G.H. Hovagimyan
Since 2003
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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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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. ThereaE


Gordon Matta-Clark and Doug Aitken

I've just written a short piece on Gordon Matta-Clark and Doug Aitken
in my blog.


I invite you to comment and join the discussion.

G.H. Hovagimyan




Last night I went out to see the Doug Aitken projections at MoMA.
They are brilliant. The sculpture garden's side entrances on 53rd
street are open in the evening for the month of the exhibition. My
wife commented that the use of media stars such as Donald Sutherland
didn't add anything. Go see this piece. It's major and a breakthrough.

I also went downtown to another exhibition opening at Bryce Wolkowitz
601 west 26th. The show has projection pieces that are portraits. My
faves are MTAA and Julian Opie. MTAA have side by side portraits
of them blinking. Opie has his stick figure profile of a women
walking with a leather dress. The bracket of the high production
values of Aitken's projection and the intimacy of the downtown
gallery show is worth exploring.

Both Art Dirt Redux <http://spaghetti.nujus.net/artDirt> and RANTAPOD
<http://spaghetti.nujus.net/rantapod> have been accepted for the 20th
annual Stuttgard Filmwinter Festival for expanded Media. Which is
going on right now.

Frank Popper's book, From Technological to Virtual Art has been
published, <http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?
ttype=2&tid448>. This is due in part to Joseph Nechvatal's working
with Popper to organize the material and make it happen. Joseph
Nechvatal also has a terrific interview with Popper that is well
worth reading <http://post.thing.net/node/264>. I'm pleased to say
that my work has been included in this book.


new on post.thing.net

Fri Jan 05, 2007 00:00 - Fri Jan 05, 2007

New on http://post.thing.net

Patrick Lichty contemplates the psychic terrain of New Media in his essay “The Role of the Later Career New Media Artist.”

Joseph Nechvatel in a dialogue with French curator Catherine Perret discusses how new media practice changes the way we think.

The two essays are a sort of “state of the art” discourse in new media. Your comments are invited.

And post.thing.net is looking for new writers to enlarge the discussion. email



In 1969 Gene Youngblood wrote a book called expanded cinema. The
cinematic experience has influenced all our lives. The meta-narrative
of film has become our collective mythos. The components of film,
their parts and the manner in which meaning is constructed shape the
way we perceive the world. Video, is an extension of cinema as a
communication medium. Digital video has staked out it's own hybrid
area that has it's own rules.


The best young collaborative interface for video art is [PAM]
Perpetual Art Machine. http://perpetualartmachine.com

Nothing embodies the promise and vision of Expanded Cinema better
than the many different applications that [PAM] keeps creating. They
will be featured at Scope Miami Dec. 6-10 with a dual screen
installation at the entrance of the fair. In addition to this, a 5
minute [PAM] sample has been included as one of the featured projects
in the Art Video Lounge, at Art Basel Miami Beach.

Lee Wells who is one of the founders of [PAM] along with Chris
Borkowski, Aaron Miller and Raphael Shirley is also working on 3
other video implementations for the Miami Art fairs. One is called
Best of the Best which in collaboration with Gen Art, and Cinema-
Scope picks from the very best to feature in outdoor projections
during opening night and special events.

Then there's Rules of Engagement a mobile video truck that will be
driven around the Miami streets. I'm pleased to say that HD\_RANTS
will be featured in that program.
HD\_RANTS will also be include in an Exhibition called 1800frames at
cWOW in Newark, NJ http://www.cwow.org/see/feature.php?