Established by BSMT Director Grace Franck in 2016, the Mana BSMT New Media Program (NMP) is a community-based residency dedicated to supporting the next generation of new media artists. Through ongoing support in Mana’s two-million square-foot campus, the program aims to foster innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship, and present exhibitions and programming at the intersection of art and new media technology.
The BSMT New Media program was established in August, 2016 by Director Grace Franck with a group of residents working primarily as GIF artists: Matthias Brown (Traceloops), Sam Cannon, Julian Glander, Thoka Maer, and Hayden Zezula (Zolloc). The artists in the group have amassed thousands of followers across social media platforms for their internet-based art, and collaborated with major brands and institutions, including Samsung, Sony, Electric Objects, The Tate Modern, The New York Times, Vogue, and MTV.
On January 21, 2017, Mana BSMT opened Surface, a group exhibition featuring new experiential work by the five artists in the BSMT’s 3,000 square foot gallery. Until then, their artwork had been created for and seen on screens, and shared across social platforms. This exhibition was their first exploration into creating work that can only be experienced in a physical space. Surface will remain on view through May 31, 2017. Learn more at manacontemporary.com/surface.
The second phase of the BSMT New Media Program will run from June–December, 2017 with an extended group of new media artists: Bradley Bowers, James Clar, Alex Czetwertynski, Pablo Gnecco, Harald Haraldsson, Sarah Rothberg, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Anne Vieux.