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Panel / Possibilities of the Virtual in Digital Space; Rethinking Bodies, Cognition, and Values in Metaverse
- Abstract: Digital technology has duplicated, extended, and/or juxtaposed our existences and interactions, transposing a large portion of our life from material to immaterial. These panels investigate diverse possibilities in the entanglement of physical and digital worlds and interrogate meanings of bodies, cognition/perception, autonomy, and social relations in the era of coevolution with technology. Through their art and research practices, the panels acknowledge the virtual – not actualized reality, which is often evoked by various forms of technologies – ranging from computer graphics, digital information, wireless communication to artificial intelligence to virtual reality. By exploring emerging concepts and alternative visual experiences in the digital era, this panel discussion demonstrates critical and diverse perspectives on possible beings we cultivate together with nonhumans – technology.
- Biography: Su Hyun Nam is based in New York and Seoul as an interdisciplinary media artist and researcher working at the intersection of art, technology, science, and philosophy to investigate relationships with diverse nonhumans. Her work, including experimental video, interactive media, 3D game art, and media performance, has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues from Spain, UAE, Greece, and Singapore to South Korea. She was recently a selected artist by Korean Cultural Center in DC and is currently an artist-in-residence at Harvestworks Media Art Center. Su Hyun Nam earned an M.F.A in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Media Study from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is an Assistant Professor of Mixed Media in the Department of Contemporary Art at Konkuk University in Seoul, Korea.
Sanglim Han explores disembodied, fragmented, and interstitial spaces and moments in virtual 3D creation with autonomous computational systems. Her works have been presented internationally at various venues and festivals from Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Latvia, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, South Korea, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine to the USA. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA from the University of California Los Angeles, where she worked as a researcher at the Art Sci Center.
Jason Eppink creates experiences and interventions that emphasize participation, mischief, surprise, wonder, and generosity that are staged in both public and online spaces and that take the form of games, pranks, street art, and playful online services and hoaxes for non-consenting audiences. His work has found international acclaim and been presented by such esteemed institutions as the Venice Architecture Biennale and New York City’s New Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s also all available online for free. In his previous role as Curator of Digital Media at Museum of the Moving Image in New York City, he founded and administered multiple art commissioning programs and organized events and exhibitions about play, participation, and vernacular culture.
Alex M. Lee is an artist who utilizes 3D animation, video game engines, XR, machine learning and the potential of simulation technologies in order to investigate contemporary modes of representation, artifice and technical images – culling from concepts within science, science fiction, physics, philosophy, and modernity. He received his BFA (2005) and MFA (2009) from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Born in Seoul, South Korea, Lee was raised in the USA and is Assistant Professor of Animation and XR at Arizona State University Herberger Institute of Art & Design and Mesa City MIX Center. Lee has exhibited internationally in North America, Europe and Asia. Selected exhibitions include: Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON; Mio Photo, Osaka, Japan; Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, Korea; Eyebeam: Center for Art & Technology, New York, NY; LEV Festival, Madrid, Spain; New Images XR Fair, Paris, France; Elektra Festival, Montreal, Canada.
Yvette Granata is Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Film, Television,and Media and the Digital Studies Institute. She creates immersive installations, interactive environments, video art, VR films, and hypothetical technological systems. She writes about media theory, digital visual culture, critical computation, and philosophy and art. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan, an MA from University of Amsterdam, and a Phd from SUNY Buffalo. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Sixty Eight Art Institute in Copenhagen, the Ann Arbor FIlm Festival, Viz Lab for Visual Culture Athens, Huford Center for the Arts, Toronto New Wave Festival, Harvard Carpenter Center for the Arts, and The Eye Film Institute in Amsterdam, among others. She currently lives in Detroit.
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