BROOKLYN, N.Y., August 28th, 2020 -- Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts and Animation will present lectures by five guests as part of its Fall 2020 Lecture Series.

Guests will give lectures to the Pratt community about their involvement and careers in animation and the digital arts. This lecture series will be hosted virtually via Zoom. A link and password for the lectures will be provided the day prior.

The Digital Arts Lecture Series is a seasonal series organized by the Department of Digital Arts in the School of Art at Pratt Institute. The series features critics, artists, and curators of digital art. The guests include both emerging talent and established pioneers in the fields of digital animation, motion arts, interactive artwork, and digital imaging.

Please see below for this semester's full line-up, followed by more information on each of these acclaimed guests:

October 21th, 2020
Eva & Franco Mattes ( ​ )

October 28nd, 2020
Loren Hammonds

November 4th, 2020
Nikita Diakur

November 11rd, 2020
Salome Asega

November 18th, 2020
Alan Warburton



Mattia Casalegno
Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, Pratt Institute  

EVA & FRANCO MATTES (​0100101110101101.ORG)

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Wednesday, O​ctober 21th 2020, 12:45 pm

Eva & Franco Mattes​ are a duo of artists based in New York City. Since meeting in Berlin in 1994, they have never separated. Operating under the pseudonym ​​, they are counted among the pioneers of the Net ​Art​ movement and are known for their subversion of public media. They have manipulated video games, inte​rnet​ technologies and street advertising to reveal truths concealed by contemporary society. Their media facades were believable enough to elicit embarrassing reactions from governments, the public, and the art world. In addition, they have orchestrated several unpredictable mass performances, staged outside art spaces, and involved unwitting audiences in scenarios that mingle truth and falsehood to the point of being indistinguishable.

Their art has been featured at the Biennale of Sydney (2016), Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016), Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2016), Minneapolis Institute of Art (2013), SITE Santa Fe (2012), Sundance Film Festival (2012), MoMA PS1, New York (2009), Performa, New York (2007, 2009), National Art Museum of China (2008), Collection Lambert, Avignon (2006), New Museum, New York (2005), Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2001), Manifesta, Frankfurt (2002) and the Venice Biennale (2001).

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Loren Hammonds

Wednesday, October 28nd 2020, 12:45 pm

Loren Hammonds​ is Senior Programmer of Feature Films and Immersive at Tribeca Film Festiva​l. He is also a member of the VR For Good Creators Lab Advisory Board. He has worked extensively in Film & TV production, as well as in various curatorial roles for IFP, Hamptons International Film Festival, POV, GenArt Film Festival and Bogota Independent Film Festival (IndieBo). A passionate champion of new media and interactive storytelling, Loren oversees the curation of Tribeca Immersive, which has been called 

“one of the world’s greatest showcases of VR art, installations and storytelling” (Forbes Magazine​) and “A go-to place for creators to premiere new work” (​Los Angeles Times​). 

His views on VR and cinema have been featured in several publications and programs, including The NY Times, BBC Radio, NPR, The Today Show, and Vice. He has also been a guest speaker at The Art of VR at Sotheby’s, VR Academy: Sofia, Mutek, Scuola Holden, Remix NYC, and more.

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Wednesday,November 4th 2020, 12:45 pm (TBC)

Nikita Diakur ​is born in Moscow, graduated with his MA Animation from the Royal College of Art in London, and is now working as an in-

dependent director and producer in Germany. His films UGLY and FEST received critical acclaim at film festivals around the world, including the main awards at Ottawa Animation Festival, Bristol Encounters and VIS Vienna Shorts.

His signature style is a crude and interactive approach to story, design and animation, all embracing spontaneity, randomness and error.

Nikita Diakur has given talks at Playgrounds, Pictoplasma and FMX, lectured at art academies in Berlin, Weimar and Vienna, participated as a jury member in Animafest Zagreb and Linoleum Kyiv, and recently undertook residencies at Q21 and the Open Workshop.

Since 2017, Nikita Diakur has been a member of the European Film Academy.

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Salome Asega ​Salome AseGA

Wednesday, ​November 11th 2020, 12:45 pm (TBC)

Salome Asega​ is an artist and researcher whose practice celebrates dissensus and multivocality. She is currently a Technology Fellow in the Ford Foundation's Creativity and Free Expression program area. Salome is also the co-host of speculative talk show Hyperopia: 20/30 Vision on bel-air radio, and a director of POWRPLNT, a digital art collaborator in Bushwick.

Salome has participated in residencies and fellowships with Eyebeam, New Museum, The Laundromat Project, and Recess Art. She has exhibited and given presentations at the 11th Shanghai Biennale, Performa, EYEO, and the Brooklyn Museum. Salome received her MFA from Parsons at The New School in Design and Technology where she also teaches.

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Alan Warburton

Jonathan Monaghan

Wednesday,​ November 18th 2020, 12:45 pm

Jonathan Monaghan (b. 1986, New York) is an artist working across a range of media, including prints, sculpture and computer animated video, to produce otherworldly objects and narratives. Drawing on wide-ranging sources, such as historical artworks and science fiction, his highly-crafted and fantastical works uncover subconscious anxieties associated with technology and consumerism. Past exhibitions include The Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, The Frist Art Museum in Nashville, and The Palais de Tokyo in Paris. His work has been featured in several media outlets including The New York Times, BOMB Magazine, The Washington Post, and Vogue. He lives and works in Washington D.C.

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