Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Boston Cyberarts Inc

  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • www.bostoncyberarts.org

Mission Statement

We exhibit and promote the media and digital arts of Boston, New England and the world to audiences in the New England region and beyond and by doing so, helping to promote a sense of media and digital literacy, locally and regionally.

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ruling year

1997

Principal Officer

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George Fifield

Keywords

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cyberart, festival, digital, digital art, computer, computer art, art, technology, technology art, contemporary, new media, new media art, tech, tech art,

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04-3337932

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (A01)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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We carry out six major programs the Boston Cyberarts Festival, the Artists Residency in Technology Companies of Massachusetts (ARTCOM) program, VideoSpace, the HyperArtSpace Online Gallery, the Apropos New Media Database and Faces of Tomorrow. Our main activity is the biennial Boston Cyberarts Festival. Artists and high-technology professionals, who are using computers to advance traditional visual and performing arts disciplines as well as to create new interactive worlds, participate from around the world. The Festival includes exhibitions of visual arts; music, dance, and theatrical performances; film and video presentations; educational programs; and lecture/demonstrations and symposia.The 2005 Festival reached an estimated audience of over 21,000.

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Principal Officer

George Fifield

BIO

George Fifield is a media arts curator, writer, teacher and artist. He is the founder and director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which produces the Boston Cyberarts Festival. The fourth international biennial Festival occurred April 22 to May 8, 2005, and involved nearly a seventy-five exhibitions of visual arts; music, dance, and theatrical performances; film and video presentations and symposia at numerous arts and educational organizations throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Besides these traditional physical locations, the Festival website (bostoncyberarts.org) continues to be a major exhibition and reference site for artists working in new technologies. From 1993 to 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA. He was executive co-producer for The Electronic Canvas, a hour-long documentary on the history of the media arts. Produced by the DeCordova Museum for WGBH-TV, The Electronic Canvas aired in April 2000 in Boston and subsequently was in national PBS distribution. Fifield is also executive producer for the feature length comedy Made-Up, written and produced by his wife, Lynne Adams. It premiered at the Angelika Theater in Dallas, Texas in May 2003. In addition, Fifield has written on a variety of media, technology and art topics for Artbyte, Bomb, Communication Arts, Digital Fine Arts, The Independent Film and Video Monthly, Sculpture Magazine and Art New England. Among his numerous curatorial efforts, he co-curated the computer installation art show, The Computer Is Not Sorry at the Space in January 1993 and in May 1999, he co-curated Mind Into Matter, the first international survey show of new digital sculpture at the Computer Museum in Boston. Fifield has taught at a number of institutions on New Media subjects. Presently he is adjunct faculty with the Digital Media program at Rhode Island School of Design where he teaches a graduate level course on Interactivity in the Fine Arts at. He has lectured at Harvard University; Brandeis University; Massachusetts College of Art; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Tampa and many others. Fifield is also a member of VideoSpace which he founded in 1991. VideoSpace, a project of Boston Cyberarts Inc., is a collective of media artists who have organized and presented exhibitions of video art at The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Mobius performance space in Boston, the Harvard Film Archives at Harvard University and produced shows for the Public Access Television Consortium of Eastern Massachusetts and arts organizations throughout New England. His own art videos have been exhibited at the Dallas Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the International Super 8 Film and Video Festival in Brussels, Belgium among others. In 2006, Fifield was honored with the First Annual Special Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Boston Arts Community by the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) Boston Chapter.

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