Posted by: Brian
If you are interested in technology and art, and you are in the vicinity of Alfred University in lower, western New York state (and not completely snowbound) on President’s/Presidents’/Presidents Day*, this may be worth checking out…
On Monday, Feb. 19, at 4:30 p.m., in Binns-Merill, room C, visiting artist Victoria Vesna will present “Art/Science Collaborations: Being in Between.”
Vesna is a media artist exploring the overlap between technology and identity formation. Her installations bridge scientific and artistic languages. She has produced different models for rendering abstract models of the universe tactile and visual, bringing nanoscience into the experiential realm.
Her collaborators have included Tibetan monks at the Gaden Lhopa Khangsten Monastery and Dr. James Gimzewski, nanoscience pioneer. Her work has been exhibited internationally and has won the prestigious Oscar Signorini award for best net artwork (1998).
She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales and is chair of the Design/Media Arts at the University of California at Los Angeles. Vesna is the North American editor of AI & Society and editor of Database Aesthetics.
By the way, I have to admit I had never heard of Alfred University until I found this event through a Google News alert. However, it looks like Alfred’s School of Art & Design is right up Technology and the Arts’ alley as the university offers a master of fine arts degree in electronic integrated arts.
(*Editor’s note: I was checking to see where the apostrophe should go, if one should be included at all, in the name of Monday’s holiday. Is it “President’s Day” or “Presidents’ Day” or “Presidents Day.” Well, officially, it is none of those. As far as the United States government is concerned, the third Monday in February is the observed date of Washington’s Birthday. Here is the explanation from Snopes.com. The National Archives adds: “This holiday is designated as ‘Washington’s Birthday.’ Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is Federal policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.” So, of course, WhiteHouse.gov — the official Web site of the President of the United States of America — has a page in its section for kids titled “President’s Day.”)