Digital Arts MFA Thesis exhibitions featuring Steph Sassine’s “Human(oid);” and Eric Rieper’s “Functional Embrace” Opening reception: Mon, April 14th 5-8PM
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.
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 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.
“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.
“Group One” by Meng Chen | “Bubble” by Wenjin Yang
Digital Arts MFA Thesis Exhibitions Opening in the DDA Gallery
Myrtle Hall, 4th Floor, Pratt Brooklyn Campus
Exhibition Opening: 3/31 from 5pm – 8pm
Exhibition runs from 4/1 – 4/4
Meng Chen- BIO
MengChen is a Chinese digital artist based in New York City. She earned her bachelor degree in Visual Communication Design from Tsinghua University in China. Currently, She is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in interactive arts at Pratt Institute.
“People always question the meaning of life. we strive to find a right answer on ourselves but rarely to seek for it from outside world that besides human beings. An integrated lifecycle of tiny organism and a world of creature could tell us life meaning. One and Group is an interactive installation consists of groups of virtual creatures in separate transparent wares. By walking through those wares, participants interact with virtual creatures and witness their life cycles from infancy to death and their process of reproduction and death threats from other species.”
Wenjin “Amy” Yang- BIO
Amy is currently an MFA candidate, focusing on Interactive Art, in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute. She got her BA in Digital Arts at Communication University of China’s, Nanjing.
Now, she interests in the relationship between human and interactive projects, UX/UI design. After experimenting with multiple digital art media, she decided to further her studies in HCI.
“Due to the one child only policy in China, I am the core part of my family. I didn’t know anything about SHARE and why I have to share when I was a kid, basically I get whatever I want. The feelings I have is affected by my family.
Everybody should realize that each of us has this kind of power to affect people. In this project, I want to express that we should cherish people who are always around us to support us. But we should also know that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, we have to let something go. We can’t fight against a lot of things, like death. So when that happened, all we can do is move forward and make new relationships.”
MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Lu Ke - “The Diary” and Jieyu Xiong – “Crowded”
Opening: Mon, Mar 25th, 5-8pm
On View: Tue, Mar 26th – Fri, Mar 28th
Lu Ke currently resides in Brooklyn NY. She interests in traditional painting and digital art. She experiments different ways to
combine traditional and digital art together to create inspiring work.
After earning her BFA in Animation at China Academy of Art in 2009, Lu moved to Brooklyn, New York to continue her pursuits
in the arts. Lu is currently an MFA candidate, focusing on Digital Imaging, in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute.
Humans are of course not the only species on this planet. Fairies, as another possible species have lived in people’s imagination
for a very long time. I am fascinated by these tiny creatures and always hope they can appear at the corner of the street, hide
behind a flower or stealthily walk across my table. Thus, in this project I decide to tell a story of them.
The Diary is a body of work about a diary that belongs to a fairy, O. It consists of two physical diary books. One is a tiny diary
book (1” x 2”) of O’s and another is an enlarged version of this book (60” x 88”). In this diary book, O records the details of her
daily life and every change of her emotion and attitude towards life and relationships. The whole book contains writing, collage,
hand drawing, photograph,3D modeling and digital painting. Every page in the book is trying to convince viewers of her existence
and offer an opportunity to visit this secret world.
Jieyu Xiong is a digital artist who interested in motion graphics, game design, digital illustration and UI design. She finished her BFA in Sun Yat- sen University and currently is MFA candidate, focusing on digital art in Pratt Institute. Through the creation of artworks that explore the absurdity and surrealism, she meant to reveal and make commentary to the modern reality.
Crowded provides a space, which looks empty, but is full of heavy emotions. There are 5 moveable characters hiding behind the walls. Looking through peepholes on the walls is the only way to reach them. Each character is the reflection of vulnerable people. They are terrifying, strange, wired and desperate so that they have to hide themselves. Crowded welcomes viewers to explore in the gallery space and connect themselves with characters in the show. It also implies that our world is far more complicated than what we see.
Hey students! If you have work that you’re proud of and want to exhibit to your peers, friends, and family, you should absolutely submit your work to Pratt’s annual Wallabout Film Festival, which you probably haven’t heard of. That’s ok! That’s because it’s only a few years old, but those few years have been very successful, and the venue is always packed with hundreds attending.
So if you want to get a little exposure in your college years, we would be thrilled to hear from you. Submission is FREE and the last day to submit is March 24th. Go herehttp://wallabout.org/submit/ to fill out the form and then submit to firstname.lastname@example.org with a link to your film!
Laurie Frick: The Art of Self-Surveillance
TODAY Wednesday, March 5th, 12:45-1:45pm
Lecture Hall, 4E-4
200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Bio: Laurie Frick draws from neuroscience to investigate the nature of pattern and the mind. Using her background in high-technology she explores self-tracking to produce human data portraits. She holds an MFA from NYSS and an MBA from USC. Frick recently was awarded residencies by the Neuroscience Center at UT, the Headlands, the Bemis Center, and delivered a TED talk at TEDxAustin. This year she has solo exhibitions at Real Art Ways, Okahoma Contemporary, and Marfa Contemporary. She is represented by Edward Cella in Los Angeles.