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danm tuesdays 4-6 :: hear, say, see :: dan heller

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 1:00am


DANM TUESDAYS 4-6 allow the DANM community to come together each week to listen, learn and share our work and play. During the spring quarter the series will include a rich line-up of student presentations, visiting artists, and a workshop. All meetings are held in DARC 206, unless otherwise indicated.


Dan Heller, has been working as a photographer and photo industry analyst for the past twenty years. His early work has been exhibited extensively in galleries throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2001, his focus shifted towards the business side of the arts, with particular focus on the transition to the digital economy. His background in entrepreneurship lead to the publication of four books on business and career development for artists, while he also worked as a consultant for companies innovating new technologies in photography and imaging. He is pursuing his MFA to develop and teach this curricula at the university level. His current project for his MFA is a voice operated image search system based on verbal descriptions of recorded sounds played for the visitor. 


Dan will present his piece, Hear, Say, See: Realism and Rationalism in Perpetual Repetition. Hear, Say, See exposes, and then tickles, two underlying themes of Art and Philsophy, Realism and Rationalism, by provoking the mind's insatiable tendency towards (and attraction to) repetition.


The human condition cycles through rationalism and realism repeatedly when faced with any complex experience, either disturbing, satisfying, confusing, or horrific. Whether watching a car accident, an act of violence, a peaceful ocean beach, a fish tank, a campfire, a machine, or an abstract work of art. The mind seeks to repeat an experience until a sense of understanding is achieved, or the resolution that it cannot be understood.