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 inaugural symposium and coming out party for the UC Santa Cruz Center for Games and Playable Media starts at 8:30 a.m. at the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif., will feature keynote speeches by Sims creator Will Wright, Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble (Second Life),and Michael Mateas, co-creator of Facade. Tickets purchase and more information is available at games.soe.ucsc.edu/future2011. The symposium is open to the public.
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:
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