The Rutgers–Camden Department of Visual, Media, and Performing Arts becomes a central hub for interactive, online conversations with nationally and internationally renowned artists during its “SkypeOnArt” program. Artists who are luminaries in their fields Skype in from other parts of the country and globe. They share with us images or video shorts of their work and answer questions, and the audience really gets an opportunity to direct the discussion. Discussions have included making electricity out of mud, the nature of collage, and narrative and new trends in performance and sound.
Spring 2021 lecture series is titled SkypeOnVMPA and focused on interviews with the departments’ own faculty members.
Spring 2021 SkypeOnVMPA schedule:
Friday, March 5 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) – Margery Amdur
Monday, March 29 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) – Mark Zaki
Tuesday, April 13 (12:45 pm – 1:45 pm) – Allan Espiritu
Wednesday, April 21 (11:30 am – 12:30 pm) – Julianne Baird
Past SkypeOnArt Lecturers:
Monday, February 3rd
Monday, March 2nd
Monday, March 23rd
Monday, April 6th
Monday, September 30th Ryan Hoover is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher actively addressing the impact of emerging technologies on our more-than-human world. Often operating at the intersection of digital and biological systems, he develops software, hardware, and biomaterials to create novel solutions to contemporary issues and open new understandings of our shared future. He works with scientists, engineers, and activists in a collaborative practice driven by creativity, supported by shared knowledge, and motivated by ethical concerns for our present and future. He teaches digital and biological fabrication at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and is a member of the board at the Baltimore Under Ground Science Space. Hoover is the lead developer of Xylinus, a tool for novel control of 3D printers, integrated into the Rhino/Grasshopper CAD platform, with users ranging from craftspeople working in clay to researchers bioprinting cells. His work is exhibited, downloaded, and put to use in galleries, labs, and studios around the world.
Monday, November 4th
Ken Rinaldo is internationally recognized for interactive bio art and robotic installations blurring the boundaries between the organic and inorganic and engaging the co-evolution between living and evolving technological cultures. His work interrogates fuzzy boundaries, and posits that as new machinic and algorithmic species arise, we need to better understand the complex intertwined ecologies these semi-living species create with our natural world. His works are focused on trans-species communication, animal agency, insect, bacterial and emergent machine intelligences.
Rinaldo is Professor of Contemporary Art & Technology practices, within the College of Arts & Sciences at The Ohio State University teaching robotics, 3D modeling, rapid prototyping and 3D animation.
Don Hải Phú Daedalus
Monday, November 18th Don Hải Phú Daedalus (b. 1983) grew up in the shadow of country’s largest public observatory—an area so remote and sparsely populated that it served as the first plutonium-processing plant for the Manhattan Project. Shortly after the oldest human remains in North America were discovered near his hometown, Daedalus attended the University of Washington, where, coincidentally, the remains were to be held during the decade-long legal dispute between the native Kennewick tribe and anthropologists. He lives and works in New York City.
Monday, December 2nd Nobuho Nagasawa is a transdisciplinary artist whose site-specific works explore the ecology, politics, and psychological dimensions of space and people. Her projects range from sculptural installation, architectural intervention, and time-based work to activism, and public art. Using time and process and community participation as critical components, her environments create experiences that are both tactile and sensory. Her artworks respond poetically to the architectural presence, social and cultural history, collective memory and political consciousness of their sites.
Nagasawa’s recent works are shaped by my interest in the intersection of art, science, technology, sound, and synesthesia. n the field of public art, she has been commissioned to complete more than thirty projects and has published master plans in collaborations with architects and engineers. These range from large-scale civic projects from City Halls to government plazas to parks and transportation projects. Her awards include; Design Excellence Award for Architecture and Public Art (Los Angeles, 1997), Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design (New York, 2006, 2016), Merit Award, and Design Excellence Award (San Francisco, 2008 and 2009).
Aroussiak Gabrielian and Alison B. Hirsch
Aroussiak Gabrielian Is an architectural and landscape architectural designer with a background in visual arts. She holds an MLA and an M.Arch from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Media Arts + Practice at University of Southern California’s School Cinematic Arts where she is an Annenberg Fellow. Aroussiak deploys design methodologies that use future scenarios as tools to better understand the present and that use design as a means of speculation.
Alison B. Hirsch is a landscape architectural designer, as well as urban historian and theorist. Currently an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture + Urbanism at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture, Alison holds a Ph.D. in Architecture, an MLA and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Alison’s design interests focus on public histories and politics of urban settlement, as well as how corporeality and human movement can inform the design process.
Eve Andree Laramee
Eve Andree Laramee is an installation artist whose works explores four primary themes: legacy of the atomic age, history of science, environment and ecology, social conditions. Her interdisciplinary artworks operate at the confluence of art and science. She is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Pace University. Laramee currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and Santa Fe, NM. She is also the founder and director of ART/MEDIA for a Nuclear Free Future.
Paul Vanouse is an artist working in Emerging Media forms. His artworks have included data collection devices that examine the ramifications of polling and categorization, genetic experiments that undermine scientific constructions of race and identity, and temporary organizations that playfully critique institutionalization and corporatization. These “Operational Fictions” are hybrid entities–simultaneously real things and fanciful representations–intended to resonate in the equally hyper-real context of the contemporary electronic landscape.
Hannah Star Rogers is a curator, scholar, and poet. She received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University and Ph.D. at Cornell University on the intersection of art and science. She curated Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott, which received an exhibits prize from the British Society for the History of Science and resulted in an invited lecture at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art. She is past Director of Research and Collaboration for Emerge: Artists and Scientists Redesign the Future 2016 and served as Guest Bioart Curator for 2017.
Yuri Suzuki is a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces. His work looks into the relationship between sound and people, and how music and sound effect their minds. His sound, art and installations have been exhibited all over the world.
Mattia Casalegno is an Italian interdisciplinary artist, live-media performer and installation artist working in a broad range of media. His multidisciplinary work is influenced by both post-conceptualism and digital art, and has been defined relational, immersive, and participatory. His practice explores the effects new media have on our societies, investigating the relationships between technology, the objects we create, our subjectivities, and the modes in which these relations unfold into each other.
Jane Philbrick’s large-scale installations and sculpture range in media from ultrasound and rammed earth to magnetic levitation and found space. She works in collaboration across disciplines in science and engineering, architecture, music, and performance.
Pinar Yoldas is an infradisciplinary designer/artist/researcher currently based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Her work develops within biological sciences and digital technologies through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience.
Joyce Kozloff has been an artist and activist for decades, from her involvement with the 1970s feminist collective Heresies to her more recent commitment to We Make America, a group of artists creating Statue of Liberty-inspired props and signage for numerous protests against Trump. In her latest exhibition, Girlhood, at D.C. Moore Gallery, Kozloff juxtaposes her adult obsession with antiquated cartography with her own childhood drawings for social studies projects, revealing the limits of our ability to comprehend “new worlds,” both historically and personally.
Natalie Bookchin is an artist and filmmaker who, through virtuosic editing and innovative sonic and visual montage, interrogates the American crisis and its increased inequality and polarization as well as the seismic impact of the digital tools and platforms that determine the shape and texture of contemporary life. Her critically acclaimed films and installations have shown around the world at museums, galleries, theaters, and festivals, including at MoMA, LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA LA, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, among others.
Dr. Eban Goodstein
Dr. Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons: 2017) now in its eighth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England: 2007); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment. (Island Press: 1999). His research has been featured in The New York Times, Scientific American, The Economist, and USA Today. In recent years, Goodstein has coordinated climate education events at over 2500 colleges, universities, high schools and other institutions across the country He serves on the editorial board of Sustainability: The Journal of Record, and is on the Steering Committee of Economics for Equity & the Environment.
Nina Katchadourian is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes video, performance, sound, sculpture, photography and public projects. Her video Accent Elimination was included at the 2015 Venice Biennale in the Armenian pavilion, which won the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. She lives and works in Brooklyn, and is an associate professor on the faculty of NYU Gallatin. She is represented by Catharine Clark gallery.
Carlos Castellanos is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher with a wide array of interests such as cybernetics, ecology, embodiment, phenomenology, artificial intelligence and art-science collaboration. He holds a Ph.D. from the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), Simon Fraser University and an MFA from the CADRE Laboratory for New Media, San Jose State University.