The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts opens its 2016 exhibition season this Thursday, Feb. 4, with two New Media shows.
Brooklyn-based artist Derrick Adams’ offers his interactive game board sculpture and companion radio station spinning jazz, blues, rock, classic R&B, rap, and pop.
Audiences participate in audio sampling and historical trivia by taking part in a kind of musical chairs game. His “Crossroad” radio station airs Thursday-Saturday from noon-2pm; visitors may listen online or in person.
In the Bemis’ video gallery, Benjamin Tiven presents his film A Third Version of the Imaginary, which has been previously screened at a variety of international art fairs and film festivals.
It uses a 2012 encounter with a video archivist at Nairobi’s Kenya Broadcasting Corporation as a platform for understanding how state interests may impact the coverage of events as well as their retrievable histories. Related photographs will be part of the exhibition.
Both artists will be on hand for an art talk at the start of the opening reception.
Derrick Adams: Crossroad and Benjamin Tiven: Everyday Static Transmissions, Feb. 4 through May 14, 2016. Art talk and opening reception Thursday, Feb 4, 6-9pm at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S 12th Street, www.bemiscenter.org.