Project Scream

Project Scream is the Center for Integrated Media and viralnet-v4.net’s third curatorial sound project. This project follows our past two sound initiatives: the Lament Project and Imagining Tellus # 28: Heard in LA. Curators Carmina Escobar, Fy, and Tom Leeser invited a variety of performance, electronic, acoustic, noise, text and visual artists to contemplate the meaning of the word … More Project Scream

Feminist Conversations: Reaching Back Looking Forward

The exhibition, “Feminist Conversations: Reaching Back Looking Forward,” is part of the CalArts Library’s ​Curating the Institute Archives Project,​ a student-led curation project of the Special Collections and Institute Archives Reading Room and the Library’s Quiet Study Room with materials from the Institute Archives… … More Feminist Conversations: Reaching Back Looking Forward

Project Scream

Project Scream is The Center for Integrated Media and viralnet-v4.net’s sound project for 2018-19, curated by Carmina Escobar, Fy, and Tom Leeser. A variety of performance, electronic, acoustic, noise, text, and visual artists have been invited to contemplate the meaning of the word scream and to respond by creating a sonic or written interpretation that is derived from their own personal artistic practice. … More Project Scream

Audacities of Memory

Memory is a subject of timely and far-reaching import. As postmodernists query the nature of truth, memory, and history; as history books are rewritten to reflect multiculturalism, polyvocality, and the decentering of knowledge; as the humanities become increasingly reflexive; and as issues of memory loss and retrieval are researched, debated, and litigated, it is appropriate to consider how other cultures conceive of and use memory. … More Audacities of Memory

Of Maps and Memory: How the brain’s GPS helps us to replay the past and imagine the future

The impossibility of creating a map on a scale of 1:1 has been a favourite subject for scientists and artists over the years. However we look at the problem, every map must reduce the infinity of reality to a finite representation of the world… … More Of Maps and Memory: How the brain’s GPS helps us to replay the past and imagine the future

The Gimzo and the Gaze: Discerning VR, the Virtual and Virtuality through a Select Micro-History—1977 to the present.

In 1988, Bay Press in Seattle published “Vision and Visuality,” edited by the cultural writer and art historian, Hal Foster. The book is a collection of transcripts and essays by historians, teachers and theorists who participated in a 1987 symposium, organized by Foster and the Dia Foundation on the “modes of vision.” “Vision and Visuality” was part of a series of publications called, “Discussions in Contemporary Culture.” … More The Gimzo and the Gaze: Discerning VR, the Virtual and Virtuality through a Select Micro-History—1977 to the present.

Endless Flow

One of Paola Esobar’s visions for the NPC tool was to create an unending mass of bodies, flowing past the viewer. The bodies would be in all shapes and varieties, at all scales and in as many forms as possible. Though domain limitations prevented a truly overwhelming crowd, we generated a busy path filled with … More Endless Flow

Mastering the (Chief) Body

The avatar body can of course collide with objects when scripted to, but the recorded avatar, being merely a ghost, holds no such weight (or rather, mass). One’s current avatar, for example, can pass through the body of one’s previous avatar. A double identification can occur. What are the implications of passing through one’s own … More Mastering the (Chief) Body

Ignorant Avatars

I began a collaboration with movement researcher and choreographer Paola Escobar to investigate the translation of movement into virtual space via VR hardware. We began with a series of dance experiments using High Fidelity’s avatar recording tool. We tried to find and examine the liminal edge of translation, where the software’s extrapolation of a complete … More Ignorant Avatars