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:  

January 30, 2019 – Michèle Lemieux
February 20, 2019 – Will Rahilly
March 20, 2019 –  LaJuné McMillian
March 27, 2019 – Luciano Piazza
April 3, 2019 – John Dilworth

Pratt Institute's Department of Digital Arts will present lectures by five guests as part of its Fall 2018 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.


Linda Lauro-Lazin
Digital Art Lecture Series Coordinator, Pratt Institute  


Wednesday, January 30, 2019
12:45 PM
Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Michèle Lemieux has won several awards for her children’s books as well as for her animated films, including the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Book Award and the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. 

Since 2008, she has been working at the National Film Board of Canada on the unique Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen. After her film, Here and the Great Elsewhere (2012), she is currently working on her third animated short. Her lecture is Creating films with Alexeïeff-Parker pinscreen 

Michèle Lemieux has been a professor and head of the drawing and illustration section at the École de design, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), since 1990. 

WILL RAHILLYWill Rahilly (MFA Digital Arts)

Wednesday, February 20
12:45 PM
Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Will Rahilly’s videos, photos and installations explore alienated entities in isolated, yet colorful, environments with a twist of awkwardness and humor. In some cases, he plays his own worst enemy in confusing interactive video performances. In creating his work, Rahilly uses real-life materials that look computer-generated, and computer print outs that look to mimic physical objects.

Recent projects include a water-based video installation at SPRING/BREAK Art Fair and interactive performances at Arists Space and Monkey Town in EYEBEAM, Chelsea, NY. He has shown work and performed extensively in New York as well as England, South Korea and the United States. 


Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:45 PM
Myrtle Hall 4E-3

LaJuné McMillian is a Queer, Genderfluid, Black, Femme, New Media Artist, Maker, and Creative Technologist living in New York creating art that integrates performance, virtual reality, and physical computing to question our current forms of communication. LaJuné was previously the Director of Skating at Figure Skating in Harlem, where they integrated STEAM and Figure Skating to teach girls of color about movement and technology. They are currently an Eyebeam Resident. While at Eyebeam, they will create The Black Movement Project, an online library equipped with 3D black character base models and motion capture data from black performers previously unrepresented in available databases. 


Wednesday, March 27, 2019
12:45 PM
Myrtle Hall 4E-3

Luciano Piazza was born in Argentina, and studied literature in Buenos Aires, creative writing in New York, and filmmaking at California Institute for the Arts. He directed the short films Windows by Night (2014) and Las Vegas in 16 parts (2016),  which he is  screening at Anthology in March. Piazza is the Project Director and Co-Curator of Los Angeles Film Forum, Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine Experimental en America Latina). This is the first comprehensive US based film program and pubication to treat the full spectrum of Experimental film in Latin America.


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

John Dilworth is Academy Award nominated director John R. Dilworth is a New York-based animation director and designer whose work has appeared on Netflix, Showtime, HBO, FOX, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, MTV, Canal +, and Arte. His films have screened in museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MOMA, and the Guggenheim. His films have won numerous awards including, Best of Show at the ASIFA-East Animation Festival. He is the founder of Stretch Films, Inc., an independent animation design and production studio in New York City. His 1994 breakthrough film, THE DIRDY BIRDY was selected in over 100 international festivals and has won many prizes. THE DIRDY BIRDY was featured on MTV’s debut of “Cartoon Sushi,” a series to highlight the best in independent animation. In 1998, Dilworth turned his award winning THE CHICKEN FROM OUTER SPACE into a series for Cartoon Network entitled COURAGE THE COWARDLY DOG. He served as executive producer, director, and co-writer of all 104 shorts, as well as voicing numerous characters. 

In 2017, Dilworth produced two new films, GOOSE IN HIGH HEELS and MOM GOT EATEN BY A SPIDER DEMON.