Public Beta at New Inc / by Andrea Wolf

August 4–7, 2016, 12–5 PM
The New Museum at 231 Bowery, Ground Floor
231 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

NEW INC, the New Museum’s incubator for art, design, and technology, is a testing ground for new ideas. Public Beta, NEW INC’s second annual end-of-year showcase, takes its name from the world of rapid prototyping in software development and the tech mantra “release early, release often”—a strategy for getting real-world, real-time feedback on nascent products. Often, these products are raw and unfinished, and it is only through public input and interaction that they can progress and move forward.

Weather Has Been Nice and Future Past News will be on view at this event. 


Weather has been nice is a series of generative video installations in which vintage found postcards are slowly broken down into their basic elements. Mailed from around the world, with their exaggerated colors and iconic images, these commoditized stereotypical landscapes are non-places – at the same time unknown and familiar.

Creating and immersive audiovisual experience, the large-scale projections of ever-changing landscapes will be complemented by a series of sound pieces, embedded in beanbags created with Print All Over Me

For the first time the text written in the back of the postcards will be incorporated into the installation. Ten sound artists and musicians have been invited to create soundscapes with the transcriptions and recordings of one hundred postcards. Participating artists: Audra Wolowiec, Felipe Cussen, Hans Tammen, Martín Gubbins, Merche Blasco, Nicole L’Huillier, Ricardo Luna (Richi Tunacola), Richard Garet, Sebastián Vergara, Sokio. 

*WHBN will be on view only on Saturday August 6th & Sunday August 7th.


In collaboration with Karolina Ziulkolski

A super 8 film in a flea market in Mexico City holds the remembrance of news to come, depicting governments in chaos and an impending war seems like it could easily be today’s news, but it’s from 1937. We all know the ending of that story. But what if eighty years from now, someone found documentation of our news? Would they also feel a cold chill down their backbone?  Would they also say we all know how bad that story ended? An augmented reality app switches between 1937 and the present, showing how history repeats itself.

Future Past News situates visitors in an average living room circa 1937. The TV is on and the news is playing. It is the reel from 1937. Visitors are invited to look at the images of the past through an AR app on a phone disguised as a remote control.  Through this lens, a new layer of information is added to the footage on the screen that juxtaposes the current state of affairs. You think we would know better, but we tend to forget.