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On Friday, December 9th at, 7:00 pm IEA artist in Residence Inhye Lee will be giving a talk with space physicist Hyomin Kim, PhD, in conjunction with the exhibition, Unseen Forces, at the SOHO20 Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. The exhibition sees Lee and Kim collaborating on work involving the impact of what is now called “space weather” on the human life and technology, which will be the primary focus of their talk.

If you are in the area make a point to attend the talk or see the exhibition. Unseen Forces will be on display from now until December 18th.

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Two of China’s most important contemporary Digital Printmakers and Photographers, Chi Peng and Yao Lu, will be visiting the School of Art and Design’s Institute for Electronic Art over the week of October 5th. They will hold an artist lecture on October 6th at 6:00 pm in Nevins Theater of Alfred University.

International exhibiting artist Chi Peng’s work is currently part of Typology/Morphology exhibit that is on display in the Fosdick Nelson Gallery. Professor Yao Lu is the Chair of the Department of Photography at the Central Academy of Art in Beijing and is regarded as one of the most important photographers in China today.

Chi Peng was a visiting resident artist at the IEA in 2005. Chi Peng graduated from Central Academy of Fine Arts in 2005, where he majored in photography and digital media. He enjoys the power and unconstrained parameters of digital technology, saying, “It is the only major that will not limit my thought.” Chi Peng’s work also contains much critical afterthought on society, politics and tradition. But what separates him from older generations of artists is that this thought starts from the individual’s point of view, not that of a generation or collective. This individuality and artistic expression is more directly affecting, and represents the potential of the new generation of artists. In Journey to the West – Now-ing, Chi Peng transforms himself, in the shape of the Monkey King Sun Wukong (an incarnation of the “problem child” and rebel), into King Kong. He stands with his back turned to the viewer (standing with the viewer), weapon in hand, ready for battle. The Gate of Heavenly Peace, leading to the Forbidden City, symbolises traditional culture and political power. The gorilla that lies on this very symbol of China might be from a Hollywood movie. The influence of Western culture’s hegemony in China is also the subject of the Monkey King’s challenge. The work is infused with fearless spirit and societal criticism. Chi Peng’s work is extensively exhibited including solo museum exhibitions at the Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany, Today Art Museum, Beijing, China, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China, Zhu Qizhan Art Museum, Shanghai, China and the Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest, Hungary.

Yao Lu is well known for his artwork in the discourses of environmental art. His concern about the impact of China’s rampant path towards urbanization is portrayed in photomontaged manipulations that borrow from the classical Chinese aesthetic style of painting. Often circular, fan-shaped, or scroll-like, Lu’s harmonious landscapes are populated by tiny figures walking through the mist. However, a closer look reveals the chimerical mountain scenes are in fact construction sites scaled out of proportion. Lu’s commentary on the dramatic consequences of China’s rapid industrialization is further reinforced by the artist’s stylistic choices. His recycling of a traditional aesthetic to approach contemporary issues reveals the tension between society’s past and present values. Lu’s environmental message crosses borders and raises pressing questions about the hidden costs of modernization and global sustainability.

Students, faculty, staff and the general public are welcome to lecture by Xu Bing, an internationally known Chinese artist. The lecture will take place on February 6, at 5:20 p.m. in the Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall on the Alfred University campus.

Xu Bing’s Lecture “My Nutrition and My Method” is one of a series of events in honor of the opening of the McGee Pavilion.

Xu Bing is an artist and original thinker best know for his ambitious installation works addressing relationships between images and text, materials and public intervention, in addition, artist and people. He is considered one of the most important Chinese artists of his generation.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; and the Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona. His works have also been featured at the 45th and 51st Venice Biennales.

In July of 1999, Xu Bing was awarded the MacArthur Award for Genius. In addition, he was awarded the first Artes Mundi prize, a new art award created to stimulate interest in contemporary art in Wales. Xu Bing has worked in the IEA in the past on several projects and is the vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

Please come and learn the Way of the Patch in this four session workshop on one of the most powerful programs in our collection. Max/MSP/Jitter is a program which allows users to essentially design their own software for various purposes. Max excels in processing video in real time and is ideal in setting up interactive installations and giving performance work an extra bit of polish. In these hands-on courses, the basics of how to use this software will be demonstrated. Additionally, focus will be placed upon using the software for video processing, performance work, and interactive/installation settings, with examples of its past use to be discussed. All are welcome to attend, undergrads, grads, faculty, and staff.

Session One: Back to Basics – How to use Max, patching logic, and data flow
Oct 16, 1:00 pm
Session Two: Your Own ETC on a Budget – Using Jitter to imitate real-time, analog processing
Oct 23, 1:00 pm
Session Three: Your Stage Awaits – Using Jitter in performance settings
Oct 30, 1:00 pm
Session Four: A Two-Way Street – Using Jitter in interactive and installation settings
Nov 6, 1:00 pm

All sessions will be located in the East Lab of the computer lab in Harder Hall on the 5th floor.

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