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BAS Radio – Last Interview with Ultra Violet

At Volta NY 2014, we curated The Spectrum of Ultra Violet, an immersive installation honoring the artist, writer, actress and singer (Isabelle Collin Dufresne, September 6, 1935-June 14, 2014) often overlooked as a ‘muse’ to such luminaries as Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain and Ed Ruscha. During the show we met new friends Bad at Sports and organized a reading by Ultra Violet from her book Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol. Amanda Browder records this and the last interview with Ultra Violet. We invite you to listen in to this intimate conversation from coining “Famous for 15 Minutes”, meeting Dali when she moved to NY, her first encounter with Warhol at the Factory, her thoughts on art, technology and selfies. You are deeply missed UV. The interview begins at the 54:28 mark, the podcast is available for free download.  Read more

Culture Shock Celebrates 7 Years

Celebrating seven years of innovation, Culture Shock  is delighted to present a special anniversary event August 7th featuring the New York debut of Canadian electronic musician Hello Moth and world premiere of Clouds in Cloudless Skies, the new music video created entirely from programming code directed by Belfast-based artist Glenn Marshall, Culture Shock Interactive Director.

In addition to Hello Moth’s live performance and music video screening of Clouds in Cloudless Skies with three-wall projection and surround sound, Culture Shock invites audiences to immerse themselves in SoundSelf, a collision of centuries old meditation technology with video-game trance. Designed for the next generation of Virtual Reality, SoundSelf takes advantages of loopholes in human perception to induce an introspective state of ecstasy, using use your voice to fall through an odyssey of light and body. The celebration continues throughout the night with sounds from Leisure Cruise (DJ set).


Live performance by Hello Moth
New Music Video screening “Clouds in Cloudless Skies” from the debut album Infinitely Repeated (Directed by Glenn Marshall : Music Hello Moth)
Immersive virtual reality experience of SoundSelf on the Oculus Rift
With Leisure Cruise (DJ Set)

Doors at 7pm
58 N. 3rd St. Williamsburg, NY 11211 Bedford L stop
Event is Free. Please R.S.V.P.

Read The Creator’s Project Review

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Can People and Robots Be Friends?

The Aspen Ideas Festival invited Culture Shock collaborating artist Alexander Reben, creator of BlabDroid, to exhibit in the Innovation Gallery. BlabDroids interviewed attendees and staff, including Walter Isaacson, at the Aspen Ideas Festival as part of the world’s first documentary filmed entirely by robots. Read more

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When Will Robots Take Over the World? In their series “The Big Question”, The Atlantic interviews collaborating artist Alex Reben at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival. about the future of robotics. Read more


Sound Self is the collision of centuries old meditation technology with the videogame trance. Turn off the lights, amp up the volume, and use your voice to fall through an odyssey of light and body. (Virtual Reality Experience, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR)

Robin Arnott
Evan Balster
Felix Maya
Debra Anderson

Moscow Roboforum

CultureShock agency, Monica Locascio,  an Author, curator, gallery dealer and art director specializing in art & science,  and Alexander Reben a Robo-engineer and artist, creator of BlabDroid, MIT Media Lab RESEARCHER talked at the Moscow Roboforum which was held from 15 May to 18 May.


Circa 1948

We are thrilled to announce that the National Film Board of Canada one of the world’s most acclaimed digital content hubs, has engaged Culture Shock as their US Agency for the third year in a row to announce the global premiere of their latest project, Circa 1948.

This expansive artistic universe premieres worldwide today, April 22, in three interactive formats: a 3D art app for iPad and iPhone, online, and a live event—a projection-mapped immersive installation that will be featured in the Storyscapes section of New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival.

If the purpose of art is to reflect the unique social concerns and structures of its era, then the experimental nature of Circa 1948 can be seen as a daring attempt to evolve a new visual and narrative language. The project makes use of emerging technologies to offer multiple entry points into an imagined world, in keeping with the shifting media-consumption habits that inform our contemporary day-to-day reality.

Enter the shadows of the postwar era Circa 1948, co-created by internationally renowned artist Stan Douglas (represented by David Zwirner Gallery) and produced by pioneers of artistic collaboration, the award winning National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio in Vancouver with Loc Dao as Executive Producer.

Circa 1948  debut at the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes Program in collaboration with BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Gin, persents a (sold out!) live event featuring Stan Douglas and members of the NFB team unveiling the work. The installation will be open to the public through April 26.

This truly remarkable project is new form of art making, an immersive artistic universe. In the age of interactive storytelling, there is no longer tne single narrative component, but rather a vast array of related strands and pieces, all of them serving to expand a story in different ways and contributing to the creation of a storyworld.

In 2012 we crafted the launch campaign of the world premiere for Bear 71 (NFB Vancouver Digital Studioat Sundance New Frontier, the Webby winner for best net art that was also named 2012 Site of the Year at the Favourite Website Awards, and in 2013 the breakthrough work A Journal of Insomnia (NFB Montreal Digital Studioat Tribeca Storyscapes, both projects drawing rave reviews from national and international media. 

Volta NY

Culture Shock was invited by Volta NY, an international solo project fair for contemporary art, for our fourth special curatorial project, having curated projects since 2010 at both Volta NY and Volta during Art Basel, Switzerland. For Volta NY 2014 we presented The Spectrum of Ultra Violet, our special curatorial exhibition and first in a series of new media projects honoring Ultra Violet. Volta NY is an invitational solo project fair for contemporary art.

The exhibition is a curated environment honoring the Ultra Violet’s transmedia spectrum: from film and music works, to the cultural icon’s  memoir Famous for 15 Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol and her Instagram-able baroque mirror series Self Portrait and Selfie. Her performance and film The Last Supper, conceived for the Kitchen by Ultra Violet in 1972 and performed by NY-based female artists was also screened. It has been shown prior at Miami Beach Cinematheque screening for Art Basel in 2007 and is included in the collection of Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Playing on themes of mirrors and mylar to celebrate Ultra Violet, Culture Shock also featured two new works by represented artist Alexander Reben, including an interactive audio piece that responds to your reflection in the hall’s adjacent bathroom mirrors and an oscillating mylar balloon sculpture.

We’re also very excited to have collaborated with Redu NYC who provided bespoke pieces of furniture for the lounge space. Redu is a Brooklyn based design group, dedicated to using only rescued materials for their furniture and design. The intention is to reduce landfill using creativity and help make obsolescence obsolete.

Children’s Museum ‘Makers Festival’ Spurs Kids’ Creativity

We’re also thrilled to report back on represented artist Ricardo Cid‘s ongoing success in his residency in the Artist Studios Program at the Museum of Arts and Design. Please stop by on Tuesdays between now and April to learn more about his Maker Faire award-winning Ballerinas. He will also be presenting workshops at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. On April 12th he will be creating kinetic sculptures from circuits and wood and on April 17th teaching children to design a paper hologram.

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Ultra Violet at Volta NY


Following the success of The Spectrum of Ultra Violet at Volta NY honoring Ultra Violet and a private performance by pianist Christopher O’Riley, Culture Shock has secured the release of Ultra Violet’s self titled LP, with cover art by Andy Warhol. Recorded for Capitol Records in 1973 but never before released, Ultra Violet’s studio album is now available on iTunes. It includes 10 tracks ranging from popular tunes by Al Dubin and Harry Warren to original songs by Ultra Violet and Richard Currier as well as the French standard La Vie en Rose.

Culture Shock Hosts Private Concert Featuring Pianist Christopher O’Riley

On the Monday following VOLTA, Culture Shock hosted a private recital in honor of Ultra Violet by represented artist and classical pianist Christopher O’Riley. O’Riley, the host of NPR’s From The Top, world-acclaimed composer of new renditions of Radiohead, and pianist at Andy Warhol’s funeral debuted new renditions of music from the Velvet Underground in the resplendent living room of Stuart Pivar, the man who introduced Andy Warhol to antiquing and who introduced the musician and the artist back in the 70’s. The affair was attended by such luminaries as Laurie Anderson, Eric Shiner, and Bill Katz amongst others, and was covered exclusively for Interview Magazine by Fame Shark author Royal Young and Cool Hunting for Video.

Cool Hunting Video: Christopher O’Riley
Transforming Pop Music Hits Into Classical Piano Masterpieces

“In a private residence on NYC’s Upper West Side, we recently had the pleasure of attending a thrilling performance organized by  Culture Shock featuring pianist Christopher O’Riley. Renowned for his flawless renderings of classical masterpieces, O’Riley (host of NPR’s From The Top  and composer of original work) explains how, during intimate performances for artists and members of high society’s creative class during the early days of his career, he began to bridge the gap between pop culture and classical music with his traditional arrangements of mainstream songs. At this recent performance, he performed songs by Radiohead, Nick Drake and The Velvet Underground.”

Read Christopher O’Riley’s post about the private event we curated.


This artist is teaching tech execs how to make devices more lovable

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Culture Shock Represented Artist & Roboticist Alexander Reben Featured in Fast Company! The article focuses on Alex’s new sculptures curated for Volta NY, his wildly popular BlabDroids, and includes a fascinating interview where Alex discuss his focus on exploring the relationship between humans and technology. 

Wonder PL

On March 13, Culture Shock launched, Wonder PL the world’s first curated video platform for quality lifestyle content with a broader range of categories including wellness, culture, home and family, food and entertainment. With online video users expected to double to 1.5 billion in 2016, Wonder PL is  a new age video platform that supports professional content creators and offers consumers a rich, advertising-free consumer experience across the web, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Investors include Universal Music Group, Pascal Cagni (formerly General Manager, Vice President, Apple Europe, Middle East & Africa EMEA)Qualcomm Ventures and Andrew Creighton (President & Co-Founder of VICE Media).

Culture Shock is delighted to announce the launch of Wonder PL, the world’s first video platform for quality lifestyle content. Culture Shock is a Featured Partner and Content Provider collaborating with Wonder PL headquarters in London to curate the best moving image cultural content and create a home where artists, brands, content creators and filmmakers can thrive. Read More

Meet Our Newest Intern Sarah Makhoukhi from Scandinavia

Sarah study global business-engineering in The Technical University of Denmark. It is a unique programme, which integrates technology, foreign languages, and business studies through interdisciplinary projects. The programme is developed in cooperation with Copenhagen Business School. Sarah will be part of the team till August 2014.


Debra Anderson, The CEO of Culture Shock talking at the dd:COLLECTIVE “Big Data: Predictive Tech, Serendipity, and Real Time Response” Presented by Bing

In this edition of dd:COLLECTIVE we’re collaborating with Betaworks, Cloudera,, and Culture Shock to explore how companies make actionable use of big data. Topics will cover predicting outcomes before they happen with predictive technology, using big data and cognitive computing to create serendipitous product experiences, and real-time response. Join us for conversation, drinks, and new connections at dd:OUTPOST.

The format of this event will feature several solo presentations, followed by a QA with our panel of speakers, and conclude with drinks and music at dd:OUTPOST!