G.H. Hovagimyan
Since 2003
ghh@thing.net
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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G. H. Hovagimyan is an experimental cross media, new media and performance artist who lives and works in New York City. He was born 1950 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1972, He received a B.F.A from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received an MA from New York University in 2005. He is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in the MFA Computer Arts Department. He was one of the first artist's in New York to start working in Internet Art in 1993 with such artist's online groups as, the thing, ArtNetWeb, and Rhizome.
He has collaborated with English/French sound artist Peter Sinclair (sound artist) on a number of works. <br>

From 1973 to 1986 he was involved in the SoHo and Lower East Side underground art scene. He exhibited a rigorously conceptual art show at 112 Workshop in 1973. He was a friend of the artist Gordon Matta-Clark who was also involved in 112 Workshop. He worked with Matta-Clark on several projects namely; Days’ End, Conical Intersect, Walking Man’s Arch, and Underground Explorations. In 1974 during the video-performance series at 112 Greene Street, he performed opposite Spaulding Gray in Richard Serra's video, A Prisoner's Dilemma.<br>

Much of his early work was ephemeral in nature. It involved performance art, written and language works and temporary installations in galleries. A word piece, Tactics for Survival in the New Culture, was exhibited in "The Manifesto Show" (1979) organized by the artist collective colab. This particular piece was to become the basis for one of his first online hypertext works in 1993. He showed in several group exhibitions organized by Jean Dupuy, a French Fluxus artist living in New York at 405 E. 13th Street. In 1980 he did a series of punk performance pieces for Artist's Space series called Open Mic. One piece, Rich Sucker Rap was recorded by Davidson Gigliotti for a video tape called Chant Accapella which Electronic Arts Intermix carries in its catalog. He also performed in several No Wave Cinema films among them, The Offenders(1980) by Scott B & Beth B and The Deadly Art of Survival by Charles Ahearn.

In the early 1990’s he started working in Media Art and New Media Art. Some of the pieces involve using a combination of photographs and text, often mimicking advertising. In May, 1994 his twenty billboard project for Creative Time, Hey Bozo… Use Mass Transit, received quite a bit of press. The work was seen on several newscasts such as Good Day New York, and the NBC Nightly News (nationally). It was written up in the NY Post, NY Daily News, The New York Times, etc. A telephone interview with the artist and a report on the project was distributed over the AP newswire.

Around the same time he began working with computers and the internet. One of the earliest internet artists, his first pieces, BKPC, Art Direct and, Faux Conceptual Art, were written about in the art magazines Art in America ( Robert Atkins, 1995 Art in America, December, “Art On Line” pp.63) and Art Press (Special Issue, Techno: Anatomy of electronic culture, 1998) France. He also hosted an internet radio/TV talk show called Art Dirt. The first of it's kind, Art Dirt, is part of the Walker Art Center's Digital Studies Archives collection. Of his collaborative works with Peter Sinclair, the most well known are a Soapopera for Laptops/ iMacs, Shooter and Rant/ Rant Back/ Back Rant. Shooter, an immersive sound and laser installation was developed at Eyebeam Atelier as part of its’ Artist in Residence program.
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August you can stay in New York City or get out of town either way
there's great things happening.

Check out the Spielgel tent at pier 17 at the south street seaport.
It's a beer hall/performance space that is the hippest ticket in
town. I went to see Absinthe but they are also hosting a PS 122
performance series. The best part is you can hang out on the pier
with spectacular views in their beer garden. It's way cool. I even
did an Art Dirt Redux about it. http://spaghetti.nujus.net/artDirt/
archives/000904.html

August 24th there will be a duplex sound art performance at 11
Harrison Street at the ground floor gallery & studio space. This is
the Locus Sonus performance for the DIGIT festival http://
artsalliancesite.org . It will be occurring on the Roebling Bridge
across the Delaware River and simultaneously at 11 Harrison Street in
Manhattan (6 pm to 10pm). It's free and there are refreshments at the
Manhattan location.

DIGIT opens this Saturday August 19th at the DVAA (37 main street,
Narrowsburg, NY 12764) http://artsalliancesite.org with installations
by Locus Sonus, http://locusonus.org , [PAM] Perpetual Art Machine,
http://www.perpetualartmachine.com , Hans Christophe-Steiner http://
at.or.at/hans/ .

I am very pleased to announce that I will also be premiering a series
of High Definition videos done in collaboration with Brian Caiazza
called HD\_RANTS. These will be on view at the DVAA and will be shown
on the large screen on August 24th at 2pm as part of the best of
DIGIT program at the Calicoon Cinema. Brian Caiazza is the very
talented artist who is also hosting the August 24th event in
Manhattan at his studio at 11 Harrison Street. This is the party to
go to it's a 3 way intersection, French Sound Artists meet NY
Digirati meet MTV producers. Tell them gh sent you. ;-)

G.H. Hovagimyan
http://nujus.net/gh/
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HD_RANTS premier at the DIGIT festival


I am pleased to announce that I will be premiering a new series of
High Definition videos called HD_RANTS at the DIGIT festival in
Narrowsburg, NY and Calicoon, New York. The HD_RANTS were produced
in collaboration with Brian Caiazza. They will be shown at the DVAA
<http://artsalliancesite.org> Aug.19th - 26th in an installation
format. The HD_RANTS will also be shown on the big screen at the
Calicoon Cinema on August 27th at 2pm as part of the Best of DIGIT
screening. for driving directions and tickets call: 1-845-252-7576

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Digital media festivals are the coming thing. Tamas Banovich of
Postmasters Gallery, the Museum of the Moving Image and Brooklyn
Polytech are presenting one that focuses on cellphones called the 4th
screen.
The 4th screen <http://www.the4thscreen.net/index.php> showing of
videos at Lincoln Center (Sunday July 30th) was quite exciting.
Everyone was impressed by the h264 mpegs that were projected in a 400
seat movie theater. The resolution was remarkable. Raphaele Shirley
from [PAM] was there to see how her video 'La Chute

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It's always a surprise when I check the visitor stats on RANTAPOD
<http://spaghetti.nujus.net/rantapod>. For July 4th & 5th there were
visitors from, Oman, Hong Kong, USA, Turkey, Austria, Canada, UK,
Denmark, Spain, Italy, India and Finland. For some of the visitors, I
can ascertain the reason for their visit. For instance, my rant about
the Turkish denial of the Armenian Genocide is the most likely reason
for the visit from Turkey. Indeed, there is a global subculture of
political commentary that ranges from terrorist recruitment sites to
street art collectives.
<http://www.woostercollective.com/> I had posited such an idea in my
first net art project in 1993 called Terrorist Advertising <http://
artnetweb.com/gh/terror/>

Speaking of global art sites, [PAM] <http://perpetualartmachine.com>
has launched a new video blog section and they have included my
earliest rant video from 1978 titled Rich Sucker Rap. <http://
www.perpetualartmachine.com/index.php?option=com\_wrapper&Itemidh>

I've just installed RANTAPOD at Sara Tecchia's Gallery (529 W. 20th
St., NYC) for the Summer group show. The piece has rantapod 001-028
running on a shuffle loop installed on a 30 gig video iPod. It's my
first physical installation of the work. It's in an edition of
three. It's priced modestly. Have a look.

Wednesday I go out to SCOPE Hamptons <http://www.scope-art.com/
main.php> to install the HD flat screen and videos for the
exhibition. I'll be at the Scope art fair July 13th & 14th. Maybe
I'll see you there.


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