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Video Art Series

Thermostat presents I'll Be There for You

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Videos by Eva Davidova, Mark Ramos, and Jeremiah Teipen



You are invited to the opening of "I'll Be There for You"

Please join us  Friday, Feb 2nd, 7 - 10 pm at 210 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn.

 

audio/noise/sound performances by dOn.xyz (Don Hanson) and Lee Tusman


"I’ll Be There for You" is the third iteration of Thermostat’s video art program including works by Eva Davidova, Mark Ramos, and Jeremiah Teipen along with live audio/noise/sound performances by Don Hanson and Lee Tusman.



The included works find meaning in cycles and loops, and repeating rituals.  Within the patterns of changing seasons and other natural phenomena, to the turning of the wheel of the year, and even in digital constructions of ‘for’ and ‘while’ loops designed to execute code blocks multiple times in a digital algorithm, we have always sought to impose order on chaotic systems larger than ourselves.



The title of the program, ‘I’ll be there for you’, references the familiarity of weekly television rituals, and is taken from the theme song of a popular early 2000’s American sitcom that centered on the lives of a group of friends in NYC who met at a coffee shop every episode.



Participating artists:



Eva Davidova is an interdisciplinary artist with focus on new media(s). Her work addresses ecological disaster, interdependency, and the political implications of technology through performative works rooted in the absurd. She questions what we give for granted, and explores possibilities for agency through uncertainty and play. Davidova often deliberately “misuses” technology in order to disturb its acceptance, and that of the prevalent emotional manipulation that both physical and informational architecture exert.
Davidova has exhibited at the Museum of the Moving Image, Bronx Museum, the Everson Museum, the Albright Knox Museum, MACBA Barcelona, CAAC Sevilla, Instituto Cervantes and La Regenta among others.
https://www.evadavidova.com/



About the Work:

Intentions > Transfer and Disappearance II explores the failure in identity representation as means of protest; the emergence of non-dualistic, ancestral realities in the folds of the cutting-edge technologies, and the profoundly false public-ness of public space. It addresses the fictitious neutrality of data and its mixture with our bodies. Deceptively “cold” and “objective”, data becomes Public Space in a way of vertical penetration, where our mental spaces are seized, enraptured, or excluded.
Photo-based and 3D animation loop (color, sound)



Mark Ramos is a Brooklyn-based new media artist. Mark makes fragile post-colonial technology using web/software programming, physical computing (using computers to sense and react to the physical world), and digital sculpture/fabrication to create interactive work that facilitate encounters with our own uncertain digital futures. Mark is deeply committed to the ethos of open source: the free sharing of information and data + creative uses of technology.



Mark has exhibited his work and lectured widely both online and AFK including as part of Rhizome's First Look: New Art Online with the New Museum of Contemporary Art in NYC, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Long March Space in Beijing, M+ Museum in Hong Kong, HEK-Basel, Switzerland (Haus der Elektronischen Künste), Arebyte Gallery in London, and at the Peter Weibel Institute for Digital Culture in Vienna.



He teaches Art after the Internet in the MFA Fine Arts Department at the School of Visual Arts, Form and Code at Pratt Institute, as well as Web Programming and Computer Principles in the Computer Science Department at NYU.

You can also find him playing drums for various bands in Brooklyn.
https://www.markhramos.net/

About the Work:

coffee streamer is a recreation of the Trojan Room Coffee Pot (the first webcam livestream) using web 2024 frameworks. A wifi-camera streams a view of a site-specific coffee pot on a publicly accessible website in real-time. 
A non-networked version of this project also exists where stock footage of coffee pots uploaded to the web are displayed with the video upload time/date becoming the chronology.  In this version, the web camera becomes untethered from space and time.
(wifi-camera, website, coffee pot)



latte-art-actions a live performance where the artist takes text prompts from participants and tries to generate images from them as amateur latte art.
(milk, foam, espresso)



Jeremiah Teipen is a visual artist based in Brooklyn. Teipen received an MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art & Design. He has received various awards and grants, including a production grant from Asia Culture Center, Gwangju; SIGGRAPH Artist's Grant; the Asian Cultural Council Japan/United States Grant; an Exhibition Grant from the Seoul Foundation of Arts and Culture; an Exhibition Grant from ARKO and Arts Council Korea. Teipen's numerous national and international exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Asia include shows at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid; Centro de Arte de Burgos; Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku; SIGGRAPH Pacifico, Yokohama; Gallery Factory, Seoul; Cindy Rucker Gallery, NY; Queens Museum, NY; SUNY Purchase College, NY; Monmouth University, NJ; Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ; NJCU, NJ; Columbia University, NY; Radiator Gallery, NY; Showfields, NY; Spring Break Art Show, NY; SVA House, Governor's Island, NY; Asia Culture Center, Gwangju; and the Consulate General of France in New York. Multiple journals and publications have featured Teipen's work, including the Leonardo Journal of Arts and Sciences by The MIT Press and The New York Times.

https://jeremiah.teipen.com/


About the Work:


Ice Cube Melting in a Plastic Cup is a project initiated in 2012 that has cannibalized itself many times over. The work is composed of appropriated media, the result of a Google image search, which has been through a “replicate, pattern, layer, blend, composite, loop, and repeat” process for over a decade, developing into a multitude of virtual and physical iterations. The title is a metaphor for a global oceanic dynamic in which plastic masses increase as masses of ice shrink, but in a handheld microcosm.



d0n.xyz (Don Hanson) is a designer, electronic musician and Internet artist building experimental websites, tools and electronic artifacts connected to the world wide web. He is the founder of virtual art space New Art City.

https://d0n.xyz/



Lee Tusman is a New York-based artist, educator, programmer and organizer applying his experience in collectives and DIY community to the creation of, aesthetics, and open-source distribution methods of digital culture. He works in code, collage, sound and text to produce software, websites, art projects, and community events. These are presented at museums, galleries, artist-run spaces and virtual environments. Inherent to the process of creation, the community and tools are equally as important to him. For this reason, working collaboratively or in learning and making communities are fundamental to his practice. As well, he rejects commercial tools and applications and is buoyed by the digital community of artist-hackers that build, share and collaborate on new software tools of creation and collaboration.



I hold a fine arts degree from UCLA but I also bring a decade of experience working in collectives to the forefront of my practice. I am an organizer at Babycastles, a NYC based collective fostering and amplifying diverse voices in videogame culture. I co-founded Processing Community Day NYC, and I host the podcast Artists and Hackers, a podcast on art, code and community.

https://leetusman.com/
 

Thermostat presents Brooklyn Shorts

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Videos by András Böröcz


You are invited to the opening of Brooklyn Shorts.

Thermostat Video Art Series presents works by András Böröcz.



Please join us  Friday, Dec 1st, 7 - 10 pm at 210 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn.
András Böröcz (born Budapest, Hungary 1956) works with his own personal iconography based on objects (the pencil, ostrich egg, glove, cactus, chimney, barrel, etc.), which appears repeatedly as he traverses a variety of themes, whether in drawing, sculpture or performance, where human conditions are coded. His personal expression is transformed into a collective experience through humor and in his choices of materials.




By playing with function and cultural symbols and by exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to contemporary society, he makes works that can be seen as portraits of himself and also of everyman. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky; at other times they seem typical by-products of the search for collective cultural truths and global symbols. Böröcz’s latest series focuses on the painter’s palette.
 
His work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S. 

https://www.andrasborocz.com/

Thermostat presents Utopia Means No Place

You are invited to the opening of Thermostat Coffee Bar and to the first edition of its Video Art Series.
Please join us  Friday, October 27, 6 - 9 pm at 210 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn.
Screening 7 pm.

Thermostat is proud to present its inaugural video program, Utopia Means No Place, with animation works by Ryan Soper, Kate Stone, and Virginia Wagner. The videos explore themes of speculative ecologies, transformation, and the psycho-spatial nature of the built environment. Waste and domestic accumulation feature prominently as subjects. Each artist employs experimental animation techniques in order to show mutation, entropy, and shifting scales. 

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Live Music by David Adam Nagy on solo bassoon. 

Thermostat is a Coffee and Wine bar in Brooklyn with an ongoing commitment to video art and media content. It is an extension of Radiator Gallery's curatorial platform for curators and artists. 

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Virginia Wagner is a Brooklyn-based artist and writer whose work explores zones of conflict between human progress and the natural world. She received a BA from Oberlin College and an MFA from MICA’s Hoffberger School of Painting. Between 2019 and 2021, she was commissioned by National Geographic to make a series of paintings about climate and the arctic for two polar passenger ships. She has received grants from the Lotos Foundation, Guggenheim Works & Process, and STEAMplant, and attended residencies at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Bridge Street Theater, Guggenheim Peter B Lewis Theater, Mount Tremper Arts, Brush Creek, Byrdcliffe, VCCA, Edward Albee Foundation, Jentel Foundation, Ucross, Vermont Studio Center, and Yale Norfolk. She teaches hybrid visual art and creating writing classes at Pratt Institute.

About the Work
Drift
 presents a filmic panorama. The animation follows a seamless pan of Newtown Creek, the Superfund site that runs between Brooklyn and Queens. The floating subject, made from trash and animated via stop motion, is at once constructed and discarded. Set to music by OHYUNG, it becomes a raft, a billboard, a scarecrow, a candy wrapper.

 

The Mothers is a mixed media animation structured as a contemporary Grimm fairytale. The film explores the complex relationship between a mother and son as it plays out on the body of their house. The film combines live action footage, green-screened figures, stop motion painted animation, and 2-D digital animation. It was first shown in June 2022 in Flux Factory’s Creekworthy exhibition on a floating projection screen in Newtown Creek.

The Mothers, 2022, Single-channel mixed media animation, 6:42
 
Drift, 2023, Single-channel mixed media animation, 9:00

www.StudioVirginia.com           @VirginiaWagner

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Ryan Soper is a synth bleep and blooper, painter, sculptor and animator. He uses a mixture of traditional craft production and customized experimental technology to merge the realms of science fiction and eco-surrealism. Often, works delve into the complexities of human impact, exploring relationships between the nthropocene and its ever accumulating waste stream. Soper received a BA in Painting and Photography from Wichita State University, a Post Baccalaureate from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in Sculpture from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. His work has been featured on NPR and Rolling Stone Magazine. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

About the Work

These two video works are part of a series titled, “someday our body’s microplastics will become one, forever”. The work is built with a hybrid mixture of hand painted frames, as well as a custom digital reprocessing program. This iterative method produces a sort of jittering visual that often destabilizes the surface of the video. The series has developed organically from the idea that we are intricately and perpetually intertwined at a molecular level – particularly with the toxins with which we have built our world. 

someday our body’s microplastics will become one, forever #1 
2022-2023, Single channel video, (Final duration I’ll update before Saturday)

someday our body’s microplastics will become one, forever #4
2023, Single channel video, (Final duration I’ll update before Saturday)

www.ryansoper.online              @squareminussine

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Kate Stone is a Brooklyn-based artist working in sculpture and stop-motion animation to explore the domestic uncanny and the ways that natural and mythological forces shape our environment. Kate received a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Parsons the New School for Design. She has been awarded the Tierney Fellowship, The Lotos Foundation Prize, an FST StudioProjects Grant and a Kone Foundation Grant. She has attended residencies at NARS Foundation, Artists Alliance LES Studio Program, Kone Foundation, MASS MoCA and Mudhouse Residency in rural Greece. Her work has been exhibited at 601Artspace, bitforms gallery, Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, Dinner Gallery, FiveMyles, Ortega y Gasset Projects, Rubber Factory, Spring Break Art Show, South Bend Museum of Art, The Museum of Broken Relationships and Transmitter Gallery, among others.

About the Work

Insides combines cut-paper stop-motion with hand-drawn animation to tell a disjointed story about self-isolation and neurosis, inspired by the 2020 pandemic lockdowns. The animation takes place in a single room. Curtains blow in the wind, doorways appear and disappear. A ceiling fan, a houseplant, internal organs and a broken sculpture engage in a looping dance. The looping mimics the repetition of daily life, implying that the absent protagonist (or the viewer) is trapped. Meanwhile, outside creeps inward and inside bleeds outward.

The Dancing Ground is an ongoing, evolving animation that was expanded upon in small increments each summer on the island of Crete over the course of five years. Inspired by the ancient Greek myth of the labyrinth, Minoan symbolism and personal mythology, the animation is an archeology of loops - ruins and fragments connected by loose threads to create a bigger picture - one that describes an imaginary place, an apocalypse and the looping of history. Forever unfinished, “The Dancing Ground” is a meditation on our ability (or inability) to understand history through traces of the past.
 
Insides, 2020, Single-channel stop-motion animation, 2:47
 
The Dancing Ground, 2023, Single-channel hand-drawn animation, 2:16

www.katestone.net       IG: @k.a.t.e.s.t.o.n.e

About David Adam Nagy

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Hailing from Hungary and now based in New York City, David Adam Nagy is a protodisciplinary artist and internationally recognized contemporary bassoon performer renowned for overstepping the boundaries of musical expression. A Bard and Juilliard graduate, his soulful virtuosity in recitals has captivated audiences worldwide. Beyond music, his creative prowess extends to the visual arts, design, and writing, weaving a rich tapestry of artistic and intellectual endeavors. David pioneers a captivating exploration of the interconnectedness between art, science and the human experience, forging a path toward an all-encompassing artistic practice.

https://www.instagram.com/davidbassoon/

Radiator Arts presents Thermostat: Thermostat is a Coffee and Wine bar in Brooklyn with an ongoing commitment for video art and media content. An extension for our curatorial platform for curators and artists.

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