Guillermo Gómez-Peña

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On November 5, 2014, performance artist, writer, activist, radical pedagogue and director of the performance troupe La Pocha Nostra. Guillermo Gómez-Peña came onto Artists on Art to talk about his UCSC residency and the collaborative project Doc/Undoc  exhibition at the Sesnon Gallery. He performs, Imaginary Activism, at UCSC’s DARC, November 6th at 8pm.

Huge thanks to Shelby Graham, director and curator of the Sesnon Art Gallery, for inviting Guillermo Gómez-Peña.

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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=”″ 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=”″ title=”Catalina Giraldo” graphical=”true”]

Helen & Newton Harrison & a Manifesto for the 21st Century

Ecological Artists, Professors Emeriti Newton & Helen Mayer Harrison talk about their work and exhibition, The Harrison Studio: On Mixing, Mapping and Territory, at the Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery at  UCSC.

The Harrison’s lecture took place February 6th. The show runs to March 15, 2013 at the Sesnon Gallery in Porter College.

To hear the Harrison’s Manifesto for the 21st Century, please click the gray ‘play’ button below.
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The Harrisons have exhibited in world acclaimed art shows:

  • Sao Paolo Biennale – the Mangrove and the Pond
  • Biennale Nagoia – the Sava River Work
  • The Documenta 8 – Centerpiece (1987) Kassel Works

The Harrison have received top world Awards:

  • Great Britain Civic Prize for doing the most to explain global warming to the British Public.
  • Holland for doing the most for the Dutch Landscape
  • Nagoia, Japan – 2nd Prize for the Sava River Work

The Harrison have done major works in Germany, the former Yugoslavia , Holland, Sri Lanka and England and minor works (in their opinion)  for France, Italy, and Czechoslovakia, to name a few.

Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley


Local artist activist, educator, community organizer, Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley came into KZSC to talk with Nada Miljkovic about his current installation, Building Stories: secret spatial histories of Santa Cruz at the MAH and his work at the Social and Environmental Practice in the Arts at UC Santa Cruz, AKA SPARC, as Project Coordinator and Research Assistant.

Co-created with another DANM alum, Nick Lally, and as a part of the buildig collective, Building Stories: secret spatial histories of Santa Cruz is a part of a three month exhibition titled “Work in Progress,” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH). Every other week, participants are invited  to the museum to drink coffee, eats snacks, and create shared spatial histories by sharing stories in a shared space. These shared histories will become a giant concept map drawn on the walls that will serve as a record of these meetings and explore connections between the social and material practices that continually recreate the spaces we inhabit.

Upcoming dates and themes:

  • Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
  • Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.

To hear our Artist on Art broadcast, please click the gray ‘play’ button below.  [haiku url=”″ title=”Kyle Forrest Lane-McKinley ” graphical=”true”]

Joe Cantrell and Dustin O’Hara

Continuing with Digital Arts and New Media series of Graduating MFA Student Interviews, May 3, 2011, musician and sound installation artist, Joe Cantrell, and civic activist artist, Dustin O’Hara with Daniel Cagan, came into UCSC’s KZSC for a live radio show to talk about their Exhibitions, Permutations.

Shift Register is a performative sound installation by Joe Cantrell that utilizes hyper-directional speaker and cognitive brainwave recognition technologies to explore the body as a filter for data. This work explores how this biological filter can be used to complicate traditional performance and experiential modalities..  As a form of socially engaged production, the project aims to realize its own moment of expression/knowledge and to establish a directory of relationships for connecting artists with local spaces interested in collaborating.

Dustin O’Hara’s piece, The Circulation of Knowledge Archive, creates a form of socially engaged production. The project aims to realize its own moment of expression/knowledge and to establish a directory of relationships for connecting artists with local spaces interested in collaborating.

Dustin collaborated with Daniel Cagan, who also joined us in the studio, began community exploration in the Westside of Santa Cruz.  Through the process of learning about the community, Dustin and Daniel got involved with the Garfield Library and all that involved.  Aside note: the library was recommended to close and the community rallied very hard to not allow a vote to happen in the County without enough debate. The piece uses: the Public Library System, Bookmobile, two 5th Grade Classes, Video, and Print Material.

Don’t miss the big Permutations reception of the show Friday, May 6 from 4-9pm beginning with a talk by Steve Dietz and ending with the world premiere of God, The Opera. Free and Open to the public.

Here’s a little video we took right before the show with Dustin O’Hara and Daniel Cagan.

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, click on the triangle below to hear the show.


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:

If you missed any part of our live broadcast, please click on the triangle below.

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:

If you missed any part of the live broadcast, please click on the triangle below to hear the show in its entirety.

Artists on Art 3/16/10 Guest Kathleen Kralowec

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March 16, 2010, Kathleen Kralowec came on to Artists on Art to talk about her upcoming installation in the DANM MFA Graduating Students’ Exhibition taking place at the end of April 2010.  We also spoke of her recent collaborative work, Stop the Presses, that she did along with the DANM Participatory Technologies group and UCSC Theater Arts.  To get the degree, a person has to do a museum quality installation in a exhibition, write an academic level thesis of new digital media philosophy and partake in a group project.   The “Stop the Presses” theatrical work was the Participatory Technologies Group Project.

Kathleen spoke about her three animated piece that will be screening during the DANM “Things that are Possible”.  The first piece is entitled “The Myth of Creation”.

Creation Myth from Kathleen Kralowec on Vimeo.

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