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.
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 installation, The 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.
UCSC Professor Soraya Murray is a scholar and critic of contemporary art, with particular interest in new media, theory and criticism, and globalization in the arts. Her writings have been published in quite a few art journals. In addition, she is a regular contributor to the international contemporary art journal ExitEXPRESS (Spain). Soraya holds an MFA in Studio Art (Painting) from the University of California, Irvine, and a MA and PhD in art history at Cornell University. She teaches in the Film and Digital Media Department as well as the Digital Arts and New Media MFA program.
Soraya came on to the show as part of the continuing Artists on Art Interview series for the upcoming UCSC DANM MFA graduate Exhibition, Permutations. This is the fourth year that Soraya has curated this Graduating MFA show. During our interview, we discussed her duties as curator, designing the placement of the various (10 pieces in total) installations and naming the show in collaboration with the students. Also, she oversees the writing and placement of the wall signs describing the pieces as well as writing the exhibition catalogue.
The Permutations Exhibition dates are April 30–May 1 & May 5–8. Gallery hours are 10AM-4PM.
The big party is Friday, May 6 at 4PM and beginning with a talk by Steve Dietz, organizer of the biennial 01 San Jose art festival. The Exhibition Reception is at 5:30–7:30PM, immediately followed by a free performance of a newly composed opera. The Exhibition will be in the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) located off Meyer Drive near the Music Recital Hall and Theater Arts on the west side of campus.
We also spoke of Soraya’s involvement with Inventing the Future of Games Symposium taking place Friday, April 15 from 8:30AM-5:30PM in Silicon Valley. This symposium aims to explore the possibilities of the next decade of gaming innovation and technology. Sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Center for Games and Playable Media, the symposium will gather some of the brightest minds of academia and industry to discuss the advancement of game design and technology.
The symposium will include four sessions: exploring the relationship between games and cinema, making self-generating games, the future of games and culture, and creating new forms of character and dialogue. Soraya will be moderating the first session on games and cinema.
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.
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.
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 ExhibitionEverything 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.
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.