Wes Modes

Artist Activist, Wes Modes came onto Artists on Art, June 18, 2014, to talk about his newest project, The Secret History of American River People, a slow meandering trip down the Mississippi in a shanty boat collecting stories. Using audio, video, and digital media, Secret History archives and presents oral histories of major American rivers, including the lost stories of river people, river communities, and the river itself, as well as the personal chronicle of his research journey. It will use digital and social media to present and connect river people and and their stories to those far from the river.

Here’s his beautiful movie describing the project.

Wes Modes is an artist activist who cofounded FreeSkool Santa Cruz, SubRosa the Anarchist Cafew, Guerilla Drive-In, & founded The Spoon, an international storyteller’s group. Wes is a radio star and writer among many other accomplishments. He is currently working on his Masters in Fine Arts at UCSC in the Digital Arts and New Media program.

DANMites Stacey Mason & Phil Ly

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 5.55.34 PMOn April 16, 2014, Graduating MFA Students and Interactive Digital Artists, Stacey Mason and Phil Ly came onto Artist on Art to talk about their work that will be shown in the 2014 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, undercurrents at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 26-27 from noon-5pm and May 1-4, 2014. The Opening night Gala is May 1st from 5-8pm.

Both Stacey and Phil work with games. Stacey focuses on interactive literature in her piece and installation is Between the Cracks explores the boundary between hypertext fiction ebooks and video games. Phil’s video game and installation piece, Interrogation uses both virtual and reality to create the space in which a person can feel “the other” in an uncomfortable situation.

DANMites Danielle Williamson, Matthew Jamieson & Gene Felice II

Digital Artist and Videographer, Danielle Williamson spoke on Artist on Art about her work, Go As a River, that will be shown in the 2014 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, undercurrents at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 26-27 and May 1-4, 2014.

Digital Artist and Cartographer, Matthew Jamieson spoke on Artist on Art about his work, Aquapuncture, that will be shown in the 2014 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, undercurrents at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 26-27 and May 1-4, 2014.

Digital Artist, Activist and Educator, Gene Felice II, spoke on Artist on Art about his work, Oceanic Scales, that will be shown in the 2014 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, undercurrents at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 26-27 and May 1-4, 2014.

Oceanic Scales (http://www.oceanicscales.com), a year long, interdisciplinary project that crosses the boundaries of art & science and the second is a one night, community art event titled “Bloom Santa Cruz” (http://www.lighthousebloom.com) taking place on April 19th at lighthouse point. I’d love to speak about both on your radio show if possible, as they both are inspired by the sea, ecology and art & science collaboration.

Felicia Rice

Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 12.36.57 PMLetter Press/Printer/Book Artist, Designer and Program Manager for the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program at UCSC, Felicia Rice came into KZSC to talk about her eighth DANM MFA Exhibition show, ground (cntrl).

Felicia talked about being with DANM at the very beginning of its inception. The program began having students in 2005 with the first cohort graduating in 2006.

You will be able to see the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

We also talked about Felicia’s work at Moving Parts Press.

To hear Felicia’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/felicia.mp3″ title=”Felcia Rice” graphical=”true”]

Andrew Siller

Graduating DANMite, Artist, videographer and musician, Andrew Siller came onto Artist on Art, April 22, 2013 to talk about his work, Jakk in the boxxx, an interactive video and sound installation that investigates food culture. Using data input from the participants videos are displayed and triggering sounds.

Andrew’s piece, Jakk in the boxx, will be on display at the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below: [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/andrew.mp3″ title=”Andrew Siller” graphical=”true”]

Jacob Garbe

Graduating DANMite, Digital Artist, augmented reality app developer and story-teller, Jacob Garbe came onto Artist on Art, April 22, 2013 to talk about his work, XMPLAR, a mobile app and data visualizations for Integrated Security Automation.

Jacob’s thesis work has two main components. First is XMPLAR, a mobile app that you can download for your smartphone that allows people to sign up as “field agents” who are directed by artificial intelligences to take pictures of things around them. The second aspect is the data visualizations, which take the data from the AIs on the company mainframe and map it.

The data visualizations generated by XMPLAR players will be on display at the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

To hear our interview, please click on the grey button below: [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/jacob.mp3″ title=”Jacob Garbe” graphical=”true”]

Catalina Giraldo

Digital Artist, videographer, activist and biologist, Catalina Giraldo came onto Artist on Art to talk about her work, Verde Obscuro, a piece in the 2013 MFA Exhibition and working on Culture-Sierra nevada: an adaptation. The Harrison Studio under direction of ecologically concerned artists Helen and Newton Harrison.

Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 8.42.26 AMCatalina came to the US to study in the UCSC DANM program from Bogota Colombia after working in botany, palinology (the taxonomy of pollen), palaeoecology (reconstruction of past ecosystems using pollen fossil as a proxy) and melissopalinology (bee pollen). As an artist/scientist Catalina experiments with photographing nature and human cultures. She is interested in using new media and science research to plant a seed of consciousness for all to treat our planet Earth with respect.

You will be able to see Verde Obscuro at the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

To hear Catalina’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/Catalina.mp3″ title=”Catalina Giraldo” graphical=”true”]

Laura C. Wright


Screen shot 2013-04-25 at 8.40.55 AMDigital Artist, Filmmaker, Sculptor, Educator, Community Builder, Laura C. Wright was on Artist on Art, April 15th, 2013 to discuss her her interactive sound installation piece, Radido for the 2013 DANM MFA Exhibition, ground(cntl).

Through this Sculptoral Site Specific peice using CB radios, Laura’s piece, Radido, explores our ability to connect with others through the architecture of an interactive CB radio sculpture. Participants are invited to engage in the amplification, interruption, and chance encounter of the transmitted voice as a mirror to assess our current means for communication.

You will be able to see the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC, and play with Radido, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013.

To hear Laura’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/wright.mp3″ title=”Laura C. Wright” graphical=”true”]

Derek Franz – Revolutionary Art


For the month of April, Artist on Art is featuring the 2013 graduating DANMites. On April 8, 2013, Derek Franz came on Artist on Art to talk about his work as a kinematic sculpture and educator and the upcoming DANM 2013 MFA Exhibtion, ground(ctrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center UCSC, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013. Above is an excerpt from our broadcast.

Derek Franz

Screen shot 2013-04-02 at 12.36.57 PMArtist Educator, Computer Abuser, Kinematic Sculptor, Derek Franz was on Artist on Art April 8th, 2013 in the month long DANM Graduate MFA Interview Series.

Derek discussed making Disinterest Action Machines, some out of meat, which use touch control systems to deconstruct the person-computer relationship. This is the graduating project work for the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program.

You will be able to see Derek’s Disinterest Action Machines, April 27-28 + May 2-5, 2013 as a part of the 2013 Digital Arts and New Media MFA exhibition, ground(cntrl) at the Digital Arts Research Center, UCSC.

This summer quarter, Derek will teach a course at UC Santa Cruz.

To hear Derek’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”http://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/miljkovicaudio/old_public_html/nada/derek.mp3″ title=”Derek Franz” graphical=”true”]

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