Prospectives09 International Digital Arts Festival

Prospectives.09 International Digital Arts Festival
November 12- 14, 2009, University of Nevada, Reno

Exhibit > Present > Perform > Project > NetArt
Prospectives.09 is the international festival showcasing the work of graduate and Phd candidates working across a diverse spectrum of digital arts practice. The festival showcases the work of 37 artists and performers from throughout the United States and internationally (including artists from Australia, United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Chile, Sweden and Portugal).

This event presents a unique opportunity to experience the cutting edge of digital production in the visual, performing and auditory arts. Artists working in and across disciplines were invited to submit works to be considered for five interrelated events: Exhibit; Present/Symposium; Project: A/V; Perform; and NetArt. Venues include: The University of Nevada, Reno, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Joe Crowley Student Union, Fleishmann Planetarium and Science Center and the Nevada Museum of Art.

Prospectives.09 features a wide range visual and performative media incorporating digital systems, including but not limited to: interactive art, movement/dance, internet art, video art, generative systems, telepresence, computer gaming, electronic music and “mixed reality” performance art.

Event Schedule & Highlights:

Thursday November 12th, 10am -12pm and 1pm- 5pm
Joe Crowley Student Union Theater, Third Floor, UNR Campus
The day features individual presentations by 13 US and internationally invited, cutting edge digital artists. Presentations include descriptions of performance and mixed reality works in Second Life, computer gaming, interactive books, multi-channel experimental video, electronic sculpture and sound.

Including Featured Artists: Georgie Roxby Smith, Victorian College of the Arts, Australia; Christina Corfield, San Francisco Art Institute; Sarah Soriano, University of Denver; Joe Cantrell, UC Santa Cruz; Garnet Hertz, UC Irvine; Carolina Pino, University of Chile; Pete Wardle, Salford University, UK; Aaron Reed, UC Santa Cruz; Karen Niemczyk, Gothenburg University, Sweden
Highlights include: Karen Niemczyk, of the C:Art:Media Masters Program, Gothenburg University/Chalmers, Gothenburg, Sweden, discusses her project “SELF”, an sculptural installation that interacts with viewers who by their existence affect the sculpture, triggering sequences of light movement.

Opening: Thursday November 12, 6:00-8:00pm Festival Opening Reception
Exhibit: Thursday November 12th – Wednesday December 16th, 2009
Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, UNR campus
Showcasing new works in interactive art by prospective, emerging talent in the digital realm.

Including Featured Artists: Rob Duarte, UC San Diego; Joshua Fishburn, University of Denver; Jason Nelson, Griffith University, Australia; John Walters, University of Michigan; Doo Sung Yoo, Ohio State University; Samson Young, Princeton University; Sven Goyvaerts, Transmedia, Belgium; Johan Bruckner-Cohen, Trinity College, Ireland

Highlights include: Johan Bruckner-Cohen, Phd Candidate Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland presents “Alerting Infrastructure”. The work is a physical “hit counter” in the form of an electric impact drill that literally translates hits to the web site of the University of Nevada, Reno into the physical destruction of the gallery wall by an automated impact drill.

Project: A/V
Friday November 13th, 7:00pm
Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center, UNR campus
$6 general, $4 students/children/seniors
Digital works utilizing the full-dome planetarium environment, for immersive, dome-based video projection and experimental audio compositions.

Including Featured Artists: Josh Goldman, University of Cincinnati; George Marie, University of Utah; David Snedegar, University of Utah; Stephanie Dodes, San Francisco Art Institute; Mattia Casalegno, UCLA

Highlights include: Mattia Casalegno, of the UCLA Design and Media Arts program presents “Strutture Dissipative”, an audiovisual site-specific projection, Casalegno developed a custom made software in the attempt to digitally synthesize complex patterns and emerging processes found in nature.

Saturday November 14th, 2:00pm
The Wayne and Miriam Prim Theater, Nevada Museum of Art
FREE (Limited tickets available NMA front desk and UNR Sheppard Gallery – 18 and over, some material not suitable for minors.)
An afternoon of six new works in experimental performance art, dance, live sound and video projection.

Including Featured Performers: Giuseppe Di Bella, Slade School London, UK; Natalia Jaegar, Arizona State University; Stephanie Lie, UC San Diego; Tara Rynderes, University of Colorado, Boulder; Karl Mendonca, New School University, NYC; Elle Mehrmand and Micah Cardenas, UC San Diego

Highlights include: “technésexual” by Elle Mehrmand and Micah Cardenas, UCSD, MFA Candidates in Visual Arts. A “mixed reality” live performance on stage at the Nevada Museum of Art and in the online community of Second Life. The performers passionately kiss each other while wearing biometric sensors including heart rate monitors and temperature sensors. The sensor data is computer processed to produce live audio, including the live sound of their heart beats; this audio is transmitted live into Second Life as their avatars kiss, linking their physical bodies to their virtual avatars.

Online gallery of selected works – internet based artworks, games and portfolio sites.
Opens November 12, archived permanently on festival website

Including Featured Artists: UE Ukpong, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa; J. Coogan, New School, Media Studies, NYC; Aaron Reed, UC Santa Cruz; Jo Mills, University of Wolverhampton, UK; Filipe Pais, Feup, Porto, Portugal; Ignacio Partarrieu and Gabriel Beherns, Pontificia Universidad Catolica, Chile; Jason Nelson, Griffith University, Australia

Highlights include: Jason Nelson, currently completing his Phd at Griffith University in Australia in Net Art and Electronic Literature. His online game “i made this. you play this. we are enemies.” is an art game and interactive digital poem which uses game levels built on screen shots from influential community based websites/portals. Featuring messy hand drawn elements, strange texts, sounds and multimedia layering, the artwork lets users play in the worlds hovering over and beneath what we browse, to exist outside/over their controlling constraints. This project is also featured in the Exhibit/Interact event at the Sheppard Gallery.

Prospectives.09 is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Nevada Arts Council, City of Reno Arts and Culture Commission, University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Liberal Arts, School of the Arts, Department of Art and The Digital Media Studio, The Lucy Neider Legacy Fund, The Benna Foundation for Excellence in the Fine Arts, The Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, the Fleischman Planetarium and Science Center, the Nevada Museum of Art and Circus Circus Hotel and Casino.

Images available on request, please contact:
Joseph DeLappe
delappe [at]