Fabiola Hanna and Andrew Pascoe

Artists on Art continues with the 2011 DANM MFA Graduate Interview Series. Permutations Exhibition begins Saturday April 30 – May 1st and May 5-8th at the DARC. Gallery hours are 10am-4pm.

Fabiola Hanna is a computer programmer video digital artist.  Her  Installation is entiteld, “We Are History: A People’s History of Lebanon”  It is a nonlinear, narrative movie that changes through the application of an algorithm each time new content is inputted.

Some backstory on Fabiola’s piece, in 1997, the Lebanese government released new books and curriculum for all school subjects except one: History. In 1997, like all previous years, Lebanese students struggled to make copies of the old and only textbook available, last published in 1969. That history textbook only covers Lebanese history until 1946, so modern Lebanese history remains unknown, even to its own children. “We Are History: A People’s History of Lebanon” gathers oral histories from the Lebanese who lived through these times, and knits together complimentary or contradicting stories, depending on content and perspective, and presents them as a possible version of history.

Andrew Pascoe’s project is an opera he composed, “God: The Opera” (a chamber opera based on the Book of Job) in collaboration with librettist, Jacob Cribb. The world premiere of this opera will be May 6th at 8pm at the DARC following the DANM MFA reception.

The opera is comprised of a variety of musical styles and tonal practices, ranging from sixteenth century practice to algorithmic computer music. Exploring the meaning of music as a parallel to the meaning of suffering, the opera is replete with musical and literary allusions. Decontextualization and confusion abound as Job navigates a disrupted moral landscape. Performed as a reading, the score calls for: Soprano, Alto, Baritone, and Bass and instruments: Oboe, String Quartet, Piano and Electronics.

Artists on Art Guests Fabiola Hanna and Andrew Pascoe from Nada Ammann on Vimeo.

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Inventing the Future of Video Games – Rod Humble 2nd Keynote

Inventing the Future of Video Games Keynote – Rod Humble from Nada Ammann on Vimeo.

Inventing the Future of Video Games Symposium Will Wright

Inventing the Future of Video Games Keynote Will Wright from Nada Ammann on Vimeo.


Inventing the Future of Games Symposium took place Friday, April 15 at the Indian Center in Milpitas. This symposium aimed to explore the possibilities of the next decade of gaming innovation and technology.

Sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz null, the symposium gathered some of the brightest minds of academia and industry to discuss the advancement of game design and technology.

The inaugural symposium and coming out party for the UC Santa Cruz Center for Games and Playable Media featured keynote speeches by Sims creator Will Wright, Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble (Second Life),and Michael Mateas, co-creator of Facade.

More information is available at games.soe.ucsc.edu/​future2011. The symposium was open to the public.

Below is the video third keynote speaker, Will Wright. The second, Rob Humble, will be up very soon.

Meredith Drum and Levi Goldman – Guests 4/19/11

The DANMite Graduate Series continues with Meredith Drum, movie-maker interactive story-teller, and Levi Goldman, interactive sculpture.

Meredith Drum is a cinema artist. She creates video essays and fictions and nonlinear documentaries, presented as installations, web projects, mobile media works and single and multichannel screenings. Her work has recently exhibited at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Anthology Film Archives, Participant Inc., Monkey Town, Galapagos Art Space, Artport Projects at Focus 09 during Art Basel, Museo Valenciano de la Illustracion y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain, Fales Library and Archive at NYU and published online on the New York Times Tmagazine and Good Magazine.

You can find Meredith’s video work on Vimeo.

Levi Goldman is sculptor and digital artist. Levi’s installation is called,  Completion Inc., and is a blend of formal sculpture, robotics, and interactive programming. Viewers are invited to navigate a landscape of kinetic artworks, commodity objects, and prosthetic devices. These art works sense and interpret viewers’ bodies and make corresponding movements throughout the space. The project considers identity formation with regard to body extension, commodity culture and objects of desire, urging the viewer to consider different ways people extend and/or fragment the body.

The DANM MFA Permutations Exhibition dates are April 30–May 1 & May 5–8 at the DARC on the west side of UCSC campus.  Gallery hours are 10AM-4PM.

Here’s a quick video we took right before the live radio show:

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Inventing the Future of Games Michael Mateas – First of Three Keynotes

First keynote of the “Inventing the Future of Games” Symposium from Friday the 15th of April.

Inventing the Future of Video Games Keynote Michael Mateas from Nada Ammann on Vimeo.

Pheonix Toews & Aaron A. Reed – First of the DANM MFA Graduate Series

The night of April 5, 2011, collaborating artists, Pheonix Toews & Aaron A. Reed, were guests for the Artists on Art radio show to talk about their work and upcoming installations for the UCSC DANM MFA graduates Exhibition, Permutations. Pheonix is a digital video conceptual artist.  Aaron is an interactive non-linear storyteller.  Since both of them are working within the framework of augmented reality, we began our conversation about what this means. Below is a short description of their current work.

Aaron A. Reed’s piece is entitled “what if im the bad guy? and other storieswhat if im the bad guy? and other stories. This collection of interactive stories explores how narrative can be made tactile, tangible, and sculptural. Walk through a meadow to find the perspective from which an accused soldier’s story makes sense; navigate the history of a house to construct a perfect vignette.

Aaron A. Reed’s ”what if im the bad guy? and other stories” presents four experimental narratives exploring ways that stories can become tactile, sculptural, and participatory. The title work invites participants to explore the true story of an accused Marine through both an augmented reality excursion where different perspectives on the truth collide in real-world spaces, and an interactive fiction replaying a frozen battlefield moment through the words of six different narrators with violently conflicting goals and ideologies. All four pieces explore how narratives can be atomized and reconstituted to create meaningful and moving collaboration between authors and participants.

Palimpsest: Augmented Reality Theater

Pheonix Toews piece is entitled Palimpsest: Augmented Reality Theater and is an open-source augmented-reality browser capable of layering media over specific landscapes viewed through the iPhone. By employing a simple, yet powerful, scripting engine, the browser enables the creation of socially mediated narratives contextualized by geographic location, games that interact with the physical environment, and artistic performances and installations that are virtually attached to a real-world physical space. A participant may explore one of several experiences and narratives, and may navigate and interact with virtual objects such as images, 3D models, and sounds which are located at physical gps coordinates.

Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at UC Santa Cruz presents an exhibition of ten graduate students whose works employ advanced technologies for creative potential and social impact.

Entitled Permutations, this year’s UCSC DANM MFA exhibition is the culmination of two years of research and artistic exploration, and will include new media works that explore performativity, interactivity and participation. Through storytelling about places, times and players, these artists experiment with digital media to produce unforeseen outcomes and permutations. Their works probe fundamental questions and explore controlled and random mediated experience. They interrogate the borderlands, edges, and contested territories of contemporary new media art practice.

Exhibition Dates: April 30 – May 1 & May 5 – 8

Gallery Hours: 10AM – 4PM

Talk: Friday May 6 at 4PM by Steve Dietz

Reception: Friday May 6, 5:30 – 7:30PM, immediately followed by
a free performance of a newly composed opera

Location: The Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) located off Meyer Drive near the Music Recital Hall and Theater Arts on the west side of campus.

Below is a video we took right before the show:

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