The Department of 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:  

September 18, 2019 – Vibeke Sorenson
October 2, 2019 – Nick Pedersen
October 9, 2019 –  Hsin-Chien Huang
October 23, 2019 – Miranda Javid
October 30, 2019 – Hamid Rahmanian

Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts will present lectures by five guests as part of its Fall 2019 lecture series, Wednesdays from 12:45 PM to 1:45 PM in Myrtle Hall, Lecture Room 4E-3, on Pratt's Brooklyn campus.

This lecture series is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited.


Mattia Casalegno
Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, Pratt Institute  


Wednesday, September 18, 2019,  12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3

“Experiments in Art, Design, and Technology: Asian Conceptions of Space-Time in Digital Media Art”

Vibeke Sorensen is an artist working in digital multimedia, visual music, ethnography, and bio-art/design. She is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia, and the 2007 Chair of the ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery: Global Eyes. From 2009 to 2019, she was Professor and Chair, School of Art, Design, and Media, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. She is also Adjunct Professor of Design, Games and Interaction at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, in Melbourne, Australia.  Her work in experimental new media spans more than four decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and the internet. 


Wednesday, October 2,  12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3,

“Art in the Age of Digital Manipulation”

Nick Pedersen is a photo-based digital artist and illustrator whose work primarily focuses on nature and environmental issues. A main theme in his work is “beautiful decay,” creating elaborate, photorealistic pieces that reveal a satirically, post-apocalyptic vision of the not-too-distant future. His artwork has been shown in galleries across the country and internationally, recently including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Paradigm Gallery, and Arch Enemy Arts. He has published two artist books featuring his long-term personal projects Sumeru and Ultima, and his work has been featured in numerous publications such as Vogue, Create Magazine, Juxtapoz, and Hi-Fructose.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Hsin-Chien Huang is a new media creator with backgrounds in art, design, engineer and digital entertainment. His career endeavor explores cutting edge technologies in art, literature, design, and stage performing.

His projects often involve large-scale interaction, performing, mechanical apparatus, algorithmic computations and video installations. Huang is also the director of the Digital Content and Technologies Program in National Cheng Chi University, and commits to the teaching of cross-discipline collaboration and STEAM education. 

Hsin-Chien's artworks have been exhibited in galleries, art museums and art fairs throughout the world. The art events and venues include Taipei Fine Art Museum, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, Venice Biennale, MOMA, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art Denmark, Shanghai Biennale, OK Center in Linz, Beijing 798, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,  Gana Art Gallery and 404 Festival of Electronic Art in Argentina, among others. Hsin-Chien has also been commissioned to create projects for the National Palace Museum, Mogao Caves VR Experience, Singer Jay Chou's Concert, Wakin Chau "Jiang Hu" Launch Ceremony, Jody Chiang's farewell Concert, Taipei Pavilion in the Shanghai Expo, and Pavilion of Dreams in the Taipei Floral Expo. Huang's public arts can be seen at Taipei including "Listening" at Huilong , "Our Personal Public Art" at Nankang Exhibition Hall, "The Moment We Meet" at Taipei's World Trade Center and "Window of Heaven, Mirror of the Traveler" at the Taipei Railway Station.

He has received grants and support from numerous institutions including Ministry of Culture Taiwan, the National Culture and Arts Foundation, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art, HTC VR Division and National Center for High-performance Computing.

Hsin-Chien is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute this year.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Miranda Javid is a writer, animator, and art-educator with a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California Irvine. She has shown at Commune1 in Cape Town, South Africa, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Mint Museum of Art in North Carolina, and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, PA. She is a Kenan Fellow and a recipient of the Nancy Harrigan Prize, given through the Baker Artist Fund. Currently, she lives in Los Angeles, where she spends her time studying the history of elasticity in animation. Also, she keeps bees.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 12:45 PM, Myrtle Hall 4E-3, “Modernizing an Ancient tale”

Hamid Rahmanian (MFA Digital Arts (Computer Graphics) 1997) is a 2014 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. He has created award‐winning documentary and fiction film, graphic design, literature, and theater projects for over two decades. His films have received international awards and screened worldwide at festivals, theaters and on television. He latest undertaking, the Shahnameh Project includes a 600 page illustrated edition of the 1000-year-old Persian epic poem, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings. Based on his bestselling book, he created the UNIMA award winning Feathers of Fire, a cinematic shadow play that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 and has since toured around the world in 112 performances and a total audience of 100,000; a pop up book called Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King and an immersive audiobook of the original tome.  

Recently, Rahmanian was commissioned by the Silk Road Ensemble to create a multimedia video animation for their upcoming project, HEROS, which will premiere in 2019.