Telfair Museums’ PULSE Art + Technology Festival returns with amazing exhibitions at the Jepson Center, lectures by featured artists, STEAM programs for students, a curator’s tour, a Friday night performance and a Free Family Day.
by Scenocosme – Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt
January 27 ― August 6, 2023 | Jepson Center, Lewis Gallery
Telfair Museums’ 2023 PULSE Art + Technology Festival features an exhibition of interactive installations by the French artist duo Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt). Interactivity is integral to their art, which encompasses software, sound, visuals, various materials, and architecture. Visitors to the Jepson Center can experience four signature interactive installations by the artists, including Metamorphy, which utilizes a touchable elastic screen that creates an ambiguity between a real physical space, a virtual space materialized by the reflection of a mirror, and one generated by video projections.
Will Penny: Site Specific Projection
January 26-27, 5:30-8pm
Noted for his sculptural, digitally designed paintings, Savannah-based artist Will Penny will present a large-scale site-specific projection at the Jepson Center. In addition to this colorful, geometric projection work, visitors may also view a work by Penny from the museum’s permanent collection in the current exhibition Convergence at the Jepson Center.
On Wheels, bicycle-powered interactive video installation
Artists: Longzhe Zhang, Yue Liu, Hua Hua Liu, Lei Yu, and Ruitao Wan
Created in physical computing courses at the Savannah College of Art and Design, this elaborate interactive artwork uses a “bicycle as a means of transportation” which “carries the transformation of time and space.” Pedaling a bicycle activates a network of bicycle chains which extend across a hexagonal video screen which displays a twisting, turning, wormhole-like tunnel. The project will be demonstrated both PULSE evenings and Saturday afternoon.
Infinity Games: Game Boy Projects by Yichen Zhou
Video game artist and designer Yichen Zhou will show several works created for classic Game Boy systems. The artist uses games as a medium, seeking the participation of the audience, stating “Rather than being the sole creator of a work, I often play the role of mediator for audiences’ interactions with and contribution to the artwork.”
*All images above courtesy the artists.
PULSE Art + Technology Festival 2023 Program Schedule
PULSE Artists Talks for students
January 26, 11am
(Grades 4 and up) Participating artists will present short talks on their technology-based work. To register groups for this program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PULSE STEAM Talks for Students
January 27, 11am
(Grades 4 and up) Speakers: Ambria Berksteiner (Operation One STEM at a Time), Timothy Cone (Georgia Institute of Technology CEISMC Program). To register groups for this program, contact email@example.com.
PULSE Curator’s Tour
January 27, 2pm
Join PULSE curator Harry DeLorme and artists for a walking tour of PULSE exhibitions at the Jepson Center. Free by advance registration. Register here.
Youth Workshop: “Video Game Character Design in Scratch” (6th – 8th Grade)
January 28, 10am-12pm
Instructor: Lauren White. Middle schoolers are invited to join us for a fun workshop led by the Beaufort Digital Corridor. Level 1: Character Design. This class offers the basics of character design and coding. Create your own sprites and bring them to life with animation frames, well-made coding scripts, and creative mathematics. Register here.
Site Specific Projections by Will Penny, PULSE Artists’ Projects
January 26, 27, 5:30pm
PULSE Opening reception/ PULSE Opening Lecture by Will Penny, Scenocosme
January 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Join Savannah-based artist Will Penny and Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt), who will be joining live virtually from France. Reception begins at 5:30pm, lecture begins 6:15pm. Members Free. Non-member adults $20/ students $5. Register here.
PULSE Free Friday Night & Evening Performance
January 27, 6-8pm
Enjoy activities in the museum including demos of interactive art by PULSE guest artists. Join the Tybee Ballet Theatre for a 6pm performance of “Solstice in Cymatics” as they explore the visionary world of sound and vibrations through the lens of movement. Britt Bacon and Kate Petit joined forces in January 2020, creating the Tybee Ballet Theatre, a dance education studio functioning under the non-profit Tybee Arts Association. Free and open to the public.
PULSE Free Family Day at the Jepson Center
January 28, 1pm-4pm
Enjoy a day of free admission to the Jepson Center to explore the new PULSE exhibitions, PULSE interactive art demonstrations, mobile game demonstrations and hands on art making activities for children and families. Free for local residents.