The Future is Now
Something old, something new intersect at the Boston Cyberarts Festival

The Boston Globe

By Greg Cook, Globe Correspondent  |  April 19, 2007

… “Cyberart, tech-art, and new-media art are synonymous terms for the growing body of art made with new technologies -- computers, iPods, cellphones, digital cameras, and video. It's the most distinctive sector of Boston-area art these days, and this year's Cyberarts Festival, from April 20 to May 6, is the big biennial gathering of artists from all over the world. It's when all art is electric, when interactive is the watchword, when the future is now.

"Now we have more technology than any time in history, and artists are always the first people to get their hands on technology after the engineers and scientists," festival director George Fifield says. "[Artists] show how we live with it, how to stop it from hitting us over the head. New technology and new media radically alter the way we see and think about the world. And artists explain it to us….

“…New-media art, says video artist Denise Marika, is "Boston's chance to put itself on the map of the art world." At her Brookline home, she's finishing up video projections for "The Puzzle Master," a "multimedia opera" recounting the myth of Daedalus and Icarus. Five singers will perform Vermont poet F.D. Reeve's libretto set to computer-manipulated music by Eric Chasalow of Newtonville at Brandeis University May 5-6.

For Marika, the tale of the ancient inventor Daedalus speaks of "the threat and question of technology itself and our sense that we control it or somebody controls it. And how that intersects with people's power struggles throughout the world. And how that affects the individual -- Icarus." Chasalow says that Daedalus is "unwilling to admit he doesn't have as much control as he thinks he has.” …


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