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/


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 | ddals@pratt.edu | 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 — remixthebook.com) 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, markamerika.com 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 http://stretchfilms.com/bunnybashing/. The website for many of John R. Dilworth’s animation is www.stretchfilms.com.

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 …


Department of Digital Art Fall 2011  Lecture Series
6 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

Takehito Etani 9.28.11|Paddy Johnson 10.12.11|Man Bartlett 11.2.11|LoVid 11.9.11|Paul D Miller, aka DJ Spooky 11.16.11|Emily Hubley 11.30.11

Takehito Etani
Wednesday, September 28
bio: Takehito Etani creates work in such various media as electronics, wearable technology, installations, sculpture, performance, and video. His work often deals with the body and its daily activities, as well as their relationships to technology. Mundane reality is where he looks for the possibility for self transmutation. His work has been shown internationally including at the ISEA 2006 (International Symposium of Electronic Art), VIPER Basel Festival for Film, Video and New Media, Switzerland, and the Stuttgarter Filmwinter Festival for Expanded Media, Germany, as well as at Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Kawasaki, Japan, as a nominee for The 7th Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art. Etani was born in Aichi, Japan. Beginning in 1997, he traveled for two years throughout India, Nepal, Thailand and Israel, and these experiences continue to inform his work. He received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2003, his MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2006.

Paddy Johnson
Wednesday, October 12
bio: Paddy Johnson is the founding editor of the blog Art Fag City and a regular columnist for The L Magazine. Her writing has been featured in New York Magazine, Time Out New York, and The Daily Beast. She regularly lectures on art at universities around the country. In 2008, she became the first blogger to receive a grant from The Creative Capital Foundation. In 2010 she was nominated for a Rob Pruitt Art Award at The Guggenheim and her blog Art Fag City won best Art Blog at The Village Voice web awards.


Man Bartlett
Wednesday, November 2
bio: Man Bartlett (b. 1981) is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and

works in Brooklyn. He graduated with a BA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in 2003.

Bartlett has created durational performances that incorporate social media in venues, galleries, and institutions including a Best Buy store, Port Authority Bus Terminal, PPOW Gallery, Winkleman Gallery (#class), Freies Museum (Berlin), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.

These performances are often an absurd convergence of his theater training and experience, years of corporate Internet Marketing jobs, and his interest with esoteric modes of physical and non-physical exchange.


Wednesday, November 9
bio: LoVid, (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus), has performed and exhibited at Graham Foundation, International Film Festival Rotterdam, MoMA, PS1, The Kitchen, Mixed Greens Gallery, Netherlands Media Art Institute, The Science Gallery (Ireland), Real Art Ways, Urbis, (UK), The Jewish Museum (NY), The New Museum, and ICA London, among many others. LoVid has received support STEIM, Smack Mellon, Harvestworks, free103point9, Alfred University, rhizome.org, Franklin Furnace, NYFA, LMCC, Experimental TV Center, NYSCA, turbulence.org, and Greenwall Foundation.


Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky
Wednesday, November 16
bio: Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky), a graduate of Bowdoin College, is a

writer, artist and musician who lives and works in NYC. His award
winning first book Rhythm Science was published by MIT Press in 2005,
followed by Sound Unbound in 2008 and The Book of Ice in 2011.

Miller’s work has been exhibited at museums and biennials throughout
the world. He has performed in a wide variety of venues including The
Tate Modern, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Herod Atticus Theater at the Acropolis, and has collaborated with a wide variety of artists from Chuck D to Yoko Ono. The iphone App he developed with Music Soft Arts has been downloaded several million times.

The Book of Ice

Emily Hubley
Wednesday, November 30
bio: Emily Hubley has been making short animated films for over thirty years. Her feature, The Toe Tactic premiered theatrically at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 2009 and was released on DVD by Kino International. She has contributed animation to the films: William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe, Blue Vinyl and Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and to the play, In Mother Words. She lives in South Orange, NJ.