Mixed Realities: An International
Symposium at Emerson College (Boston) and in Second Life
Burak Arikan is an artist and designer creating networked systems that evolve with the interactions of people and machines. He shows the instances of these systems through diverse media including prints, animation, software, electronics, and physical materials. His work has recently been shown at Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale, and Art Interactive in Cambridge.
Arikan completed his master's degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Physical Language Workshop (PLW) led by John Maeda. While at MIT, he pursued research exploring systems that address the transition from connectivity to collectivity in the context of creative expression. Sparked form this research, Arikan initiated the Open I/O platform for artists and designers to collaborate through composing distributed electronic objects and space over the Internet.
Prior to MIT, he worked as an information architect and visual designer
in the United States and Turkey. He received an MA degree in Visual Communication
Design from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004, and a BS degree in Civil
Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2001.
John Craig Freeman's work has been exhibited internationally including at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Beijing, the Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, Eyebeam in New York, City, the Zacheta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki (the national gallery of Warsaw), Kaliningrad Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Russia, Art Basel Miami, Ciberart Bilbao and the Girona Video and Digital Arts Festival in Spain, La Biblioteca National in Havana, the Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta, the Nickle Arts Museum in Calgary, the Center for Experimental and Perceptual Art (CEPA) in Buffalo, Art interactive, Mobius and Studio Soto in Boston, the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, Ambrosino Gallery in Miami, the Photographers Gallery in London, and the Friends of Photography's Ansel Adams Center in San Francisco.
In 1992 Freeman was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has been published in Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure, as well as a chapter in the book Electronic Collaboration in the Humanities. His work has been reviewed in Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Lucy Lippard cites Freeman's work in her book The Lure of the Local, as does Margot Lovejoy in her book Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age.
Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University
of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from
the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is an Associate Professor
of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. The focus of his academic activities
throughout the last decade has been to integrate computer technology and
theory of electronic culture into visual art curriculum and to explore
interdisciplinary approaches to education and technology.
Pierre Proske is an Australian electronic artist intrigued by the pervasiveness of technology in culture and its relationship to nature. After years of juggling parallel interests in technology and the arts, Pierre tired of the schizophrenia and finally discovered that it was socially acceptable, in fact highly desirable, to merge the two. Consequently he has taken on the ambitious task of rendering computers accountable to our sometimes misplaced but inevitable humanity.
Proske's work involves exposing the unspoken relationships we have with technology and harnessing machines into exploring new aesthetics. He has exhibited or performed in Australia, Sweden., Brazil, Japan and the Netherlands.
Having studied Electrical Engineering and Liberal Arts at
the University of Melbourne, Australia, Pierre spent 4 years in Sweden
where he performed, exhibited and obtained a Master of Science in Art
and Technology from Chalmers University. His background in arts, engineering,
philosophy, music and literature provides him with sufficient options
to keep himself perpetually occupied in a self-inspired quest to weave
together several unrelated threads of activity.
David Steele is a senior technical consultant based in Arlington, Virginia, USA working with advanced web technology and database architecture. He has been undertaking research and development in these fields since the middle nineties and was a pioneer in pairing cutting-edge clients to existing corporate infrastructures. David’s work has enabled a variety of high profile applications from global text messaging frameworks to re-entry systems for the space shuttle. He is currently interested in exploring the limits of what code can run in a browser in order to reduce server load and enhance the user experience. The ultimate goal is for users to forget that they are working in a browser as the web converges with native applications.
|New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. commissioned five works ($5,000 each) for Mixed Realities with funds from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Hosted by Emerson College’s Huret & Spector Gallery, the exhibition and symposium are funded by Emerson College's School of the Arts and Department of Visual and Media Arts; and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.|