OpenEndedGroup comprises two digital artists: Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser.
Their pioneering approach to digital art frequently combines three signature elements: non-photorealistic 3D rendering; the incorporation of body movement by motion-capture and other means; and the autonomy of artworks directed or assisted by artificial intelligence.
Always in collaboration and always crossing disciplinary boundaries, they enter and exit fields without permission from, and without deference to, established disciplinary structures, finding new ways to conceive the world.
Over the last ten years they have worked in the broadest variety of media and venues: making art for façade, gallery, dance, stage and cinema. Their works respond to an ever-expanding range of materials — drawing, film, motion capture, photography, music, and architecture.
In the field of dance, they have worked most closely with Merce Cunningham (Hand-drawn Spaces1998; BIPED 1999; and Loops 2001-8), but also with Bill T. Jones (Ghostcatching 1999 and 22 2005), Trisha Brown (how long does the subject linger on the edge of the volume 2005), and Wayne McGregor (Choreographic Language Agent 2007-present and Stairwell 2010).
Their public artworks include Pedestrian (multiple sites, 2002), Enlightenment and Breath (Lincoln Center, 2006 and 2007), Recovered Light (York Minster, 2007), and Crossings (Nuit Blanche/Royal Ontario Museum, 2010).
In recent years OpenEndedGroup has created new approaches to 3D projection, which have resulted in works of digital cinema such as Upending (2010) and All sides of the road (2012), Knight’s Rest (2013), and Saccades (2014); the shorter installations After Ghostcatching (with Bill T. Jones, 2010), Stairwell (with Wayne McGregor, 2010), and plant (2011); the interactive installations Into the Forest (2011) and Drawn Together (2012); and the chamber opera Twice through the heart (with Mark Anthony Turnage and Wayne McGregor, 2011).
Detroit Transect (2013-14) is a suite of five 3D films that forge a new form of “optical documentary.” This work and three others were the first digital 3D films to be acquired by MoMA for its permanent collection.
Among the prizes they have won individually or collectively are a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Cage Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Media Arts Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, and a Bessie award for the BIPED decor.
They have presented their work at Lincoln Center, the New York Film Festival, the Barbican Center, the Hayward Gallery, ICA Boston, Sadler’s Wells, the Festival d’Automne, the Sundance Film Festival, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Rome Film Festival, the Museum of the Moving Image, SITE Santa Fe, EMPAC, MASS MoCA, the MIT Media Lab, ICA London, Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, the Centre for Contemporary Art (Glasgow), the Kiasma museum, and many other venues.
OpenEndedGroup has had artists’ residencies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the University of Michigan, EMPAC, Le Fresnoy: studio national des arts contemporains, Georgia Tech, Arizona State University, Harvard University, Columbia University, the MIT Media Lab, the Brooklyn Academy of Music/Bell Labs, and UC: Irvine.
OpenEndedGroup has current, ongoing artists’ residencies at IRCAM, Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry/University of Chicago, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Connecticut College.
Framing, Re-framing, and Un-framing Cinema
Digital artists Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie of OpenEndedGroup collaborate with Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, Art History and Cinema & Media Studies) on a project that seeks to study and intervene in the current redefinition of the moving image as it shifts from the frame of classical cinema to the immersive framelessness and interactivity of virtual reality.
Gray Center Mellon Fellows Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser of OpenEndedGroup celebrate the U.S. premiere of Ulysses in the Subway at the Museum of Modern Art. This 3D film was created as part of their Mellon Collaborative Fellowship with Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) Cinema and Media Studies), Framing, Re-Framing, and Un-Framing Cinema.
Gray Center Mellon Fellows Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser of OpenEndedGroup celebrate the world premiere of Ulysses in the Subway at the Berlin International Film Festival. This 3D film was created as part of their Mellon Collaborative Fellowship with Tom Gunning (University of Chicago) Cinema and Media Studies), Framing, Re-Framing, and Un-Framing Cinema.
Ulysses in the Subway was created by Gray Center Mellon Fellows Marc Downie and Paul Kaiser of OpenEndedGroup as part of Framing, Re-Framing, and Un-Framing Cinema, their 2016 Mellon Collaborative Fellowship with Tom Gunning (University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies), and in collaboration with legendary experimental filmmakers Ken and Flo Jacobs. Presented in 3D.