Opening Reception: Thursday, August 7, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm


Gallery HO is pleased to present KICK, an exhibition of interactive art by Benjamin Bacon, Marianne Petit, and Vivian Xu, on display August 7 – September 20, 2014. From sound installation with audio messages to mechanical paper book, KICK features various works in digital art that respond to the “kick” or spontaneous participation of the viewers.


Bacon’s MINGLE.V.2.5 is a voyeuristic sound installation that has been updated from the 2007 version, MINGLE. It uses “one-time-pads” and “ciphertexts” to encrypt and decrypt messages left by previous participants. One phone plays back the messages in binary format and the second phone plays back the the messages as "one-time-pad" or "cyphertext" number string. The messages have been recorded previously on the third phone that allowed the participant to record messages that were then encrypted. During the exhibition, new messages will be added to the network remotely through the third red phone located in Shanghai, China and other intercepted messages from the internet. Similar to Bacon’s installation, Petit’s Breath No. 1, a mechanical paper book or more precisely an anatomical flap book, encourages the visitors to engage with the piece as it reacts to their physical touch. Xu’s Silkworm Project seeks to design a hybrid interactive machine consisting of silkworms and electronics, with the ultimate goal of generating self-organized flat and spatial silk structures. The silk machine utilizes a closed feedback loop system between the organic and the artificial, where a silkworm's each present position within the spinning area of the machine motivates it to move towards its next position.


Benjamin Bacon is an Assistant Professor of Art at New York University - Shanghai, formerly an Assistant Professor of Computational and Media Design and the former Director of undergraduate Design + Technology (2010/2011) at Parsons The New School for Design. His work and research focuses on the intersection of technology, social media, mobility, sound and information design. He is also the co-founder of dogma openLAB, a cross-disciplinary open laboratory based in Shanghai, China. He was the co-founder of RAWR!, a design incubator and rapid prototyping collaboration lab located in Caochangdi (Beijing), China. In 2013, he was one of the jurors at SGDA - GDC, one of the most prestigious design awards in China. He has lectured, performed and exhibited at a variety of institutions, exhibitions and conferences in the USA, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He has a BA from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities in Cinema Studies and Political Science and a MFA in Design + Technology from Parsons The New School for Design.


Marianne Petit is an artist and educator. Her work has appeared internationally in numerous festivals and exhibitions; broadcast on IFC and PBS; and recently featured at Mass MoCA's Kidspace. Her pop-up books are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Berlin Public Library, the Boston Public Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, Temple University, Swathmore University and many private collections.  She is currently the Director of the Interactive Media Program (IMA) at NYU Shanghai as well as an Associate Arts Professor at NYU's ITP program in New York. Petit has maintained her own curatorial practice as the co-founder of Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space located in the northern Berkshires dedicated to under-represented and emerging arts practice.


Vivian Xu is a media artist from Beijing whose practice focuses on the artistic exploration of electronic and bio media. She has exhibited and lectured at various institutions in China and the US, including the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Central Academy of China (Beijing), New York Hall of Science (New York), Rockbund Art Museum (Shanghai), China Academy of Art (Hang Zhou). She is the co-founder of dogma openLAB, a cross-disciplinary open laboratory based in Shanghai. dogma openLab is dedicated to creating a platform that integrates design, research, education and production with the areas of computation, biology, and digital fabrication. She graduated as an MFA from the Design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design in 2013 and is currently a Research Fellow at New York University Shanghai.



For further information about the exhibition, please contact the gallery at or 212-502-1894.


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