Dan Heller

On April 1, 2013, Graduating DANMite, photographer, entrepreneur, educator, artist, Dan Heller came onto Artist on Art to talk about his work and voice driven interactive installation graduating project, Here Say See.

In this installation piece, the visitor listens to sound effects and is asked to “describe” where they are, and what they see. This description is then used as a search query for an image-based search online, and images that match these queries are displayed.

You will be able to interact with Dan’s installation, Here Say See, 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.

Dan is also an entrepreneur with a penchant for helping startups as well as a photography business blogger.

To hear Dan and Nada’s interview, click the gray ‘play’ button below. [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/4113_1.mp3″ title=”Dan Heller” graphical=”true”]

Emily Martinez

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The DANMite Interviews continue. On March 26, 2012, visual multimedia artist, Emily Martinez came into KZSC to talk  about her work and  philosophy while in the throes of completing her Digital Arts and New Media degree. We talked specifically about Emily’s current project and upcoming installation, The Ghost of History: On (Collective) Memory, Light and Vision using HD video, custom software, and an electro-encephalograph (EEG) brain-computer interface.

Emily Martinez is a Cuban immigrant that began her practice in the visual arts through photography while also being influenced by sound, music, math, and the written word.  Actively involved in Miami’s emerging art scene from 2000 – 2010, Emily’s work has been exhibited as part of group and solo exhibitions, collaborations, and site specific installations. For examples of her work, visit her website, something nothing.

Emily’s new installationThe Ghost of History, opens April 28, 2012 at UCSC’s Digital Arts and Research Center (DARC). The Ghost of History explores how the embodiment of memory in networked media influences how histories are re-inscribed onto themselves. This project creates an immersive digital cinema composed entirely of appropriated web content, re/assembled as animated loops, and remixed in real-time by the viewer’s fluctuating brainwave rhythms. Oscillating between visual perception and mental observation, the viewer navigates a labyrinth of multiple, discontinuous, collective memories, exploring the disorienting and transformative liminal spaces between these virtual records, their material manifestations and psychic traces.

Here’s a video from our live broadcast:

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.

4/27/10 Guest Chris(Topher) Maraffi

The Artists on Art guest for April 27, 2010 was Topher Maraffi. He is  the last in our series of Digital Arts and New Media pending graduates exhibiting at the new Digital Arts Research Center that is having its grand opening (ribbon-cutting ceremony) Thursday April 29, 2010 at 3:15.  Since March, I’ve interviewed Kathleen Kralowec, Jessica Hayden and Chris Molla, and last week, Nick Lally.

Topher will perform at this event directly after (between 3:45 and 4:15pm) Chancellor Blumenthal and Dean of the Arts Yager speak at the UCSC Digital Arts & New Media MFA research.

The name of his overall performance is Mimesis & Mocap with two performances, the Avatar Dance and  Magic Mirror Game (inspired by the  Marx Brothers Mirror Scene). These performance are  a cross-disciplinary study in creating believable real-time interaction between human performers and 3D characters within a theatrical environment. His two performances,  and The Magic Mirror Game, envision future methods of re-creating classic dance and pantomime movements with a digital double.   There will be at three more performances that he will do during the show DANM MFA 2010 Exhibition Everything is Possible (running April 30th-May 9th with the reception on May 7th at 5:30pm).

Here’s a list of his performances:

DANM Building Dedication, Thursday April 29th @ 3:45pm
Saturday May 1st @ 2:00pm
Tuesday May 4th @ 3:45pm
Show Reception Friday, May 7th @ 7:00pm

Additional evening and matinee times may be announced for the 8th & 9th. Check back on his website for details.

Topher came to the KZSC studio a few months ago (March 2, 2010) for only part of the Artists on Art show.  I wanted him to come on the show to talk about the DANM and Theater Arts co-production Stop the Press, an audience-interactive production about the demise of print and the rise of digital media. I had already booked with the Queer Queen of Comedy Poppy Champlin when I heard about this successful and acclaimed.  One person that has their finger on the pulse of Santa Cruz and has for decades said it was one of the best student productions in years.

I wanted  him back  for a full show and better explanation of his studies and work as  a performance artist, technical animator, educator (dance SWANGO and 3d animation along with other subjects) and author. Prior to joining the DANM program in Fall of 2008, he taught on the topic of 3D character creation and wrote three books on the subject such as MEL Scripting a Character Rig in Maya.

We started the show with a quick download of all the upcoming exhibitors in Everything is Possible. The Artists are: Karl Baumann, Lyès Belhocine, Drew Detweiler, Christoph Girard, Nik Hanselmann, Jessica Faith Hayden, Antoine A. Jaoude, Kathleen M. Kralowec, Nick Lally, Chris(Topher) Maraffi, Kyle McKinley, Christopher Molla, Elizabeth Travelslight, and Alex Walter.

If you missed the live broadcast, you can listen to our show in entirety by clicking on the triangle below.[audio: http://www.miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa42710.mp3].

This is a TwitVid we did right before the show on Tuesday of Topher dancing.

I’m hoping he’ll be back on the show sometime in the future.  In the fall 2010, Topher will start as a PhD student in the UCSC Computer Science program.  He plans to continue in collaboration with Theater Arts and to develop expressive and improvisational real-time synthespians.

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