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 | ddals@pratt.edu | 718.636.3411


Saorise Higgins 02.02.12*Roman Verostko 02.22.12 | Alex McLeod 03.07.12 |
Magda Sawon & William Powhida 03.21.12 | Don Hertzfeldt 03.28.12 | Cesar Kuriyama 04.04.12 |

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.

Pratt MFA ‘61
1994 Golden Plotter Award, First Prize, Gladbeck, Germany
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

ALEX McLEOD “Exposed”
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.

And yet, from the twilight of devastation shown in these strange dioramas lies possibilities for hope and rebirth in our own digital milieu through the artist’s new approaches to concepts as varied as ecological responsibility and the shared intersections between photography and painting.

Wednesday, March 21st

William Powhida, Griftopia 2012

Magda Sawon and William Powhida will give a presentation about art’s relation to new/old media, social engagement, and the bipolar nature of the art world.
Sawon is co-owner and co-director of Postmasters Gallery in New York City, a pioneering gallery showing new media art, beginning with the now-seminal exhibition “Can You Digit?” in 1996. Sawon also works as an independent curator, lecturer, and consultant. Her most recent project was a large-scale exhibition of new media works, titled “The Future is Not What it Used to Be,” for the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Poland.
Powhida is a controversial artist whose work often satirizes the art world and its reflection of society.He also draws projects based on memory, such as his large scale drawing of everyone he has ever met. In the Village Voice’s “The Best NYC Art Shows of 2011,” Christian Viveros-Faune said of Powhida: “Love him or hate him (either way, he’s on everyone’s mind), Powhida has cornered the market on sidesplitting snark–especially the hand-biting kind… But if you believe his work just deals in tales from the art crypt, think again. It’s about the deep-throating of money–everywhere, by everyone, all the time, with venal gusto.”

Don Hertzfeldt
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.

Cesar Kuriyama
Wednesday, April 4th

TED Talk 2012 Cesar Kuriyama

TED Full Spectrum Auditions, May 24, 2011, New York, NY. Credit: James Duncan Davidson

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 …


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