Through the week of April 22nd Henry Chung of Brooklyn, NY was our artist in residence. Henry comes with a background in engineering and photography as well as electronics and computer programming. His work focuses on ideas of memory, identity, and history and he uses a variety of materials from computer punch tape to Polaroid photos shot with a hacked pinhole camera of photos of an LED matrix.
It is with this series of work, titled “Representations of Memory” which Henry spent the bulk of his time exploring during his residency. The Polaroid photos were scanned on the SciTex EverSmart Pro scanner and enlarged from their small standard size to 24×32″ prints on the Epson 7900. In addition to this series, Henry also printed and constructed a set of accordion fold books based on this photo series, printing from the Epson 7900 and using our Epilog Laser Cutter to etch and cut out the covers.
Below are some photos of Henry at work and a selection of his images.
Through the week of April 15th the collaborative team of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, known as Luftwerk [looft•wurk] joined us from Chicago, IL, for a week long residency. Luftwerk work primarily in video installation and are perhaps most famous for their pieces “Luminous Field” and “Fallingwater”, large scale projection mapping pieces on the “Cloud Gate” sculpture of Chicago and Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Falling Water” house outside of Pittsburgh, respectively.
Luftwerk spent much of their residency at the IEA working and making tests for a new series of installations that will be opening in Chicago in September 2013. A large focus of this was on tests for projection mapping onto a color spectrum to be displayed on one wall of the gallery space. Once mapped, Sean and Petra could project and assign different colors to any square in the color prints and effectively change it to any other color, giving them the ability to create moving, amorphous, shifting color spectra. Luftwerk were also generous enough to do an artist talk and discuss their work and process with the students of the Alfred University School of Art and Design and Alfred State College Digital Media and Animation program.
Desiree Leary was our guest in the Artist Residency program through the week of April 8th. Desiree, whose work often focuses on locations and our familiarity with them, made heavy use of all of our printing facilities in the production of over 100 hand-made and bound books, as well as a series of prints and laser etchings.
The main project, the books, utilized almost every printing facility we have. The pages were of a heavy weight paper cut down to size on the large guillotine cutter, then printed upon. The covers were also cut to size on this guillotine and the titles hand stamped using a rubber stamp made on-site with our Epilog Laser Cutter. The image index pages were folded to size with a brochure folding machine we have from the 1960′s and then all of the covers and pages were collated, hand-punched, and Wire-O bound.
Below are some photos of Desiree’s multiple projects in process.
Through the week of March 26th the IEA was fortunate enough to have Kiki Smith do work within the IEA during a visit she made to the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics of Alfred University. Kiki was here for only a short time, splitting her days between working with us in the IEA as well as in the departments of Sculpture and Ceramics in the School of Art and Design, all in addition to doing an artist talk and presentation.
Kiki’s time in the IEA focused on making digital images for prints which she plans to work back into later in her studio in New York. These prints were made of images of her hands holding various natural objects, such as mica, a seashell, a potato, and an egg. She also left us with a set of images of an owl she drew onto which we are going to try to experiment with to make a four color (CMYK) woodblock or linoblock print with in the near future.
Below are some of the digital images Kiki constructed during her residency.
Through the week of March 18th the IEA was host to Jason Bernagozzi as our artist in residence. Jason is adapt in video, sound, and image processing and makes frequent use of programs such as Max/msp/Jitter to produce his work which address concepts concerning the impermanent states between language, memory and perception.
During his residency, Jason spent much of his time processing video from a recent trip to Malaysia looking at the different aspects of their culture, such as religion, commercialism, and the economies of Malaysia’s people. In addition, he worked on a Max/msp/Jitter patch ultimately for a three-channel interactive, proximity sensing installation which uses flicker techniques to compare and present to viewers the aspects of his Malaysia recordings.
It should be noted that Jason and his wife, Debora, are currently trying to set up an Artist Residency site of their own. Called Signal Culture Jason and Debora hope to channel the energy of the Experimental Television Center of Owego, NY and establish a site for artists, toolmakers, curators, critics, and art historians in the field of media art to work, do research, and exchange ideas. They ultimately wish to construct an experimental media studio with real-time analog and digital image processing equipment, custom made hardware and software, a variety of interactive interfaces and alternative imaging devices that can be configured in a modular studio setup. They currently have an indiegogo fundraising campaign up which, at the time of this entry, has 36 days to raise the funds they need to start their Signal Culture site. We wish them all the best and hope their project reaches its fundraising goals.
Below are some photos of Jason at work during his residency.
Through the week of February 25th – March 1st Phillip Stearns returned for another residency. Stearns, who uses electronics to create phenomenological works of light and sound, spent much of his time making abstract recordings of light run through his own electronic controllers both processed through the various tools in the video studio and unprocessed.
Below are some images of Phillip during his time here as well as some stills of videos he made. A video produced during his time can be found here.
Through the week of February 18th-22nd the IEA had multidisciplinary artist Kristin Lucas as our artist in residence. Kristin frames her own work in the context between reality and what one sees in media, writing: “As a woman, I am creating a discourse within which to elucidate my relationship toward the electronic dream. I unravel the complexity of this relationship by setting up virtual interactions with mediated devices, such as automated tellers, public access television, computer games, and the World Wide Web.”
During her residency, Kristin collaborated with several of the students enrolled in the undergraduate program of the School of Art and Design at the New York State College of Ceramics of Alfred University. In front of green screens, participants were asked to perform actions with objects like one may see in stock video often utilized in commercial media. Much of this was mixed live, and Kristin plans to further process these recordings in her own studio. She also spent time with the Sandin video processor and recorded a lot of video for use in future projects.
Through the week of February 7th the IEA had electronic/computer musician and artist Brett Sroka of Brooklyn, NY as a visiting artist. A member of the minimal, electro-acoustic ensemble known as Ergo, Brett focused his time at the IEA working on a Max/MSP patch which allows Brett to record and process sound in real time, adjusting levels, adding filters, and placing it in a 5.1 surround-sound space. The patch is also generative: after some initial input the patch can be left to run for long periods of time and will continue to produce new threads of sound.
During his residency, Brett collaborated with several students of Alfred University and the NYSCC and we are very grateful to both Brett for working with our students and the student volunteers for helping Brett to further his project. We would like to thank Julia Nelson, Colby Charpentier, Alexandria Scott, Denzel Russell, Dan Cooke, Michaela Stone, Olivia Juarez, Sierra Sparks, and Sara Greenberg for their time and contribution to Brett’s project.
In addition to photos, a video sample of Brett collaborating with Michaela can be found below.
Through the week of January 21st we were fortunate enough to have Ellie Irons and Dan Phiffer as our artists in residence at the IEA. Ellie, an interdisciplinary artist who explores the interplay of humanity and ecology through drawings, environmental sculpture, and electronic media, and Dan, a new media hacker from originally from California, came to us from New York City where they live and work to further a project Ellie started involving watching the skies and observing the paths of planes, birds, and other things flying overhead, entitled Flight Lines. These videos were first processed in Processing with a script Dan helped to write which left trails behind of anything that passed through the frame of the video, and then this video was projected onto paper allowing Ellie to create drawings on paper.
A selection of these videos from the skies of Brooklyn and California were also put together and displayed in our Eights Media Showcase in the Smart Wall Space in Harder Hall.