July 24, 2024


Life is art

Thought-provoking new works of media art in exhibition by Digital Arts and New Media MFAs

The UC Santa Cruz Electronic Arts and New Media (DANM) MFA system presents unforgetting, the culminating exhibition of its 2022 MFA cohort, on watch no cost to the public at the Electronic Arts Analysis Middle April 22-Could 1 with a exclusive efficiency May perhaps 20-29 at the Experimental Theater. Curated by DANM affiliate school, investigation associate, and lecturer in new music and art Yolande Harris, unforgetting characteristics a various array of new media art functions by five graduating artists.

“The exhibition captures the essence of the 5 particular person voices that have fashioned out of two years of concentrated inventive analysis and advancement at DANM,” says Harris. “Common threads of lost histories, hidden realties, and hauntings permeate the operates.” 

Mohamadreza Babaee, an Iranian effectiveness and electronic media scientific studies scholar and transdisciplinary artist, contributes Worldwide (re)Entry, a do the job that creatively simulates the Customs and Border Protection agency’s World-wide Entry computer software, designed to relieve traveler screening for ‘low-risk’ US citizens and long lasting citizens, and redesigns it as a pro-immigrant 2D video sport and set up. States Babaee, “This undertaking aims to intervene in the failing, existing US immigration process. The game encourages a nearer glimpse at techniques as a result of which social, political, and civic ostracization of immigrants is perpetuated. What’s more, the project invites players to formulate an ideal vision of modern society based mostly in equality, fairness, and inclusion.”

Egyptian-American film and theater maker Laura Boutros explores the Egyptian-American diaspora in Amduat: The Twelve Hrs of Ra, an immersive, multimedia theater work having spot over two weekends, May perhaps 20-29. The do the job, which draws on ancient Egyptian myths, situates Egyptian aesthetics in the Western museum space, getting audiences on a ‘docent’ tour led by significant figures in Egypt’s Pharaonic age. “The piece queries the legacies of colonialism in narratives and background whilst highlighting the media’s part in perpetuating misinformation surrounding Egypt’s tales,” claims Boutros.

Troubled Waters: The Ocean as a Contested House in California Surf Society is the title of Dave Crellin’s web site-specific set up exploring the historical past of white supremacy, racialized exclusion, and erasure in surf and beach common lifestyle. The job features an ongoing intervention at surf internet sites together the California coast making use of surf society-styled stickers embedded with QR codes to teach the public activism inside surf marketing and advertising and client culture audio recordings of surfers of shade and an interactive web site. States Crellin, an interdisciplinary artist and lifelong surfer, “My hope is that this undertaking instantiates a reckoning and reevaluation in white surf tradition, brings better recognition to surfers of colour, scholars, activists, and creatives performing to improve surf lifestyle, and opens even more area to reimagine the beach front and ocean as areas of equity, inclusion, range, and group.”

Forest Reid, a audio designer, composer, and set up artist, presents The Previous Galician Switchboard, an interactive, multi-screen movie installation that follows a switchboard operator in 1930s Detroit who is haunted by relatives remaining behind in Japanese Europe. The piece was inspired by familial letters from the late 1910s that include words and phrases of individual anguish and pleas for help from family in war-ravaged Europe. The Very last Galician Switchboard incorporates these letters as very well as excerpts from Yiddish theater, literature, and folklore. “The function employs switchboards to patch the lifeless into the residing, to solution unanswered letters of desperation, and to connect the current to the past that haunts it,” states Reid.

dani wright, a queer video game designer and digital artist, offers blood enjoy, an installation that explores their principle of a ‘queer gothic’ genre by means of activity fragments, printed zines, set up, and concept. wright suggests, “The operate I am presenting sets an example for how we, as queer activity designers, can have interaction with queer, gothic, and monster concept though doing the job within just the queer gothic style, which I determine as a radical style that relies on gothic buildings to usurp the position quo.”

DANM researches the creative potentials and social implications of rising technologies and electronic cultural techniques. The two-year MFA software emphasizes inventive and technological innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and social motion. 

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