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 | ddals@pratt.edu | 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. http://www.carterhodgkin.com/


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