Artist: Nicholas Economos

 
Audio in the Elevator
Mar 29 - Jul 01 2003
  • HZ Journal: TWICE-TOLD TALES (NICHOLAS ECONOMOS) http://www.hz-journal.org/netg/g2.html TWICE-TOLD TALES NICHOLAS ECONOMOS 2003 "A diaristic and 'open' composition comprised of sound bits culled from various recordings. The notion of 'frozen sounds' cited in Noise Water Meat, A History of Sound in the Arts by Douglas Kahn (MIT Press, 2001) served as inspiration, specifically the references to a peculiar storyline in which sounds were somehow material and silenced when frozen by extreme cold. Upon thawing the sounds could be heard but were no longer held to their original temporal sequences. In this work, various times and places mix via altered field recordings and re-recorded broadcast media. The minimal interface allows for a random combination of up to seven loops to sound together. Adjustments to the composition are made by dragging and releasing the circular graphic elements. Vertical positioning sets the volume and horizontal positioning sets the pan of each loop in the composition set. Clicking the "++" resets the screen." Nicholas Economos is a digital media artist and educator living in rural Western New York. His art practice involves work in interactive media, sound, video, animation and prints. His work is in the archives at www.soundtoys.net and rhizome.org where he is also a SuperUser, editing content for the front page of the web site and the rhizome Rare email list. An excerpt of his sound work, "daybreak" is featured online in DRUNKEN BOAT #4, SPRING 2002 at http://www.drunkenboat.com/db4/ . He has recently exhibited at Art in General in New York City, the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY, the Chiangmai First New Media Art Festival in Thailand, DigiFest 2002 at DXNet in Toronto, the Cyberarts Festival in Boston and Net_working in Bristol and London. He is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and is a visiting professor at the Electronic Integrated Arts Division of the S.U.N.Y School of Art and Design in Alfred, New York.
  • Cleaveland.com: "Art Matters: Cleveland Institute of Art's faculty show is a winner" http://www.cleveland.com/artsandevents/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/friday/1221726845302370.xml&coll=2 and http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/09/clarity_polish_and_professiona.html Art Matters: Cleveland Institute of Art's faculty show is a winner by Steven Litt/Plain Dealer Art Critic Clarity, polish and professionalism. Those three words describe this year's faculty show at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Anyone curious about what goes on inside the region's leading art college, or who wants to see a solid, one-stop survey of work by some of the region's leading local artists, should visit. Well organized, edited and installed, the exhibition focuses on 41 faculty members who work in video, photography, glass, ceramics, industrial design, jewelry and biomedical illustration. In each case, one or two well-chosen pieces gives a clear idea of the strengths and direction of each participant. Glass artist Brent Kee Young, for example, is presenting two recent examples of his mesmerizing and intricate constructions, made of glass rods heated, bent and woven into meandering webs that seem to be made of crystalline, frozen spaghetti. They look like the work of a spider who's drunk, but highly disciplined. Judith Salomon, a longtime professor of ceramics, is displaying a vase and platter glazed in rich, bright colors. The two pieces crystallize her ability to communicate a sense of optimism and joy through shape and hue. In a less traditional vein, ceramics professor William Brouillard is showing a type of high-tech fruit bowl made of a grid of phallic, truncated columns on which pieces of fruit could be perched. The piece exemplifies Brouillard's quirky and sometimes diabolical humor. Photography is a notable area of strength. Photographer Barry Underwood contributed a landscape photograph of a blinding spiral of light circling around a tree next to a pond. Nancy McEntee commands attention with two soul-revealing photographs of young girls teetering between childhood and adolescence. Steven Litt/The Plain Dealer A multi-sided wood and straw filled sculpture by Kevin Kautenberger, an associate professor in the Foundation program, is on exhibit at the current Cleveland Institute of Art Faculty Show. The enigmatic construction resembles a cross between a lobster trap and a cluster of Monopoly game houses. In sculpture, one of the best works in the show is a construction by Kevin Kautenberger, an associate professor in the Foundation program. Made of strips of wood, the work is a container shaped like four Monopoly houses compressed together and stuffed with fragrant stalks of alfalfa, which exude a rich, earthy aroma. The work is a compelling enigma that fuses the natural and the man-made in a way that holds attention and invites contemplation. These performances in traditional media are rivaled by areas of rising importance, such as video. Megan Ehrhart, an assistant professor in the T.I.M.E. digital arts program, which stands for Technology and Integrated Media Environment, practically steals the show with a seven-minute animated video in which toys hold an audition to perform in a circus. The work starts out as a charming child's game but quickly turns into a horror show when a magic trick goes awry. Nicholas Economos, also an assistant professor in T.I.M.E., creates a sense of wonder with a short video exploring the shapes of plants, microorganisms, clouds and vortexes in water. Painting is a notable area in which the show could be stronger. Illustration tends toward conservative, generic, commercial styles. But such lapses are few. On balance, this year's faculty show represents the art institute at its best.
  • Rhizome: Nicholas Economos http://rhizome.org/profile.php?1004744 Includes Bio and Discussion Posts
  • Sound Toys http://soundtoys.net/artists/nicholas-economos nicholas economos Nicholas Economos is a digital media artist and educator living in rural Western New York. His art practice involves work in interactive media, sound, video, animation and prints. His work is in the permanent collection at rhizome.org where he is also a SuperUser, editing content for the front page of the web site and the rhizome Rare email list. He has recently exhibited at ART IN GENERAL, New York, NY, Ocularis, Williamsburg Brooklyn, the Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, DigiFest2002 at DXNet in Toronto, Canada, the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and Net_Working in Bristol and London, England. An excerpt of his sound work, "daybreak" is online in DRUNKEN BOAT #4, SPRING 2002 at http://www.drunkenboat.com/db4/. He is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and is a visiting professor at the Institute for Electronic Arts in Alfred, New York. Work A diaristic and "open" composition comprised of sound bits culled from various recordings. The notion of "frozen sounds" cited in Noise Water Meat, A History of Sound in the Arts by Douglas Kahn (MIT Press, 2001) served as inspiration, specifically the references to a peculiar storyline in which sounds were somehow material and silenced when frozen by extreme cold. Upon thawing the sounds could be heard but were no longer held to their original temporal sequences. In this work, various times and places mix via altered field recordings and re-recorded broadcast media. The minimal interface allows for a random combination of up to seven loops to sound together. Adjustments to the composition are made by dragging and releasing the circular graphic elements. Vertical positioning sets the volume and horizontal positioning sets the pan of each loop in the composition set. Clicking the "++" resets the screen. The direct and simple design is intended to allow for ease of use by a wide audience.
  • Window: Onsite / twice-told tales / Nicholas Economos http://window.auckland.ac.nz/archive/2005/05/online.php Onsite / twice-told tales / Nicholas Economos A diaristic and "open" composition comprised of sound bits culled from various recordings. The notion of "frozen sounds" cited in Noise Water Meat, A History of Sound in the Arts by Douglas Kahn (MIT Press, 2001) served as inspiration, specifically the references to a peculiar storyline in which sounds were somehow material and silenced when frozen by extreme cold. Upon thawing the sounds could be heard again but were no longer held to their original temporal sequences. In twice-told tales, various times and places mix via altered field recordings and re-recorded broadcast media. The sparse interface allows for a random combination of up to seven loops to sound together. Adjustments to the composition are made by dragging and releasing the circular graphic elements. Vertical positioning sets the volume and horizontal positioning sets the pan of each loop in the composition set. Clicking the "++" resets the screen. Nicholas Economos is a digital media artist and educator living in rural Western New York. His art practice involves work in interactive media, sound, video, animation and prints. His work is in the archives at Soundtoys and Rhizome where he is also a SuperUser, editing content for the front page of the web site and the rhizome Rare email list. An excerpt of his sound work, "daybreak" is featured online in DRUNKEN BOAT #4. He has recently exhibited at Art in General in New York City, diSTILLation at Fylkingen in Stockholm, Chiangmai First New Media Art Festival in Thailand, DigiFest DXNet in Toronto, the Cyberarts Festival in Boston and Net_Working in Bristol and London. He is a frequent artist-in-residence at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, New York and is a visiting professor with the Electronic Intermedia Arts Division at the SUNY School of Art and Design in Alfred, New York.