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  Digital'08: Introduction


Co-Jurors' Bios   Artworks & Artists Info


On Behalf Of Our Planet

ASCI'S 10th International Digital Print Exhibition
at the New York Hall of Science
October 4, 2008 – January 25, 2009
Organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc.

RECEPTION:  Sunday, October 5, 2008


The digital prints in this exhibition are the result of the 10th annual juried, international competition organized by Art & Science Collaborations, Inc., a 20-year old New York City nonprofit organization. The exhibition's purpose is to demonstrate how digital technology is enabling new aesthetic imaging possibilities and conceptual statements. In the competition prospectus, entrants were challenged to "boldly envision on behalf of our planet" by asking the following questions:

What are the artists, designers, architects, scientists, and technologists of the twenty-first century thinking about our current environmental challenges? Can their artwork imagine new, positive approaches to sustaining life on Earth? Can it inspire us to confront the consequences of our current ways of living? Through the almost limitless possibilities of digital image technologies, we invite competition entrants to examine their environmental concerns, indulge their fantasies, and then share their fabricated/montaged visions of how a sustainable future might look, which also may include new types of hybrid forms: plants, animals, humans, cities, transportation systems, and food supply.


Lindsay Bloxam [London, UK], Christine Chin [Geneva, NY], Roger Ferragallo [El Sobrante, CA], Nathaniel Freeman [Minneapolis, MN], Jessica Gross [Albuquerque, NM], Stephen Harrison [Santa Barbara, CA], Nicole Hatanaka [Providence, RI], Joseph Ingoldsby [Marshfield, MA], Katherine Kollins [Philadelphia, PA], Robin Michals [Brooklyn, NY], Steve Miller [New York, NY], Edward Ramsay-Morin [Hammond, LA], Hugh O'Donnell [Washington, CT], Ruth Parish [Nelson, British Columbia/Canada], Rachel Simmons [Orlando, FL], Lily Smernou [Atlanta, GA], and Mark Stock [Newton Center, MA].


"The world will not evolve past its current state of crisis by using the same thinking that created the situation."  - Albert Einstein

Is it naively optimistic to think that artists could make a positive contribution to our current environmental and societal challenges? Scientists and policymakers have been trying hard to promote action around key current issues ranging from climate change to pandemics and biodiversity, but it is perhaps only through the work of artists that these issues can become real for people, as New Yorker writer Lawrence Weschler has suggested. This implies a role for the artist, whether writer, filmmaker or digital artist, to make what is abstract, invisible, and distant, immediate and emotionally compelling. Beyond the shock value of confronting the world with apocalyptic scenarios though, from the movies "The Day After Tomorrow" to "An Inconvenient Truth" and "The Eleventh Hour," continuing a rich artistic tradition that can be traced back to Bruegel and Bosch, could artists actually play a constructive role in imagining how we might do things otherwise?
When the call for works for this show was sent out, we hoped that artists might propound possible solutions to environmental issues. Instead, by and large, we were presented with fresh approaches to framing the problems. But the reframing of a problem can often be a first step towards a solution. Marshall McLuhan described art as "precise advance knowledge of how to cope with the psychic and social consequences of the next technology" -- the artist can help us to re-imagine a future society. The works chosen here have been selected for a combination of impact and insight, for their ability to inspire action and provoke reaction. How will you act?
Michael John Gorman
Dublin, September 2008
author, curator, and Director of The Science Gallery at Trinity College, Dublin


One of Einstein's most unique talents was his ability to visualize with his "mind's-eye" the complexities of how the physical world works. Einstein once described himself by saying: "I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination... Imagination encircles the world."

As the originator of the theme for this year's exhibition, "Imagination on Behalf of Our Planet," I am a firm believer in the benefits of day-dreaming, of free-wheeling brainstorming with your mind after having filled it up with direct observation, questions, and research, then calling-forth the muse of imagination. Scientists call this "thinking out-of-the-box" and science research facilities seek this quality in their leaders.

More and more artists today are aware of how our dire environmental problems affect us as individuals sharing a globally-connected, ever smaller planet and they want to make a contribution by using their talents. They feel personally empowered by creating art that: provokes thought, helps to raise awareness, provides a new perspective, gives hope, seeks a higher consciousness, and in rare occasions, proposes new solutions. This is what the artists in this show offer-up to society on behalf of our planet, all in their own unique ways, by risking to share their personal vision.

Cynthia Pannucci
Santa Fe, September 2008
artist, curator, Founder/Director of Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

Inventing for the Environment, edited by Arthur Molella and Joyce Bedi; MIT Press, Cambridge, MA in association with The Lemelson Center for Invention and Innovation at The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. (2003)

(exhibition images & artist information)

ASCI was one of the first organizations in the world to recognize the digital print as a valid fine art product in 1998 by organizing an afternoon panel discussion,
"Collectibility & the Digital Print."  The event was held in The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York City, in conjunction with ASCI's first international digital print competition/exhibition.

Click here to see ASCI's nine previous archived Digital Print online exhibitions 

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