Digital Arts and New Media: MFA: Collaboration, Innovation, Social Impact

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Marqués is a multimedia bilingual adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, set in the world of México’s narcocartels and the US/Mexican war on drugs. “Shakespeare in Narcolandia” is an installation that replays and rebroadcasts a combination of performances of violence from the play... [more]

Imagine seeing a water fountain, and hearing the sound of water. As each of our senses absorbs information simultaneously, our minds reconcile a conceptual understanding of our environment. But what if these cognitive processes operated asynchronously? What if we heard the sound of water without... [more]

Game/Reality Workshops is a series of live art game making events inspired in part by the playful participatory works of Fluxus artists and the New Games movement. The events presented at the show are one facet of the Gaming Reality Project, an experiment in game design using a team of... [more]

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Trigger Pads is a platform for musical interaction intended for collaborative performance. Making a sound is as simple as pressing a button, but creating music with a group people - familiar or unknown - is not so easy. Trigger Pad units are sound... [more]

Edges of Color is a series of individually programmed pieces on an 8’ square, 16x16 grid of separately controlled and colored LEDs swatches. Reminiscent of the color swatch paintings of Gerhard Richter or the spot paintings of Damian Hirst, it treats light as the material for display... [more]

 

The Roda de Video is an interactive video installation that invites viewers to mix video and still images in rhythm. The work was created during a series of participatory video workshops with youth in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In 1997, the Lebanese government released new books and curriculum for all school subjects except one: History. In 1997, like all previous years, Lebanese students struggled to make copies of the old and only textbook available, last published in 1969. That history textbook only covers Lebanese... [more]

Melanie Stewart’s two-part installation the Blissomatic Surreal is based on her own love-hate relationship with technology. As an installation artist, she embraces technological tools in the fusion of video, photo manipulation, and sound collages with traditional arts. Conversely she... [more]

Increasingly connected and augmented with digital media, we all strive to find a way to anchor ourselves in a changing world, and form our sense of reality from the melange of media that is ever-propagating. This is true not just for humanity at large, but for artificial beings as well. XMPLAR... [more]

Seemingly External Things (S.E.T.) is a mobile art installation in which physical objects are explored to trigger audio and video events that reveal a story, part fiction and part documentary, about Mercury, NV and the Nevada Test Site.

 

Website: Public Secrets

[From the Vectors Journal project introduction:]

To many, central California is perhaps best known as the heart of a large agriculture business, a vast terrain of... [more]

 

CA Blues is an experimental autobiographical documentary mashup filmed and performed in the past perfect (in)tense, across two continents and several different countries. Using newly acquired and old home made videos, archival television news and found film footage, Alex Walter... [more]

Sight:::Sound:::Touch is an immersive interactive visual music piece in which participants are encouraged to perform together. This experience offers interactants a glimpse into the gestures relevant to both composers and performers. Abstract imagery and Indie Electronica propel the... [more]

We Arrived // Chegamos and It Had To Be With You both address themes of language, cultural authenticity, borders, and contemporary globalization. We Arrived // Chegamos makes use of the structure and aesthetics of language learning software, focusing on translation and attempts at understanding... [more]

Rice Child (Stirrings) asks: what is the work of art in an unprecedented age of violent dispossessions and mass extinctions? Solutions to environmental and socioeconomic crises propose more management, faster development. This installation is part of ongoing research that attempts to... [more]

 

4 min | Mini DV | Color | Sound 

 

Utilizing footage from a Buddhist temple in China and a Catholic memorial service for my grandmother in Korea, this piece is a visual exploration of the various ways we use prayer to connect to or transcend the... [more]

 

Fees and tuition for public higher education in the state of California have been increasing at record rates. Last Spring, in response to the unjustifiable fee increases, a UCSC students created a print of a modified University of California seal addressing the issue, subtly replacing... [more]

 

Oceanic Scales is a place to learn and to be inspired.

It is a lens focused on phytoplankton, the first link in the oceanic food chain.       

This project explores biomimicry as a tool.

It breathes and glows with a pulse.

It is a barometer of local ocean... [more]

They opened the door and it all started. Life and death combined. The room filled with breaths and journeys and sacrifices. Eve Warnock presents the first three films from her series of experimental films titled Seekago go. These films are an exploration how dimension, perspective, content, and... [more]

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