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

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[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]

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]

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]

"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]

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]

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]

 

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]

"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]

Public Goods is an installation that illustrates the ability of experiment based art to challenge existing theory, which stands as a pillar of unchecked law. Using the lexicon of experimentation and the participatory digital art, Public Goods seeks to challenge this economic game by means of... [more]

When I first was introduced to Max, I was enraptured by the architectural structure of white boxes and cables. As the poem reads from left to right and downward with each line break, the cables that connect are simultaneously traversing from the poem to the outputs in Max/MSP. How poetry and... [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]

[background: Inspired during the 2008 Republican National Convention, when Ramsey County prosecutors formally charged eight members of a prominent activist group with “conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism” under the 2002 Minnesota version of the federal PATRIOT Act (re: Probable Cause... [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]

Citizens Band  - Citizens Band explores our ability to connect with others through the architecture of an interactive CB radio sculpture. Participants are invited to engage in the amplification, interruption, and chance encounter of the transmitted voice as a mirror to assess our current means... [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]

Self III is a blend of formal sculpture, robotics, and interactive programming. Viewers are invited to navigate a landscape of kinetic artworks. These art works sense movements of the viewers' bodies and use that data to create corresponding movements throughout the space. Self III... [more]

Untitled is a series of software experiments which enact and mediate events and situations which are an expression of authorial intent, and which open up new spaces for social participation, dialogue and reflection on complex systems. These works are interventions into the everyday,... [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]

 

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]

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]

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