// "The Boxtrolls" Screening at SVA//

We were very excited about the September 25th screening of “The Boxtrolls” hosted by SVA’s Career Development. We even got to meet the directors Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi!

(L-R) Jose Vargas (Senior Systems Administrator at SVA MFACA), Hsiang Chin Moe (Director of Operations at SVA MFACA), Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi (Directors of the Boxtrolls), Angie Wojak (Director of SVA’s Career Development), and Joan MaCabe (Director of Operations at SVA MFA Visual Narrative)

// After School Special 2014: SVA’s Alumni Film and Animation Festival//

On September 20th, SVA hosted our very first Alumni Film and Animation Festival. It was a successful event that included the screening of short films, commercials, and music videos created by MFACA alumni. The event was followed by a Q&A moderated by current MFACA student Jen Hurler (MFA 2015 Computer Art) with the filmmakers/animators:  Kun-I Chang (MFA 2007 Computer Art), Nathan Freise (MFA 2009 Computer Art), Shiouwen Hong (MFA 2009 Computer Art), Q-hyun Kim (MFA 2012 Computer Art), ChuChi Lin (MFA 2010 Computer Art), John Mattiuzzi (MFA 2012 Computer Art), Joshua Planz (MFA 2013 Computer Art), and Taili Wu (MFA 2009 Computer Art).  Included in the screening was the world premiere of Zerogon, the newest short film by Student Academy Award-winner John Mattiuzzi and Joshua Planz. 

Special thanks to Adam Natale, Director of SVA Theatre!

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// MFACA Alumni Featured on Microsoft’s Channel 9//

Kurt Young (MFA 2013 Computer Art), the founder and creative director of Mokuni Games was featured on Channel 9, a blog that showcase videos of people behind the scenes building products at Microsoft. A few other MFACA alumni were featured in this video: Jeffrey Chan (MFA 2012 Computer Art), Shuren Hao (MFA 2014 Computer Art), Xuan Li (MFA 2013 Computer Art), and Kevin Chen (MFA 2013 Computer Art). Mokuni Games are developing games for Windows Phone with the help of Microsoft BizSpark. Watch the video here.

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// MFACA Were Vicitorious at the 12th Annual MetroCAF!//

The 12th annual Metropolitan College Computer Animation Festival — MetroCAF, screened it’s accepted entries on September 19th.  Out of 30 selected animations, 11 were from our MFACA department! Congratulations to MFACA ‘14 alumni, NaiWei Liu (Something Important) and Panop Koonwat (Cupidiculous) for both receiving Jury Awards.

Among the highly represented SVA accepted entries in our department were: Wendi Wu & Wenting Wu (Cocodile), Hongbo Wang (Infinite Loop), Yaya Xu (Mirage), Hung Ling Wu (Marcescent), Xingjian Wu (Rock Got Cancer), Mengyi Xu & Long Li (Zuzum1), Wei Lu (Run Crab Run!), Hui Chi Chuang (Across the Light), and Meng Chwen Tien, Michael Bourbeau & Allison Botkin (Treasure Nest). Congratulations to SVA BFACA Nick Tustin for also winning a Jury Award!

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// MFACA Faculty Terry Dame Exhibiting at Maker Faire this Weekend//

Terry Dame, who teaches Sound Workshop I & II at the MFACA department will be exhibiting Terry Dame’s Science Music Road Show" at Maker Faire this weekend September 20 & 21 at the New York Hall of Science. The original interactive exhibit will include invented musical instruments such as The Horn of Plenty Sounds, The Parisian Hammer and the ElectronGong Pedal.rn.

// '14 MFACA Alumnus Naiwei Liu Officially Selected to Cinanima Animation Film Festival//

MFACA alumn Naiwei Liu (‘14) piece Something Important was officially selected for International Competition, in the category of School Film and/or Graduation Film at the 2014 Cinanima. Cinanima is an animation film festival in Espinho, Portugal that will take place between November 10-16th 2014. 

// MFACA Alumnus Hwayong Jung Mentioned in the New York Times//

MFACA alumn, Hwayong Jung (‘11) was mentioned in a New York Times article published yesterday — “Gems Among the Ruins.” Exhibiting in the 7th Annual Governors Island Art Fair 2014, Hwayong piece Euphoria was called by NYT art critic Ken Johnson as”hypnotic and hallucinatory.” Make sure to check out both Hwayong and another MFACA alumn, Harsha Biswajit pieces at the Governors Island Art Fair. The art fair is free and open to the public on the weekends for the month of September (11am-6pm).

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// MFACA in SVA Alumni Film and Animation Festival//

SVA will be hosting our very first Alumni Film and Animation Festival this month. As part of the festival, there is a screening of short films, commercials, and music videos created by MFACA alumni, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers/animators:  Kun-I Chang (2007), Nathan Freise (2009), Shiouwen Hong (2009), Q-hyun Kim (2012), ChuChi Lin (2010), John Mattiuzzi (2012), Joshua Planz (2013), and Taili Wu (2009).  Included in the screening will be the world premiere of Zerogon, the newest short film by Student Academy Award-winner John Mattiuzzi and Joshua Planz.  Jen Hurler (MFA 2015 Computer Art) will moderate the Q&A. 

This specific screening will take place on Saturday, September 20 at 4pm in SVA Theatre, 333 West 23 Street. See below for other screening schedules.
Please come and support our own MFACA alumni! Screenings are free and open to the public. General Admission RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open approximately 30 minutes prior to each screening. For more information, please visit here
Hope to see you there!

// SVA’s Graduate Reception//

Last week SVA welcomed new students entering Fall 2014 with a Graduate Reception hosted by Graduate Admissions & Student Affairs. Our new MFACA students and a few staff members were at the event. Here are some photos from the Graduate Reception: 

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// MFACA Fall 2014 Student & Alumni Exhibition: Call for Entries//

Call for Entries!

MFA Computer Art will have an exhibition for current students and alumni this Fall 2014 at SVA’s Flatiron Gallery (133 W. 21st. Street, 1st Fl.)

Exhibition Dates: October 25th to November 26, 2014
Exhibition Reception: November 6, 2014 at 6pm

We welcome prints, sculptures, installations, web based artworks, animation and video projects for submission. 

If you are a current SVA MFA Computer Art Student or Alumni, we invite you to submit! If interested, please email mfaca@sva.edu for details about submission requirements. Deadline for submission is 5pm Friday SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

The MFA Computer Art Department emphasizes creativity and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies.