events /2006-07

Friday, June 8, 2007

MFA Exhibition "Emergence 2007" Opening Reception

7pm :: Digital Media Factory :: 2809 Mission Street :: Santa Cruz.

MFA Exhibition runs:
Friday June 8, 15: 7 pm to 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday June 9,10,16,17: 10 am to 4 pm

The Lionel Cantú Graduate Student Award 2006

Monica Enriquez, DANM MFA graduate student, is the fifth recipient of The Lionel Cantú Graduate Award which included a cash prize for her research on asylum in the U.S. granted on the basis of persecution due to sexuality and sexual orientation.

Lionel Cantú Memorial Award was established to honor the life and scholarship of Professor Lionel Cantú. Engaged in path-breaking research and analysis on sexuality, masculinity, and migration, Dr. Cantú was a devoted teacher, a remarkable mentor, and a wonderful colleague.

For more on Monica and the Lionel Cantu Award, please visit:

Cynthia Payne quoted in MIT Technology Review

Cynthia Payne's research listed in UC Santa Cruz's Profiles in Excellence

Annual Graduate Research Symposium

Tuesday, May 22 from 2-4pm.

University Center (above the College 9/10 Dining Hall)

The Graduate Research Symposium aims to:

More info

Monday, May 21, 2007

Lisa Wymore
The Making of the Reception

4-6pm. Porter 245.

The Reception is a cross-disciplinary dance/performance piece utilizing 3D Tele-Immersion technology to re-vision corporeal presence and formations of the virtual body within live theatrical environments. The process for making the work is both research based and performative and raises important questions about how the virtual and real can find social interaction and co-presence even when bi-located or re-composed in cyberspace. Also at question is how the creative process itself affects the development of Tele-Immersion technology and how the technology influences creative outcomes. Present at the talk, along with Professor Wymore (UC Berkeley), will be Sheldon Smith (Bay Area Dance/Video artist), and Professor Ruzena Bajscy UC Berkeley) who are collaborators on the project.

May 16–May 18, 2007

Cross Cultural Celebration :: Digital Video Installation and Net-based Art
Satadru Sovan Banduri

Reception Wednesday May 16th 5:30- 9pm
Faculty Gallery, Porter College, UCSC

Locating the cross cultural dialogue between two countries, Satadru Sovan Banduri became interested in the richness of strong cultural and social distinctions, where personal and social spaces combine. The coexistence seemed beautiful. Through geography and through cultural experience he asked, "What are the differences between India and the United States?" Each country has its own culture; when a person crosses cultures, they compare their own experience with the new experience, past experience with present. Presented here are some memories of India and some memories of the U.S. put together as a form of celebration. This is a portrayal of love, dance, great festivals, and marriage. Cross Cultural Celebration uses video-installation as well as net-based art, and seeks to pollinate the cultural traditions of India with new media technology.

Satadru Sovan Banduri is a Fulbright research scholar interested in bringing Digital Art and New Media back to his home country, India. He is immensely fascinated by information technology and the digital revolution. Presently he is working with digital video, and he is experimenting with its expressive potential.

Friday May 18, 2007

Rene Lysloff lectures on Ethnomusicology and the Study of Small Sounds

2-4pm Porter D245
Free and Open to the Public

Small sounds are those brief aural moments captured through sampling technologies, circulated throughout the world as commoditized objects, and recycled as creative grist for digital musical performance.

Lysloff explores the broader cultural implications of sampled sound in electronic and popular music. I want to propose an ethnomusicology of small sounds: the ethnographic study of schizophonic minutiae expropriated and recontextualized through new media technologies.

Addtional Reading: Mozart in Mirror Shades

Sunday, May 20, 2007


7.30pm at the UCSC Music Recital Hall
Free and Open to the Public

Gamelan Plesetan

A live, improvisational electro-acoustic multi-media gamelan performance, that can best be described as a real-time audio/visual collage with gamelan controlled visual projections using an interface called the Gamelan Lumina.

The concert features:

dj saKAna, a.k.a. (DANM MFA Candidate no.e Parker)

is an electronic musician/composer with 14 years experience organizing and playing live improvised electronic music at muti-media dane/art/music events as part of the SF Bay Area Semi Permanent? Autonomous Zone (SPaz) collective, and independently internationally in Japan, Indonesia and Europe. This performance is part of her DANM MFA thesis work.

Sapto Raharjo

is an active composer of contemporary gamelan music, working in his home city of Yogyakarta, Java, and internationally. He is currently the visiting director of the UC Riverside Gamelan Ensemble. Sapto is organizer/project director of the annual Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival, an international contemporary gamelan festival sponsored by the Komunitas Gayam 16, of which he is coordinator. Raharjo is also program director and announcer of Geronimo FM's Apresiasi Musik (Music Appreciation); Yogya's contemporary/new music radio show for the past 19 years.

Rene Lysloff

is an Associate Professor of Music (Ethnomusicology) at UC Riverside. He is co-editor of the book, "Music and Technoculture" (2003 Wesleyan Press), a collection of articles exploring issues related to changing technologies and their impact on cultural practices and epistemologies invloving music. He has conducted research on traditional and contemporary arts in Central Java for about twenty years. Lysloff is an active composer and performer of digital music.

Monday, May 14, 2007 CANCELLED

Michelle Riel

4-6pm. Porter 245.
Associate professor of new media and chair of the
Teledramatic Arts and Technology Department at California State University Monterey Bay. Riel collaborates with on the networked_performance blog, documenting and presenting on emerging work that is both networked and live. She is an award winning designer and NEA commissioned net artist. Her current work, antSongs, is a responsive music system collaborating with ants to explore issues of sustainability, community, and globalism.

Monday, May 2, 2007

"The Noor Project: Fusion of Technology, Art, Mathematics, Beauty and Cultures" @ CITRIS

12-1pm.290 HMMB at UC Berkeley

Steve Beck, Visiting Fellow and Executive in Residence, College of Engineering and Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology, UC Berkeley.
Noor is the Arabic and Farsi word meaning Light. As an initial component of the FIAT LUX research project, Noor is developing new computer graphics and animation technologies in high definition video, with the goal of bringing into the 21st Century time variants of the classical geometric patterns developed in Middle Eastern cultures, including Arabic,Turkish, Persian, Islamic, Ottoman, Hebrew, and Byzantine, from the 7th to 20th centuries (CE). Applications include large scale LED video light sculptures in architectural settings, creating an Arabic software programming language, educational tools for teaching analytical geometry and mathematics, creating a virtual “Alhambra” in cyberspace, and production of a PBS-TV informational program in association with The Smithsonian Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York as part of a touring exhibition of the works.

These geometric patterns represent mathematical principles of importance.

We also intend to explore their potential applications in CMOS semiconductor devices, nanotech, MEMS, and also their physiological and psychological healing effects. The prototype animation demonstrations shown are just the beginning….

Friday April 27, 2007

Lips 1.1

Digital Video Installation
April 26th – May 4th
Reception Friday April 27th 6- 9pm
Faculty Gallery, Porter College, UCSC

Will Justice, Digital Arts and New Media MFA Student

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Field Trip

Class field trip to UCB for performance of "The Reception," a cross-disciplinary performance piece utilizing tele-immersion technology, followed by a post-performance discussion, "Being Here: Presence/Remote Presence within Live and Media Based Performance," by N. Katherine Hayles, award- winning author of "How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics."

The performance is at 2pm at the Zellerbach Playhouse, 2430 Bancroft Ave, Berkeley, CA 94720. (Directions)

For the UCB field trip, individuals who would like to carpool or need a ride should plan to meet at Porter College, 4/22, at 11am. Ted will be polling your group early in the quarter to establish who can drive and whether we need to rent a van or two. For this trip each of you need to fill out liability waivers. Ted will distribute them in class. Please sign and return immediately to him.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Judith Faifman
Transmedializations: Reflections on the opportunities and risks for the implementation of the OLPC (One Laptop per Child) Project in Argentina

7:30-9:30 pm. Porter 245.

Judith Faifman is an educator concerned with Critical Digital Pedagogies; their opportunities, risks and challenges. She is particularly interested in how new media production impact on and shape modes of thought and how new media literacies can promote social inclusion for students from low income and minority families. Her work has explored the expressive reception by children and youth of multiple systems of representation in both formal and non-formal educational settings and its impact on the development of metacognitive and metalinguistic capacities.

Faifman is Co-Director of the Digital Cultures Research and Design Group (< > which since its foundation in 1997 has sought to integrate new digital cultures into existing educational environments. This group is currently collaborating with the National Ministry of Education in Argentina in the development of youth media production by way of the Ministry's website for broadcast on its TV Channel ( <>http:// ). Faifman is also founder and Co-Director of the Media Lab at Talpiot School (<>http:// which promotes participation in new media production by children from kindergarten to high school students. She is currently seeking to provide solid theoretical foundations for digital pedagogical practice for social inclusion and rigorously examine the outcomes achieved.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

April 14–May 18, 2007

The Museum of Art & History :: Santa Cruz California
Invisible Boardwalks :: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk: New Media Projects Part I

Elliot Anderson, faculty curator and art students: Satadru Sovan Banduri, Mollye Chudacoff, Toan Do, Leonel Diaz, Jordan Jurich, Jena Ong, Ian Alan Paul, Nolan Plant, Robert Plant, Lydia Schufreider

"Despina can be reached in two ways: by ship or by camel. The city displays one face to the traveler arriving overland and a different one to him who arrives by sea. When the camel driver sees, at the horizon of the tableland, the pinnacles of the skyscrapers come into view, the radar antennae, the white and red wind socks flapping, the chimneys belching smoke, he thinks of a ship; he knows it is a city, but he thinks of it as a vessel that will take him away from the desert…

In the coastline's haze, the sailor discerns the form of a camel's withers, an embroidered saddle with glittering fringe between two spotted humps, advancing and swaying; he knows it is a city, but he thinks of it as a camel from whose pack hang wine-skins and bags of candied fruit…and already sees himself at the head of a long caravan taking him away from the desert of the sea…"

— Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

In Italo Calvino's, 1972 novel Invisible Cities, Marco Polo, spins fantastical descriptions of the many cities that make up Genghis Kahn's vast empire. Each city described by Polo has its own unique and individual character. Each city has its own face, its own fingerprint. Ultimately, every city described is the same city—one city, with many perspectives and gateways. Like the city described in Invisible Cities, the Santa Cruz Boardwalk has many different faces to many different people. The Boardwalk becomes something different, something unique, and something personal, to every individual person. These student artworks reflect their individual and intimate perspective on the Boardwalk. They create a mapping of the space through culture, emotion, activity and imaginings.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Christina McPhee

4-6pm. Porter 245.

Writer/artist and the moderator of the empyre discussion list. Her project la conchita mon amour was recently exhibited in New York at the Sara Tecchia Gallery

Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14, 2007

UCSC Arts&Lectures hosts Ben Munisteri Dance Projects: Terra Nova

8pm. UCSC Mainstage Theater

Terra Nova is an experimental melding of choreography, computer animation, and motion-capture technology that together terraform the stage, building up a landscape of moving ideas and images.

Terra Nova was conceived by creative director Ted Warburton and choreographed by Ben Munisteri, with computer animation by Peter Birdsall, lighting design by David Cutbert, and set design by Kate Edmunds.

Terra Nova is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation, and UCSC's Arts Research Institute. Univerity sponsors include UCSC's Theater Arts Department and Digital Arts and New Media program, New York University's Computer Science Department and Indiana University.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

April in Santa Cruz Festival of New Music

Music Center Recital Hall / 7:30 p.m.
Music for live and recorded digital media featuring music by composers Gerry Basserman, Peter Elsea, Paul Nauert, and James Tenney.
Admission: $12 general, $10 seniors, $8 students

Conceits and Contraptions—Peter Elsea
C&C is a celebration of the art of tool making. One of the joys of my occupation is that I get to spend inordinate amounts of time in simple play, exploring the possibilities of new technologies as they come along. My work crosses the disciplines of physics, electronics both digital and analog, computer programming in half a dozen languages, circuit building and metalworking on the way to musical and visual expression. These explorations seldom result in a complete piece. The backlog of projects is too big for me to spend much time polishing finished work, and the intended beneficiaries are usually students and colleagues. The end product is more likely an illustration of a technique, a class demonstration, or a bagatelle. I have selected 5 recent projects, listed here with a note on the line of inquiry that lead to their creation:

Zen Mirror - Digital Signal Processing for audio and video.
Kalimba Lumina - a prototype for the Gamelan Lumina, a reconfigurable interface system used by DANM students. Also orbital graphics.
Chladni - an example of the use of the Open Gl shader Language.
Attraction - Chaos theory, as exemplified in the Lorenz and other attractors.
Lspace 3 - a particle system that emulates Newtonian physics in 3 dimensions.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Master's Degree Form Due

You can download it here

April 4–15, 2007


The Autoerotic Man
Bridge Gallery, Porter College, UCSC
Reception Friday April 6th 6-9pm

"The Autoerotic Man" is an art exhibition which considers different modes of self-pleasure through various media. The work on showcase explores male indulgence from many perspectives. This show functions as a forum for open dialogue about gender stereotypes hoping to expand conceptions about the male experience. By bringing this topic into the public sphere, "The Autoerotic Man" hopes to provoke innovative ways of thinking about social paradigms.

Artists: Satadru Sovan Banduri, David Castro, Levi Goldman, Adam Harms, Sean Michael Rau, Olivia Vegh, Adam Weis and Yano Rivera


DANM Faculty exhibit
Average Landscapes
Elliot Anderson

January 13th to May 20th 2007
Connections Gallery
M.H. de Young Museum of Art
San Francisco

Lecture by Art Department and DANM faculty Elliot Anderson in conjunction with his exhibition, Average Landscapes; Souvenirs of 19th Century Landscape Painting in 21st Century Tourism. Lecture will be followed by a tour with the artist of his exhibition, Average Landscapes.
M.H. de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco
Friday, April 13th @ 6:30pm

Elliot Anderson's project for the De Young Museum of Art's Connections Gallery is an examination of perceptions of landscape in contemporary culture. Drawing on the museum's collection of 19th century Hudson River School paintings, Anderson follows the thread of the cultural encoding of representations of landscape from this period to contemporary tourist photography. The twenty-two works in the exhibition are constructed from tourist photographs of the sites represented in the paintings collected from the Internet. Using custom software the photographs are averaged together to create a composite layered representation of multiple individual's view onto natural wonders. The work reflects a striking similarity between romantic sensibilities in the representation of landscape in the 19th century and the quotidian tourist snapshot of today. The exhibition contains thirteen large-scale transparencies on lightboxes, eight souvenir plates, and video.

See article on about Elliot's work:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Alan Rath @ CITRIS

12-1pm. 290 HMMB, UC Berkeley
Webcast in Engineering 2 Building, Room 506.

Well known for his electronic, kinetic, and robotic sculpture, Alan Rath has produced ever-evolving work since the early 1980s. Although largely self-taught in electronics and art, Rath holds a degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
An acknowledged pioneer in the exploration of electronics as an art form, Rath has been central to the developing dialogue of the role of new media in the arts. The computers he creates and places within handcrafted aluminum, steel, glass, and plastic armatures are capable of complex directives over time (some evolve over decades). The “life force” in these machines is encapsulated and carefully controlled with seeming aesthetic and mechanical ease.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

100 Meeting Places by Pauline Oliveros

A Live Telepresence Four Way Co-Located Improvised Music Concert
performed live with musicians from four universities including Cynthia Payne pictured here
in partial completion of her MFA thesis in Digital Arts New Media

@ 5:00 p.m.
UC Santa Cruz Engineering 2 Room 506, and 510 (studio)
Can't Attend? Tune in to a LIVE STREAM

% In partial completion of her DANM MFA Thesis, Cynthia Payne's E2.510 group
will perform live on the UCSC campus in a musical collaboration via Internet2
with four performing ensembles including the Weave Soundpainting Orchestra
in Chicago, Pauline Oliveros' Tintinabulate Ensemble in NY, and the SOUNDWire
Group at CCRMA (including Chris Chafe's 4-channel Celleto).

E2.510 includes Cynthia Payne, Richard Caceres and leaf tine, with video art by
Jamie Burkart and Phoenix Toews, and audio mixing by Chris Preston.

Digital Arts and New Media graduate students collaborated musically across three time zones for a recent performance.

photo: Jim Mac Kenzie
Cynthia and leaf (background) playing music over Internet2 with students from
NYU in the spring 2005 UCSC Dance production "Lubricious Transfer"

Thursday, March 22, 2007

DANM video installation

intimate margins / margenes intimas
monica enrîquez-enrîquez

Jueves 22 de Marzo - Thursday March 22, 2007
6:30-8:30 pm
Faculty Gallery, Porter College, UCSC

Al tejer conversaciones intimas entre mujeres migrantes y lesbianas, reclamamos espacios politicos en las margenes... By interweaving intimate conversations among lesbian migrant women, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.

Friday, March 16, 2007

DANM Unnatural Selection Project Group at UCSC Art Dept. Open Studios

The Hudson River Bonsai Project
UCSC Art Dept. Open Studios

Friday March 16, 2007
9:00 am-4:00 pm
Room E102, Baskin Visual Art Studios, UCSC

A robotics installation piece which investigates the relationship between the construction of nature in 19th Century Hudson River School painting and in modern biotechnologies.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Visiting speaker

Rudolf Frieling :: Media Art Net: Generating and Navigating Contexts

Monday, February 26 (4:00-6:00 pm)
Cowell Conference Room, Room 132, Cowell College, UCSC

This talk contextualizes Media Art, based on some ideas related to Media Art Net while sketching a broader background to collecting, sorting, presenting and updating. The talk discusses current art projects as well.

Rudolf Frieling b 1956 in Münster (GER); studied humanities at the Free University of Berlin and received a Ph.D. from the University of Hildesheim; 1988–1994 curator of the International VideoFest Berlin; since 1990 he has lectured and published internationally extensively on art and media; 1994-2006 curator and researcher at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe (GER); 2001–2005 he was head of the Internet project «Media Art Net» at ZKM; 2004-2006 he was head of the restoration, exhibition and publishing project «» at ZKM; he has taught at the University of Art Berlin, Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst Zurich, MECAD Academy Barcelona and he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz; since 2006 he is Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA and an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts, San Francisco; lives and works in San Francisco (USA).

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Visiting speaker
Casey Reas and David Cuartielles :: OPEN

Thursday, February 15 (12:00 pm)
Porter D245, Porter College, UCSC

Casey Reas (co-founder, Processing) and David Cuartielles (developer, Arduino) will report on open source efforts within the arts in the University of California as reported at the OPEN conference at UCLA, 9-10 February. They will offer an overview and introduction to Processing and Arduino, two widely used open source platforms.

Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, researchers, and hobbyists for learning, prototyping, and production. It is created to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context and to serve as a software sketchbook and professional production tool. Processing is developed by artists and designers as an alternative to proprietary software tools in the same domain.

Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board, and a development environment for writing Arduino software. Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

David Cuartielles (Arduino, K3 Malmo) David Cuartielles studies how to bring technology closer to people. During a research residency at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea (Italy), together with Massimo Banzi, he had the idea of creating the Arduino prototyping platform to focus on education. Many universities have since migrated to this open platform and have changed the way they teach physical interaction with devices. David's PhD work focuses in the feasibility of open hardware; how different strategies can make a difference in the success of an open knowledge project. In the case of Arduino, David has consciously chosen to work with media centers and universities across Europe in the introduction of electronics as a common research/education subject. An immediate result of this strategy has been an exponential growth in Arduino's community of users that brought the project an honorary mention to the Digital Communities Ars Electronica Prix 2006. He is the director of the Center for Art and Technology in Zaragoza, Spain, as well as an Assistant Professor in Physical Prototyping at K3 - the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö, Sweden.

Casey Reas (Processing, UCLA) Reas is an artist and educator living in Los Angeles. His work focuses on defining processes and then translating them into images. Reas is an associate professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

  • Parking

Enter the Main Entrance to the campus and proceed directly to the parking kiosk on the right. Purchase an "A lot" parking permit. Then drive straight ahead on Coolidge Drive and stay on it until you reach the top of the hill and the road turns left. Pass Stevenson College and take the second left at Cowell College. Park as soon as you can. There is a circle driveway at the top front entrance of Cowell College. Take the stairs leading down to a breezeway and the Cowell Conference Room, Rm. 132 is immediately on your left.

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Tuesday, Febuary 6, 2007

Visiting speaker
François Rose :: Expansion of Orchestration Technique through the use of a Spectrally Based Computerized Orchestration Aid

Tuesday, February 6 (4:00 pm)
Music Center, Room 128, UCSC

A computerized aid to orchestration that greatly extends the use of spectral analysis in orchestration is introduced. It is made of two parts: a bank of Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) accessed by a group of sub-routines designed to either perform sound analysis or propose different orchestrations that imitate the spectral energy pattern of a reference sound.

The tool’s potential to perform quasi-instantaneous spectral analysis of sound mixtures is illustrated with a reference to Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for Orchestra op.16, III. The method used to obtain these analyses is presented.

The tool’s ability to propose sound mixtures that imitate a reference sound is demonstrated with two examples from the composer’s work L’identité voilée for clarinet, violin, and piano, where the trio imitates the energy pattern of a clarinet multiphonic tone. A reference to Xenakis’ Orient-Occident is made to illustrate the tool’s potential in the context of electroacoustic music. The mathematical procedure used to obtain these orchestral matches is presented. It is shown to be a data matching technique based on an advanced method of spectral decomposition.

Finally, excerpts from the composer’s La défaite d’Héra for saxophone quartet are presented to show the latest development of the tool.

François Rose, Conservatory of Music, University of the Pacific, US / /

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

DANM Soiree and Reception

DANM Chair Margaret Morse and the DANM Program invite faculty, students, staff, family, sig others and guests to a mid-winter soiree and reception, Wednesday, February 7th from 5–7pm.

The reception is in honor of Satadru Sovan Banduri, a Fulbright Scholar from India who is affiliated with DANM through this academic year (see more on Satadru below).

There will be libations and hors d'oeuvres. (You are free to contribute additions.) Satadru will be making mogli berinay (spicy rice, meat and vegetables) and payash (sweet rice with milk).

Please RSVP to—need to know a realistic number for hors d'oeuvres

DANM Fulbright Scholar

Welcome Satadru Sovan Banduri!

Satadru Sovan Banduri is a well-known painter and video artist from India. He started his career like most other artists—by working toward his undergraduate and graduate degrees in fine arts from art school. He was at Kala Bhavan, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan which is one of the best international art schools in India.

He responds to or rather, reacts to his immediate environment and an unfamiliar visual culture through innovations in his art practice. He started working with digital media quite a few years ago while it was still unfashionable to do so in India. After finishing his graduate degree he started working as an independent artist. Since then, he has participated in several regional, national and international art shows.

He is immensely fascinated by information technology and the digital revolution. He has been learning software that has changed the way he looks at visual art—Photoshop, Flash, Premiere and others. Later, he joined the IT industry as a professional where he gained proficiency in working with imaging and video software to create 'commercial art' like animation movies and websites.

Presently he is working with giclee prints. He uses these large digital ink-jet prints both as a raw material and substratum over which he paints new layers and meanings. He is also engaged in making experimental and imaginative videos which he screens at exhibitions and video festivals.

Satadru was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for 06-07. He is a research scholar at DANM from January–July 2007.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Visiting speaker
Christiane Paul :: Digital Art—Public Space

Monday, February 5 (4:00-6:00 pm)
Cowell Conference Room, Room 132, Cowell College, UCSC

This presentation gives an overview of the ways in which digital art has expanded, challenged, or even redefined notions of public art and space. Crucial to this redefinition of public space are issues of agency and mediation. Among the topics discussed are enhanced possibilities of interventions in public space; the network as public space; remote intervention in a site-specific public installation (telepresence); the enhancement of physical sites and existing architecture; and the merging of physical and virtual space.

Christiane Paul is the Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the director of Intelligent Agent, a service organization and information resource dedicated to digital art. She has written extensively on new media arts and her book Digital Art (part of the World of Art Series by Thames & Hudson, UK) was published in July 2003; she is currently editing an anthology on Curating New Media (forthcoming from UC Press) and co-editing, with Victoria Vesna and Margot Lovejoy, an book on context and meaning in digital art (forthcoming from U of Minnesota Press). She teaches as an adjunct in the MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York and the Digital Media Department of the Rhode Island School of Design and has lectured internationally on art and technology.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Monday, February 5, 2007

Visiting speaker

Ian Bogost :: Persuasive Games: An Introduction to Procedural Rhetoric

Monday, February 5 (11:00 am)
E2 599 :: Host Michael Mateas

While videogames are frequently thought of as entertainment, they are better understood as a medium, capable of a wide range of expression. In this lecture, Bogost offers a more general perspective on the medium, arguing that games represent how real and imagined systems work, and they invite players to interact with those systems and form judgments about them. Examining videogames through the lens of rhetoric, the study of persuasive expression, Bogost will explain rhetoric's unique function in software in general and videogames in particular, a mode he calls "procedural rhetoric." Bogost will then describe a number of videogames that engage politics, advertising, and learning, including examples from the commercial industry and from his own creative practice.

Ian Bogost is Assistant Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he researches on videogame criticism and teaches in the undergraduate program in Computational Media and the graduate program in Digital Media. Bogost is also Founding Partner at Persuasive Games, where he designs experimental videogames about social and political issues.

Bogost's research involves the interrogation of videogames as cultural artifacts. He is the author of /Unit Operations: An Approach to Videogame Criticism/ (MIT Press 2006), /Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames/ (MIT Press forthcoming 2007), and author of over 50 articles, book chapters, and conference presentations on videogames, digital media, literature, art, and film. Bogost also is co-editor (with Gonzalo Frasca) at Water Cooler Games ( <>), the online resource about videogames with an agenda. His videogames have been played by millions of people and exhibited at art and cultural venues worldwide.

He is currently working on a new book, /Video Computer System: The Atari 2600 Platform/ (with Nick Montfort), focused on the material relationship between its hardware and software architecture and the creative works produced for the machine. As a part of this research, Bogost also creates new games for the Atari VCS, paying a particular focus to properties of the computer that were not exploited during its life as a commercially viable platform.

Bogost holds a BA degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California, and an MA and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

January 13, 2007

DANM Faculty exhibit
Average Landscapes
Elliot Anderson

January 13th to May 20th 2007
Connections Gallery
De Young Museum of Art
San Francisco

Elliot Anderson's project for the De Young Museum of Art's Connections Gallery is an examination of perceptions of landscape in contemporary culture. Drawing on the museum's collection of 19th century Hudson River School paintings, Anderson follows the thread of the cultural encoding of representations of landscape from this period to contemporary tourist photography. The twenty-two works in the exhibition are constructed from tourist photographs of the sites represented in the paintings collected from the Internet. Using custom software the photographs are averaged together to create a composite layered representation of multiple individual's view onto natural wonders. The work reflects a striking similarity between romantic sensibilities in the representation of landscape in the 19th century and the quotidian tourist snapshot of today. The exhibition contains thirteen large-scale transparencies on lightboxes, eight souvenir plates, and video.

An articile on about this Work:

Massaro named “Tech Laureate”

Psychology professor and former Digital Arts and New Media chair Dominic Massaro was named a 2006 Tech Laureate by the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. Massaro received a Microsoft Education Award for his work with Animated Speech Corp. Massaro was honored for his work developing facial animation software that is being used with hearing-impaired and autistic children. Massaro was one of 25 innovators recognized for their use of technology to benefit humanity. Recipients in more than 105 countries received awards for their work “solving the world’s most pressing challenges.” The awards were presented November 15 at a gala ceremony at the Tech Museum. The day after the ceremony, Massaro and other recipients participated in a one-day summit addressing how information and communication technologies (ICT) can be harnessed for global development.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Visiting artist
Scott Draves :: The Electric Sheep and Their Dreams in High Fidelity

Thursday, November 16 (4-5:30)
Porter D-245, UCSC

Electric Sheep is a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms known as sheep. The votes of the users form the basis for the fitness function for a genetic algorithm on a space of abstract animations. Users also may design sheep by hand for inclusion in the gene pool.

This cyborg mind composed of 40,000 computers and people was used to make Dreams in High Fidelity: a painting that evolves. It consists of 100GB of high definition sheep that would have taken one computer over 200 years to render, played back to form a non-repeating continuously morphing image.

Scott Draves a.k.a. Spot is a software artist residing in San Francisco. His award-winning work has appeared in Wired Magazine, the Prix Ars Electronica, the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, and on the dance-floor at the Sonar festival in Barcelona. In 1997 Spot received a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University for a thesis on metaprogramming for media processing, and in 2003 published the Spotworks DVD.

Please mark your calendars. We will take advantage of Scott's visit to celebrate DANM's fall quarter with simple refreshments.

October & November, 2006


every friday at 6:00pm in Porter room 245

The Net: The Unabomber

Friday November 3 7:00German filmmaker Lutz Danmbeck explores the history of the Internet through the gripping true-life story of Ted Kaczynski, the infamous "Unabomber," who's often viewed as the ultimate rebel by anti-technology enthusiasts. Brushing aside the conventional image of the World Wide Web as an all-positive information superhighway, Dammbeck posits several thought-provoking conspiracy theories about the darker side of technological progress.


Friday October 27 Allegra Geller, the leading game designer in the world, is testing her new virtual reality game, eXistenZ with a focus group. As they begin, she is attacked by a fanatic assassin employing a bizarre organic gun. She flees with a young marketing trainee, Ted Pikul, who is suddenly assigned as her bodyguard. Unfortunately, her pod, an organic gaming device that contains the only copy of the eXistenZ game program, is damaged. To inspect it, she talks Ted into accepting a gameport in his own body so he can play the game with her. The events leading up to this, and the resulting game lead the pair on a strange adventure where reality and their actions are impossible to determine from either their own or the game's perspective.

Man With A Movie Camera

Friday October 20 Dziga Vertov's Man With a Movie Camera (1929) is a stunning avant-garde, documentary meta-narrative which celebrates Soviet workers and filmmaking. The film uses radical editing techniques and cinematic pyrotechnics to portray a typical day in Moscow from dawn to dusk. But Vertov isn't just recording reality, he transforms it through the power of the camera's "kino-glaz" (cinema eye). Vertov's rich imagery transcends the earth-bound limitations of our everyday ways of seeing. Vertov was a working-class artist who desired to link workers with machines. His film opens with a manifesto, a series of intertitles telling us that this film is an "experiment," a search for an "absolute language of cinema" that is "based on its total separation from the language of literature and theater." This manifesto echoes an earlier one that Vertov wrote in 1922, in which he disavowed the films of D. W. Griffith and others as psychological dramas--cliches, copies of copies, films overly indebted to novels and theatrical conventions. Vertov desired to create cinema that had its own "rhythm, one lifted from nowhere else, and we find it in the movements of things." For Vertov an emphasis on the psychological interfered with the worker's "desire for kinship with the machine." And as a peoples' artist, Vertov felt that the peoples' cinema must "introduce creative joy into all mechanical labor" and "foster new people."

Wednesdays, September through November

DANM Faculty Seminars

Wednesdays, 3-5:30 :: Porter D-245

September 27th Ben Carson Music: Cognitive Science and Composition

October 4th Cathy Soussloff History of Art and Visual Culture: Performance & Performativity

October 11th Jim Whitehead and Michael Mateas CS: Games

October 18th Elliot Anderson Art: Technology and the Natural World

October 25th Ed Osborn Art: Noise

November 1st Peter Elsea Music: Electronic Music

November 8th Jennifer Gonzalez HAVC: Contemporary Art, Race and Ethnicity

November 15th Sharon Daniel Film and Digital Media: Participatory Culture

November 29th Ted Warburton Theater Arts: Telematics

Thursday, October 5, 2006 & Saturday, December 2, 2006

christopher ramirez's Upcoming Presentations and Dialogic Performances

Activist Scholarship: Documenting Undocumented Border Space

University of California Santa Barbara
Thursday, October 5 2pm: MCC Theater
Please visit for program details.

FUSION Los Angeles, LGBT People of Color Film Festival

Saturday, December 2 11am: Barnsdall Art Park, Los Felix
Please visit in early November for more details.

Monday, October 2, 2006

Visiting Speaker
Ernest Adams — International Hobo Design Group

Emerging Issues in Game Design
Monday, October 2 11:00 am :: Engineering 2 Building, Room 180

This lecture is a compendium of several others, discussing what I see as important emerging issues at the moment. Among them are sex in games; the consequences of blurring the boundaries between in-game and out-of-game events in MMOGs; the end of graphics as a dominant force in selling games; new roles for AI; new forms of interactive narratives; procedural content generation; games as art; and above all, the arrival of the mass market, in the form of casual players.

Ernest Adams is a freelance game designer, writer, and teacher, working with the International Hobo Design Group. He has worked in the game industry since 1989, and is the author of three books, including "Fundamentals of Game Design" with Andrew Rollings. Ernest was most recently employed as a lead designer at Bullfrog Productions on the Dungeon Keeper series, and for several years before that the audio/video producer on the Madden NFL Football line for Electronic Arts. He has developed online, computer, and console games for everything from the IBM 360 mainframe to the PS2. Ernest is also the founder and first chairman of the IGDA and a popular speaker at conferences and arts festivals around the world. His website is at

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Grant Writing Workshop
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Wednesday, October 11 (4-6 pm) :: Bay Tree Conference Center Room C

The deadline for NSF Fellowship applications is early November 2006. Get a head start by learning more about the application process and getting tips on writing a successful proposal. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NSF-AGEP) and the Graduate Division.

Tuesdays, September & November

Drop-In Figure Drawing

Tuesday Nights - September 26 - November 21 (7-9) :: Baskin Visual Arts E101

Admission is free and open to the public. Call 459-2272 for more information.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Visiting speaker

R. Michael Young

Attempts to Characterize Narrative in Computation
Friday, September 22 11:00 am :: Engineering 2 Building, Room 215

Narrative is one of many essential human modes of understanding and narrative comprehension plays a role in many aspects of our everyday lives. Increasingly, virtual worlds like computer games, training simulations and educational software make use of narrative to satisfy the goals of their designers and users. In the talk, he will cover several years of work within the Liquid Narrative Group attempting to model narrative based on knowledge drawn from other disciplines, including narrative theory, cognitive psychology, film theory and linguistics. This work has produced interesting results ranging from a service-oriented architecture for the intelligent control of computer games to computational models of narrative comprehension used to construct, tell and adapt stories on the fly. Michael will discuss these results and, more importantly, talk about their limitations and the problems encountered when attempting to model the use of narrative.

Michael Young is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department at North Carolina State University. His interests center around the use of artificial intelligence techniques in virtual worlds like computer games. His work involves research on planning and plan recognition, natural language generation, computer games and computational models of narrative. Michael received a bachelor's degree in Computer Science at the California State University in Sacramento in 1984 and an MS in Computer Science from Stanford in 1989. In 1998 he received a Ph.D. in Intelligent Systems from the University of Pittsburgh. He was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2000. Young was a founder and Conference Chair for the First Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment in 2005 and served as the Tutorials Chair for AIIDE-2006. Before joining the faculty at NC State, Michael was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and worked for a number of years in industrial research labs in Silicon Valley, including Hewlett-Packard, Rockwell's Palo Alto Research Center and the Price-Waterhouse Technology Centre.

August 7-13, 2006

ISEA2006 and ZeroOne San Jose Festival :: August 7–13, 2006

The ISEA2006 Symposium on Electronic Art and the ZeroOne San Jose Global Festival of Art on the Edge will take place August 7–13. The ISEA Symposium is a prestigious international art and technology conference that is sponsored biennially by the Netherlands-based Inter-Society for Electronic Art (ISEA). Every other year, cities around the world bid to host the symposium and this year it will be held in San Jose. ZeroOne is a milestone festival that will be held biennially in San Jose, making the work of the most innovative contemporary artists in the world accessible to an audience from around the world.

Once more UC Santa Cruz’s DANM Program benefits from having San Jose and Silicon Valley as our near neighbors. DANM faculty and graduate students take significant roles in this digital arts extravaganza.

1. Elliot Anderson
2. Sharon Daniel
3. Daniel Massey
4. Margaret Morse
5. Ed Osborn
6. Michella Rivera-Gravage

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