Claire Bishop – The Digital Divide – Wednesday, April 15th – 12:45-1:45PM

claire bishop

Patrick Smith – Independent Animator – Wednesday, April 1st, 12:45-1:45PM


Danny Rozin – Wednesday, March 25th, 12:45-1:45PM


Aaron Augenblick – WED., MAR 11th 12:45-1:45pm




FALL 2014 Digital Art Lecture Series

Department of Digital Art Fall 2014 Lecture Series

4 Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 1:45pm in Myrtle Hall – Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor
200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | | 718.636.3411








Tega Brain

TEGA BRAIN on Wednesday, September 24th 2014, 12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Tega Brain is an Australian-born artist and environmental engineer whose work reimagines the infrastructures, interfaces and institutions that structure our relationship with larger environment systems. She creates speculative systems, experimental software, installations and data visualisations (sometimes using underpants).

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Spring 2014 Lecture Series


Digital Arts Spring 2014 Lecture Series
4 Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 1:45pm
in Myrtle Hall –Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor

200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | | 718.636.3411





Developing the Software Art Ecosystem






The art of self surveillance




See yourself sensing

Madeline Schwartzman:

See Yourself Sensing






Mike Wartella

Wednesday Feb 12th



Department of Digital Art Fall 2013 Lecture Series

4 Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 1:45pm in Myrtle Hall – Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor
200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | | 718.636.3411



Wed., Nov. 13th 12:45-1:45

R. Luke DuBois   

“Sex, Lies, and Data Mining”


R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist, and performer who explores verbal and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He will discuss his ongoing project, “A More Perfect Union,” which culls data from online dating profiles and maps it according to geographic location. His time-lapse phonography work reveals the average sonority, visual language, and vocabulary in music, film, and text. He is the director of the Brooklyn Experimental Media Center at the Polytechnic Institute of NYU and is represented by bitforms gallery in New York. 

This lecture is free and open to the public


Wed. Oct 30th 12:45-1:45

Claudia Hart 

“The Alices” “or Why It’s a Good Thing That New Media Doesn’t Really Work (Necessity Being the Mother of Invention)


Claudia Hart is an artist, curator, and critic who uses post-photographic simulations technology to create installations, objects, and images that question gender and identity through hyper-feminine and erotic imagery. Her multimedia installations have been shown in the United States and Europe and are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin. She is represented by bitforms gallery in New York.

This lecture is free and open to the public


Wed. Oct 16th   12:45-1:45

Jeremy Gardiner “Unfolding Landscape”

Jeremy Gardiner is an award-winning digital media artist whose work interprets landscapes through geology, human activity, and forces of nature. He has collaborated with scientists and artists to create artworks that combine a variety of media including painting, drawing, computer animation, ambient sound, satellite data, and 3D printing technologies. Earlier this year, Lund Humphries published a comprehensive assessment of his work to date, titled The Art of Jeremy Gardiner, Unfolding Landscape. Gardiner—a founding member of Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts—will exhibit work in Pratt’s Digital Arts Gallery from October 7-18 in conjunction with this lecture.


Wed. Oct 2nd   12:45-1:45

Hrag Vartanian 

Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian  is a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and art critic. He is the editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic (, the world’s leading art blogazine, and he maintains a prominent presence on social media in an effort to whittle away his time that could be used doing much more important things. He also writes extensively about politics in art, street art, performance art, the internet, and issues of multiculturalism. You can tweet him at @hragv and he might tweet back, but no promises.

painting by Matt Held, “Hrag” (2009)


Department of Digital Art Spring 2013  Lecture Series

5 Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 1:45pm in Myrtle Hall – Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor

200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | | 718.636.3411

Jan 30 Carter Hodgkin | Feb 27 Chico MacMurtrie | Mar 6 Lisa LaBracio | Apr 6 Andrea Ackerman | Apr 17 Signe Baumane

Signe Baumane

Wednesday, April 17


Signe was born in Latvia and educated in Moscow. She has a BA degree in Philosophy. Although she had been a published writer since age 14, philosophy inspired Signe to turn to an animated approach to story telling. After school she began to work at Riga’s Animated Film Studio in the lowest possible position – cell painter. In a few years she gained enough experience to write, direct, and design 3 animated shorts, produced at the studio and supported by government grants. The films were recognized throughout the international festival circle and Signe gained respect as a new Lativan animation director. Longing for more challenges and in a bigger pond, Signe left Riga in 1995 and moved to New York City where she began to work at independent animation star Bill Plympton’s studio, once again in the lowest possible position – cell painter. In a few years she gained enough experience in the wild capitalistic economy of America to begin producing film on her own and in 2002 she left Plympton’s studio to start her own independent animation studio. Since her arrival in New York she has produced and co-produced, written, directed and designed more than 14 independent animated shorts. Signe has also continued her collaboration with Latvia’s leading animation studio – Rija Films. With Rija she has directed 2 of her own stories. Her most successful films “Teat Beat of Sex” and “Birth” were produced by Pierre Poire Productions.

Andrea Ackerman

Wednesday, April 6


Andrea Ackerman is an artist and theorist based in New York. Her artworks sensuously mediate our relationship to the synthetic. Rose Breathing, a 3D computer animation of a synthetic rose in human-like respiration has been shown internationally and is in the collection of the San Jose Museum of Art. Ackerman’s recent paper, published in Leonardo Electronic Almanac proposes a new aesthetic theory, arguing that chaos and complexity, as the native dynamics of the brain/mind, are fundamental determinants of aesthetic experience.


Wednesday, March 6


Bio:   Lisa LaBracio’s animation career began as an artist at Oscar nominated Bill Plympton’s studio. After several years, Lisa began making animated films with children, in homeless shelters & halfway houses in New York City, and Eastern Africa, where she worked closely with displaced youth in Dadaab – the world’s largest refugee camp. Currently, Lisa is an animator at TED-Ed, the educational initiative of the renowned TED Conferences, where the team works tirelessly in an effort to revolutionize education & where Lisa continues to use animation to incite social change.


Wednesday, February 27


Bio: Chico MacMurtrie is internationally recognized for his large-scale, performative, kinetic installations, and interactive public sculpture. Graduated from UCLA (New Forms and Concepts) in 1987, he has exhibited widely in America, Europe, and Asia, and has received the support of many notable granting agencies, including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Daniel Langlois Foundation. His awards include five grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the The Fundación Telefonica / Vida Life, CEC Artslink and Ars Electronica award.

Chico MacMurtrie is the Artistic Director of Amorphic Robot Works (ARW), a collective he founded in 1991, consisting of artists, scientists and engineers. Currently operating out of Brooklyn, New York, ARW is dedicated to the study and creation of movement as it is expressed in anthropomorphic and abstract robotic forms.

Chico Macmurtrie is one of the artists in the “Kinesthetics” exhibition currently on view at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery co-curated by Linda Lauro-Lazin and Nicholas Battis


Wednesday, January 30


Bio: Combining digital media with drawing, painting, and animation Carter Hodgkin creates work which explores a new language of abstraction. Hodgkin has exhibited work nationally and internationally. Most recently, Americans for the Arts cited her permanent Public Art Project “Electromagnetic Fall” as one of the best public art projects for 2010. Hodgkin is a 2012 recipient of the Gottlieb Foundation Artist Fellowship; a 2009 Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts and a 1989 Fellow in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has been awarded fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation as well as being nominated for fellowships from Anonymous Was a Woman and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. In 1992, she was a Workspace artist at Dieu Donne Papermill, New York. Articles and reviews of her work have appeared in such publications as Artforum, Art in America, Arts Magazine, Flash Art, Artbyte and The New Yorker. Hodgkin is represented by Denise Bibro Fine Art.

FALL 2012 Lecture Series

Department of Digital Art Fall 2012  Lecture Series
5 Wednesdays from 12:45pm – 1:45pm in Myrtle Hall – Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor
200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | | 718.636.3411

Sept 12 John Dilworth | Sept 19 Mark Amerika | Oct 3 RibuoliDigital (Andre Ribuoli and Jennifer Mahlman) | Nov 7 Marina Zurkow | Nov 28 Joy Garnett


Wednesday, November 28

Artist Joy Garnett will deliver a lecture titled “Painting and the Technical Image World” as part of the Department of Digital Arts’ fall 2012 lecture series. The talk will take place on Wednesday, November 28th from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM in Myrtle Hall, Lecture Room 4E-3, on Pratt’s Brooklyn campus. The lecture is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Garnett is a New York-based artist whose paintings are based on news photographs, scientific imagery, and military documents she gathers from the Internet and uses to 

examine the apocalyptic-sublime at the intersections of media, politics, and culture. Her work is often associated with sampling in new media art and with appropriation art. Garnett’s 2003 painting Molotov has drawn international scrutiny to issues of ownership and fair use in appropriation art. Her work has been reproduced in numerous publications including Harper’s, Perspecta: The Yale School of Architecture Journal and Cabinet magazine. 

Since 2005, Garnett has served as arts editor at Cultural Politics, a contemporary culture, politics, and media journal published by Duke University Press. She is the editor of NEWSgrist, which she launched in 2000. Represented by the Winkleman Gallery in New York City, Garnett has shown her work at MoMA P.S.1 and the Whitney Museum of American Art. 

Garnett studied at the École des beaux-arts, Paris and received her MFA from The City College of New York. She has received numerous fellowships, including a grant from Anonymous Was a Woman. 

For more information on Garnett:
twitter: @joygarnett


Wednesday, November 7

Marina Zurkow makes media works about humans and their relationships to animals, plants and the weather. By turns humorous and contemplative, these take the form of animation, print graphics, sculpture, and participatory temporary public art works.

Nature has long been a stage upon which we project ourselves, making ourselves other. The series Crossing the Waters focused on climate change; a contemplation on catastrophe, it pictured ways in which we imagine nature within us, and nature without us. Friends and Enemies (which includes the Mesocosm works and Heraldic Crests for Invasive Species) mines the intersection of bias, inclusion, and kinship in our relations with other species in the midst of altered or depleted landscapes. Friends and Enemies includes dinners and tastings, lectures, animations, and printed materials.

Since 2000, Zurkow has exhibited at The Sundance Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, The Seoul Media City Biennial, Ars Electronica, Creative Time, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, The National Museum for Women in the Arts, and Eyebeam, and other venues. She is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow, and has been a NYFA Fellow, a Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a Creative Capital grantee. Zurkow is on faculty at NYU’s Interactive Technology Program (ITP), and lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is represented by bitforms gallery.



Wednesday, October 3

Jennifer Mahlman & Andre Ribuoli

Andre Ribuoli and Jennifer Mahlman founded Ribuoli Digital, a collaborative fine art studio specializing
in creating original artists’ projects and editions utilizing digital technology and traditional printmaking techniques, in New York City in 2009.
Mahiman works in a variety of print media and specializes in using photopolymer plates for photogravure. Along with collaborating with and printing
 for artists and studios, she also creates and exhibits her own prints. Ribuoli has printed for a number of fine art studios over the past 15 years.
Prior to founding Ribuoli Digital, he was the director of Pamplemousse Press, the digital studio at Pace Editions.
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Wednesday, September 19


Mark Amerika’s work has been exhibited internationally at venues such as the Whitney Biennial of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and the Walker Art Center. In 2009-2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, Greece, hosted Amerika’s comprehensive retrospective exhibition entitled UNREALTIME. He is the author of many books including remixthebook (University of Minnesota Press, 2011 — and his collection of artist writings entitled META/DATA: A Digital Poetics (The MIT Press, 2007). His latest art work, Museum of Glitch Aesthetics, was commissioned by the Abandon Normal Devices Festival in conjunction with the London 2012 Olympics. Amerika is a Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Principal Research Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science at La Trobe University. More information can found at his website, and at his twitter feed @markamerika

JOHN DILWORTH – Irrational Reactions: The Independent Animation of An Irrational Mind
Wednesday, September 12

Academy Award nominated director John R. Dilworth is a New York-based animation director and designer whose work has appeared on CBS, Showtime, HBO, FOX, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, MTV, Canal +, and Arte. His films have screened in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He is the founder of Stretch Films, Inc., one of the leading design and production studios for animation in New York City.  Dilworth has produced and directed over 15 independent and sponsored short films that have screened worldwide.  Dilworth’s 1995 animated short film, THE CHICKEN FROM OUTER SPACE, sponsored by Hanna-Barbera and Cartoon Network, was nominated for an Academy Award, an Annie Award, and a Cable ACE Award. In 1998, Dilworth turned THE CHICKEN FROM OUTER SPACE into a series for Cartoon Network entitled COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG. He served as executive producer, director, and co-writer of all 104 shorts, as well as voicing numerous characters. COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG is one of Cartoon Network’s top-rated shows and has been broadcast continuously since 1999 on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang!   Dilworth’s 2005 independent film, LIFE IN TRANSITION, has received international recognition, being awarded Best of Show at the ASIFA-East Animation Festival, Maverick Award for Best Animation at Woodstock Film Festival, and Nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Short among others.  The film was selected for the 2005 tour “Animation Show of Shows,” the best of contemporary international animation.

In 2011 Dilworth completed his seventeenth short film, BUNNY BASHING, which can be seen at The website for many of John R. Dilworth’s animation is


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