Telfair Museums Expands Digital Art Offerings with New TechSpace

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Telfair Museums is pleased to announce the opening of TechSpace, a new interactive and technology-based gallery for visitors of all ages at the Jepson Center, opening April 22.

The renovated space, which is part digital playground and part display of new media, provides visitors with a year-round opportunity to engage with interactive art. The opening exhibition, Connected, features many tech-based works in a variety of formats including algorithmic art, web-based art, and videogame installations. Some of the works are from the museum’s permanent collection and include National Field, a projection-mapped fiber sculpture which allows the user to create a rippling moiré pattern with their body, by artists Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza. 2017 PULSE Festival favorite, Cubist Mirror, an installation that transforms the user’s image into a cubist style painting, will also return on view.

New pieces include Lei Niu’s Shan Shui, a gesture-controlled digital ink painting that allows the user to paint a Chinese landscape with their hand movements. Rafael Rozendaal’s Float Bounce, a web-based artwork displayed as an interactive installation, will also be on view for the first time. These works invite patrons to participate in the exhibition instead of simply observing them.

 “Over the last decade, the Jepson Center has showcased some of the most innovative and unique new media artworks during our annual PULSE Festival and we’re happy to finally have a long-term gallery for the exhibition of digital art.” said Harry DeLorme, Senior Curator of Education. “This space allows us to connect to the scientific roots of Telfair Museums’ founding as an Arts and Sciences museum.”

Along with works by international and local artists, TechSpace will regularly display STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) projects by school children from the Savannah area.

With the addition of TechSpace, Telfair Museums continues to be one of the leading art museum institutions dedicated to this growing style of contemporary art, allowing guests to learn more about the technologies that are transforming artmaking in the 21st century. Telfair is proud to bring cutting-edge art to the community and to provide this distinctive experience for visitors.  

Connected will remain on view in the TechSpace gallery through December 2017.