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ACE Projects at the Lounge: PlayTech

May 18 - August 12 — Orange Lounge, South Coast Plaza




ACE Projects at the Lounge: PlayTech on view May 18 through August 12, 2007

NEWPORT BEACH, CA On May 18th the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) premieres ACE Projects at the Lounge: PlayTech, an exhibition of interactive installations and new media artworks by members of the Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) program at UC Irvine. The ACE program focuses on the development of new cultural practices with emerging technologies. The exhibition is presented at the Orange Lounge at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa from May 18 to August 12, 2007.

PlayTech showcases artwork by students from the Arts Computation Engineering (ACE) program at UC Irvine, a unique interdisciplinary graduate program that addresses the social and cultural applications of emerging technologies and fosters the development of new cultural practices and technologies. The works in the exhibition are dynamic, and most are interactive. They respond to the world, reconfiguring themselves in real time and are thus exemplars of a new kind of art practice only possible with real time computing. They are exercises in a new kind of aesthetic decision making the crafting of an aesthetics of behavior, epitomizing the fundamental ideas of the ACE program.

Each of these artworks includes unique combinations of technologies, much of it designed and built by the artists specifically for these pieces. Given that technologies are designed to fulfill perceived needs, and that available technologies are often not adequate to new ideas, members of the ACE program combine artistic and design practices with rigorous technological development to produce their work. By integrating an understanding of technological and social history, these works transcend gadget or entertainment status, aspiring to a relevance that an understanding of technological and social history can bring.

Participating artists and their artworks

Byeong Sam Jeon
Drop Drop, 2007
Interactive installation
What if a car you drive in everyday life could create a beautiful painting on the ground instead of generating air pollution? Drop Drop invites the viewer to drive a remote control car over a computer generated canvas.  Appearing on the surface as if by magic, each trail of colorful drops will be printed out for the viewer after the car is parked in its home station.

Shan Jiang
GoScape, 2007
Interactive installation
Watch in awe as an electronic game board translates movement into an elegant aural soundscape. By placing stones on the board, each player triggers photo sensors that a computer transforms into a unique musical composition. Meanwhile, the computer also analyzes the moves and gives hints from the text of the
I Ching.

Addiel de Albas
Unrealistic Sonic Experiences, 2007
Using his own unique, specially designed turntables as an interface with an audiovisual generator, Addiel de Albas creates an original soundscape with non-conventional musical instruments, including everyday sounds and random textures. Documentation of his opening night performance is shown here.

Eric Kabisch
Sonic Panoramas, 2005
Enter a 360 photographic panorama.  A vertical scan line follows the movement of visitors around the image, enacting the mapped sounds embedded in the landscape. Pixels in the landscape are highlighted as they are played underscoring the relationship of the audience and the spatialized soundscape.

Bruno Nadeau
Tenses, 2007
Drawing inspiration from concrete poetry and urban graffiti, Tenses (2007) deforms the characters, words, and passages of short poetic texts into complex textual transformations, bridging the gap between semantics and aesthetics.

Exhibition Related Event
ACE Projects at the Lounge: PlayTech Opening Reception
Friday, May 17, 5-7 pm
Orange Lounge, South Coast Plaza
Free and open to public

Exhibition Credits
ACE Projects at the Lounge is coorganized by Aimee Chang, OCMA curator of contemporary art and Simon Penny, professor of Art and Engineering and co-director, ACE program, UC Irvine. Major support for Orange Lounge programs is provided by The James Irvine Foundation. Orange Lounge design and construction funded by the Segerstrom Foundation. Technical support provided by Integrated Media Systems. Special thanks to the Beall Center for Art + Technology.

Museum Information
Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach is located at 850 San Clemente Drive. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, with extended hours Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10/adults; $8/seniors and students; children twelve and under and OCMA members are free.  OCMA is open free to the public every Thursday. For more information, call 949.759.1122 or visit .

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