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New York Digital Salon & Abstract Visual Music
Abstract Visual Music is a new project of the New York Digital Salon for 2005/2006. The project will begin with a Call for Entries and the development of an online resource for abstract visual music, which will include essays, artist links, interviews, bibliography, and an historical timeline. Assisting NYDS Director Bruce Wands with the project are consultants Cindy Keefer from the Center for Visual Music in Los Angeles, and Jack Ox, intermedia artist and member of the Leonardo Editorial Board.

Interest in visual music has been rekindled in recent years through the VJ movement, ongoing developments in visual music software, as well as the exhibition Visual Music, which debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles earlier this year and traveled to the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. Accompanying the exhibition is a 272 page catalog, Visual Music: Synaesthesia in Art and Music Since 1900 published by Thames & Hudson. The New York Digital Salon's involvement with visual music began in 1999 with a special section of its Leonardo catalog, Synesthesia, which was edited by Jack Ox and Jacques Mandelbrojt.

Future plans for the project include an online image and webcast exhibition, and related events that will be part of the New York Digital Salon Touring Program. The kickoff event will be held at the Remote Lounge in New York City on December 19. The New York Digital Salon receives support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Visual Arts Foundation, and the School of Visual Arts. Additional support and funding are currently being sought for an Abstract Visual Music DVD, museum and gallery exhibitions, performances, screenings, artist talks, and other public events. For further information, please contact Diane Field, Assistant Director, New York Digital Salon at or 212-592-2532.
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