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:
January 29, 2020 – Réka Bucsi
February 5, 2020 – Jean-François Laguionie
February 12, 2020 – American Artist
February 19, 2020 – Ben Vickers
March 4, 2020 – Ivar Zeile, Supernova Digital Animation Festival
Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts and Animation will present lectures by five guests as part of its Spring 2020 Lecture Series on Pratt's Brooklyn
Guests will give lectures to the Pratt community about their involvement and careers in animation and the digital arts. This lecture series is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited
Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, Pratt Institute
Réka Bucsi is an Hungarian independent animation filmmaker. She received her BFA and MFA at the animation department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest. Her short films screened in official competition at festivals such as Berlinale, SXSW, Sundance, Annecy and others.
Réka’s graduation film ‘Symphony no. 42’, got shortlisted for the Oscars in 2014 and her debut short film ‘LOVE’ was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards 2017. Her new short film Solar Walk premiered at the Berlinale 2018 and won the Audi Short Film Award. Beside her personal work Réka works freelance for clients at Cartoon Network, FX Networks and Adult Swim.
Jean-François Laguionie originally studied theater before turning his interest to animation after a decisive meeting with one of France’s most important animation filmmaker, Paul Grimault (The King and the Mockingbird, 1952). Laguionie’s first film, The young lady and the cellist (1965), won the Grand Prize at the Annecy International Animation Festival and Rowing across the Atlantic (1978) received a César Award for Best Animated Film and the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1979 he founded la Fabrique, a cooperative studio. Changing style and techniques, Laguionie made his first feature Gwen, the Book of Sand (1984) with gouache paint. He has since made five other features, including A Monkey’s Tale (1999), The Painting (2011), Louise by the Shore (2016) and, more recently The Prince’s Voyage. All of his films are based on stories that he wrote himself, transporting the viewer into richly illustrated imaginary worlds.
2019 was an important year for the filmmaker. Laguionie received an Honorary Cristal Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and his latest feature, The Prince’s Voyage, was released across France. Seven of his shorts and Gwen were also restored and re-released in France, exposing new audiences to Laguionie’s enchanting world.
American Artist (b. 1989 Altadena, CA, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers black labor and visibility within networked life. Their practice makes use of video, installation, new media, and writing.
American Artist’s legal name change serves as the basis of an ambivalent practice—one of declaration: by insisting on blackness as descriptive of an American artist, and erasure: anonymity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be validated by a computer as a person’s name.
Artist is a 2018-2019 recipient of the Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship. They are a former resident of Abrons Art Center and EYEBEAM and completed the Whitney Independent Study program as an artist in 2017. They have exhibited at the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Koenig & Clinton, New York. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, ARTnews, and Huffington Post.
Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, and technologist based in London. Vickers is Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Gallery and founder of unMonastery, a non-profit institution focusing on digital culture and economics. Previously, he was a curator at the Transmediale Festival for media arts and technology in Berlin.
As chief technology officer at the Serpentine Galleries, Vickers examines technology and alternative forms of social interaction; co-curator of this year’s Serpentine Marathon on the topic of the future of work, he is also co-curating a major new project by Hito Steyerl that explores ideas around artificial intelligence and human testimony.
Ivar Zeile is the curator and visual strategist for Denver Digerati.
Denver Digerati supports artists in the creation of digital motion-based artwork and animation through public art exhibition, education and access to creative career opportunities.
Since 2010 Denver Digerati has cultivated a diverse international network of artists as a model for next generation visual-arts engagement. Supernova Digital Animation Festival is Denver Digerati’s signature project, the only large-scale festival in the world focused exclusively on the dynamic presentation of digital animation and motion-art.
Supernova is presented annually in Denver, Colorado through large format LED displays and other private/public forums through the support of a broad range of cultural, government and corporate partnerships. Denver Digerati believes in the freedom to create without restrictions, advancing the interests of a new generation of artists who seek to use their unique voices, perspectives and cultural experiences in the creation of art.
Nora N. Khan
Nora N. Khan is a writer of criticism. She is on the faculty of Rhode Island School of Design, Digital + Media, teaching critical theory, artistic research, writing for artists and designers, and technological criticism. She has two short books: Seeing, Naming, Knowing (The Brooklyn Rail, 2019), on machine vision, and with Steven Warwick, Fear Indexing the X-Files (Primary Information, 2017), on fan forums and conspiracy theories online. Forthcoming this year is The Artificial and the Real, through Art Metropole. She is currently an editor of The Force of Art along with Carin Kuoni and Moses Serubiri, and is a longtime editor at Rhizome. She publishes in Art in America, Frieze, Flash Art, Mousse, 4Columns, Brooklyn Rail, Rhizome, California Sunday, Spike Art, The Village Voice, and Glass Bead. She has written commissioned essays for exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries, Chisenhale, the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Swiss Institute, and Kunstverein in Hamburg. This year, as The Shed’s first guest curator, she organized the exhibition Manual Override, featuring Sondra Perry, Simon Fujiwara, Morehshin Allahyari, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Martine Syms.
Image credit: Rea Tajiri