BROOKLYN, N.Y. January 2022 -- Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts will present lectures by five guests as part of its Spring 2022 Lecture Series.

Guests will give lectures to the Pratt community about their involvement and careers in animation, curatorial and digital arts. All lectures start at 12.45pm EST and take place at 4E-3 Myrtle Hall.

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. Guests include both emerging talent and established pioneers in the fields of digital animation, motion arts, interactive artwork, and digital imaging. 

Victoria Vesna‘s talk is co-sponsored with Pratt Exhibitions and in conjunction with the ‘From Forces to Forms’, show curated by Ellen K. Levy at the Manhattan Gallery.

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


FLORENCE MIAILHE
February 14th, 2022
12.45 pm EST 

VICTORIA VESNA
February 23th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

AMELIA WINGER-BEARSKIN
March 9th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

JESSE BANDLER FIRESTONE
March 23th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

ELISE SIMARD
April 6th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

LAJUNÉ MCMILLIAN
April 13th, 2022
12.45pm EST

 


FLORENCE MIAILHE
Monday February 14th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

Florence Miailhe graduated from the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs with a specialization in engraving. She began her professional career as a press model maker, exhibiting drawings and engravings.

In 1991, she directed her first short film, Hammam. Since then, she has imposed a very personal style in animated cinema with a pictorial sensuality and narrative poetry of her own. 

She makes her films based on paint, pastel or sand, directly under the camera, proceeding by recovery. Her work is noticed in various festivals in France and internationally. 

She received the César prize for best short film in 2002 for A Summer Night Rendez-vous, a special mention at the Cannes Film Festival in 2006 for Urban Tale and received in 2015 a Cristal d’honneur, at the 39th Annecy International Animated Film Festival for all of her work.


VICTORIA VESNA
Wednesday February 23th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is an artist and educator whose work combines research, science, art, and technology to create immersive and provocative experiences for audiences and students alike.  

Many of her projects are inspired by pollution and climate change and emphasize the global interconnectedness of humans with their environment.

Currently she is a professor at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts, and she serves as Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).  She has been featured in over 30 solo exhibitions and has connected with several nano scientists, biologists, and artists to create over 100 collaborative, boundary-defying projects.

Victoria Vesna‘s talk is co-sponsored with Pratt Exhibitions and in conjunction with the ‘From Forces to Forms’, show curated by Ellen K. Levy at the Manhattan Gallery.   

www.victoriavesna.com


AMELIA WINGER-BEARSKIN
Wednesday March 9th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our community and the environment. She is a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. 

She is the inventor of Honor Native Sky, a project for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: Honor Native Land Initiative. She founded Wampum.Codes which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation.  Wampum.codes was awarded a Mozilla Fellowship embedded at the MIT Co-Creation Studio from 2019-2020 and was featured at the 2021 imagineNative festival. She continued her research in 2021 at Stanford University as their artist and technologist in residence made possible by the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning (VAF).

https://www.studioamelia.com/
 

ESSE BANDLER FIRESTONE
Wednesday March 23th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

Jesse Bandler Firestone is a curator committed to interdisciplinary practices, creating accessible programs, and nurturing a broad range of perspectives that reflect our times. 

Firestone reveres the creative power of artists as a potent connective force and through exhibition making channels, distills, and engages in the worlds, ideas, and affects artists put forth. Firestone has been making exhibitions and fostering artist-driven initiatives for over a decade at artist-run venues, civic institutions, and cultural centers. 

Firestone is currently Assistant Curator at Wave Hill, a garden and cultural center in the Bronx, and works with artists across exhibitions, performances, education, and public programs.

https://jessefirestone.com/


ELISE SIMARD
Wednesday April 6th, 2022
12.45 pm EST

Within animated dreamscapes, women and bears wander, searching for the experience that will define being. 

A contemplation of the trivial that seeks to decipher the sublime, Elise Simard's films are as much about light, textures, and sound as they are about narrative. 

Existing on the edge of consciousness, they rely on experience and sensations to tell their story, forever looking for an expression of the unknown.

Born and based in Montreal, Elise has contributed visual signatures for shorts and features. Her practice is about building form and content from shared processes and cross-pollination.

http://www.elisesimard.com

 

LAJUNÉ MCMILLIAN
April 13th, 2022
12.45pm EST

LaJuné is a Multidisciplinary Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities and the Black Imagination. 

LaJune believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to decommodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being. https://laja.me/

Contact

Professor Mattia Casalegno
Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, Pratt Institute
mcasaleg@pratt.edu