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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EVENT

Plazaville Installation


Dates:
Mon Apr 06, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 01, 2009

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Plazaville by G.H. Hovagimyan with Christina McPhee
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 5pm-7pm
Location: Pace Digital Gallery, 163 William Street (btw Beekman St. &
Ann St.)
Lower Manhattan
http://csis.pace.edu/digitalgallery/
Exhibition Dates: April 7th - May 1st
Gallery Hours: 12-6pm, Tues. - Fri.

Plazaville is a new media video artwork based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. It is a noir/sci-fi, "no budget" movie set in 21st Century New York City. Scenes from the original Alphaville are re-enacted, interpreted and improvised by artists,actors and videographers, directed by G.H. Hovagimyan, and shot in HD video. Video artist Christina McPhee films the ambient POPS (publicly-owned private plazas) of Wall Street-- then remixes with retro punk sounds plus "Alpha60" computer voice-overs.

Plazaville is also a variable media artwork and can be viewed in a number of different ways. Separate short scenes that function as mini-movies were created by McPhee and Hovagimyan to be downloaded from the web and
can be viewed on youTube, iTunes, iPhones and HDTV using AppleTV. For Pace Digital Gallery, Plazaville is presented as a projection/installation piece, the scenes have been loaded onto a computer that continually re-assembles the movie in a random order. All of the Plazavilles short scenes can be viewed via web browser on the turbulence.org web site.

You may access the current scenes of Plazaville via computer at:
RSS feed via web browser: http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.xml
Computer via internet:
http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.html
iTunes:
log onto the iTunes store and search for Plazaville Series
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ghovagimyan

contact info:
Jillian MacDonald
jmcdonald2 at pace.edu
212.346.1814

http://csis.pace.edu/digitalgallery/

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Plazaville
by G.H. Hovagimyan with Christina McPhee
Camera, Editing & Sound Design - G.H. Hovagimyan, Christina McPhee
Max MSP programming - Joseph Valle
Starring --
George Spaeth ............................................................... Lemme Caution
Lanna Joffrey ................................................................... Natasha Von Braun
Bryant Mason.................................................................... Henry Dickson
Victoria Guthrie ............................................................... Seductress #1
Patrick Porter ................................................................... Chief Engineer
Kate Kertez ....................................................................... Seductress #2, Lab Technician
Syrie Moskowitz ................................................................ Seductress #3
Thomas Hutchison ........................................................... Professor Von Braun
Scott Casper .................................................................... Professors Heckle & Jeckle
Mark Keaton ..................................................................... Gov't Agent #1
Mitch Corber .................................................................... Gov't agent #2
Kelly Howe ........................................................................ Scientist/Interrogator
Juan Cardenas ................................................................ Hotel Clerk
John-Patrick Driscoll ....................................................... Gov't Agent/ Censor
Raphaele Shirley ............................................................. Lab Technician, Driver
Olga Lysenko ................................................................... Telecom official, Gov't Censor
Carlos Maura ................................................................... Tough Guy #2

And also starring - James Andrews, Edita Zulic, Megan Thomas, Colin Reynolds, Leesa Abahuni, Nicole Abahuni, Livia Stofko

Production & location Managers - Raphaele Shirley, Mayuko Natsaka, Casey Jones, Olga Lysenko
Web Interface & Programming Design - G.H. Hovagimyan
Music by -- Bram Barker, Johan Van Barel, Scott Glasgow, Stefan L. Smith, Gasper Gantzer, Scott Starrett, T.I.T.S (2008 live concert in San Francisco)
Synth Voices & Sound Cues -- G.H. Hovagimyan

Plazaville is a 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for Plazaville came from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program, created with lead support from the September 11th Fund and space donated by The Sapir Organization. The Hudson River Park Trust, The Emily Harvey Foundation, School of Visual Arts and Truth & Pride.

Special Thanks to Raphaele Shirley and the Artists Meeting group http://artistsmeeting.org


DISCUSSION

Opening of Plazaville at Pace Digital Gallery


Correction The announcement should read:
Plazaville by G.H. Hovagimyan with Christina McPhee

EVENT

Opening of Plazaville at Pace Digital Gallery


Dates:
Tue Apr 07, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 01, 2009

Plazaville by G.H. Hovagimyan
Opening Reception: Tuesday, April 7th, 2009, 5pm-7pm
Location: Pace Digital Gallery, 163 William Street (btw Beekman St. & Ann St.)
Lower Manhattan
Exhibition Dates: April 7th - May 1st
Gallery Hours: 12-6pm, Tues. - Fri.
image
Plazaville is a new media video artwork based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. It is a noir/sci-fi, "no budget" movie set in 21st Century New York City. Scenes from the original Alphaville are re-enacted, interpreted and improvised by artists, actors and videographers, directed by G.H. Hovagimyan, and shot in HD video.
Plazaville is also a variable media artwork and can be viewed in a number of different ways. Separate short scenes that function as mini-movies were created by Hovagimyan to be downloaded from the web and can be viewed on youTube, iTunes, iPhones and HDTV using AppleTV. For Pace Digital Gallery, Plazaville is presented as a projection/installation piece, and the scenes have been loaded onto a computer that continually re-assembles the movie in a random order. All of the Plazaville short scenes can be viewed via web browser on the turbulence.org web site.

Plazaville is a 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support for Plazaville came from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program, created with lead support from the September 11th Fund and space donated by The Sapir Organization. The Hudson River Park Trust, The Emily Harvey Foundation, School of Visual Arts and Apple Inc. also contributed to the making of Plazaville.

You may access the current scenes of Plazaville via computer at:
RSS feed via web browser: http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.xml
Computer via internet:
http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.html
iTunes:
log onto the iTunes store and search for Plazaville Series
YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ghovagimyan
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EVENT

Plazaville Final Episodes


Dates:
Wed Apr 01, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 01, 2009

Plazaville : Evolution
The final ten episodes are now available on the turbulence site.
http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.html

You can also view them on itunes by searching for Plazaville Series
Or via youTube :
[flash=660,327]http://www.youtube.com/cp/vjVQa1PpcFMQfsKgsSS2t4RRD7j6ELj4kJII1Tc3-Vs=[/flash]
And come to the opening at Pace Digital Gallery --
http://csis.pace.edu/digitalgallery/


EVENT

Plazaville : Evolution Stage 1


Dates:
Thu Jan 22, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jan 22, 2009

Plazaville : Evolution Stage 1 -

Seven new episodes of Plazaville are available on the Turbulence Web site http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville

A fresh crop of young actors are premiering on the web in this series.They are George Spaeth as Lemme Caution, Bryant Mason as Henry Dickson, Patrick Porter as the Chief Engineer, Kate Kertez Playing Seductress # 2 and a Labcoated Technician, Scott Curtis as Professor Eckle, Kelly Howe as another labcoated technician and Raphaele Shirley as a technician and a driver. Don’t miss Juan Cardenas as the Hotel Clerk in the episode Sleazy Hotel. Christina McPhee has created special ambient works that counterpoint the high punk drama pursued by G.H. Hovagimyan and the actors. Coming in the next couple of weeks a fantastic portrayal of Natasha Von Braun by the acclaimed actress Lanna Joffrey and Thomas Hutchison as the cold Dr. Von Braun.

Plazaville is a new media video artwork, it is based on the classic 1965 movie Alphaville by Jean Luc Godard. It is set in 21st century New York City. The scenes from the original Alphaville are being re-enacted, interpreted and improvised upon by the artists, actors and videographers. The piece uses the internet as one means of distributing the short video clips. This is somewhat like a serialized program but is not in any order. Viewers can download new scenes as they become available on the Turbulence website as well as iTunes and youTube. The videos can be viewed on computers, iPhones and large screen HD televisions (using AppleTV). The final presentation of the work is a video projection/ installation work at Pace Digital Gallery scheduled for April 2009 http://csis.pace.edu/digitalgallery/. The installation will not be a standard video loop but will use a computer as a video server. Each of the scenes will be put into a video playlist that is set to random select. The video will be assembled on the fly breaking the traditional notion of linear narrative. The piece is a truly hypertextual/ hypermedia artwork that has an affinity with the meandering narrative that is a key device of graphic novels. The viewer entering the installation will assemble the story in their mind and imagination.

This work involves a loose collaborative of Artists in New York called Artists Meeting. The members are participating in the work as actors, camera-persons, set designers etc. G.H. Hovagimyan is the director and Christina McPhee has added her superb camera work and improvisational narratives to several performance set-ups. Indeed, this work extends the notion of video-performance by using the idea of a movie shoot as vehicle for ephemeral performance art. Hovagimyan has also enlisted the help of several talented young actors to play the key roles and Raphaele Shirley, one of the New York Fringe Festival originators has thrown her production experience into the mix as a location/project manager and sometimes actress.

Plazaville is a 2009 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional Support for Plazaville is made possible by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Swing Space program, which was created with lead support from the September 11th Fund. Project space is donated by The Sapir Organization."

You may access the current scenes of Alphaville via computer at:

RSS feed via web browser -- http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.xml

Computer via internet --
http://transition.turbulence.org/Works/plazaville/index.html

iTunes --
log onto the iTunes store and search for Plazaville Series

YouTube -
http://www.youtube.com/user/ghovagimyan



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