No. 5: Haythem Zakaria

In partnership with African Digital Art the Remote Lecture Series presents:

DATA IS BEAUTY -   Haythem Zakaria a 27-year-old Tunisian artist, living in France for two years.  Predominately inspired by Sufi, Zakaria moved recently towards real time experiments with generative devices. Operating the intermediality of his discipline, he offers unique visuals creations and interactive installations.

Haythem Zakaria

In this remote lecture Zakaria will be speaking about his work and practice.  Interactive installation with real time sensor sensory / / single screen / / audio stereo:

Raq [s] is the prelude to an unlikely marriage of mystical texts of Jalal al-Din Rumi and generative art form of immersive digital facilities. The whole movement is governed by a transcendent abstract dialogue and intimate attraction between its components: the particles. These particles travel free, flow, entangle, leading an intoxicating dance, mystical, which distorts vision in one-dimensional space-time infinite contemplation.
For more suspicious to those who wonder about their intentions, the invitation is open to dance their dance.

[O] Nystagmus – In medicine, the nystagmus is an involuntary oscillatory movement of the eyeball and jerky. Nystagmus is a disturbance of muscle coordination of the eye. It can be caused by a disease, very fast movements or substance abuse.
Haytham Zakaria and Emmanuel Mailly end with / nystagmus / their first triptych. After infancy, their common language has been refined, enriched vocabulary. Place now to travel, to explore the surrounding area, open your eyes!

Source: African Digital Art

Lecture: Wednesday the 8th June 2011 -   South African Time 18:30 – 19:30. Digital Arts Seminar Room, Digital Arts Convent Building. See here for directions – opposite the Wits School of Arts.  Also see calendar page…

Please note – GMT 16:30 for streaming.  Please see streaming page for more information or contact me tegan (dot) bristow (at) wits (dot) ac (dot) za or 011 717 4604.

Data is Beauty

Nystagmus

Haythem Zakaria is a visual artist and an audio/visual performer that experiments with the digital creation of virtual simulations. Zakaria is a Tunisian artists who often works on themes that deal with the digital image. His visual creations offer intriguing interactive installations. Zakaria is passionate about using the digital form as a medium because..

This is an emerging scene where the eye can just emerge find, wonder and find passage to something else, may be the imagination.

More of Zakaria’s collaborations and ‘meetings can be viewed from the links below.

http://www.dataisbeauty.com/
http://linearcircle.org/
http://meta-p.com/
http://www.facebook.com/DataIsBeauty
http://haythemzakaria.tumblr.com/

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No 4: Tamiko Thiel

Dramatic Structure in Interactive 3D Spatial Narratives

Still from "Beyond Manzanar"

Tamiko Thiel’s interactive 3D installations are 3D virtual worlds in which users’ own movements and decisions trigger the dramatic structure of the experience. Using examples from these works, Thiel will talk about what she considers to be the unique dramatic characteristics of this medium.

In this remote lecture Thiel will be discussing her interactive 3D artworks “Beyond Manzanar” and “Travels of Mariko Horo” as a public talk and discussion. These works are being dealt with in the Honours Digital Arts Theory Course and we hope for much lively discussion with students and members of the public.

Still from "Travels of Mariko Horo" - Tamiko Thiel

Tuesday the 17th May 2011 -   South African Time 18:00 – 19:00. Digital Arts Seminar Room, Digital Arts Convent Building. See here for directions – opposite the Wits School of Arts.  Also see calendar page…

Please note – GMT 16:00 for streaming.  Please see streaming page for more information.

Tamiko Thiel is a media artist developing the dramatic and poetic capabilities of various forms of virtual and augmented reality as a medium for exploring social and cultural issues in site-specific artworks. She has degrees in engineering from Stanford and MIT and a fine arts degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She exhibits internationally in venues such as the International Center for Photography in New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the ZKM in Karlsruhe and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and at festivals such as Siggraph, ISEA and Ars Electronica. Her work has been supported by grants from WIRED Magazine, the Japan Foundation, the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Berlin Capital City Cultural Fund (Hauptstadtkulturfonds) and the IBM Innovation Award.

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No 3: Peter Traub

Composer, installationist and net artist.

Photo: Dan Addison / U.Va. Public Affairs

A continuation of our sound focus for September and October. Please note that a Max/MSP workshop will be held as an extension of this talk on the 6th of November, see here for more.

In this remote lecture Peter will talk about several of his recent pieces that focus on using physical, virtual, and hybrid spaces as compositional tools. The pieces span several mediums, from online installation to dance performance to site-specific physical installation. He will also discuss and demonstrate the tools, both software and hardware, that he used to create the works.

Wednesday the 27th October 2010 – South African Time 18:30 – 19:00.Digital Arts Seminar Room, Digital Arts Convent Building. See here for directions – opposite the Wits School of Arts.  Also see calendar page…

Please note – GMT 16:30 for streaming.  Please see streaming tab in the menu above for more information on how to get the stream feed.

Peter Traub is a composer/installationist/net artist about to complete his Ph.D in the Composition and Computer Technologies program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He was born in Johannesburg in 1974 and emigrated with his family to the US in 1982 (but has returned to SA many times since). He received his Master’s in Electro-Acoustic Music from Dartmouth College in 1999, and has composed numerous works of electronic music as well as internet-based and physical sound installations.

After Dartmouth, Peter lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for five years, moonlighting as a visiting researcher/composer at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University while he worked as a software developer at internet startups. His dissertation is a series of performances and installations (and a large paper) exploring sound in physical and imaginary space. He currently lives in Charlottesville with his wife and three-year-old son.   (for more: www.petertraub.net )

* As an extension to this lecture Andrew Spitz and the Digital Arts Division will be hosting a FREE MAX/MSP WORKSHOP on the 6th of November.  See here for more.

For more information please contact me directly on tegan (dot) bristow (at) wits (dot) ac (dot) za or 011 717 4604

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No 2: Lagos Soundscapes

September and October will be a sound art focus. And the first of the series will be artist Emeka Ogboh based in Lagos, Nigeria.

LAGOS SOUNDSCAPES

Photo: Emeka Ogboh

In this remote lecture Emeka Ogboh will be speaking and presenting his Lagos Soundscapes sound art series.

“The Lagos Soundscapes is an ongoing sound project that explores Lagos as a vibrant African Mega city. As the name suggests the project is invested in acoustics, however, what is central here is that the accumulated sound defines the character of the city of Lagos. The amalgamation of these sounds and more, defines the city Lagos as the economic, commercial and cultural capital of Nigeria.

The basics of the project involves recording and collecting definitive sounds that sum up the character and vibrancy of Lagos. The project maps the contour of the relationship between Lagos population and its produced soundscape.  The city is very much alive because of its eclectic and rich soundscape.  The recordings made from this direct engagement with Lagos are applied creatively in sound art and installations.”

Tuesday the 21st September 2010 -   South African Time 18:30 – 19:00. Digital Arts Seminar Room, Digital Arts Convent Building. See here for directions – opposite the Wits School of Arts.  Also see calendar page…

Please note – GMT 16:30 for streaming.  Please see streaming page for more information.

Emeka Ogboh is a Nigerian new media artist who has variously explored the soundscapes of Lagos, Nigeria, to affect a constructive dialogue between its physicality and it’s imagining. For him the architectonic of Lagos as a mega city, for example, opens up questions on cultural narcissism, third world mobility and globalization processes. This Lagos soundscapes project was part of the first World Listening Day in July 2010.

Emeka is the co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos, a participant of the African Centre for Cities project on African Urbanism and the Locus Sonus International streaming project. He has participated in exhibitions and media workshops both in Nigeria and internationally, and was a member of the Media Lab in Africa delegation to the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art. His creative templates include but are not limited to sound, video and photography.

For more information please contact me directly on tegan (dot) bristow (at) wits (dot) ac (dot) za or 011 717 4604

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No 1: The Choreographed Accident

I’m very excited to announce our very first Remote Lecture for 2010 by Marcelino Stuhmer based at the University of Wisconsin in Milwakee .

The Choreographed Accident: How painting survived the accident.


In this Remote Lecture Marcelino Struhmer will be speaking his expanded painting practice in three recent works.

“The metaphoric crossing between perception and hallucination occurs by means of the paraphernalia of painting, which is also that of recollection and re-cognition, as the recovery, to the senses, of what seemed to be forever beyond experience.” Paul de Man

“Mise-en-abyme”, a term coined by Andre Gide, which refers to the artistic trope of limitless reflection is akin to the physical experience of the carnival’s Mirror Maze. In my current extended painting practice, I wish the viewer to “enter into the work” and find themselves occupying a different parallel space, narrative, and time.  The spatial/architectural constructions in three recent installation projects deconstruct the cinema house into 1) a panoramic painting rotunda, 2) a funhouse mirror maze, and 3) a miniature architectural model of an apartment building in Warsaw.

In the broadest sense, the crisis of representation as seen in the history of painting provides me with a dynamic conceptual meeting point between material, process, and language. My recent installation work reconstructs or invents narratives of distant geographic, and temporal moments, allowing a collision of virtual ‘present-moments’ in an installation space designed specifically to stage these orchestrated time-collisions. I am currently working on a series of paintings, collages, and architectural models, which explores an intersection of image, film, painting, screen, and the history of theater design.

The Remote Lecture Series is a series of once a month lectures by people in different places across the world who are “beamed in” live (via the internet) to speak to a Johannesburg audience. We use available video conferencing technologies like Skype and iChat for the live lecture.  The point of these lectures is to inspire and uplift the discourses around art, new media and technology. We also stream the sessions live from Johannesburg.

Thursday 12th August 2010   -   South African Time 19:00 – Digital Arts Seminar Room, Digital Arts Convent Building. See here for directions – opposite the Wits School of Arts.  Also see calendar page…

Please note – GMT 17:00 for streaming.

Marcelino Stuhmer earned an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000. He has done residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, was a guest artist at Cittadellarte-Pistoletto Foundation in Biella, Italy, and was awarded a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam where he received a two-year research fellowship.

His most recent installation project, The Choreographed Accident: Objects, Images and Artifacts from the Pawel Avorsky Museum, Warsaw which debuted at Jeune Creation 2009 in Paris, is now showing at the Wisconsin Triennial 2010, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. This conceptual film project tells the story of a British spy during the Cold War who smuggled illegal Jazz records into Poland.

Apart from numerous exhibitions in Europe and North America, Stuhmer has won a number of grants and prizes, including Best International Artist at the Arte Laguna 2009 International Art Prize Exhibition at the Venice Arsenalle in Venice, Italy, a Graduate Committee Research Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the First Place Royal Prize for Painting in The Netherlands, a Mondrian International Publication and Exhibition Grant, a Community Artist Assistance Program Grant from Chicago, and a Joan Mitchell award in conjunction with an artist residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Painting and Drawing area of the Department of Visual Art at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.

For more information please contact me directly on tegan (dot) bristow (at) wits (dot) ac (dot) za or 011 717 4604

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