The Walker Art Center, The Whitney Museum, The Alternative Museum, Computer Fine Arts Collection and Perpetual Art Machine
Recent awards include: Pixel Palace, Newcastle, UK Artist Residency – 2012, SVA MFACA Artists in Residence 2011-2012 - LMCC Governor’s Island Artist Residency - 2010, Plazaville - 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, 2003 fellowship from Experimental Television Center, 2003 TAM Digital Media Commissions, 2002 Artists Fellowship from Franklin Furnace, 2002 pilot artist in residence program from Eyebeam, NYC.