Fulcrum Arts is Launching (soft) “Sequencing” Transmedia Publishing Platform in Late 2021

Dates or Deadline: 
5 November 2021 to 15 January 2022
Organized by: 
Fulcrum Arts

Na Mira, still fromMr. Postman, 2021. Courtesy of the artist

Fulcrum Arts announces the launch of their transmedia publishing platform, Sequencing, which emerges from its beta phase in late November 2021. The online platform provides a space for critical cultural conversations of our time and aims to create improved visibility and greater opportunities for BIPOC, queer, and female-identified people who explore cross-disciplinarity within art, science, social change, and technology—genres historically deficient in equitable representation. Welcoming media of all types, including emerging formats and hybrid modes of expression, the platform redefines what it means to be a “publication” and stands at the forefront of curatorial discovery.

As a signature program of Fulcrum Arts, Sequencing supports artist projects across the spheres of human creative achievement and reflects the diverse cultural groups that comprise the Pacific Rim. Artist expressions with a geographic focus favor a multicultural dialogue, decentralizing Eurocentric historical narratives in favor of more inclusive perspectives. With recent funding from the Wilhelm Family Foundation, Sequencing will be able to support multidisciplinary artists by providing an especially empowering platform for their most adventurous projects. Fulcrum Arts will announce artist-driven projects as they are confirmed.

To lead the soft launch of the new platform, artist Na Mira has been invited to produce a Sequencing publication in late November, a private preview prior to the official public launch. Mira’s artist publication is a custom online project that shares sound, video documentation, and diary-like presentations based on her research into the archives of late artist Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. Mira launched this investigation after discovering tesseracts—the fourth dimension of a square—within Cha’s work. Following Korean cosmology, ancestral lines, and the idiosyncrasies of broadcast technologies, Mira made a microphone dedicated to Cha which, to her surprise, immediately picked up the live transmissions of 1540AM Radio Korea. Mira documents her interactions with the microphone and the airwaves as their sounds change with her body and breathing; like a chorus of conduction, the voices of utterance, song, news, baseball, and bells rise alongside. Investigating the possibilities of the fourth dimension and the 44th hexagram of the I Ching, Mira researches a feeling, a shape, a portal to another world, and opens that portal for us in the frame of Sequencing.

Micaela Tobin, sound artist and opera singer, is the scheduled featured artist for early January 2022. Tobin will present “The Carrying Voice,” an interactive collection of the voices of Filipinos living in the diaspora. The piece invites users to record a message to their ancestors, mapping the relationship between contributors’ current locations to a given point in the Philippines to create a metaphorical sonic bridge back to their ancestral land. To culminate the work, Tobin will organize the vocal contributions from the site into a new musical composition that she will perform live and streaming within her Sequencing publication.

The format of Sequencing takes the shape of artist projects which radiate from written discourse and embrace expansive storytelling modes, from video and music, to found sound and other documentary new media. In this project space, contemporary art practices interface with interdisciplinarity and engage with local communities, traversing a broad spectrum of topics relevant to our current moment. Publications, art works, and projects are housed within the new website: fulcrumarts.org/sequencing. Sequencing is curated by Geneva Skeen, Fulcrum Arts Program Coordinator.

The Sequencing launch is celebrated with a new website which reinforces a robust curatorial vision. A fresh aesthetic and new features encourage visitor participation and deepened consideration. The custom taxonomy list on the right-hand column on the top of pages contains specific thematic curatorial keywords — first for Sequencing projects at-large on the landing page — and sequentially on each publication page. This feature provides a navigational function, like an interactive word cloud assisting readers as they explore the transmedia landscape of the platform. Thematic tags also help users categorize content at-a- glance and illuminate how multiple critical conversations on the convergence of art, science, and social change exist in one space. Users may embark on their own conceptual adventure and sift through myriad artist expressions and practices led by their own curiosity.

Randomized issue numbers reflect the fact that the platform is a rhizomatic publication. What may read like codes or secure passwords are issue numbers generated by a scrambler that re-orders the source text "Sequencing 0123456789." Rather than a standard sequence of numbers, this system apprehends multiplicities that exist across media. It also embraces the organic nature by which individual and collective ideation coalesces from complex artistic practices through time, space, and geography.

From October 2020 to now, Sequencing publications existed in the platform’s beta format. Featured artists, listed in order of appearance, include Sarah Rosalena Balbuena- Brady, Phillip Birch, Felipe Meres, Colleen Hargaden, Suzanne Kite, Celia Hollander, Nina Sarnelle, the artist collective MSHR (Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy), and Ryan Kuo. These artists were chosen for their alignment with the Fulcrum Arts mission to champion creative and critical thinkers at the intersection of art and science to provoke positive social change and contribute to a more vibrant and inclusive community.

 

Artists and publications featured in Sequencing beta include:

Square Hole by Ryan Kuo, September 2021 | rkuo.net In an illustrated poetic essay, Kuo traces the collapse of artistic meaning into value and picks apart the scaffold of the NFT architecture that was built to house contemporary notions of value.

Instance Terrain Spread by MSHR, May 2021| mshr.info A sprawling, choose-your-own immersion webpage that reflects the psychedelic, wandering nature of the internet itself through audio, text, and cascading images.

The Erosion of Silicon Beach by Nina Sarnelle, April 2021 | ninasarnelle.com This collection of works — an essay, video, and sculptural ‘souvenir’ — re-imagines the very real problem of beach erosion in Southern California (exacerbated by human-caused climate change) with a further anthropocentric twist.

LA Interval by Celia Hollander, March 2021| celiahollander.com

A 20-mile, nine-hour walk from Northeast Los Angeles to Venice Beach exists as a musical score, performance, recording, and documentation simultaneously, revealing deep reflection on geologic time intervals, the current homeless crisis in Los Angeles, and the value of attention.

Three Diffractions of LA by Suzanne Kite, February 2021 | kitekitekitekite.com

A personal essay and video triptych weaves a speculative narrative across time and space, seeing the Indian Relocation Act, Downtown Los Angeles raves, the LAPD, and the disappearance of relatives through a metonymic kaleidoscope.

Anthropogenic Mineral Collection by Colleen Hargaden, January 2021 | colleenhargaden.com Hargaden sampled unusual mineral collections from around the world to create a reflexive,

intimate portrait of the Anthropocene.

Spoils of a Lost Referent by Felipe Meres, December 2020 | felipemeres.com

Meres dives into the real-life mythology surrounding a Hollywood-famous pre-Colombian object—one that’s complicating the “fact” in “artifact.

Ghosts and Flowers by Phillip Birch, November 2020 | phillipbirch.com

Shared through Livestreamed events, Ghosts and Flowers is a single-player game that deals with isolation, disability, and the dangerous longing to be near people during a deadly pandemic.

Above Below by Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady, October 2020 | sarahrosalena.com Interactive magnified details of Balbuena-Brady's AI-generated textiles are paired with her equally intricate essay condemning the colonial biases of image-production algorithms used to

map outer space.

 

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