New project by artist Saya Woolfalk and six-year-old daughter Aya invites visitors to contribute their own art using digital programming language Scratch


Saya Woolfalk is a New York-based artist who uses science fiction, technology, and fantasy to re-imagine the world and think about how combining cultures can create more utopian societies. In Hybrid-Digital Home, Saya Woolfalk has collaborated with her six-year-old daughter Aya Woolfalk Mitchell, to reinvent the ICA’s Bank of America Art Lab as a warm domestic environment made up of a lively combination of textile patterns from around the world and computer-generated patterns based on visitor drawings created in Scratch. Developed at MIT, Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media. Taking pride of place in the center of the room is a large-scale work, drawn by hand then digitally altered by Aya Woolfalk Mitchell.
 
Visitors of all ages are invited to contribute drawings to be digitally patternized and added to the wall, creating a collaboratively generated portrait of home.
 
Meet the artists on Saturday, April 14 from 12–2 PM
Visitors are invited to meet the artists and learn about their creative process as a mother-daughter team. More information at icaboston.org.
 
Learn to use Scratch at an ICA family workshop on August 4
Visit icaboston.org for more details.
 
Also on view
Hybrid-Digital Home will be open during the ICA’s exhibition Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today. This group exhibition examines how the internet has radically changed the field of art, especially in its production, distribution, and reception. The exhibition comprises a broad range of works across a variety of mediums—including painting, performance, photography, sculpture, video, and web-based projects—that all investigate the extensive effects of the internet on artistic practice and contemporary culture.

About the artist
Saya Woolfalk (Japan, 1979) received a B.A. from Brown University and a M.F.A from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has recently been exhibited at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse  NY(2016), Kenucky Museum of Art and Craft, Lexington KY (2016), and Seattle Art Museum, Seattle WA (2015).  In 2015, Woolfalk collaborated with her daughter Aya Woolfalk Mitchel on The Pollen Catchers’ Color Mixing Machine, a six-wall mural at the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, New York, NY.
 
About the ICA
An influential forum for multi-disciplinary arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has been at the leading edge of art in Boston for 80 years. Like its iconic building on Boston’s waterfront, the ICA offers new ways of engaging with the world around us. Its exhibitions and programs provide access to contemporary art, artists, and the creative process, inviting audiences of all ages and backgrounds to participate in the excitement of new art and ideas. The ICA, located at 25 Harbor Shore Drive, is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 AM–5 PM; Thursday and Friday, 10 AM–9 PM (1st Friday of every month, 10 AM–5 PM); and Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM.  Admission is $15 adults, $13 seniors and $10 students, and free for members and children 17 and under. Free admission for families at ICA Play Dates (2 adults + children 12 and under) on last Saturday of the month. For more information, call 617-478-3100 or visit our website at www.icaboston.org. Follow the ICA at FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Hybrid-Digital Home is supported in part by the Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.