Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Status Update - Samantha

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, presents Status Update at Haskins Laboratories, 300 George St., 9th floor, New Haven. This exhibition will be on display from April 29 to August 1, 2009. Regular viewing hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. An artists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, from 5 to 7 pm, with a panel discussion at 5 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Curated by Debbie Hesse and Donna Ruff, Status Update explores the use of emerging social networking technologies in art. Featuring works by Kevin Van Aelst, Cat Balco, Sharon Butler, Heather Freeman, Greg Garvey, Matt Held, Keith Johnson, Katie Ring, Jeremiah Teipen, Lee Walton, Rachel Perry Welty and An Xiao.

As part of the May 14 artists' reception for Status Update, Sharon Butler (Two Coats of Paint) has organized what is sure to be a compelling panel discussion featuring Matt Held, Paddy Johnson, Sharon Kleinman (editor of Displacing Place: Mobile Communication in the Twenty-first Century), An Xiao, and other social networking platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter offer artists unique forums for communication and expression.
Be part of the conversation!

Philip Rubin, chief executive officer and senior scientist at Haskins Laboratories, a nonprofit research institute that studies speech, reading, and related technologies, talked about the connection between the research conducted at Haskins Laboratories and Status Update.

“One area of interest to us is … literacy in a digital age,” Rubin said, "Haskins Laboratories always been interested in what exists at the intersection of human communication, literacy, and technology." Rubin also says, "With funding from The Teagle Foundation, Haskins Laboratories is developing plans for a project that will explore the impact of social networking tools, technologies, and practices such as Facebook, hand-held devices, and text messaging on how we read and whether or not the act of reading has changed."

The artists’ reception is Thursday, May 14, 5-7 pm and the panel discussion is at 5 pm.
The exhibition runs from April 29-August 1

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