Department of the Arts, MFA Show

Department of the Arts, MFA Show

West Hall, RPI Campus

December 7, 2008 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Video games! Dancing girls on fire! Digital painting!

And that's just the start.

Please join 12 working artists for a multimedia group show across three floors. The show features new work and collaborations by students in the Rensselaer masters program in integrated electronic arts.

What does that mean? Video about video about Frank Sinatra. A gorgeous film shot on the Hudson River this summer. Gender re- enactments. Interactive radio for Justin Timberlake. And beats you DJ with your cell phone.

More? You bet! We've also got abandoned settlements. Imagined utopias. And live performance about a city facing the wrecking ball. How can you see this much stuff? Easy. On Sunday, December 7, between 5 and 9 p.m. you show up at West Hall. You can look at things, eat, and talk with folks between 5 and 7. Then, at 7 p.m., two 45-minute programs of short films and videos begin in the auditorium. Maps, programs, and zines make everything easy to find.

Don't tell everyone, but we are also serving delicious homemade food and drinks. For free!

Who, exactly, are we? Well, we are the electronic arts program, and we make stuff using all kinds of electronic media. We're all about social activism, gaming, bioart, documentary video, immersive environments, performance art, and sound. Just get us started.

For more information, please call (518) 276-4829.

EVENT DETAILS:

Event: Graduate Show 2008
Date:  Sunday, December 7, 2008
Time:  5-9 p.m. installations and gallery viewing; 7-9 p.m. auditorium show
Place:  West Hall, Rensselaer campus, Troy, NY (parking at the west lot, off Sage Avenue, just west of 15th Street)
Cost: Free!

MFA ARTISTS:

Todd Chandler is a filmmaker, musician, and educator. He uses music, audio, and video to tell contemporary, historical, and imaginary stories.

Kyle deCamp is a NYC-based theater artist. She works with multiple mediums, investigating intersections of art, history, geography, memory, and multiple perspectives.

Victoria Kereszi is a photographer, filmmaker, curator, and media educator. Her video and photo portraiture explores the ways women who live on the margins of society take control of their own representation.

Stephanie Loveless is currently driven by the relationship of art to social and ecological practice, endurance, and intimacy. She works with sound, video, and voice.

Kyle McDonald keeps his inner conceptual artist at bay with a healthy dose of code, tea, and tonal music.

EE Miller collaborates with the dead and the living, and makes radio, video, and sound installations.

Blair Neal is a recent graduate of the EMAC program at RPI. Once resolved to be solely a musician, he found himself lured by interactive and visual arts. He explores the relationship of sound, video, and interactivity in performance.

Paolo Pedercini is a game designer investigating the boundaries among art, entertainment, and media activism. He usually pretends to be a collective called Molleindustria producing video games dealing with social issues.

Rob Ray is an installation artist and experimental musician. Rob explores anomalies within electronic and social normative systems. Rob also enjoys breaking things.

Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary Bulgarian born international artist. Her works are works are concerned with an investigation of attitudes toward "the other‚ "the different‚" the "alien" in contemporary technologically and  logically advanced cultures.

Jeff Stark is from New York. And also Colorado. Plus San Francisco. And Ohio too. He edits Nonsense NYC, an email newsletter about unusual events in New York City.

Rebecca Weisman is an installation artist who uses nature, body, and text to contact and break down resistance to deeper layers of consciousness.

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