BROOKLYN, N.Y. August 2021 -- Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts will present lectures by five guests as part of its Fall 2021 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. 
 

Please see below for this semester's full line-up, followed by more information on each of these acclaimed guests ( we might add one additional guest to the line-up. Stay tuned for more details in the very near future ). 
 

KURT HENTSCHLÄGER 
September 29th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST

GRACELEE LAWRENCE 
October 6th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

ALAINA SIMONE 
October 13th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

FRANK WANG YEFENG 
October 27th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

MICHAEL O'ROURKE 
November 10th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST

KURT HENTSCHLÄGER 
Wednesday September 29th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

Contact

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

 


KURT HENTSCHLÄGER 
Wednesday September 29th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

New York based Austrian artist Kurt Hentschläger creates media installations and performances for both physical and virtual spaces.

 

Hentschläger’s works have characteristically been visceral and immersive and they challenge an audience psychologically but also offer a meditative respite from the day-to-day stress of technologically accelerated life. 

 

Between 1992 and 2003 he collaborated in the groundbreaking media art duo "Granular=Synthesis", known for emotionally intense works, developing what is now referred to as immersive art. 

http://www.kurthentschlager.com/ 


GRACELEE LAWRENCE 
Wednesday October 6th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

Gracelee’s work deals with relationships between food, the body, and technology. It is born in the transfigurative space between 
physical and digital reality, exploring the ways in which bodies are both gendered and metaphorically fragmented in terms of capitalist-driven material desires, physical sustenance, and the digital spaces we inhabit. 

 

Gracelee has attended twenty residencies in the US and abroad and opened her first solo show in New York at Thierry Goldberg in May 2019. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor ofSculpture at the University at Albany, SUNY. Recent exhibitions include Marinaro Gallery (New York, NY), Headline Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), Postmasters Gallery. 

https://www.graceleelawrence.com/ 


ALAINA SIMONE 
Wednesday October 13th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

Alaina Simone is an art curator and consultant. She has produced and curated exhibitions with corresponding artist talks and educational 
programming in the Caribbean, Europe and the United States. 

Her exhibitions have been recognized by leading publications to include The New York Times, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Forum, ARTnews, Hyperallergic, The New Yorker, and Whitehot Magazine among many others. 

In 2013, Simone received the Innovators of Change Award from J. Walter Thompson Worldwide. She serves on the board of Verbier 3-D Foundation. Simone is an ambassador for Cool Culture, Residency Unlimited, SculptureCenter and the National Arts Club.

https://www.alainasimoneinc.com/ 

 

FRANK WANG YEFENG 
Wednesday October 27th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

Frank WANG Yefeng is an experimental animator and interdisciplinary artist based in New York, NY and Providence, RI. 

He works across media including 3D animation, video, installation, sculpture, andwriting. Yefeng’s latest research and creative activities scrutinize the identities frequently immersed in self-negotiation, the establishment of nomadic subjectivities, and the possibilities of conceiving new imaginations for the Sinophone communities situated outside geopolitical China proper. 

Yefeng received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and is currently an Associate Professor for the Art Department at Rhode Island College. 

https://www.wangyefeng.com/ 
 

MICHAEL O'ROURKE 
Wednesday November 10th, 2021 
12.45 pm EST 

Michael O'Rourke is an artist, author, educator and Emeritus Professor of Pratt Institute in New York City. His digitally generated artwork has been exhibited and screened around the world since 1983. Venues include the Kennedy Center for the Arts (Wash. D.C), the Musee d'Art 
Moderne (Paris), the Isetan Museum (Tokyo), Laumont Editions (NY, NY), the Hong Gah Museum (Taipei), Uma Gallery (NY, NY), and many others. 

His artwork has encompassed printmaking, murals, sculpture, drawing, animation, and artist books, and typically combines digital and traditional techniques. His early artwork and publications of the 1980's and 1990's were pioneering and are considered seminal. His most 
recent work includes large-scale multimedia paper sculptures, and artist books that combine his original imagery and poetry. 

http://www.michaelorourke.com/ 

 

 

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