SPRING 2012 Lecture Series
Department of Digital Art Spring 2012 Lecture Series
5 Wednesdays (plus 1 Thursday*) from 12:45pm – 1:45pm in Myrtle Hall – Lecture Rm 4E-3, 4th Floor
200 Willoughby Ave Brooklyn, NY | firstname.lastname@example.org | 718.636.3411
LECTURERS & DATES:
ROMAN VEROSTKO – “FROM BRUSH IN HAND TO BRUSH IN MACHINE: 1947 to 2012”
Wednesday, February 22nd
Artist, historian, Roman Verostko, was born in 1929 in the coal fields of Western Pennsylvania (USA). In the early 1980’s, following 30 years of painting, he began executing algorithmic drawings with a pen plotter. Today his studio includes a network of computers coupled to pen plotters driven with his own original software. By 1987 he created the world’s first software driven ‘brushed’ paintings with oriental brushes mounted on his pen plotter. His studio integrates coded digital procedure with fine arts traditions.
1993 Prix Ars Electronica, Honorary Mention
2006 Nominated for “[ddaa] d.velop digital art award”
2009 SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
Key note speaker ISEA 2011
Wednesday, March 7th
Alex McLeod constructs hyperrealistic 3D environments filled with crystalline mountains, fiery lakes, and rotund clouds, all rendered in a sickly sweet and gooey candy-colored palette. Recalling the wide-open vistas of Romantic landscape painting while at the same time staging otherworldly dystopias, McLeod’s CGI prints act as hybrid spaces that imply an almost infinite recombination of the past and present, the real and virtual. Beneath their seductively polished surfaces, of glimmering fortresses and floating geometric abstractions, lies a haunting stillness that comes forth in the aftermath of cataclysmic events. The cause of destruction remains unknown in these depopulated spaces -there are no people in these images, however much human traces remain in the rickety railways and empty fortresses.
MAGDA SAWON & WILLIAM POWHIDA
Wednesday, March 21st
Wednesday, March 28th
Don Hertzfeldt is the creator of many short animated films, including the Academy-Award nominated Rejected and Everything Will Be OK. His animated films have received over 150 awards and have been presented around the world.Some notable honors include a Short Film Palm D’or nomination at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival (Billy’s Balloon), a 2001 Oscar nomination for Best Animated Short (Rejected), the Sundance Film Festival’s Jury Award in Short Filmmaking (Everything will be OK), and Best Picture and Best Screenplay from the Fargo Film Festival (I am so proud of you).
Before the age of thirty, his films were already the subject of several career retrospectives. He was the youngest director named in the “They Shoot Pictures, Don’t They” list of “The 100 Important Animation Directors” of all time, and in 2010 he received the San Francisco International Film Festival’s “Persistence of Vision” Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 33.
Wednesday, April 4th
Pratt DDA BFA’04
Cesar Kuriyama has been selecting one second of video from every day of his life, and editing them together into a montage that both records his life, and forces him to revaluate how he approaches each day.
As a video maker, director, producer and animator Cesar Kuriyama has worked for giant clients like Hersheys, BMW, Verizon, Gillette and the NFL. But what we love about him are his personal projects — based on his travel, his love of the arts community, and his family and friends. Imagine a movie that contains one day of your entire life …