Six experimental multimedia artists
visit college as artists in residence

Six internationally acclaimed experimental multimedia artists paid weeklong visits to the Texas A&M campus in the spring 2004 semester as part of the College of Architecture's artists in residence program — RE+VISIONS.

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

In addition to their work at the College of Architecture, the visiting artists visited classrooms around campus, showcasing their work and lecturing on contemporary multimedia arts.

The 2004 Artists in Residence included:

Marcia Lyons (Feb. 23-27) is former head of Digital Media Fine Arts at Cornell University and producer and CEO of CRITICAL-MAS.TV, a live broadcast curatorial crossing of media arts projects. In her workshop, “Feeling a Space: Future Inhabitable Walls,” participants combined images and sound with software and video notations, and then integrate these components into visually cued wall surfaces. Lyons’ Feb. 25 lecture, “Doing the Math: Skinning a Space,” explored the use of multimedia video, animation and motion graphics to develop “vibe interiors.”

Randall L. Packer (March 9-12) is a pioneering multimedia artist, scholar and outspoken advocate for art as a means of social transformation. He is currently a professor of electronic arts and director of the Center for New Media at the Maryland Institute College of Art and an adjunct professor at John Hopkins University’s Communication in Contemporary Society program, both in Baltimore, Md. Packer’s workshop, “Artistic Freedom,” guided students in the scripting and filming of “hyper-fictional” performance videos and artworks articulating artistic freedom in the post-9/11 environment. His March 10 lecture, “Multimedia and Social Transformation,” examined tendencies of multimedia artists to defy categorization by embracing the full range of media through the construction of “total artwork.”

Zoe Sheehan Saldana (March 22-26) is an art professor and artist whose work interweaves craft processes, like sewing, with photography, drawing, and computer graphics. She co-led a workshop and March 24 lecture with Jeff Weiss;

Jeff Weiss
(March 22-26) is an artist and instructor at the Rochester Institute of Technology who is known for his giant artworks combining digital photography and painting. The workshop led by Saldana and Weiss, “Landscaping,” guided students in the documentation of a “place” using sketches, photographs, video, sound, notes and artifacts. The duo’s March 24th lecture, “A Truckload of Art from New York City,” offered insight into the artists’ work and techniques.

Camille Utterback (March 29-April 2), who has taught at the Parsons School of Design and the Interactive Telecommunication Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, is a pioneering artist and programmer in the field of interactive installation. Her design workshop, “Physical Modalities in Interactive Art,” explored computationally driven interactive art based on physical modalities. Categories explored in her workshop included works that respond to and reference human activities. Utterback’s March 31 lecture, “Re-imagining Interactivity,” examined her pioneering video tracking installations.

Nell Ruby (April 5-9) is an installation artist and educator at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Ga. Her work combines commonplace throwaway materials with photographic projections in compartmentalized spaces. In her workshop, “Points of View,” students were asked to create such spaces, or rooms, using various media to convey an autobiographical message. Ruby offered more insight into her installation art in her April 7 lecture, “My Take on House Beautiful, Work by Nell Ruby.”

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