Pixilerations: Stories +/- Ornament @ RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design is hosting Pixilerations a series of lectures, interactive concerts and screenings to explore the state of New Media arts, and the relationship between story and presentation.

  • Jane Marsching thursday, september 27th 7pm 103 MASON
  • John Cayley tuesday, october 9th 7pm AUDITORIUM
  • Warren Sack tuesday, october 23rd 7pm AUDITORIUM
  • Paul DeMarinis tuesday, november 6th 7 pm AUDITORIUM
  • John Craig Freeman tuesday, november 20th AUDITORIUM
  • Annina Rust tuesday, november 27th AUDITORIUM

Digital media artist Jane D. Marsching’s current project, Arctic Listening Post, explores our past, present and future human impact on the Arctic environment through interdisciplinary and collaborative practices, including video installations, virtual landscapes, dynamic websites, and data visualizations, all of which foster emerging forms of participation and social engagement. Her upcoming work brings together scientists, architects, and scifi illustrators to imagine what it will be like to live at the North Pole in 100 years. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Creative Capital, LEF Foundation, and Artadia grants. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include ICA Boston, Allston Skirt Gallery, and MassMoCA. With Mark Alice Durant in 2005, she curated The Blur of the Otherworldly: Contemporary Art, Technology, and the Paranormal, at The Center for Art and Visual Culture, Baltimore, MD; a catalog of the exhibition was published in June 2006 with essays by Marsching, Durant, Marina Warner and Lynne Tillman. She is currently Assistant Professor at Massachusetts College of Art in Studio Foundation. She received her MFA in photography from The School of Visual Arts, New York City, in 1995. www.janemarsching.com

John Cayley has practiced as a poet, translator, publisher, and bookdealer, and all these activities have often intersected with his training in Chinese culture and language. Links to his writing in networked and programmable media are at www.shadoof.net/in/. His last printed book of poems, adaptations and translations was ‘Ink Bamboo’ (London: Agenda & Belew, 1996). Cayley was the winner of the Electronic Literature Organization’s Award for Poetry 2001 (www.eliterature.org). He has taught and been associated with a number of universities in the United Kingdom, and was an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, Royal Holloway College, University of London. In the United States, he has taught or directed research at the University of
California San Diego and Brown University, where, arriving in the Fall of 2007, he is now appointed as a five-year Visiting Professor of Literary Arts with a brief to teach and develop writing in digital media. His most recent work explores ambient poetics in programmable media and writing in immersive VR, with parallel theoretical interventions concerning the role of code and the temporal properties of textuality.

Warren Sack explores theories and designs for online public space and public discussion. His work has been exhibited by the ZKM | Center for Art and Media; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Walker Art Center; the Walter Phillips Gallery; and, SF Camerawork. In 2004 he was awarded a Rhizome Net Art Commission by Rhizome.org at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. In 2002 the Walker Art Center and the Jerome Foundation awarded an Emerging Artists/Emerging Medium 3: Net-Art Commission to him and artist/designer Sawad Brooks. Warren teaches digital media at the University of California, Santa Cruz: http://people.ucsc.edu/~wsack

Paul DeMarinis has been working as an electronic media artist since 1971 and has created numerous performance works, sound and computer installations and interactive electronic inventions. One of the first artists to use computers in performance, he has performed internationally, at The Kitchen, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Het Apollohuis in Holland and at Ars Electronica in Linz and created music for Merce Cunningham Dance Co. His interactive audio artworks have been exhibited at the I.C.C. in Tokyo, Bravin Post Lee Gallery in New York, The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the 2006 Shanghai Biennale. He has received major awards and fellowships in both Visual Arts and Music from The National Endowment for the Arts, N.Y.F.A., N.Y.S.C.A., the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and was awarded the Golden Nica for Interactive Art at Ars Electronica in 2006. Much of his recent work deals with the areas of overlap between human communication and technology. Major installations include “The Edison Effect” which uses optics and computers to make new sounds by scanning ancient phonograph records with lasers, “Gray Matter” which uses the interaction of flesh and electricity to make music, “The Messenger” that examines the myths of electricity in communication and recent works such as “RainDance” and “Firebirds” that use fire and water to create the sounds of music and language. Public artworks include large scale interactive installations at Park Tower Hall in Tokyo, at the Olympics in Atlanta and at Expo in Lisbon and an interactive audio environment at the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at The Exploratorium and at Xerox PARC and is currently Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University in California. http://www.stanford.edu/~demarini

Artist and educator John Craig Freeman uses digital technologies to produce place-based virtual reality installations made up of projected interactive environments that lead the audience from global satellite images to immersive, user navigated scenes on the ground.

This work has been exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, the Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, Eyebeam in New York, City, the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki (the national gallery of Warsaw), Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Russia, Art Basel Miami, Ciberart Bilbao and the Girona Video and Digital Arts Festival in Spain, La Biblioteca National in Havana, the Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, the Center for Experimental and Perceptual Art (CEPA) in Buffalo, Art interactive, Mobius and Studio Soto in Boston, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, the Photographers Gallery in London, and the Friends of Photography’s Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco. In 1992 he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has been published in Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure, as well as a chapter in the book Electronic Collaboration in the
Humanities. His work has been reviewed in Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper’s and Der Spiegel. Lucy Lippard cites Freeman’s work in her book The Lure of the Local, as does Margot Lovejoy in her book Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age.

Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He began his academic career in the early 1990s in San Diego where he lectured at the University Of California San Diego for three and a half years. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida from 1994 to 1999, where he coordinated the Photography Area. From 1999 to 2002 he ran the digital media art curriculum as an Associate Professor in the Art Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. He is currently an Associate Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. The focus of his academic activities throughout the last decade has been to integrate computer technology and theory of electronic culture into visual art curriculum and to explore interdisciplinary approaches to education and technology. http://ImagingPlace.net http://JohnCraigFreeman.net

The central aim of Annina Rüst’s software and hardware projects is addressing political and cultural concerns while triggering the senses. The sense that she most hopes to trigger is the sense of humor. Annina holds a degree in New Media / Visual Communication from the School of Art and Design Zürich, an MFA in Visual Art from UC San Diego and is currently a Master’s Candidate at the MIT Media Lab. She received the 2002 Transmediale Software Award as part of the group LAN for their project Tracenoizer Disinformation on Demand (www.tracenoizer.net), .the 2003 Viper Award (category Transposition) for her project Track-The-Trackers.(t-t-trackers.net) as well as a Nomination from the 2003 ZKM International Media Art Award for SuperVillainizer Conspiracy Client (www.supervillainizer.ch). She has participated in exhibitions at Ars Electronica Linz, the New Museum of Modern Art New York City, and the ICC in Tokyo. In 2006, she received a six month work grant from Edith Russ Site for Media Art in Oldenburg, Germany to develop her project Rock N Scroll (www.rocknscroll.net).

For the complete schedule, see http://www.pixilerations.org/events.html

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