Ryder Ripps: Alone Together
February 27 – April 12, 2015
Thursday – Sunday
12pm – 7pm
20150227 12:00:00 20150412 18:00:00 America/New_York Ryder Ripps: Alone Together Red Bull Studios New York 220 w 18th Street 10011 New York, NY USA
Conceived by Ryder Ripps ALONE TOGETHER exaggerates the relationship between the content creator and content consumer, illuminating the physical solitude of virtual relationships. This dynamic is physically reinforced by the sculptures’ divided orientation between the upper and lower floors of the space. The upstairs replicates the solitary voyeurism found in the online viewing experience while the downstairs performance enacts the corporal aspects of a network.
Viewers are confronted by six performers/users – whose collective digital output is harnessed and fed into a singular, frenzied tableau– a representation of the voracious social feed. Exhibition goers become voyeurs, surveilling the performative Internet experience encased below. Just steps away are six self-mediated video interviews that serve as introductions to each performer/user, drawing back the curtain of content and addressing the dichotomy between our representation and corporal self.
To complement ALONE TOGETHER, digital arts collaboratory, Powrplnt has partnered with alternative public high school, City As School, to provide free courses introducing the tools of digital art production such as 3D printing, plant-to-music sensors, coding, and Ableton Live. Classes will be held within Red Bull Arts New York throughout the six week exhibition.
Powrplnt connects artists with teens or internet-driven digital art projects, introducing them to professional creative software. With the goal to inspire digital artists and creators, Powrplnt aims to foster an environment where people from all backgrounds may learn the skills necessary to express themselves creatively in today’s world.
Artists: Ryder Ripps