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July 26, 2006



New Media and the Poetics of Communication

UPGRADE! BOSTON: New Media and the Poetics of Communication :: WHEN: August 1, 7:30-9:30 p.m. :: WHERE: Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, at the corner of Prospect Street, Cambridge. Free parking in the lot on the corner or take the T to Central Square and walk 1 block.

Adam Brown (Oklahoma, US), Martha Carrer Cruz Gabriel (Brazil) and Michael Takeo Magruder (UK) -- all exhibiting at SIGGRAPH2006, Boston (July 30 to August 3) -- will present their work and participate in an informal discussion; Bonnie Mitchell, SIGGRAPH2006 Art Gallery: Intersections Chair will moderate.


Adam Brown is a digital artist and inventor. His creative activity is informed by an intermedia tradition that supports collaboration among various disciplines resulting in a practice that blends digital media with physical materials. Brown has exhibited nationally and internationally and is the recent recipient of a Turbulence commission. He curates Upgrade! Oklahoma which is hosted by Untitled ArtSpace and The University of Oklahoma's School of Art. Brown is also a member of the New York Sculptors Guild.

Martha Carrer Cruz Gabriel is an engineer, postgraduate in Marketing, and postgraduate in Graphics Design. Master's Degree in progress on Art & Technology at University of São Paulo. Web/MM artist, professor at the Business School and Digital Design Program of the Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, director of technology at NMD - New Media Developers. Winner of 11 Internet Best Awards from 1998 to 2005. International awarded speaker. Gabriel has had two Turbulence Spotlights.

Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK who works within the fields of new and interactive media. He received his formal education at the University of Virginia, USA, graduating with distinction in Biological Sciences. His artistic production has been exhibited worldwide and encompasses an eclectic mix of forms, ranging from futuristic stained-glass windows, digital light screens and modular light-sculptures to architectural manipulations, ephemeral video projections and interactive network installations. His current explorations and research embrace 3D stereoscopic projection, immersive multi-sensory environments and interactive non-linear narratives for network/gallery settings. His work in these fields is presently supported by Turbulence.org, King's Visualisation Lab: King's College London and Arts Council England. Magruder is the recipient of two Turbulence commissions.

Bonnie Mitchell is an Associate Professor in Digital Arts at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA where she teaches time-based media with a focus on artistic expression and technical problem solving. With degrees in Art Education, Visual Design/Computer Art and Computer Science she focuses on curriculum that is artistic, technical and cross-disciplinary in nature. She typically teaches interactive media, experimental animation, particle systems and dynamics, and collaborative multimedia production classes. Mitchell’s artworks explore spatial and experiential relationships to our physical, social, cultural and psychological environment through interaction. She typically develops large-scale immersive installations that integrate electronics, animation and audio to create responsive art environments. Her electronic installation art and international collaborative web art projects have been exhibited at ISEA, Prix Ars Electronica, and Digital Salon among others.

Upgrade! Boston is curated by Jo-Anne Green for Turbulence.org in partnership with Art Interactive. It is one of 20 nodes currently active in Upgrade! International, an emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. If you would like to present your work or get involved, please email jo[at]turbulence.org.

Posted by jo at July 26, 2006 04:44 PM