Glowlab is an
artist-run initiativethat produces and presents experimental work related to citiesand psychogeography. Founded in 2001by Christina Ray, Glowlab is the producer of the Psy-Geo-Conflux, currently known as the Conflux Festival, which takes place annually in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The Village Voice described Glowlab's Conflux as a "network of maverick artists and unorthodox urban investigators… making fresh, if underground, contributions to pedestrian life in New York City, and upping the ante on today’s fight for the soul of high-density metropolises.” [ [http://www.villagevoice.com/news/0319,zimmerman,43875,1.html Public Notice: Psychogeographers Navigate New York City's Changing Landscape] by Bryan Zimmerman, the Village Voice May 7 - 13, 2003] Proflux, an annual festival based out of Providence, Rhode Islandand developed by the Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studiesis an offshoot of the Conflux Festival. Glowlab develops interactive artworks and projects, curates events and exhibitions, hosts artists gatherings, and maintains a web-based magazine.
Projects and Artists
In addition to the annual Conflux Festival, Glowlab has initiated a number of projects that focus on the exploration of public space.
One Block Radius, produced for
The New Museumin 2004 by Christina Ray and David Mandl created a web based "psychogeographic portrait of a single Boweryblock" with the help of media contributions from artists and the public. [ [http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0509,bpress,61613,15.html The Last Days of Loserville] by Joy Press The Village Voice, March 1, 2005] in Manhattan. Open Lab, at Art Interactive in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was a nine-week series of "deceptively simple, playful investigations of site and the social fabric of Central Square, Cambridge" [ [http://www.rhizomes.net/issue13/dignazio/index.html A Case for Boston as a Liquid not a Solid] by Catherine D'Ignazio, Rhizomes 13] . At Southern Exposurein San Francisco, Ray and Kurt Bigenho invited people to step away from the intensive social networking of internet sites like Myspaceand Friendster, and engage in non-social meetups in real space in their project Noso [ [http://www.motherjones.com/riff_blog/archives/2007/03/3935_say_it_isnt_so.html Say It Isn't So: No, It's NoSo] by Rose Miller, Mother Jones, January 26, 2008] .
Artists and groups who have been associated with Glowlab include Wilfried Hou Je Bek, Bethany Bristow, D. Jean Hester, Brian House, Catherine D'Ignazio (aka Kanarinka), Steve Lambert, David Mandl,
Marisa Olson, Providence Initiative for Psychogeographic Studies, Sal Randolph, Jesse Shapins, Swoon, Jessica Thompson, Lee Walton, and Wooster Collective.
[http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/18/arts/design/18conf.html?scp=1&sq=conflux&st=nyt In Brooklyn, a Confluxion Junction] by Martha Schwendener, New York Times, September 18, 2007
[http://www.nysun.com/article/55501 Now Tour the City Without Leaving The Computer] By Bradley Hope, New York Sun, May 30, 2007
[http://www.metroactive.com/metro/02.14.07/myspace-0707.html Get Lonely] by Mike Connor, Metroactive, February 14-20, 2007
* [http://glowlab.com Glowlab]
* [http://confluxfestival.org Conflux Festival]
* [http://nosoproject.com Noso Project]
* [http://oneblockradius.com One Block Radius]
* [http://glowlab.blogs.com/1_100/2004/04/information.html 1:1000]
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