Katerina Lanfranco

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On January 31, 2012, multi-media installation artist-in-residence and UCSC alumna, Katerina Lanfranco came into the UCSC, KZSC studio to talk on Artist on Art about her new large-scale, site-specific, hand-cut installation made in collaboration with UCSC students. Katerina was accompanied by one of those students, Heidi Kramer, who assisted her greatly in the production of this fabulous panoramic and completely embodying work entitled, Natural Selection.

 Katerina lives in NYC where she makes paintings, mixed media works, sculptures, and installations. She is a studio arts educator at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. She is represented by the Nancy Hoffman Gallery and was the recipient of the 2010 N.E.A. Japan-US Friendship Commission Creative Arts Fellowship.

Please take a look at the newly created blog, Natural Selection Art Show.

Exhibition Dates are February 1 – April 13, 2012 with Gallery Reception, Wednesday February 1, 5:00- 7:00 pm with artist talk at 6:30pm. Lucky for us the show was extended.

Mitsuyo Tao, president of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society [Northern California Chapter], and Don White of the Watsonville and Santa Cruz Bonsai clubs, came to the Sesnon gallery this week in preparation for their demonstrations that will be taking place on for the First Friday Art Tour, February 3rd from 2:00 – 4:00PM at the Sesnon Gallery.

If you missed any part of our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa13012.mp3″ title=”Katerina Lanfranco” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a video of our interview:

Dr. Paul Lee

Writer, philosopher, social activist, herbalist and visionary Dr. Paul Lee came onto Artist on Art for a special hour long show on March 5, 2012 to talk with host, Nada Miljkovic on subjects from the value of learning Ancient Greek philosophy, organic farming, homelessness, Santa Cruz as an Ecotopia, to name a few. We talked about Paul bringing legendary bio-dynamic gardner, Alan Chadwick, to UCSC and starting the organic farm movement. We spoke of his thirty year plus non-profit, USA the started the California Conservation Corps, the Santa Cruz Homeless Garden Project, and Staff of Life to name a few.

We spoke his class, Nobler than the mind, a survey of the Rise of Consciousness or COWL-99 in UCSC’s Cowell College.

To read more about Dr. Paul Lee’s philosophies and many various subjects go to his website, Ecotopia.org.

If you missed any part of our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa3512.mp3″ title=”Dr. Paul Lee” graphical=”true”]

Sabrina Habel

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On February 20, 2012, multi-media artist and graduating DANM MFA student, Sabrina Habel spoke with Nada Miljkovic about her art work and upcoming installation entitled, Seeing Spectacle, as a part of the DANM MFA 2012,I’ve Got Something On Your Mind.

Sabrina was the first DANM interview that I had in this year’s series of 2012 DANMite graduates. It was really fun to talk with her about her various forms of art. It has also been exciting to watch her work show around Santa Cruz over the past two years, such as partaking in the First Friday Santa Cruz Art Tour with an installation entitled, Cyphergraph, at Motiv, and her Hypnagonian work. You’ll have to listen the interview to hear what that means.

During our show, Sabrina explained the concept behind Seeing Spectacle, that “advertisement is everywhere- in magazines, on TV, the Internet, plastered over shopping malls and urban areas. Together all these advertisements form a mass media spectacle of desire, fantasy, and above all, consumption.” Sabrina’s multi-media series Seeing Spectacle uses off-beat humor to confront the essence of advertising. Commercial products and celebrities are replaced by simple and even mundane natural elements, usually taken for granted in consumer culture. By choosing non-gallery spaces for billboards, window displays, tabloids and TV commercials, ordinary sights are warped into a satirical commentary on the ever-intrusive advertising industry.

You can see Sabrina’s Seeing Spectacle at this year’s UCSC DANM MFA exhibition, I’ve Got Something On Your Mind all over the stairways in the DARC building.

Exhibition dates are April 28-29 and May 3-6 with the reception, Friday, May 4, 5:30 – 8:30PM. The Gallery is open from 10AM – 4PM and located at The Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), off Meyer Drive near the Music Recital Hall and Theater Arts on West Campus.

If you missed any part of our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa22012.mp3″ title=”Sabrina Habel” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a video of our interview:

Alexei Othenin-Girard

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Swiss-born game designer and artist, Alexei Othenin-Girard spoke with Nada Miljkovic, February 27, 2012 on Artist on Art and Gamers on Game. We had a great conversation covering a large number of topics on art and game theory. We also talked about Alexei’s path to studying at UCSC in the Digital Arts and New Media department and in the Games and Playable Media Group.

Alexei has produced video games (both casual and hardcore,) board games, educational games, and ARGs. His interests are in narrative architecture, emotional mechanics, and the affective power of games. After finishing his MFA, he plans to either return to professionally designing video games, or taking up high-seas piracy, whichever comes first.

To see and participate in Alexei graduating project, come to this year’s UCSC DANM MFA exhibition, I’ve Got Something On Your Mind. Exhibition dates are April 28-29 and May 3-6 with the fun not-to-be-missed party reception, Friday, May 4, 5:30 – 8:30PM. Gallery is located at The Digital Arts Research Center (DARC), off Meyer Drive near the Music Recital Hall and Theater Arts on West Campus and is open from 10AM – 4PM.

If you missed our live radio broadcast, here’s a video of our interview:

Ben Samuel

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On February 20, 2012, UCSC PhD graduating candidate, game developer and actor Ben Samuel came onto Gamers on Game to talk about his work on the new indy game Prom Week and the new Hulu series Battleground.

While studying at UCSC as an undergrad, Ben was a dual major in theater and computer science departments. After graduating, he move to LA for his acting career. Ben got going on his acting career and was accepted into the Games PhD program here at UCSC.

During our interview, Ben spoke of how he got to star in HULU’s first original series – Battleground which premiered on Valentine’s Day, the same day as Prom Week. Ben has received very favorable reviews for his acting particuarly in the New York Times. It’s a fun show and Ben is one of the best things on it.

If you missed any part of our Gamers on Game broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/gog22012.mp3″ title=”Ben Samuel” graphical=”true”]

Here’s a video of our interview:

Here’s the trailer for Battleground:

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