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March 24, 2012

Etsy Art & Culture | Off Book | PBS Arts


America has a long tradition of handmade arts and crafts. In the manufacturing age, however, much of this work was overshadowed by the homogenizing force of retail culture. But the passion for handmade arts didn't disappear, and persisted through the years in local craft fairs. Now in the age of the internet, these local craft cultures and artists have found a unifying online community, Etsy, that provides a platform for communication and sales to appreciative fans and customers, as well as a medium to connect with each other and share ideas across the globe.
Featuring:
Vanessa Bertozzi, Director of Community & Education, Etsy
Alyssa Zygmunt, http://www.etsy.com/shop/BROOKLYNrehab
Allison Patrick, http://www.etsy.com/shop/zipper8lighting
Katherine Rasmussen, http://www.etsy.com/shop/reiter8

Visual Culture Online | Off Book | PBS Arts


For decades now, people have joined together online to communicate and collaborate around interesting imagery. In recent years, the pace and intensity of this activity has reached a fever pitch. With countless communities engaging in a constant exchange, building on each others' work, and producing a prodigious flow of material, we may be experiencing the early stages of a new type of artistic and cultural collaboration. In this episode of Off Book, we'll speak with a number of Internet experts and artists who'll give us an introductory look into this intriguing new world.
Featuring:
Chris Menning, Viral Trends Researcher, Buzzfeed
MemeFactory, Internet Researchers
Olivia Gulin, Visual Reporter, Know Your Meme
Ryder Ripps, Artist and Co-Creator, Dump.fm
John Kelly, PH.D., Founder and Chief Scientist, Morningside Analytics

Book Art | Off Book | PBS Arts


Books are in a conflicted state. Should they still exist in a digital era? Will they all be replaced by Kindles and Nooks? These questions dominate the discussion of books in our time. A select group of artists, who use books as their medium, engage this discussion from another angle. From pop culture pop-ups, to surreal sculptural stories, to reformations of antique sacred texts, these creators re-envision what the experience of a book can be. At times playful, and other times profound, this episode explores the boundaries of one of the most important human creations.
Featuring:
Matthew Reinhart, Paper Engineer
Andrea Dezso, Book Artist
Carole Kunstadt, Book Artist

Generative Art

An intriguing combination of programmers, artists, and philosophers, these creators embrace a process that delegates essential decisions to computers, data sets, or even random variables. This allows important metaphors to arise in their work, calling attention to the relationship between humans and the computers that surround us, the mountains of information we generate, and the powerful impact that technology has on our relationships with each other.
Featuring:
Luke Dubois, Generative Composer
Scott Draves, Generative Artist
Will Wright, Game Designer

http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2011/12/07/pbs-off-book-generative-art/

March 23, 2012

Art in the Era of the Internet


Featuring:
Yancey Strickler, Co-Founder of Kickstarter
Lawrence Lessig, Co-Founder of Creative Commons
Ciel Hunter, Creative Director of Creators Project
Julia Kaganskiy, Editor of Creators Project

March 20, 2012

Visual Culture Lecture: Gregory Volk

2011-12 Visual Culture Lecture Series
March 20 @ 6:00 PM in Montague Hall 70
Gregory Volk, art critic and curator
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Read Volk's article about Roxy Paine's Maelstrom here:
http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/features/roxy-paine/

Gregory Volk is a New York-based art critic and freelance curator. He
writes regularly for Art in America, and his articles and reviews have
also appeared in many other publications, including Parkett and
Sculpture. Among his recent contributions to exhibition catalogues are
essays on Joan Jonas (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, 2007) and
Bruce Nauman (Milwaukee Art Museum, 2006). His essay on Vito Acconci
is featured in Vito Acconci: Diary of a Body, 1969 - 1973, published
by Charta in 2007. Together with Sabine Russ, Gregory Volk has curated
numerous exhibitions, including Agitation and Repose at Tanya Bonakdar
Gallery in New York, Public Notice: Paintings in Laumeier Sculpture
Park in St. Louis, and Surface Charge at the Anderson Gallery in
Richmond, Virginia. Gregory Volk received his B.A. from Colgate
University and his M.A. from Columbia University.

Extra Credit >> Make some notes on this lecture tonight and post your comments here to the blog by the end of Wednesday. About 100-150 words about what ideas you found most surprising or interesting in Gregory Volk's talk tonight.

March 19, 2012

Visual Culture Lecture: Rocky McCorkle

Another Extra Credit Op for Digital Art Students >>
Rocky McCorkle, Photography Lecture
6:00 PM Tuesday March 27 in Montague Hall 70

Rocky McCorkle, born in 1978 in Columbus, Ohio, currently lives and works in San Francisco, California. He studied photography at The Ohio State University in Columbus (2001-2005) and earned his MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (2005-2007).
For the past few years, McCorkle has been constructing a silent film narrating the internal discourse of an elderly woman in today's pervasively influential world. Through a sequence of stills, "You and Me On A Sunny Day" explores the impact that film and fictional media has on her way of life. Each frame in this ongoing series is a large-format (8x10-inch) photograph.
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http://www.rockymccorkle.com/
In 2008, McCorkle's solo exhibition "You and Me On A Sunny Day" at Little Tree Gallery received a rave review in Artweek, where contributing editor Colin Berry compared his work to the photography of Lukas Roth and Andreas Gursky. In 2007, he was a winner in PDN (Photo District News) Magazine's Pix Digital Imaging Contest 13 and Photographer's Forum College Contest. McCorkle, a member of Nikon's Emerging Artist Hall of Fame, has been exhibited at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions in San Francisco, Lennox Contemporary in Toronto, and GoEun Museum of Photography in South Korea.

March 18, 2012

Ira Glass on creative work

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.