Co-presented with Eyebeam and Streaming Museum
Monday, January 26, 6:30 pm


Writing in 1970, Gene Youngblood advocated that artists take up the technologies of the moment—special effects, computer art, video art, multi-media environments, and holography—to expand the consciousness of their publics. The theorist claimed that artistic experience can change us into more aware and self-conscious human beings, and inform new ways of being in the world. Our question today is: How can contemporary aesthetics and artistic experience—enabled by the technologies of the moment—expand our consciousness and help us to change the fundamental concepts that organize our reality, like creativity, technology, sustainability, and collectivity?

Following the exhibition Voyage to the Virtual, this evening engages artists, curators, and critics in a conversation that takes up Youngblood’s quest for the utilization of new technologies in aesthetic experience, and considers the relationship between expressions in contemporary artistic practice, expanded perception, and consciousness.

Program Schedule

6:30 pm  Introduction to Voyage to the Virtual | Tanya Toft, curator
6:40 pm  Artist Talk | Jette Gejl Kristensen & Peter Møller Nielsen, Hyperkinetic Kayak
7:10 pm  Panel Conversation | Jette Gejl Kristensen, Pia Myrvold, Nicholas O’Brien, and Chris Woebken with moderator Zachary Kaplan
8:00 pm  Reception



Jette Gejl Kristensen has worked with 3D technology since 2001 when, in collaboration with computer scientist Peter Møller-Nielsen, she produced the film trilogy Stone, Grass, and Fabric, in which she experimented with the capability of virtual forms to move and physically impact the body of the viewer. She has since participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Queens Canyon, The Artist Society Jutland, Arthall Aarhus, Denmark (2014); 15 m3, Den Frie, Denmark (2013); and The Garden of Natural Delights (after Bosch 1490), SxS, Aarhus, Denmark (2013). Kristensen is an assistant professor at Aarhus University in the Department of Aesthetics and Communication and the producer of REARCHIVING THE NORDIC, an artist-driven project reexamining archived cultural data.

Pia Myrvold, a Norwegian-born, Paris- and New York-based artist. Expressed in diverse media—digigraphics, painting, watercolor, installation, and video—Myrvold’s work reveals hidden congruencies of contemporary reality as it unfolds in the everyday. She has acted both as producer and curator for various international art exhibitions and events, including Norway’s Sola International Art Festival (1986). Myrvold’s unconventional and overlapping research with visual media has introduced world to hybrid and innovative ideas including:; clothes as publishing; multi-surface works; female interfaces and art projects involving dualities of virtual and real space; 3D animations; and mapping and multi-screen installations as immersive and interactive art environments. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the world, including the Centre Pompidou (2005 and 2014), New York’s Center for Architecture (2006), DogA, the Norwegian Centre for Design and Architecture (2007), and the Rogaland Museum of Fine Arts (2008). Her series The Metamorphoses of the Virtual was created as a vehicle to engage in large-scale, innovative installations on an international art scene, with a focus on bringing new media artists to the forefront of contemporary art destinations such as the Venice Biennale, where in 2013 it was named “Best Parallel Exhibition” by the Italian art press. The series’ second edition, The Metamorphoses of the Virtual 5 + 5, was held at the K11 Art Foundation in Shanghai. In November 2014 Myrvold presented an immersive interactive exhibition at the Centre Pompidou: the last 20 years of her ideas and work with interface design, interaction, sensory systems, and 3D animation as sculpture and painting were merged as a multi-surface and gestalt artwork.

Nicholas O’Brien is a net-based researcher and cultural producer. His visual work has internationally appeared in Mexico, Berlin, London, Dublin, Italy, as well as throughout the U.S. As a writer he has worked with, or been featured in, several publications including ARTINFORhizome at The New Museum, Junk JetSculpture MagazineDazed DigitalThe Creators ProjectDISFrieze d/eSan Francisco Art Quarterly, The Brooklyn Rail, and The New York Times. Currently he teaches as a visiting artist professor and works as the Gallery Director for the Department of Digital Art at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.

Tanya Toft curator, writer, and researcher on contemporary practices in (urban) digital art. She is Curatorial Advisor for Verve Cultural in São Paulo where she co-curated the second and third SP Urban Digital Festival at the Galeria de Arte Digital do SESI with Marilia Pasculli in 2013 and 2014. Toft is associate curator for Streaming Museum and has co-curated a number of exhibitions with Nina Colosi, in 2013 and 2014 the moving image exhibition and public program Nordic Outbreak, which traveled from New York City to Helsinki, Copenhagen, Reykjavík, Stavanger, Nuuk, and Umeå. She is a Ph.D. Fellow at the Institute of Arts and Cultural Studies at Copenhagen University and has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, GSAPP, New York, and at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm. She holds a double M.A. in Media Studies from The New School and Modern Culture/Urbanity and Aesthetics from Copenhagen University, as well as a B.A. in Film and Media Studies from Copenhagen University.

Chris Woebken is a New York-based artist studying the culture and the history of thinking about futures. He has collaborated with scientists, organizations, and artists to propose new methods and tools for collaboratively prototyping, experiencing, and impacting future scenarios. With this work, Woebken is exploring the value of rapidly imagined, prototyped, deployed and evaluated visions of possible futures. Woebken is co-founder of the Extrapolation Factory and also part of the DAMM (Dark Matter Manufacture Factory) collective. In 2013 he was an Eyebeam Resident and acted as an Eyebeam Honorary Resident in 2014.

About the moderator

Zachary Kaplan is Assistant Director of Rhizome, an art institution based on the internet and an affiliate in residence at The New Museum in New York.


Go to video

Voyage to the Virtual: Perspectives is a video comprising a series of interviews with scholars, theorists, and artists—including Maurice Benayoun, Lisa Blackman, Maeve Connolly, Bridget Crone, Annika Wik, and Voyage to the Virtual curator Tanya Toft—discussing the perceptual journeys we embark on in our aesthetic experiences of contemporary art and digital culture. Created by Rebekka Anker-Møller.


Saturday, January 24 – Saturday, April 4, 2015
Free (no cost except your minutes)
Access online

Learn more about the Voyage to the Virtual with your cellphone! Hear the exhibition’s artists and curator share their thoughts on the works on view, and walk you through the gallery. Call 212.514.0013 to begin the tour.


Saturdays, 2 – 3:30 pm, January 31 – March 21, 2015
(No workshop on February 14)

$12 ($10 ASF Members), Series pass: $60 ($50 ASF Members) |
Ages 6 – 11
Enrollment is limited; early registration is strongly encouraged

Children will devise ways to respond to and represent the ideas behind the video and multimedia works on view inVoyage to the Virtual using traditional materials and techniques found in printmaking, painting, and collage. Completed pieces will be photographed and projected onto objects and surfaces as children experiment with new and unusual methods of displaying artwork.