MIMMiC (Mobile Interactive Modular Multiscreen iPad Canvas) is an exciting new project that will allow an artist to create and exhibit work interactively on a matrix of iPads. The touch-screens can be displayed dynamically in both two and three dimensional spaces, responding in unison when activated by the viewer. On Main Gallery is collaborating with pioneering video artist Paul Wong; together we will redefine the canvas for the digital age.
MIMMiC will launch with a work by Paul Wong. Incorporating both live and pre-recorded elements, this inaugural piece will also act as a test of the parameters and limitations of the project. Upon completion, we will invite commissioned artists to participate in a larger interdisciplinary exhibition, exploring the new creative possibilities presented, and showcasing the technology through new works created specifically for the platform. These artists will be from a wide variety of backgrounds, including musicians, dancers, and both performance and media artists. This project creates an international digital canvas, allowing us to commission multidisciplinary artists to explore, experiment, and engage. If successful, we will then make the MIMMiC software available to the larger artistic community, both locally and internationally.
On Main Gallery has received partial funding for MIMMiC from BC Film + Media and the BC Arts Council. However, this project still requires 9 iPads and a Macbook Pro. We are looking for support so we can realize this amazing new software. We need your help. Our target is to raise an additional $10,000 by Dec 31, 2013.
We are inviting the public to contribute to the development of this project and want you to become a part of the process. By building a community actively engaged in the project, we seek to encourage dialogue which will question our definitions of video, and what it means to make video art. MIMMiC will provide users with a new means of creating and displaying video works across multiple synchronized channels, while incorporating the tactile, interactive qualities of the iPad. This crowd-sourcing initiative not only provides much needed financial support, but will also allow us to develop an active audience which will sustain the project into the future.
We are grateful for your past and continued support of both our organization, as well the greater arts community. You help us to continue providing the public with programming that is challenging, contemporary, diverse and enlightening to local, national, and international audiences.
On Main Gallery is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, producing, and presenting new art by media artists. We hope to democratize access to art by claiming and re-contextualizing private, public, and virtual spaces for art and artistic practices that encourage intersections between culturally diverse generations of artists, artistic disciplines, and the public.
With over 30 years of knowledge and expertise in the fields of media, visual, and interdisciplinary art, our programming has been responsive to changing opportunities, with a strong focus on promoting the arts locally. We value our leading role as part of Vancouver’s vibrant contemporary arts community, and we continue to nurture existing relationships, while also developing new audiences, volunteers, interns, and artistic partnerships.
Curated as a series of new works by Vancouver artists, 10 Seconds was presented on the video screens of the Canada Line subway system. This yearlong project ran from April 2011 to March 2012, with each artist commissioned to create a 10-second work that was featured each month, repeating every two minutes over the commuter digital network, along with being released on other digital platforms.
The artists were invited to address a diversity of themes past, present, and future tense by creating original works of art marking Vancouver's 125th Anniversary. These silent moments were seen by over 100,000 commuters per day. Commercialized space was punctuated by the insertion of creative acts from award-winning visual artists, critically acclaimed filmmakers, celebrated pop stars, literary giants, outspoken activists, deeply misunderstood critical thinkers, best-selling authors, and the next generation's youth and beauty.
Here is the 10 Seconds Playlist.
"Since the first iPad was released in 2010, it has totally altered the way in which artists can present their ideas. The creative potential of the touch-screen is enormous. I am so inspired."
Paul Wong is a Canadian multimedia artist. Wong is known for his engagement with issues of race, sex, and death. His work varies from conceptual performances to narratives, meshing video, photography, installation, and performance with Chinese-Canadian cultural perspectives.
Winner of the Bell Canada Award in Video Art in 1992, Wong was also the first recipient of the Transforming Art Award from the Asian Heritage Foundation in 2002. In 2003 he was the inaugural winner of the Trailblazer Expressions Award, created by Heritage Canada, the National Film Board of Canada and CHUM limited. Recipient of the 2005 Governor General's Award in Visual and Media arts, Wong has also been the Canadian Spotlight artist, along with being awarded with the Best Canadian Film or Video at the 2008 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
Wong is the founding director of several artists groups including the Video In / VIVO Satellite Video Exchange Society and On Main Gallery.
Having produced projects and works throughout Canada, Wong has also shown internationally throughout Asia and Europe. His works are in public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Canada Council Art Bank (Ottawa) and the Vancouver Art Gallery.
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Risks and challenges
MIMMiC is currently negotiating equipment, programming, and exhibition needs.
The biggest challenge we currently face is the acquisition of the necessary equipment: as the programming and exhibition of MIMMiC requires a physical prototype, further advances are limited until we have the needed iPads.
One question that has arisen is whether or not the inclusion of a laptop will be necessary: will MIMMiC be able to run autonomously on the linked iPads, or will it require the additional resources?
We have done our best to mitigate any potential problems which may arise. However, as much of our schedule is dependent on the success of this crowd-funding initiative, delays in the final launch schedule of the MIMMiC may occur: at this stage many dates and deadlines remain tentative, but they will quickly solidify once we have acquired the components of the MIMMiC prototype and are able to finish development.
Upon completion of the project, The MIMMiC prototype will be featured in an exhibition from On Main Gallery, showcasing the technology, and the works created by the project. The exhibition will come with its own logistical restrictions. We anticipate unique exhibition requirements to arise from this endeavour, as it is one which actively demands viewer engagement, we must consider how to design the user experience; the curatorial direction as a whole will flavour the exhibition, just as the MIMMiC technology will affect the piece shown upon it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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