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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there's an opening for an artist's residency in Marseille, France at
Peter Sinclair's cap15 compound. It's a large studio space around
1000 sq ft. The offer is for up to 6 months. The rental is 420 euros
a month. It starts in September. Contact: petesinc@nujus.net.

The 4th screen, a handheld and mobile devices festival curated by
Tamas Banovich, will be included in the Pocket Film Festival at the
Pompidou Center in Paris, FR. http://www.festivalpocketfilms.fr/
rubrique.php3?id\_rubrique

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There’s a terrific discussion on http://post.thing.net concerning legacy conceptual art. Look though the comments section on the right. In particular Joseph Nechvatal and Blackhawk have been adding very incisive texts and commentary.

Information theory is constantly butting up against property rights. That was the premise behind Faux Conceptual Art http://www.artnetweb.com/projects/fauxcon/home.html
I did the piece 14 years ago. Recently I've been re-visiting and updating the works such as: Fibonacci Series With Calculators http://post.thing.net/node/1392
and Giant Kosuth Pricelist
http://post.thing.net/node/1434

Speaking of legacy, the hottest video for art on the web is the Swiss website VernissageTV. http://vernissage.tv/blog/ Some recent interviews include WPS1’s Althea Viafora Kress talks with artist Wim Delvoye / part 2/2, Paul McCarthy / Damon McCarthy: Portfolios / Hauser & Wirth Zurich, and an interview with Lee Wells the artist/curator and member of [PAM] http://perpetualartmachine.com. Vernissage TV also has a 4 part interview with me that is the most concise piece to date. http://vernissage.tv/blog/2007/04/04/gh-hovagimyan-interview-part-14/
Thanks to Heinrich Scmidt from VernissageTV.

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There's a terrific discussion on http://post.thing.net concerning
legacy conceptual art. Look though the comments section on the
right. In particular Joseph Nechvatal and Blackhawk have been adding
very incisive texts and commentary.

Information theory is constantly butting up against property
rights. That was the premise behind Faux Conceptual Art http://
www.artnetweb.com/projects/fauxcon/home.html
I did the piece 14 years ago. Recently I've been re-visiting and
updating the works such as: Fibonacci Series With Calculators http://
post.thing.net/node/1392
and Giant Kosuth Pricelist
http://post.thing.net/node/1434

Speaking of legacy, the hottest video for art on the web is the Swiss
website VernissageTV. http://vernissage.tv/blog/ Some recent
interviews include WPS1's Althea Viafora Kress talks with artist Wim
Delvoye / part 2/2, Paul McCarthy / Damon McCarthy: Portfolios /
Hauser & Wirth Zurich, and an interview with Lee Wells the artist/
curator and member of [PAM] http://perpetualartmachine.com.
Vernissage TV also has a 4 part interview with me that is the most
concise piece to date. http://vernissage.tv/blog/2007/04/04/gh-
hovagimyan-interview-part-14/
Thanks to Heinrich Scmidt from VernissageTV.

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The Whitney is hosting a series of lectures about the work of Gordon
Matta-Clark on March 29th. There's also a special showing of his
films on April 5th. The films reveal much of what Gordon was trying
to get at. Some are simple documentations but even in those films
there are fantastic associations and leaps of connections to
experimental filmmakers. The films are very important and should not
be missed. Tickets need to be purchased/reserved:

http://www.whitney.org/www/programs/eventcalendar.jsp?cat=1

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http://post.thing.net has several interesting new articles that
reflect the current art scene and art fairs. Joseph Nechvatal has an
article that engages a piece written by Jerry Salz. I have a piece
titled Oh That Market. There's also a piece by Alan Moore on the
CAA Feminist Art program talk. And a review by Keith Sanborn on the
new cult DVD by Craig Baldwin titled Tribulation99.

The Gordon Matta-Clark retrospective is open at the Whitney. The
show is really well done and goes quite a way to presenting his work
in a full context. His films, which show some of the process of
cutting apart buildings, are part of the installation. Of course the
Conical Intersect that I worked on is prominently featured. There's
some very funny parts to the movie such as, me and Gordon doing a can
can and Gordon cutting into the walls creating a dust cloud that
blankets out the scene. A photo of Gordon and me was featured in the
weekend times arts section.
<http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/23/arts/design/23matt.html?
ex29886800&enYd0bb46c7996653&eiQ24&partner=permalink&exprod=perma
link>

The HD\_RANTS <http://www.nujus.net/gh\_04/hd\_rants/index.html> I did
with Brian Caiazza are getting a lot of play. They were included in
the Cinema-Scope section of the SCOPE art fair, and are part of a
traveling exhibition called 1800FRAMES. Here's the schedule:

The Pioneer Theater: East Village, NY on March 11th at 7:00pm with
reception to follow.
155 East 3rd street
212-591-0434
http://twoboots.com/pioneer

Woods Hole Film Festival: Woods Hole, MA, from July 28th to August
4th with reception.
The Jersey City Museum: Jersey City, NJ from September 20 to December
31 with reception

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