May 19, 2010

Artist's talk at Harvestworks

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I have been invited to present at Harvestworks on June 7, 2010, 7 - 10pm in New York.

The title of my talk is Digital materialism and its ramifications in arts practice. I will cover both theory and practice. I plan to show artworks, discuss process, give a demonstration of coding, and then talk about theoretical issues for digital artists.

Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center
596 Broadway #602
New York, NY

Bureaucracy Now!

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About 150-200 people came to the exhibition Bureaucracy Now! at my live/work space.

More photos are posted here.

Bureaucracy Now! Parlour No. 15, is the first Parlour exhibition to take place outside of New York City. The show is guest curated by Elysa Lozano for Autonomous Organization and hosted by artist Jon Meyer in his San Francisco live-work space. It features the works of Amy Balkin, Anthony Discenza, Daniel Eatock, Josh Greene, Jonn Herschend, InCUBATE, Packard Jennings, Leo Marz, Jon Meyer, Kristin Neidlinger, Nancy Nowacek, and Royal NoneSuch Gallery.

Titled after the exhibition Utopia Now! at the CCA Wattis in 2001, Bureaucracy Now! references this drive for a better society by:

  • Bureaucracy as a medium for individual agency
  • Management as self-management
  • Bureaucratic engagement as opening a space for debate and negotiation
  • The aesthetics of the office reconfigured or re-invented
  • Examining how organization occurs, and how it can be co-opted

May 9, 2010

Commencement at CCA

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My classroom

I have just completed my first year as a visiting artist at the California College of the Arts. I created and taught two undergraduate science classes: Body and Cognition, a survey of cognitive science, and The Human as Information Processor, which covered data visualization. I participated in undergraduate curriculum meetings and was on the faculty search committee for the school's first tenure track science faculty. At the graduate level, I advised twelve MFA fine art students, and I created and taught a graduate theory/practice class called Thinking Objects. All told, I taught 60 students, including art, design, curating, fashion, and writing students. In addition to my classes, I gave an invited lecture on String Theory to MFA Textile students, and another on Code to MFA Architecture students. I organized a symposium called the Research Research Symposium, which had fifty attendees. Several of my students told me I had a reputation for being "intense," which I guess means that, after a year on the West coast, I remain a New Yorker.

May 6, 2010

CCA Graduate Thesis Exhibition

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CCA Graduate Thesis Exhibition [click to enlarge]

I attended the Graduate Thesis Exhibition at the California College of the Arts today.

My graduating MFA Fine Arts students included:

My graduating MFA Design students included:

You can see the exhibition websites: MFA in Fine Arts and MFA in Design.