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Coming soon- Ryder Ripp’s Riff on the Internet at Redbull Studios

The gorgeous Red Bull space is opening their next immersive exhibition on February 28th, with Ryder Ripp’s Alone Together– which is about something we can ALL relate to- the culture of the INTERNETS.

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Conceived by Ryder RippsALONE TOGETHER is a site-specific exhibition for Red Bull Studios New YorkAs both sculpture and performance, ALONE TOGETHER acts as a microcosm of the Internet, suggesting the following paradox – the more connected we are online, the more physically withdrawn we become.

ALONE TOGETHER exaggerates the relationship between the content creator and content consumer, illuminating the physical solitude of virtual relationships. This dynamic is physically reinforced by the sculptures’ divided orientation between the upper and lower floors of the space. The upstairs replicates the solitary voyeurism found in the online viewing experience while the downstairs performance enacts the corporal aspects of a network. Viewers are confronted by six performers/users – whose collective digital output is harnessed and fed into a singular, frenzied tableau– a representation of the voracious social feed. Exhibition goers become voyeurs, surveilling the performative Internet experience encased below. Just steps away are six self-mediated video interviews that serve as introductions to each performer/user, drawing back the curtain of content and addressing the dichotomy between our representation and corporal self.

To complement ALONE TOGETHER, digital arts collaboratory, Powrplnt has partnered with alternative public high school,City As School, to provide free courses introducing the tools of digital art production such as 3D printing, plant-to-music sensors, coding, and Ableton Live. Classes will be held within Red Bull Studios New York throughout the six week exhibition.

 

This temporary classroom will be adjacent to the Technigarden, a digital and organic garden that will act as an interactive gallery space for students and the public alike. Weekly classes will aim to empower students by introducing the tools of digital art production to help grow the Technigarden in URL and IRL.

 

“How can we better interact, share information, and think critically about digital art and technology? Our goal is to provide access to tool sets that help create more young producers, instead of consumers,” said Angelina Dreem, founder of Powrplnt. “ALONE TOGETHER is the question, and the Technigarden is one of many answers.”

 

The Technigarden is free and open to the public during Red Bull Studios New York’s gallery hours, with special events and panels on Fridays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, workshops on Saturdays and free computer lab on Sundays. The adjacent classroom space is open during the same hours except during City-As-School classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. Please visit redbullstudios.com/newyork for the full schedule.

 

About Ryder Ripps

Ryder Ripps is a 28-year-old conceptual artist living in New York City. His first solo exhibition opened at Postmasters Gallery earlier this year. He has participated in group shows at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, Eyebeam, New York, Carroll / Fletcher, London, and Royal College of Art, London, as well as given talks for ForYourArt, Rhizome, and Sotheby’s. Ripps received a BA from The New School. He is an alumni of City As School, class of 2004.

 

About Powrplnt

Powrplnt connects artists with teens or internet-driven digital art projects, introducing them to professional creative software. With the goal to inspire digital artists and creators, Powrplnt aims to foster an environment where people from all backgrounds may learn the skills necessary to express themselves creatively in today’s world.

 

About Red Bull Studios New York

Red Bull Studios New York is a multi-disciplinary contemporary art project space, located in the heart of Chelsea, featuring an exhibition space, state of the art recording studio, radio booth, lecture hall and performance space. Recent projects include Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior curated by Phong Bui and The Brooklyn Rail Curatorial Projects, LivingAn Exhibition by Peter Coffin and DISown: Not for Everyone by art collective DIS and curator Agatha Wara.

 

ALONE TOGETHER Public Viewing Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 12pm – 7pm

 

For more information, visit redbullstudios.com/newyork

 

Red Bull Studios New York is located at 220 West 18th Street in Chelsea in Manhattan and is easily accessible via the L, 1, B, D, F and M trains.

 

Social:

Instagram: @RedBullStudiosNY

Twitter: @RBStudiosNY

 

Images and video:

Through the Red Bull network, hi-res video and still images are captured and made available for editorial use for all media channels including television, film, print, mobile and digital. The content is centrally located in the Red Bull Content Pool for media partners at www.redbullcontentpool.com.

Installation images will be available on this site on opening day, February 27.

 

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