Department of Art 2010 Speaker Series (Art 1C)

Department of Art 2010 Speaker Series (Art 1C)

All lectures are held at 5PM in Broida 1610, UCSB, unless otherwise noted.

 Lisa Jevbratt: Artist Talk 

Jevbratt will present her work on Internet visualization, interspecies collaboration, her current project Zoomorph - software that simulates how animals see - and ghost hunting.

Lisa Jevbratt is a Swedish born artist, currently an associate professor in the Art Department and the Media Art Technology program at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work, ranging from internet visualization software to interspecies collaboration, has been exhibited extensively internationally in venues such as The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada), The New Museum (New York), The Swedish National Public Art Council (Stockholm, Sweden), and the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York); and it is discussed in numerous books, for example "Internet Art" by Rachel Greene and "Digital Art" by Christiane Paul (Thames and Hudson). Jevbratt also publishes texts on topics related to her projects and research, for example in the anthology "Network Art - Practices and Positions" ed. Tom Corby (Routledge). Last year her current project ZooMorph was awarded a Creative Capital grant. | | |
 Jim Nollman: The Art and Science of Interspecies Communication 

Time: Thursday April 8, 6:30PM
Location: Chemistry 1179, UCSB

Nollman will also speak at the IHC conference Oil + Water: The Case of Santa Barbara and Southern California on Friday the 9th.

Jim Nollman is a sound artist and naturalist. Born in Boston and educated at Tufts, in 1978 he founded what is generally regarded to be the world's first organization,, that sponsors artists and musicians to explore interaction with wild animals and natural habitat. Interspecies' program includes a well-documented 30 year study of performing live original music, transmitted underwater, to interact with wild whales and dolphins.

Over the years, Nollman's unique merger of music and science has been sponsored by National Geographic, The Smithsonian Institute, Japan EXPO, the Rudolph Steiner Foundation, The International Whaling Commission, The Russian Academy of Sciences, The European Union, and most recently, the US Navy. Nollman is the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed Why We Garden, and The Beluga Cafe. His output includes music for theater, underwater concerts, songs found on itunes, and radio music with 300 turkeys performed for Thanksgiving dinner. His much celebrated album, Orcas Greatest Hits, showcases realtime, unedited music created with whales.

Nollmans presentation will focus on the art and science of interspecies communication.
 Cloud Eye Control 

Cloud Eye Control is a Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary performance collective comprised of Miwa Matreyek (Dreaming of Lucid Living), Anna Oxygen and Chi-wang Yang. Integrating animation, experimental theatre, pop music, and puppetry; their work fuses screen and stage to create inventive hybrids of animation and performance. Their work has been presented both nationally and internationally.

Showings include the March 2010 Exit Festival in France, International Film Festival 2008 Featured Artist, REDCAT NOW Festival, 2007 Platform International Animation Festival and the Time-Based Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.

Their critically honored work, Under Polaris, is a National Performance Network Creation Fund project co-commissioned by REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/Cal Arts Theater), PICA and Leslie B. Durst; and created with support from the Princess Grace Foundation Special Project Award. The Los Angeles Times calls Under Polaris, "a transcendently spectacular piece of theater", David Ng, October 16, 2009

Cloud Eye Control's latest work, Under Polaris, tells the story of an epic journey into an Arctic wonderland. A woman embarks upon an incredible mission to preserve the finer elements of humanity in Arctic ice. Along the way, she disguises herself as animals to help her survive the elements-and in the process, learns about the delicate interdependence between humans and nature.
 Peter Clothier: Persistence - Your Most Powerful Creative Tool 

A presentation and reading from a new publication, Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad with Commerce.

Clothier addresses the predicament of creative people of all kinds - artists, writers, actors, musicians, dancers... - in a cultural environment in which success is most often measured in commercial terms, and where it is increasingly difficult for even the most talented to get a hearing. In this context, we'll be thinking specifically about the benefits for the artist of a disciplined mind and a commitment to practice - how to acquire and develop these qualities, and how to apply them to creating a life in art that will survive the vicissitudes of an art world dominated by market concerns.

A former art school Dean (Otis Art Institute, Loyola Marymount University) and a widely-published art writer, Clothier bring the perspective of long experience and an empathy for the creative passion. | |
 Carol Gigliotti: The Lives of Animals in Art 

Public dissatisfaction with the way animals are treated, including their use as food, has been growing more vocal in the media, on the net, in activism. In many recent instances, disapproval has included the use of living animals in art. In the past few decades the public reaction to artists using live animals in their work has been largely negative, due to a number of factors. As Massimiliano Gioni (2008) notes, in his recent helpful, but misguided overview, "the ethical struggle between animal rights and artists' entitlement to free expression is not new..."
   What do these uses of animals mean for the future of art and art making? What does the increasing criticisms of these practices mean for the public understanding of both art and our relationship with animals, as well as the rest of the natural world? And what do these practices and the issues surrounding them mean for animals themselves?

Dr. Carol Gigliotti, a writer, educator, and artist, is an Associate Professor in Dynamic Media and Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University (ECU) in Vancouver, BC. Canada where she teaches Environmental Ethics, Critical Animal Studies and Interactive Media courses. She has been involved in new media, and writing about ethics and technology since 1990 and publishes and presents extensively. Recent publications include her edited book, Leonardo's Choice: genetic technologies and animals which includes her essay, "Leonardo's choice: the ethics of artists working with genetic technologies. Other recent published essays include: "Sustaining Creativity and the Loss of the Wild" In M. Alexenberg (ed.) Educating Artists in a Digital Age: Learning at the Intersections of Art, Science, Technology and Culture, "Artificial Life and the Lives of the Non-human" in the Spring 2009 Issue of ANTENNAE. She is a member of many international journals and organizational advisory and review boards.
 Artist Talk: Dion Johnson 

Art 1C Students: Midterm after the talk.

Abutted and layered vertical bands of translucent color synthesize into abstract spaces. Balanced with curved and canted transitions, hardedge compositions sway and stretch across the canvas. A flickering light animates the rich color fields and amplifies the atmosphere, while overlapping architectural planes descend and obscure. Bold and optimistic color juxtapositions conjure unexpected harmonies and irrational relationships. A velvety moss green flirts with a refreshing radiant aqua and a luminous popsicle lime melts against deep cabernet crimson.

Dion Johnson received his Masters of Fine Arts from Claremont Graduate University and currently works in Los Angeles, California. With a strong commitment to the discipline of painting Johnson's canvases acknowledge a formal practice. His use of compositional design and color theory whimsically flirts with spatial perception and conjures atmospheric luminosity.

Johnson's work has been featured numerous art fairs, group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Columbus, Miami and New York. Johnson is represented by Rebecca Ibel Gallery and his most recent group exhibitions are at Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA and Western Project in Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles Times art critic David Pagel writes that Johnson's straightforward yet far from simplistic works "invite one-on-one interactions, inciting viewers to behave in a variety of ways.... In every case, Johnson's unguarded yet well-heeled paintings hit us where we live.... Johnson's levelheaded works simply set your eyes in motion.
 Artist Talk: Jane Callister 

Born in 1963 on the Isle of Man, UK (a small independent island between England and Ireland) Jane Callister received a BA (honors) from the Cheltenham School of Art, England in 1987, a Master's (thesis Degree) from the University of Idaho (on scholarship) in 1990 and a Master of Fine Arts Degree (in Painting) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1994.

Primarily known as a contemporary painter she also works in a variety of other media to both expand the boundaries of, and the context for, her painting practice. Often incorporating sculpture and found objects etc. into her wall painting and installation projects. Callister's work is both playful and rigorous, insisting on bridging the gap between intellectual and popular pleasures, through a synthesis of the cerebral and physical aspects of art making. Callister's work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Texas as well as Internationally, including the First Prague Biennial, Czech Republic in 2003, The Frankfurt Art fair (2001 & 2002); Jette Rudolf Gallery, Berlin; Anton Weller, Paris; Umea University, Sweden and at the Cell, London.

Callister's paintings were included in "Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting" an International, comprehensive, anthology of contemporary painting published by Phaidon Press (Oct 2002) ; and "Abstract Painting: Techniques and Concepts" 2005 by Watson & Guptil and her recent paintings are featured in "LA ArtLand" by Blackdog Press, London . Callister is currently represented in California by Susanne Vielmetter: Los Angeles , CA and will be included in the 2006 California Biennale at the Orange County Museum of Art opening In September .
 George Legrady: From Analog to Digital 

George Legrady will trace the evolution of his artistic work from photography to digital data visualization. George Legrady is an artist in the field of interactive media arts. Born in Budapest, he holds both Canadian and American citizenships. Legrady received his MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and is one of the first generation of artists in the 1980's to integrate computer processes into their artistic work in a significant way, producing pioneering prizewinning projects that explore the relationship of digitality and cultural narrative

Legrady's artwork has been exhibited internationally in Asia, Europe, and North America. He has realized public commissions for the Los Angeles Metro Rail Subway system (2007); and his commission for the Seattle Public Library (2005-2014) is one of the few digital artworks to collect and parse data continuously for a period of ten years. He has received awards from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Daniel Langlois Foundation for the Arts, Science and Technology, the Canada Counci for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 3 honorable mentions at the Ars Electronica Festival. |
UC (University Community) Public Research Laboratory: Participation, Place and the Hyper-Local 

New collective capacities are emerging through the growing use of personal (cell/mobile) technologies and networks that provide a means for the public to participate in the gathering, sharing and analyzing of their lives in ways that were previously invisible. This transparency and vast participatory exchange of information poses a new accountability for all fields, now subject to a growing public-access world order.

Public Research, Participation and Place: A Collective Mapping of Isla Vista, CA continues a multi-year (2006-2010) arts + planning initiative to expand university investment within a local community context through new disciplinary clusters that engage Isla Vista as a socially-embedded studio/laboratory for new research. Through public art, community planning and emergent participatory GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies, a dynamic mapping infrastructure will be created to help visualize spatial and social networking patterns among the broad range of academic and non-university stakeholders in Isla Vista. Voluntary data collecting capacity of local individuals will be used to render a visualization model unique to this community. At the same time, this mapping exercise will explore the social influences within a student-centered, geographically defined space, as well as point to hybrid curricular, program and planning methodologies that could inform future decision-making toward community-driven change.

Kim Yasuda
is a Professor of Spatial Studies in the Department of Art at UCSB and co-director of the system wide University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA). For the past 5 years, Yasuda has activated university teaching with her public arts research, developing initiatives that forge partnerships between academic environs and the local/regional communities in which they are situated. Her recent work experiments with the potential intersections between institutional knowledge production, creative practice and community development. Since 2005, Yasuda has worked with her students on off-site projects, including a public art program developed with residents of a farm-worker housing complex in Oxnard, California, the repurposing of used shipping containers into mobile art studios and the recent storefront renovation and streetscape enhancements in the local college community of Isla Vista.

Seetha Raghupathy
is currently a designer-in-residence at UCSB. She received her Bachelors in Architecture from Anna University, India and a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard University. Prior to coming to UCSB, she has worked for multinational firms including Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP and RTKL Associates Inc., in the United States and also has research and work experience in India and South Africa. Her interests include affordable housing, planning and design for low-income settlements and the dynamics of transformation of Asian cities to global cities. She is deeply committed to local/regional community design and a socially conscious practice.
 Kip Fulbeck: Artist Talk 

Art 1C Students: Final after the talk.

Exploring identity through spoken word, short films, and personal stories.

Kip Fulbeck is an American artist, slam poet, author and filmmaker. A renowned public speaker, he has been featured on CNN, MTV, PBS, The Today Show, and National Public Radio, and has performed and exhibited throughout the world. Kip teaches as a professor of Art at UCSB, where he is the recipient of the university's Distinguished Teaching Award, and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member three times by the Office of Residential Life. He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Permanence: Tattoo Portraits; and Part Asian, 100% Hapa, and the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me. He is also an avid surfer, guitar player, motorcycle rider, ocean lifeguard, and pug enthusiast. A complete overachiever despite being only half Chinese, Kip is also a world-ranked Masters swimmer. | |