FEED Media Art Center
1307 State Street, Erie PA 16501
Visit us Saturdays & Sundays Noon - 5 PM & by appointment.
State Street window exhibitions on view 24/7!
Established in 2022, FEED Media Art Center is devoted to the production, exhibition and preservation of all forms of media art. In its first year, FEED has hosted more than a dozen innovative exhibitions, performances and lectures.
Roland Slade: CELEBRITY ACTIVISTS
February 1 - April 30, 2023
Around the world, fans uncritically worship celebrities as leaders. Jay-Z—a globally influential entertainer—is applauded for his activism. But, is he creating real change? The 2017 Netflix mini-series on Kalief Browder (co-produced by Jay-Z with Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser) was a for-profit documentary film. Who benefited from “Time: The Kalief Browder Story”? Did any profits go to the Browder family? How much money was used to fund efforts to change the system that killed Kalief? When any black issue rises up, the media turns to rappers like Snoop Dog and Meek Mill instead of black professionals and spiritual leaders who can speak to the concerns they have devoted their lives to addressing. Like Fred Wilson’s “Mining the Museum” at the Baltimore Historical Society, Slade's found video collages reframe accepted cultural narratives.
Self-taught media artist Roland Slade creates "found video collages" by editing together segments of interviews, commercials, films, TV shows, and social media collected through his daily internet surfing. A self-proclaimed cultural critic, Slade's work examines the culture of Black America. One narrative Slade has challenged in his work is the expectation that Black entertainers, athletes, and celebrities will lead the community out of its current condition. Instead, Slade suggests that Black spiritual, intellectual, and political leadership needs cultivation and support.
Slade's art practice has been squeezed between his full-time day job, multiple night jobs, plus a small family business—in addition to his roles as a husband, father, and community activist. Once content to share his work online, Slade joined Erie Arts and Culture's Chroma Guild in 2019. Exhibitions at PennWest Edinboro and the Erie Art Museum followed recognition by arts professionals including Lisa Austin (Director, Bruce Gallery), Dr. Leslie C. Sotomayor II (former Art Professor at Edinboro University), Aruna D'Souza (the author of "Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts" and Jessica Hong (Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Toledo Museum of Art.)
A collective curation of 110 self-portraits
January 1 - March 31, 2023
Lonely ROCKS is a global competition for media art, bringing Patrons and Curators together to select the world's finest contemporary self-portraits
Members fund the project and determine the scope of the exhibitions.
Lonely ROCKS embodies the mission which unites us: an evolving show of artists communing in self-aggrandizement.
Curators: Alaina Simone, Ana Maria Caballero, Cemil Şinasi Türün, Coldie, Fabiola Larios, Ihu Anyanwu, Kerry Brougher, Lance Weiler, Linda Loh, LoVid, Maria Gudjohnsen, NFTartwolf, Nicole Ruggiero
Founders: Benton C Bainbridge, James McGirk
for more info visit Lonely.ROCKS
Liquid Light Factory: LET THERE BE LIGHT
November 19, 2022 - March 31, 2023
Without light, life on Earth would cease to exist. Primordial humans captured light with art. Today's artists paint architecture with digital projections.
From the formation of the universe through deaths and rebirths of galaxies and microbiomes, this installation encourages the contemplation of creation and destruction as a natural cycle.
A miniature cityscape of small towers dazzles with patterned color; participants create their own unique designs with interactive controls. Along an expanse of brick wall, chevrons convey movement and are collaged with video imagery evoking The Void, Light, Space, Systems, Elements, Beings. A large tower is decorated with a video collage of paint drops, ink blots, fractal patterns, micro-organisms, and cells.
The soundscape harmonizes with the imagery, including theta waves associated with the sacral chakra which governs creative expression, sexuality, and emotions.
LET THERE BE LIGHT at FEED anticipates a permanent outdoor installation. A full-scale version of the towers will be part of the new Erie Country Redevelopment Authority’s Ironworks Square at the former EMI site in Erie.
Liquid Light Factory is an Extended Reality (XR) tech firm specializing in design and installation of public art projects, projection mapping, and virtual production. Jessica and Nick Taylor have over a decade of experience owning and operating Menajerie Studio; Brad Triana manages BOTH Studios – a design & fabrication shop in Erie.
contact Jessica Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more visit liquidlightfactory.com