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

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If plastics could speak, what would they say? Tracing plastic products to their birthplace, the massive petrochemical factories that create plastic feedstocks, Louisiana Re-Storied is an interactive documentary regarding the impact of this industry on the health of specific human... [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]

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]

I have recently acted as a consultant for the XMPLAR project by Integrated Security Automation, Inc. The XMPLAR project aims at utilizing field agent surveillance coordinated by an artificial intelligence. While some erratic XMPLAR behavior has still prevented us from implementation in the wild... [more]

Homer is back in town. He’s back to claim his place as the greatest storyteller in the West. But he’s in for a surprise.Twitch Odyssey is a performance that allows the audience, individually and collectively, to have a hand in creating and shaping the content and direction of the... [more]

Artist Joan Raspo directed the play, Birth of Stars, in November 2014. The story weaves leading-edge astrophysics on the nature of stellar evolution through a human story of a young prodigy who seeks to become one with the Universe.Through visceral projection mapping and video based explorations... [more]

Lady/Applicant: The Lazarus is a multimedia installation and experiment in new media poetics that subverts the identity of renowned confessional poet Sylvia Plath into a ghostly presence. By presenting collaged audio and video recordings, the project questions the role of the author.... [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]

Auditions:  FEAST a performance for film

When: Fri. Feb.8th 11-2pm

Where: Digital Arts and Research Center: Dark Lab: 1st floor Black Box theater

Be prepared for movement and vocals

Short Summary

Feast starts with a shot that pulls... [more]

Over a hundred years ago Gordon Craig predicted the future invention of a theatrical medium that would create more believable stage characters, which he termed the Ubermarionette. Since then animated 3D synthespians have been designed in digital media, but have yet to be fully realized... [more]

Is a composition of pollen grains in 3D and flowers from Andean mountains. The pictures where part of "Lluvia de Polen" installation. A collaboration between Holly Findlater & Catalina Giraldo. 

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]

what if im the bad guy? and other stories presents four experimental narratives exploring ways that stories can become tactile, sculptural, and participatory. The title work invites participants to explore the true story of an accused Marine through both an augmented reality excursion... [more]

Gene A Felice II is currently working with OpenLab and DANM's Mechatronics Research Group to develop his project Oceanic Scales. He divides his attention between interactive art, living systems, and the latest available technology for new media. His hybrid practice is at the intersection of... [more]

Palimpsest: Augmented Reality Theater is an open-source augmented-reality browser capable of layering media over specific landscapes viewed through the iPhone. By employing a simple, yet powerful, scripting engine, the browser enables the creation of socially mediated narratives... [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]

Encodings in Time and Space is an immersive, large-scale installation influenced by gravitational physics, information theory, ice mechanics, and city street lamp design. It presents a post-minimalist reimagining of a nighttime boulevard punctuated by street lamps illuminating the path... [more]

How can one clumsy, depressed space cadet save a whole planet after he accidentally destroyed his own?  In this text-based science fiction adventure game, the player uses their keyboard to guide our misfit hero, Irvine Quik, through disaster and an alien culture on a quest to rescue a severely... [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]

Internal Worlds is a two-part installation using abstract video projection and interactive components to explore how our sensing bodies shape our perception, and ourselves. The pulse of the participant is detected through a biosensor helmet and externalized as lights pulsing in time with their... [more]

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