// [inter]sections - Curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art)//

[inter]section
March 24 - April 19, 2014
Reception: Friday, March 28, 5-8pm
Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery, Valhalla, NY

[inter]section is an exhibition curated by Claudia Jacques (MFA 2009 Computer Art). The exhibition shows five male artists, Andy Deck (current MFACA faculty), Carlos Delgado, Matt Ferranto, Dusty Grella (MFA 2009 Computer Art) and Kurt Ralske (formal MFACA faculty) using code, drawing, mail, software, sound, sculpture, and video to explore the intersections of education, art and technology. Highlighting process and practice, this exhibition seeks to involve the viewer both physically and metaphorically as form emerges from function within the gallery environment.

// 'Toñita's' at MoMA Documentary Fortnight!//

Beyza Boyacioglu (MFA 2012 Computer Art) and Sebastian Diaz's short documentary, “Toñita’s" will have its world premiere at Documentary Fortnight 2014: MoMA’s International Festival of Nonfiction Film and Media. The film will screen as a part of the Shorts Program: American Stories, on February 22 at 2pm and on February 23 at 5pm. Both screenings will be followed by a discussion with the directors Beyza Boyacioglu and Sebastian Diaz, along with other filmmakers.

Toñita’s dives into the microcosm of The Caribbean Social Club, fondly labeled ‘Toñita’s’ after its owner Maria Toñita, in order to talk about identity, urban space and displacement. Revealed as the matriarch of the community, Toñita is devoted to sustain the club as a hub for the Caribbean people “until she falls”. The film interweaves observational club scenes with testimonials of its colorful regulars, revealing the infamous history of a Caribbean neighborhood, as well as the club’s resistance to rapid gentrification. Music and dance constitute a crucial part of the film, as Toñita’s is a love letter to ‘Nuyorican’ culture.

Building upon Toñita’s short film, the filmmakers are currently developing a feature length documentary, titled The Caribbean.

Toñita’s was produced in 2013 UnionDocs Collaborative Studio and is a part of UnionDocs’ Living Los Sures project. This multi­faceted project restores Diego Echeverria’s 1984 film Los Sures (Southside), makes it accessible to audiences online, remixes local histories through a web documentary platform, and reinvestigates Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn today through a collection of short films.

Shorts Program: American Stories
February 22 2014, 2:00pm
Premiere & discussion after the program ­
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1, MoMA
February 23 2014, 5:00pm
Discussion after the program ­ The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2, MoMA

ABOUT MOMA’S DOCUMENTARY FORTNIGHT
Since 2001, February has marked the return of Documentary Fortnight, MoMA’s annual showcase of innovative recent nonfiction film and media. This year’s festival runs from February 14­28 includes 20 feature films, 10 shorts, two classics, and one installation, from more than 20 countries, in an examination of the relationship between contemporary art and nonfiction filmmaking, and of new approaches to nonfiction practice.
MoMA is located at 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019 | (212) 708­9400 |
www.moma.org

// SVA Named One of the Best Art Schools in the World//

Reblogged from SVA’s Trending Now…

From Spear’s magazine: “…Here, Spear’s takes a look at some of the leading art schools internationally—from those right at the forefront of Contemporary art across modern media to others renowned for developing more traditional skills such as painting, sculpture and print making.

…Training at a prestigious art school also gives students invaluable opportunities to collaborate with likeminded talents, while the name of a well-respected institution can provide a foot in the door with both galleries and collectors…

The School of Visual Arts, New York

First established in 1947 as the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, New York’s School of Visual Art began offering degrees in 1972.

Consistently rated as one of the best US art schools and with two prime Manhattan addresses, SVA also has three gallery spaces for over 50 exhibitions a year from both students and professional artists.

It currently conducts 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs - offering everything from fine art, graphic design, photography and filmmaking to art criticism and art education… (continue reading)

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// MFACA Alumni Winning the 2013 Taiwan International Student Design Competition//

This year is the 6th Annual Taiwan International Student Design Competition with the theme of “Sights and Sounds.” Among 7 semi-final selections of MFACA 2013 alumni, this year we are proud to announce Daniel Sierra’s “Oscillate" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) winning the Gold prize along with Steinar Bergoey Nedreboe’s "Staircases" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) and Xun Wang’s "IRON HANS" (MFA 2013 Computer Art) awarded honorable mention under Digital Animation category. Congratulations to all of them!

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Oscillate" by Daniel Sierra (MFA 2013 Computer Art) is an abstract procedural animation set to music. It explores the complexity emerging from multiple waves oscillating in different ways. The music sets the pace and tone of the animation, which explores not only oscillating movement but also the secondary effects that emerge from particle systems that inherit the velocity of these movements. Complex visual styles are further explored through the application of different noise algorithms on top of the base oscillations.

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Staircases" by Steinar Bergoey Nedreboe (MFA 2013 Computer Art) is an animated short about time, life, the experiences and preservation of memories and how we perceive them.

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Xun Wang’s “IRON HANS" (2013) adapts traditional animation techniques to retell Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale, which transport the viewer to Xun’s childhood bedroom when she would listen to books on tapes with her mind drifting between reality and dreams. Here is the blog for this project: http://ironhans.wordpress.com

// SVA MFACA Alumnus Gyuhyun Kim Winning the International Students Creative Award 2013//

Gyuhyun Kim (MFA 2012 Computer Art)’s animation short, “Mirror” has won several major awards, 2012 Semi-Finalist at Student Academy Award, Semi-Finalist at Adobe Achievement Awards and 2012 Short Film Corner at Festival de Cannes and honorable mention for 2013 ASIFA-East Animation Award. On December 12, he was given another amazing award, International Students Creative Award in Osaka, Japan. This time he won the grand prize for the international film category. Congratulations, Q!

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Mirror is about how standards of happiness differ from person to person. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. Two cats, living in completely different worlds, switch places through a mirror and experience each other’s life. To feel happiness, we need to be satisfied with each of our lives after all. This tries to answer to this somewhat serious theme in a witty way. To find out more about Q, please visit his website.

// Guided Visit: SVA’s Bruce Wands on Algorithmic Artist Manfred Mohr on SVA’s Blog//



Image credit: Manfred Mohr, P1611_24, 2012

To celebrate the New York Digital Salon’s 20th Anniversary, the MFA Computer Art Department at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), in partnership with the New York Digital Salon (NYDS), presents “The American Algorists: Linear Sublime,” an exhibition exploring the elegance that can be achieved with a line through the use of programming a computer and printing the work on paper with plotters, inkjet printers or other media. Curated by Grant D. Taylor, associate professor of art history at Lebanon Valley College, the exhibition will be on view October 26 through November 27 at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York City.

On SVA’s trending now blog, Bruce Wands, chair of the MFA Computer Art Department and author of Art of the Digital Age (Thames & Hudson, 2007) talks about Manfred Mohr’s P1611_24 (pigment ink on canvas, 2012). To see it, please visit here.

// Oscillate at 2013 Motion + Design Animation Film Festival//

Congratulations to Oscillate once again! It is selected at Aix-en-Provence in France. This year, there are total of 28 films selected and divided into two programs. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 4. Admission is free and open to the public. If you are around L’institut de l’Image de la Cité du Livre, please do check it out and celebrate with Daniel Sierra. For more information, please visit the festival website here.

// The Quay Brothers New York Premiere//

Pioneering animators, the Quay Brothers, will arrive in New York on November 5th (3-5:45pm) for the New York premiere of “[UN] MISTAKEN HANDS, EX-VOTO F.H.” 2013 at the School of Visual Arts (Ampitheater 209 East 23rd, room 311) literally days after completing and screening it at the Wexner Center.

Based in London, and rarely in the United States, the Brothers have spent the month of October at the Wexner finishing the film as part of the Wexner Center Artist Residency Award in film and video for 2013-14. SVA is lucky to snatch them for an afternoon before they disappear back to London. 

Best known for their stop-motion animated films (Street of Crocodiles, 1986, The Cabinet of Jan Svankmeyer, 1984 and In Absentia, 2000 (made in collaboration with Karl Stockhausen), and feature film Institute Benjamenta (1995), starring Star Trek borg Alice Krige, the Quay Brothers were the subjects of a major retrospective at MOMA last year, curated by Ron Magliozzi where there astonishing work in illustration and the graphic arts, set design for opera, dance, theater, TV commercials, music videos, sculpture and the exhibition of dreamy exquisite vitrines of their puppet theaters called DORMITORIUM, introduced afficiando and public alike to the Quays as major artists above and beyond their brilliant reputation for animation.

“[UN] MISTAKEN HANDS, EX-VOTO F.H.” is a stop-motion puppet film based on the short stories of the unacknowledged “father of magic realism,” Uruguayan author, Felisberto Pioneering animators, the Quay Brothers, will arrive in New York on November 5th (3-5:45pm) for the New York premiere of “[UN] MISTAKEN HANDS, EX-VOTO F.H.” 2013 at the School of Visual Arts (Ampitheater 209 East 23rd, room 311) literally days after completing and screening it at the Wexner Center. Based in London, and rarely in the United States, the Brothers have spent the month of October at the Wexner finishing the film as part of the Wexner Center Artist Residency Award in film and video for 2013-14. SVA is lucky to snatch them for an afternoon before they disappear back to London. *

Best known for their stop-motion animated films (Street of Crocodiles, 1986, The Cabinet of Jan Svankmeyer, 1984 and In Absentia, 2000 (made in collaboration with Karl Stockhausen), and feature film Institute Benjamenta (1995), starring Star Trek borg Alice Krige, the Quay Brothers were the subjects of a major retrospective at MOMA last year, curated by Ron Magliozzi where there astonishing work in illustration and the graphic arts, set design for opera, dance, theater, TV.

For more information, please visit the event Facebook page here.

// Fall 2013 Info Session//

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MFACA will be hosting this year’s Info Session on Saturday, November 14, 2-4pm. It will take place in the MFA Computer Art Lab, 133 West 21 Street, 10th Fl. This is the opportunity to meet with Chair, faculty and current students to know more about the Department. To sign up, please visit SVA’s main website for registration. The session will also be available to view online via livestream. Hope to see you there!

// Oscillate at 6th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival Opening Night//

Ocsillate created by Daniel Sierra (MFA 2013 Computer Art) will be shown tonight at 6th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival Screening & Panel: The Art of Code. According to Imagine Science Films website, “The Art of Code explores our rapidly-changing computer-proccessed world. Computational art, raw data expressed as breathtaking image or even physical form, and the oscillating line that connects our punch-card past to the trans-human future. Afterwards, join us for discussion exploring the visualization and creation of data stories, followed by a cocktail reception.” The event will take place tonight at 7-10pm in Google NY. Congratulations to Daniel!

Oscillate: An evolving abstract visualization of the patterns formed by overlapping sine waves set in conjunction to music.

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