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TELFAIR MUSEUMS PRESENTS ANNUAL ‘PULSE ART + TECHNOLOGY’ FESTIVAL – JANUARY 26-27, 2024

SAVANNAH, GA – January 24, 2024 – Telfair Museums will hold its annual PULSE Art and Technology Festival during the weekend of January 26-27 at the Jepson Center, with a Free Family Day on Saturday, January 27. This year’s festival will focus on the museum’s new immersive, technology-focused Children’s Art Museum, local artists’ AI art projects, and STEAM activities for children and families. The two-day event will feature a tech-focused talk for students, a Friday night anime film screening with cool tech exhibits by local artists, and a Free Family Day for locals. 

Telfair’s 2024 PULSE Festival will feature new installations that address the relationship between humans and technology. The festival will highlight artists using various mediums ranging from artificial intelligence tools to newfound inspiration in older technology from animated GIFs to LEDs. Works include Will Penny’s ‘Small Talk’ which crosses a kitsch electronic toy with AI that encourages visitors to interact. The group project ‘Posthumanism’ by artists; Xiuyuan Lu, Yinfan Tang, Roxy Ran, and Haoming Lang presents a cyberpunk aesthetic of tubes, wires, and screens, and incorporates the viewer’s image into AI-generated texts. Katie Hagen’s ‘Glow’ is an LED sculpture that references weaving, while Bryce Winters’ ‘A Lossy Existence’ features a series of animated GIFs. After the festival, these projects will remain on view at the Jepson Center for visitors to enjoy until February 4.   

“Telfair is excited to take the PULSE of recent new media art in Savannah, showcasing amazing projects from AI art to motorized fashion,” said Harry DeLorme, Director of Education and Senior Curator. “We invite all to enjoy Children’s Art Museum at night and a classic anime about AI, as well as a family day event with participatory activities by community partners such as Georgia Tech Savannah, Tybee Ballet Theater, and the Beaufort Digital Corridor.”  

The festival will kick off with the PULSE Student Talk – “Behind the Scenes: Designing Telfair’s Children’s Art Museum” at 11am on Friday, January 26. Students of all ages are invited to join the developers of the Telfair Children’s Art Museum to learn about the team’s skills, design, and technologies used to create the interactive and immersive experience presented in this transformative space. Speakers for this event include Stephen Nottingham, Chief Executive Officer, of FREN, and Inwon Jong, Co-Founder and Chief Design Officer, FREN. This event is free for all students and museum members. School groups can register in advance by contacting Carey Daughtry at daughtryc@telfair.org.  

Later that evening, visitors can enjoy an evening of projections, cool tech projects by local artists, and a classic anime feature. Beginning at 5:30pm, visitors can explore works by artists including large-scale projections by Will Penny and John Colette, and an exhibition of media art and interactive works made with AI. The evening will also include a screening of the classic animated feature ‘Metropolis’, the acclaimed Japanese anime by director Rintaro, set in a futuristic, regimented society where humans and robots are at odds. Often cited as among the most beautiful of anime films, Metropolis is inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 film and based upon the manga by Osamu Tezuka, with a screenplay by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira). Wildflower Café will be open to sell beverages and snacks. Admission to the Art and Film night is free for members, and $8 for the general public.  

The festival will conclude with a Free Family Day from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, January 27th. Residents of Chatham, Bryan, Effingham, and Liberty (Georgia), and Beaufort and Jasper (South Carolina) counties are invited to enjoy a day of free admission to the Jepson Center and Telfair Children’s Art Museum to experience art activities, video game demonstrations, and participate in a community MapSpot presented by Georgia Tech.  At 3pm, Tybee Ballet Theater will present “On the Axis, Chapter I,” a new multimedia dance performance. Investment for PULSE Free Family Day is provided by the City of Savannah, Georgia Council for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Colonial Group, Inc. 

To learn more about Telfair Museums please visit https://www.telfair.org/ 

About Telfair Museums  

Opening in 1886, Telfair Museums is the oldest public art museum in the South and the first U.S. museum founded by a woman. The museum features a world-class art collection in the heart of Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District and encompasses three sites: the Jepson Center for the Arts, the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters, and the Telfair Academy. For more information on Telfair Museums, please visit www.telfair.org. 

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