1. DDA Prof & Assistant Chair Carla Gannis is included in the exhibition “Coded After Lovelace” curated by Faith Holland & Nora O’ Murchú || Artists: Carla Gannis | Claudia Hart | Olia Lialina | Jillian Mayer | Rosa Menkan | Arleen Schloss | Lillian F Schwartz || Exhibition on view August 14th – September 2nd 2014 || Opening reception Thursday August 14th | 6-8pm

     

  2. DDA alum Ashley Fontones is currently working on a large scale public works mural project with a team in the Pocono Mountains, PA. They are currently seeking submissions for an exciting juried mural wall event. Ten artists will be chosen and given the chance to paint their designs on ten buildings, businesses, and bridges in the area. They are looking for submissions, by August 29th, and encourage Pratt DDA Students to get involved by submitting their designs! Winners will be given teams of artists to assist them in painting the actual murals on the ten sites, and they will be featured on our new and exclusive Art Map App which will be available on Android and Iphone the day of the event which is September 27th (rain date is October 4th). Entry form and guidelines are available on the Facebook page.
     

  3. FLEX, the Florida Experimental Film/Video Festival, is now accepting submissions for its sixth biennial competitive festival taking place in February 2015 in Gainesville, FL.  The exclusive focus of the festival is on experimental short media, but we encourage artists to challenge us to rethink what “experimental” means.  Work may draw on documentary, animation, avant garde, underground, or other traditions—-or no traditions at all.  Cash and in-kind prizes will be awarded in each of 4 categories (film/video, small/large).  Previous jurors have included Craig Baldwin, Naomi Uman, Mike Plante, Abina Manning, Andrea Grover and Tony Gault, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Toscano, Rachel Rakes and Steve Polta.  In addition, the festival has hosted numerous filmmakers including Jim Trainor, Leighton Pierce, Deborah Stratman, Bill Brown, Jim Finn, Robert Todd, Scott Stark, Jacqueline Goss, Helga Fanderl, Michael Gitlin, Johan Grimonprez, Su Friedrich, Steve Reinke and Sam Green, as well as representatives from Double Negative, Unconscious Archives, [+], Trinchera Ensemble, LaborBerlin and Braquage.

    Entry form and guidelines can be found at http://www.flexfest.org/flexfest-2015-call-for-entries.html

    Regular—$10 (postmark by September 25, 2014)
    Late—$20 (postmark by October 25, 2014)

    No entry fee for festival alumni or for international entries.

     

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  5. Digital Arts MFA Thesis exhibitions featuring Steph Sassine’s “Human(oid);” and Eric Rieper’s “Functional Embrace” Opening reception: Mon, April 14th 5-8PM

    RSVP HERE:https://www.facebook.com/events/725107747513680/

    ERIC RIEPER 

    BIO: Eric Rieper is an interdisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, NY. His work manifests itself as large scale interactive installations, digitally produced and augmented sculpture, and browser based net-art.

    STATEMENT:

    Functional Embrace is a reflection on technology’s ability and intentions to facilitate intimate social interactions. The exhibition features three collections of work that employ those interactions and the surrounding conventions and language of contemporary internet services and digital devices.

    Featured in the exhibition are the “Embrace Objects” – a series of reactive sculptures that reveal themselves as you choose to engage with them, “Wake Up With the World” – an alarm clock that generates music based on the GPS coordinates of everyone else waking up at that precise moment, and two collaborative, anonymous web experiences – “itconnects.us” and “h-o-ld.me”

    STEPHANIE SASSINE

    Bio

    Stephanie Sassine is a Lebanese transmedia artist based in New York. She uses a variety of media ranging from photography and video to physical computing and interactive installations, to make the familiar “unfamiliar”, where darker, more hostile subject matters can be teased out of quotidian routine scenarios.

    Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Digital Design from the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon. Her never-quenching appetite for learning drove her to pursue a Master in Fine Arts in Digital Arts at Pratt Institute, focusing on interactive arts, a specialty that lets her learn new technologies and set herself new challenges every day.

    HUMAN(OID);

    Statement

    “How do you know I’m mad?””You must be, or you wouldn’t have come here.”(Alice in Wonderland)

    “HUMAN(OID);” is a subtle interactive installation that generates an intellectual uncertainty in the participants’ minds, in addition to engaging them to connect with a digital being on an emotional level, be it positively or negatively.The concept is stemmed from our fascination and focus in technology advancement in reaching the uncanny valley. This is publicly showcased in the next-gen characters in 3D movies and games, humanoid robots, hologram projections, and the list goes on. It seems like our goal has been, for decades,to digitally create something that is “as human looking” as possible. They even made movies about it, the latest to date being “Her” (2013) by director Spike Jonze. This obsession of God-defying digital procreation is today reaching successful results, so successful that they are bluntly creepy, since residing in the uncanny valley.The installation acts like a subtle highly interactive augmented reality piece, where the virtual male character (modeled after the artist’s female face) will seemingly invade and roam the gallery, while interacting with participants through gestures.