Soap Factory gives a glimpse of the future of art
Wire less, by Anthony Tran
Continuing its reputation as the art gallery with the highest nerd cred, the Soap Factory is hosting Northern Lights.mn's "Art(ists) on the Verge 2011-2012." Now in its third year, AoV is a yearlong mentorship-based fellowship program for artists working in emerging technologies. The opening reception last Saturday offered a glimpse of what the artists have been working on, including interactive games, gadgets, animatronics, lasers, and other science fiction-type stuff.
'Status Update', by Carly McMorrow
Nevertheless, the idea of the piece -- that something like a "status update," a phenomenon we think of as coming from social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook -- can be seen in a different context. The need to record one's thoughts is obviously much older, and parallels can be found in earlier kinds of technologies. Besides being eerie and quite beautiful, McMorrow's work touches on to a kind of basic need to reach out and communicate to others, even if those other people are strangers.
'City Fight!' by Aaron Westre
"Art(ists) on the Verge 3"
Through April 15
The Soap Factory
514 Second St. SE, Minneapolis
Two artists from the exhibit are scheduled to give talks at the gallery on March 23 and March 30 at 8 p.m.
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