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

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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]

Elsewhere is an outdoor installation that invites viewers to pause and consider the influence of new media upon our experiences with the material world.  Situated in and around a life-sized toy sailboat, participants are implicated into playful re-imaginations of location, connection,... [more]

Culture Custom Identity

Developed through CR&D (Cultural Research development), the Social Shifter is a new technology that
allows the user in taking total control over the volume of 'Easternization' and 'Westernization' in any
given artwork therein. In other words, the... [more]

"Stop the Press!" is a new play about the demise of print and the rise of digital media. It is a collaborative production between the Theater Arts department and the 2009-10 Performative Technologies Collaborative Research Project Group that takes us into two worlds simultaneously: the golden... [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.

"be there" is a shared online virtual environment where time spent in other souls is the only way to create your self.

give up individuality and reincarnate in a distant body to collect the patterns of sound & light necessary to build a personal audiovisual structure. contribute your... [more]

 

GEOWeekly is a full color, 28-page magazine based on tabloids one would find in supermarkets and newsstands such as US Weekly or Star.  The cover is designed in the hot pink, yellow, and white color scheme with alarm-inducing typefaces of most tabloids targeted toward gossip-... [more]

Holly Findlater has traversed much terrain both physically and mentally. As a multi-media installation artist she inhabits many worlds exploring ecology, human-animal relationships, agriculture, biopolitics, bioethics, industrialization, violence, ritual, permaculture, symbolism, religion,... [more]

Verde Oscuro is a video mapping projection which masks the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) facade at UCSC. Here, the audience can travel through the past, present, and future in order to experience the ecological timeline of the DARC. Spectators are able to envision... [more]

After reflecting on my findings of the compiled data, I realized that these words were a part of manifesting what is now America. The flag displays the most used verbs with its associated frequency. This analysis was compiled with thePython programming language and the Natural... [more]

CCI (Culture Custom Identity) is a conceptual new media device and an iPhone application in-the-making that fades between two melodies, one is “Easternized” and the other is “Westernized.” The user of this device will be granted access to customize the identity of any given artwork or... [more]

A physically competitive electronic game exploring the concepts of deeply embedded racial preferences and disadvantages in American society.

A cannabis farm in international waters.

High Seas Farm will be comprised of barges outfitted to grow cannabis with the intention of providing all parts of the plant for use in industrial, medical, and recreational applications. 

 

Hemp uses... [more]

Fetish Eyes

Fetish Eyes appropriates the circular form of the Mandala with an array of eyes that stare at the viewer from all angles. The eyes will continue to look at the subject as long as she or he is silent, however, if they speak, the eyes close to no longer... [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]

MFA Project: OBJECT REMOVED: FRAGMENTS OF A MUSEUM AFTER CAPITALISM
Object Removed is a living archive that collects texts, images, and documents relating to the process of founding a museum which treats capitalism as a historical phenomenon. The archive... [more]

Settler colonialism, genocide, and imperialism included are often normalized in U.S. ideologies. Shift, Indian Country’s Changing Landscape offers a reversal of those ideologies into decolonial data-visualizations. Data of and from the Indigenous peoples of the area now known as the U.S.... [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]

The Loop is a stop-motion animation short exploring human relationships with anxiety. In this animation, the viewer watches the main character and her response to an abstract feared element. Through the use of a metaphorical structure, the character mechanically and externally processes... [more]

This is the second in a series of pieces analyzing what people on Twitter are saying to or about United States President, Barack Obama (@BarackObama on Twitter.)

 

As new messages are displayed, the image of President Obama shows a slight emotional reaction based upon that... [more]

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