2005 Artists in Residence

Visiting artists to lecture, lead workshops
exploring variety of digital art techniques

From fanciful photography and storytelling, to artwork derived from 3-D digital scanning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a variety of the latest digital photographic techniques will be explored this spring by four noted artists participating in the College of Architecture’s 2005 Artists In Residence program.

The visiting artists, funded by a grant from the Texas A&M Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, will conduct a series of workshops and lectures introducing participants to the vanguard of the digital art.

Forming the core working group for the Artists In Residence workshops will be students enrolled in VIZA 689, “Digital Media: Inspiration and Process,” a 3-credit-hour graduate visualization sciences course.

Additionally, each of the four workshops will be open to any College of Architecture student who can make a two-week commitment to participate in the workshop sessions and classes. The individual workshop sessions provide one-hour course credit as ARCH 485 or ARCH 685.

Space is limited in both categories and instructor approval is required. For additional information or permission to enroll, students should contact visualization sciences professor Carol LaFayette at (979) 845-5691, or lurleen@viz.tamu.edu.

Detailed information on the visiting artists and the workshops is posted on the 2005 Artists in Residence Web site.

The 2005 Artists in Residence line-up and workshop schedule:

Feb. 2 - 11

Patty Carroll: From Photo to Narrative

Patty Carroll is a Chicago-based photographer who specializes in the fantasies of American culture. Her photographs have appeared in many publications and museums. She approaches her art with two kinds of photography. In one she searches out and uncovers places and subjects as they actually exist much as journalists do. In the other she builds a picture or a graphic work, much like a painter, from her own photographs or from the photographic pieces she creates. Each approach feeds the other with new ideas and possibilities, stimulating the imagination in unexpected ways, and giving the work a new purpose, a new dimension, and a tremendous sense of fun.

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Feb. 23 - March 4

Annika Erixån: Beyond the Labyrinth & the Meaning of Life

An independent artist since 1983, Annika Erixån hails from northern Sweden. She has taught design and wood technology at the University of Gävle's Gävle Art School. Her workshop will explore six dimensions of ancient technology and new media.

The artist asks: “Do we reshape ourselves and our environment on the basis of total knowledge? Do we possess a true sense of the inner values of these inner qualities? Is there more in life than we can see or measure by modern technology? Is there even a lost technology that could put us on the right track again?”

In her workshop Erixån will use digital 3-D scanning to demonstrate how holy labyrinths can enlighten lives and provide tools for the future. She says enlightenment lies in the design analysis of these ancient structures. “With deep compassion and a sense of humor” she says, “we will examine how latest technology in combination with old bodily knowledge can enlighten our lives and give us tools for the future.”

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March 21 - April 1

Steve Rowell: Mapping Playas, N.M.

Steve Rowell is co-director of the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Culver City, Calif. The research organization is involved in examining and understanding land and landscape issues. His workshop will document the entire town of Playas, New Mexico via site visits, photography, and GPS-based mapping, to create a time capsule for architectural historians, urban planners and artists. The project will utilize tools familiar to the College of Architecture's Visualization Laboratory to create an interactive guide similar to the publications used by CLUI.

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April 7- 13

Shawn Brixey: Art of the Future

Shawn Brixey will share his expertise on the interface of art, science and technology. In his workshop, covering a great deal of conceptual territory, students will complete a Web-based mini proposal of an imaginary artwork from 50 to 100 years in the future.

Brixey is associate director of the University of Washington's newly established research center and Ph.D. program in digital arts and experimental media. He has had numerous art and technology works exhibited internationally and reviewed by prestigious publications worldwide.

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January 10, 2005

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