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

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Lisa Banks is a digital artist and current MFA candidate in the Digital Arts and New Media program at UC Santa Cruz. Her conceptually-based artworks encompass everything from music videos to electronic sculptures, and are united by Banks' interests in associative imagery and alternative... [more]

"My Future Is Here” is a site-specific project that brings to light the most pressing issues immigrant youth face when making a new life in the global city. Produced with collaborating students from Flushing International High School in Queens, New York, this multimedia project utilizes... [more]

A Secret History of American River People is a project to recreate a 1940s shantyboat for a series of epic river voyages to build a collection of personal stories of people who live and work on the river. The collection and shantyboat will be featured in a touring installation as well as an... [more]

Portrait of Resonance and Chaos is a performative, interactive architecture made of large mechanized pendulums that move as a networked system and display projected imagery. The movements of these pendulums are precisely controllable and the patterns of their motion are driven by generative... [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]

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]

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]

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

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]

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]

Still is an interactive installation intended for open, public space. Participants activate sustained single notes by standing in one of several pulsing, colored circles for more than two seconds. The detection of participants in the circles, in turn, triggers more circles and more possibilities... [more]

Touch control systems surround us and haptic interfaces are the telepresent handshake of our electronic society.

My works explore the novel possibilities of flesh controlled touch screens. Desensitization machines show how a subtle gestures can be translated to overrload light sculptures... [more]

Lindsay Kelley's Starvation Seeds offers a quiet meditation on sustenance and loss. Often called "starvation nuts," the protein-rich seeds of the piñon tree have long been a staple food in New Mexico and Arizona. Kelley's greenhouse installation explores how the piñon interfaces with a... [more]

Working with the Public Library’s Bookmobile as a way of collecting oral histories and engaging with local citizens, the project examines notions of the everyday alongside cultural and civic infrastructure. As a form of collaborative portraiture, the project looks at the Bookmobile by looking at... [more]

Kyle McKinley's Pedalgogy is one work from the on-going series bicilogues, all of which use dialogue as metaphor for how personal and collective narratives are inscribed on space through the act of bicycling. In this piece... [more]

PROJECT DETAILS:  http://genefelice.com/art/2009/05/31/the-screen-doors-of-perception/

“The Screen Doors of Perception” (S.D.O.P.) is a three part, interactive, sculptural
installation funded by a... [more]

In this installation, the visitor begins by listening to sound effects in the dark, both natural and artificial and is asked to "describe" where they are, and what they see. This description is then used as a search query for an image-based search online, and images that match these queries are... [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]

 

Gurlz VS Robots, the first iPad game from DANM alum Sumit Agarwal, was released in April 2010 and can be found on iTunes.

Sumit was the lead designer on this project,... [more]

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