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Latin American Media Art Temporary Library, at ISEA2017, Manizales, Colombia

Latin American Media Art Temporary Library, at ISEA2017, Manizales, Colombia Interview with Alessandro Ludovico and Andrés Burbano By Pat Badani Introduction by Pat Badani The Latin American Media Art Temporary Library co-organized by Alessandro Ludovico and Andrés Burbano was a scholarly, participatory intervention, that took the form of a large book display installed at the “Teatro de Fundadores” (Manizales, Colombia), the main venue for two media art events: ISEA2017 and 16th Festival International de la Imágen, held concurrently from June 11 to 18, 2017. Attendees were encouraged to browse through the collection and also add to the existing archive by…

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Sad Tropics—Photography and Video Installation at The Front New Orleans

Sad Tropics—Photography and Video Installation at The Front New Orleans by Cristina Molina with Jonathan Traviesa What would usually take the average driver ten hours takes us two days. We set out from New Orleans for South Florida in the early morning, stuffing the car to its max capacity with snacks, presents, snorkel equipment, cameras, and clothes. Jonathan Traviesa, my collaborator and husband, has a long standing practice of making images of objects he sees along the road. This is why he insists that we take the coastal routes instead of expediting our trip on the highway. On the highway it would…

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Chronodrift

From handbound woodblock printed zines to rendered CAD drawings, Chronodrift will showcase over 150 examples of print media at The Lumber Room in Portland, Oregon, opening on April 1st. The exhibition will include work by Alfred University Expanded Media alumni, such as Ying Miao’s Self Cleaner, a union of a woman and an industrial vacuum superimposed on a high-res scan of dryer lint and Ark3: Fly Signals – Anatomical Quivering – Spirit Guides, an archival pigment print of a fly-man in a video studio by Darrin Martin and Torsten Zenas Burns. Faculty work will include Joseph Scheer’s investigation into moth species through…

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KairUs at CAA, D.C. and Megacorp. in NYC

The opportunity to present our work at the New Media Caucus panel Ecologies of Creative Activism at the CAA conference gave us the occasion for a trip overseas to visit Washington D.C and New York. We worked out our jet-lag before the conference by visiting most of the Smithsonian museums. Museums are often a great source for inspiration specially when they connect with a current research topic. This was the case with the National Museum of Natural History where we spent several hours during two days in the Gems and Minerals gallery following our research at the Department of Mineral Sciences. Due to the ‘Behind the…

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Modular Software: Creating Performative Tools for Artists

Over the past two years, I have become increasingly interested in the rich potential of working with hybrid analog and digital systems for real time performative processing. There is an interesting tension that occurs when combining the precision of digital with the unpredictability of analog. I used a hybrid setup for my recent performance Multiplying Muybridge where I used an analog synthesizer to create live sound that was manipulated by a theremin-like depth sensor that outputs control voltage to the system. This instrument, along with a handful of oscillators, are digitized in MIDI and used to generate patterns in Processing.…

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Lessons from Luftwerk’s Solarise: A Sea of All Colors

Solarise: A Sea of All Colors, is an exhibition of light and sculptural installations by the artist duo Luftwerk on view at the Garfield Conservatory in Chicago. This new project is ambitious in scale, extending Luftwerk’s application of digital and physical materials as they consider the environmental and social impact of their rapidly growing studio. On Tuesday September 29th 2015, Petra Bachmaier, co-founder of Luftwerk, spoke at Alfred University’s Nevins Auditorium about the installation and design of Solarise. In recent years, Luftwerk have worked across Alfred University’s School of Art and Design to accomplish collaborative and individual projects. Bachmaier is…