Art in a State of Mobility

art_in_a_state_of_mobilityMason Gross Presents

Panel Discussion

ART IN A STATE OF MOBILITY

Tuesday, October 25, 2016, 5–7 P.M.

MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

CIVIC SQUARE AUDITORIUM

33 LIVINGSTON AVENUE – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

Panelists:

Mirene Arsanios

Mariam Ghani

Daniela Kostova

Modereated by:

Sara Raza

See below for bios

The theme of the panel organized for Fall 2016 is a response to the contemporary situation and discussions around the masses of people moving around the globe. Whether to seek greater economic or social opportunity, global warming or through forced migration due to conflict or persecution, 244 million people migrated across borders in 2015.

In Reflections on Exile Edward Said writes, “Modern Western culture is in large part the work of exiles, émigrés, refugees. In the United States, academic, intellectual, and aesthetic thought is what it is today because of refugees from fascism, communism, and other regimes given to the oppression and expulsion of dissidents.”

Said’s reflections remain accurate in the age of global war today. He describes modern warfare, imperialism, and the quasi-theological ambitions of totalitarian rulers, all of which precisely refer to the current, tragic situation in the Middle East. Said expresses particular interest in the creative character of exile, in that much of life in exile is taken up with compensating for disorienting loss by creating a new world to rule. He observes, “It is not surprising that so many exile seem to be novelists, chess players, political activists and intellectuals.”

Said further relates his observation about the condition of exile to occupations that require a minimal investment in objects, but rather place a great premium on mobility and skill, thereby suggesting that exile is implicitly tied up with movement.

The discussion will be moderated by Sara Raza whose recent show “But A Storm Is Blowing from Paradise” is currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum thru Oct 5, 2016. We hope to bring together three artist with her whose practice address the contemporary notion of mobility on a global scale.

Recommended reading prior to the panel:

What is Freedom by Hannah Arendt

https://grattoncourses.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/hannah-arendt-what-is-freedom.pdf

Reflections on Exile by Edward Said

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~germ43/pdfs/said_reflections.pdf

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt, a documentary film directed by Ada Ushpiz, …will be screened the week that follows in the spirit of this theme.

Thursday, November 3, 2016, 6:30–8:30 P.M.

Room 110

MASON GROSS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS

CIVIC SQUARE AUDITORIUM

33 LIVINGSTON AVENUE – NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

Pizza and Popcorn will be served. The screening will be followed by a discussion moderated by Ardele Lister, and joined by some members of the faculty.

Biographies of the Panelists and the Moderator

Sara Raza
is a curator, writer and educator. She is currently the Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Middle East and North Africa, based at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Sara has curated several international exhibitions and projects for biennials and festivals, including Collateral Events at the 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Sara writes for numerous publications and is the longstanding desk editor for West and Central Asia of ArtAsiaPacific magazine.  Formerly, she was the head of education at Yarat Contemporary Art Space, Baku, Azerbaijan, founding head of curatorial programs at Alaan Art Space, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and curator of public programs at Tate Modern, London (2006–8). She earned her MA in Art History and Theory, and BA in English Literature and History of Art from Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Awards include the United Kingdom Arts Council’s Emerging Curator’s Award at the South London Gallery (2004) and winner of the 11th ArtTable New Leadership Award (2016). Sara is an artist adviser for ISCP in New York and the author of Punk Orientalism: Central Asia’s Contemporary Art Revolution, set to be published in 2017 by Black Dog Publishing, London.

Mariam Ghani

is an artist, writer, filmmaker and teacher. Her research-based practice spans video, installation, photography, performance, and text. Her exhibitions and screenings include the Rotterdam, CPH:DOX and transmediale film festivals, the Sharjah and Liverpool Biennials, dOCUMENTA (13) in Kabul and Kassel, MoMA in New York, the National Gallery in DC, the St. Louis Art Museum, and the CCCB in Barcelona. Ghani has collaborated with artist Chitra Ganesh since 2004 on Index of the Disappeared, an experimental archive of post-9/11 detentions, deportations, renditions and redactions; with choreographer Erin Kelly since 2006 on the video series Performed Places; and with media archive collective Pad.ma since 2012 on the Afghan Films online archive. Ghani has been awarded NYFA and Soros Fellowships, grants from Creative Capital, Art Matters, NYSCA, and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, among others. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from NYU and an MFA from SVA. Ghani currently teaches in the Social Practice MFA program at Queens College and the Film Studies program at the Graduate Center, and is a Visiting Artist at the Schell Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School.

Daniela Kostova
is an interdisciplinary artist who holds M.F.A. from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, NY and the National Art Academy in Sofia. Her work is focused on hybrid cultures and architecture, resulted from migrations and changing global socio-cultural conditions. It addresses issues of geography and cultural representation, the production and crossing of socio-cultural borders, and the uneasy process of translation and communication. Kostova has exhibited at venues such as Queens Museum of Art (NY), Institute for Contemporary Art (Sofia), Kunsthalle Wien (Austria), Antakya Biennale (Turkey), Centre d’art Contemporain (Geneva), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, (Torino) and Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), among the others. Her work is reviewed in New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art International and Art in America. In addition, Kostova curated the BioArt Initiative–art & science project of the Arts Department and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at RPI. She is also a co-founder of the Bulgarian Collaborative, interdisciplinary collective that includes artists, musicians, literati and architects. Kostova lives and works in NYC. She is the Director of Curatorial Projects at Radiator Gallery and a Board Member of CEC Artslink, New York.

Mirene Arsanios

is a writer who was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She co-founded the collective 98weeks Research Project in Beirut and is the founding editor of Makhzin, a bilingual literary magazine. Her work has appeared in The Animated Reader, The Outpost, and The Rumpus, among others. Arsanios was the recipient of the Enizagam fiction prize (2014), and Forum Fellows, Art Dubai, Dubai, U.A.E (2015). She was an artist-in-residence at the CCA, Warsaw, Poland (2015), and at the Villa Romana, Florence, Italy (2012). Arsanios received her MA from Goldsmiths College, London, and an MFA from the Milton Avery School of the Arts, Bard College. She lives in New York where she is currently a writer-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Guest Lecturers in Typography Class

On Monday, April 18, there will be two guest lecturers in Lauren Francescone’s Typography class in Room 220. Nejc Prah (Bloomberg) and Sean Yendrys (independent designer of architectural books&exhibitions) will be speaking about their work.

These two lectures will be pretty informal; one from 3:30–4:10, the other from 4:30-5:10.

This lecture has been rescheduled to Monday, April 25th! Same time, same place.

“The Winners and Losers of History: The Emergence of Japanese Modernism in Graphic Design”

On Monday evening Jason’s Seminar in Design class will be hosting a guest lecture by Ian Lynam, a Tokyo-based designer, educator, and writer. Ian will be presenting on “The Winners and Losers of History: The Emergence of Japanese Modernism in Graphic Design”. Here are the details and a bio:

Monday, February 1
6:30–8pm
Room 218C

Originally hailing from New York, Lynam has a BS in Graphic Design from Portland State University and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.

Ian Lynam is Chair and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA Graphic Design program. He is faculty in Tokyo at Meme Design School. Ian is also adjunct faculty at Temple University Japan. There, he teaches in the Undergraduate program, actively engaged in developing curricula concerning typography, graphic design, image-making, identity design, UI/UX and motion graphics.

Currently, Ian writes for Idea Magazine(Japan) and Slanted Magazine(Germany). He is a co-founder of Néojaponisme, a critical cultural online journal.
IanLynam-poster

Visible Time

The Poetics of Circuitry

As the third and final event of Spring 2013 Design Area Lectures + Workshops at Visual Arts Department at the School of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, Taeyoon Choi will lead a workshop titled Poetics of Circuitry.

Tae is an artist, writer, hacker, teacher and some other things, but most importantly he is an activist with political concerns. Please take a look at Occu-Bot that he designed for Zucotti Park last Fall. He is also been an Eyebeam resident in 2008 and fellow in 2011.

His artistic research is focused on urban space, structural violence and collective behavior. He creates site specific intervention, new media performance and participatory experience in collaboration with community, art spaces and activist groups.

Taeyoon Choi
http://taeyoonchoi.com

March 15, Friday 4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.
CSB 224

for further inquiries please write to:
atif.akin@rutgers.edu

33 Livingston Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Procedural Drawing with Graphic Programming

This hands on workshop aims at introducing participants to graphic coding with Processing to create procedural drawing systems with reference to art historical predecessors of the genre. Workshop is open to anyone who is interested in developing a system, coding and printing drawings, there are no prerequisites or background information needed.

Designing Ideologically Modified Organisms

workshop and presentation by

Orkan Telhan
http://orkantelhan.info

February 27, Wednesday 4:00 pm. – 8:00 pm.
CSB 224

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility.

Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He was part of the Sociable Media Group at the MIT Media Laboratory and the Mobile Experience Lab at the MIT Design Laboratory. He studied Media Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo and theories of media and representation, visual studies and graphic design at Bilkent University, Ankara. Telhan is working towards his PhD in Design and Computation at MIT’s Department of Architecture.

Telhan’s individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in a number of venues including the Istanbul Design Biennial, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, Architectural League/ NYC, and the MIT Museum.

Suggested reading before the event:
I. States of Design 07: Bio-design by Paola Antonelli
http://www.domusweb.it/en/design/states-of-design-07-bio-design-/

II.Catts, O., Zurr, I. 2010, ‘The Illusions of control Radical Engineers and Reactionary Artists’, Thresholds (Cambridge), NA, pp. 26

III. Calvert, Jane. 2010. “Synthetic biology: constructing nature?” The Sociological Review 58 (May 1): 95-112.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2010.01913.x/abstract

for further inquiries please write to: Atif Akin
poster and e-flier designed by James Brehm.

Two New Courses from the Media Area

Media Arts and Public Engagement
Media II-B // 07:081:344 // Wed 3:20-9:30 rm. 331 CSB
Creating art projects in the public domain including the use of tactical media, documentary and interventions. (1a, 1b or permission from instructor)

Performative Media and Installation
Media III-B // 07:081:442 // Thurs 3:20-8 pm 331 CSB
Creative projects integrating digital media, performance and installation for a variety of applications including narrative, documentation, sound and experimental works. (1a,1b and 2a or permission from instructor)

Advanced Video same time as Media IIIb

Please contact Ardele Lister for more information.

Competition for Customizing Desktop Images and Screen Savers for Computer Labs at CSB

Good work requires good tools, but good tools do not necessarily create inspiring environments. Yes, in design area, we have fabulous computer labs all sorts facilities. We are wealthy but not happy because our labs look like Apple stores rather than an art school. So we decided to take a step to customize our virtual environment and we are announcing a competition for designing desktop images and screen savers for theses labs.

Here is a fun and thorough presentation about screen savers:
http://www.scribd.com/embeds/78375321/content?start_page=1&view_mode=slideshow&access_key=key-1hj0l32t50lshdkbkjzd

You can simply code the screensaver with processing or if you want to explore Xcode follow the link: http://cocoadevcentral.com/articles/000088.php

All other hacky or techy ways are accepted as long as approved by Shane.
Animated GIF’s are also OK.

Desktop image should be no smaller than 2560-by-1440 px. and size for the saver should be relative and 16:9 aspect ratio.

Prizes are stunning! Winners will get a VAP credit and a lunch with design area faculty! The winner will be responsible for assisting the installation and maintenance of the work.

The selection will be made by a closed jury and the results will be announced on this blog.

Please submit to a@paganstudio.com no later than February 18, 2013.

Short Description for Advanced Design Class

Spring 2013

Advanced Design in Spring 2013 will be a practicum, in collaboration with biomedical engineering department of Rutgers University.
Throughout this course, design students will work on a research project to build a mobile game/ application which will be used to monitor kids at early ages for detecting autism and some other neuro-developmental abnormalities. As previously discussed in interaction design classes, these new digital artifacts and gadgets are equipped with a wide range of sensor set, that they can sense human body and its reactions. Designers’ challenge here is not only creating an attractive, fun and friendly interface but also trying to reduce the noise in the data set by iterating the interaction design with the user feedback.

Design crew will specifically work on:
‣ visual identity for the project
‣ designing the keyframes and animations ‣ improvement biometric space around
‣ reducing the data noise
‣ producing printed and video tutorial sets
This game like application will hep to establish a foundation to systematically answer questions about the developmental trajectories and genetic influences that characterize autism spectrum disorder, and, ultimately, apply these answers toward cost-effective platforms that enable early-stage intervention and improve quality of care.
Working on this project will improve designers’ skills on:
‣ interdisciplinary research ‣ teamwork
‣ game design
‣ user interface design
‣ interaction design
Most importantly, students will have the chance to help an healthcare project which can dramatically reduce the costs of these kind of detection practices and make it available to economically or geographically challenged communities.
Please contact Atif Akin [atif.akin [at] rutgers.edu] for further inquiries.

NEUROMEDIA: The Intersection of Art and Science

Visiting Artist: Dr. Jill Scott
Thursday Dec. 6, 2012

Reception: 5 pm CSB lobby
Presentation: 6:40 CSB 110/117

The Electric Retina is a “neuromedia” sculpture which combines retinal research with interactive media art and metaphorical associations in order to explore the complexity of visual perception. Based on her residency in Neurobiology at the Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich, Scott gained a deeper insight into the genetic control of visual system development and function by analysis of zebra fish mutants, which are used as the main phenotypes for human eye disease research. While the Electric Retina displays examples from some of this research at the lab, its surface is constructed according to the rod and cone pattern array of photoreceptors in the human retina inspired directly from the Scanning Electronic Microscope. When the viewer looks into the “cones” or oculars, animations appear about the histological evidence, behaviour tests, molecular staining, cellular research images and related keywords from the researchers. The issues covered are macular degeneration, human diseases of the eye, genetic deficiencies and polarization. It is as if the viewers are looking through the tunnels into the neural chemical layers of the eye. From the other side of the sculpture, films of underwater movies are projected onto the wall. These are shot from the perspective of the impaired subject, which shows how visual impairment can affect neural behaviour. Therefore the projected films (affect) are directly related to the content of these ocular films (evidence) and aim is to allow the general public to gain a better understanding of how vision is affected by genetics, disease and degeneration.

The media artist Jill Scott has created the neuromedia sculpture “The Electric Retina” during her residency at the Neuroscience Lab University Zurich, Switzerland. The Artists-in-Labs program offers 4 annual residencies in Swiss science labs to artists. Scott initiated the program and is its director. Currently the docu is also shown in Singapore at the ISEA, an electronic arts festival. The film maker Anet Nyffeler directed this docu and currently develops a TV-documentary on the subject ArtSci and this specific program. Transdisciplinarity is a current overall development in the arts and science.

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing!” -Socrates Conceptual art requires a subjective approach and the process of discovery is often evident in the final artwork that is produced. The aim of Neuromedia is to explore how conceptual art interpretations and scientific illustrations of the human body can be combined to transfer information about how we think and how our senses work together. While Scott makes unique screen based sculptures embedded with macroscopic views of molecular and cellular evidence, over the last few years, the increasingly popular subject of Neuroscience offers many artists a reality that is now considered to be an “extension of cinema”. After all, perceptual feedback loops are at the heart of both disciplines, a fact that is causing more collaboration between artists and neuroscientists to occur. What is the value of these collaborations? Are the results are objective and subjective at the same time? Under the headings of “inspirations, constructions, challenges and reactions” can Neuromedia not only humanize science but also deepen the tangible and experiential experience of art itself?

BIOGRAPHY Jill Scott is originally from Australia, but has been working and living in Switzerland since 2003. Currently she is a Professor for Art and Science in the Institute Cultural Studies in the Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZhdK) in Zürich and Co-Director and Founder of the Artists-in-Labs Program (a collaboration with the Ministry for Culture, Switzerland) which places artists from all disciplines into physics, computer, engineering and life science labs to learn about scientific research and make creative interpretations. She is also Vice Director of the Z-Node PHD program on art and science at the University of Plymouth, UK-a program with 16 international research candidates. Her recent publications include: The Transdiscourse book series: Volume 1: Mediated Environments, 2011, Artists-in-labs: Networking in the Margins, 2011 and Artists-in-labs: Processes of Inquiry: 2006 Springer/Vienna/New York, Artists-in-labs Processes of Inquiry both from Springer/Vienna/New York. Her education includes: PhD, University of Wales (UK), MA USF, San Francisco, as well as a Degree in Education (Univ. Melbourne) and a Degree in Art and Design (Victoria College of the Arts). Since 1975, she has exhibited many video artworks, conceptual performances and interactive environments in USA, Japan, Australia and Europe. A monograph entitled: Coded Characters Hatje Cantz 2002, Ed. Her most recent art works involve the construction of interactive media and electronic sculptures based on studies she has conducted in residence in neuroscience labs at the University of Zurich, called “Neuromedia” (a Springer Publication in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name in KULTURAMA Science Musuem in Zurich). These particularly relate to the somatic sensory system and artificial skin (e-skin) 2003-2007, molecular and retinal behaviour in relation to human eye disease (The Electric Retina-2008), nerve damage in relation to UV radiation, in the skin and on the landscape (Dermaland- 2009) and Somabook (2010) about the problems in the development of neural networks in the pre-natal stage. Currently, she is working on two new projects about the neural systems of hearing and taste, inspired by a residency with neuroscientists at SymbioticA, University of Western Australia.

Undergraduate Annual exhibition – Open Call for Art Work 2012

Here is a message from Amee:

Undergraduate Annual exhibition – Open Call for Art Work 2012

You are invited to submit one work on the theme of “Systems”.
(You can find great examples for inspiration in the Zimmerli’s group show “Art=Text=Art” and the work of Ruth Vollmer, who used mathematics and the Fibonnacci series/sequence to produce her abstract sculpture.)

Both BA and BFA students are encouraged to submit one piece each; all are accepted.

The exhibition will be on view from Monday, October 29th  – Tuesday, November 13th, 2012.

The opening reception is Wednesday, October 31st, from 5-7pm.

The show will be curated and installed by the BFA Thesis class (Section 1) and participating students should bring their artwork to the Visual Arts office from Monday, October 15th – Thursday, October 18th between the hours of 10am-5pm.

SUBMITTING IS EASY:
1)      Fill out the two attached labels completely.
2)      Turn in one copy to a Supervising Graduate Student in the Visual Arts Dept. Office (CSB124) and attach the other to the artwork being submitted.
3)      After label has been submitted to the office, take art work up to the third-floor crit room where it will be stored until the exhibition is installed.

Let’s make a great show!

Amee Pollack
Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Visual Arts
Mason Gross School of the Arts

New Books Arrived to Cabinet in Room 218


Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design
Grid Systems in Graphic Design/Raster Systeme Fur Die Visuele Gestaltung (German and English Edition)
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative
Art of the Digital Age
Network Art
Graphic Design: A User’s Manual
Visual Strategies
Arduino Cookbook
Processing
Inventing the Medium
Beautiful Visualization
Graphic Design New Basics
Processing
S, M, L, XL
Visualize This
Form + Code
Wayshowing
Information Graphics

One Day Video Mapping Workshop

One Day Video Mapping Workshop from Atif Akin on Vimeo.

In the academic year of 2011 – 2012 at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts / Design Area, made this video mapping workshop with the students listed below. The course is taught by myself.
The workshop was in the format of an in-class exercise, starting in the morning and presenting the works by the end of the day. Students from the design area worked in groups of 3 or 4 and locations are chosen in and around the CSB of Mason Gross in New Brunswick
The soundtrack is borrowed from the album titled “Monthly Joint Series” by Amon Tobin.
Christine Tynes
Geraldson Chua
Christine Huang
Stephen Bondio
Jenny Hang
Ting Ting Ku
Melissa Mendoza
Sharanya Durvasula
Stephen Churak
Sara Nagy
Lauren Jastrebski
Salvatore Forgione
Kylie Coghlan
Cormac McCrathy
Micheal Cunningham
Kelly Kathryn
Felipe Rojas
Jenny Hui
Denzel Seals
Jaemin Kim
Kumiko Taura
Larissa Louis
Daniel Winistorfer
Michelle Coraci
Franki Vicini
Nicole Testa
Sefton Bass
Jessica Gluck
Mark Hansen
Kevin Hau
Brynne Kelly
Michael Leboeuf
Zachary Manning
Dorie Schatteman
Jillian Sollazzo
Derek Springsteen
De Anna Stephan
Hakan Uzumcu
Alfred Auyeung
Nicholas Black
Stephen Bondio
James Brehm
Maria Carney
Nicholas Di Pillo
Alyssa Esteban
Emily Heinemann
Victor Hernandez
Lauren Jastrebski
Yelizaveta Kotik
Erica Lai
Austin Lee
Angela Liang
Christophe Moore
Danit Weiner
Allyson Worthington
Andrew Schnur