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ArtWatch : Digital Art within (or without) the Western Tradition

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NYIT’s Fine Arts Dept. has brought together an impressive assemblage of artists who will present and discuss to what extent their art fits within the principles of traditional western art or how it escapes the boundaries of tradition. NYC ACM SIGGRAPH is proud to be a co-sponsor of this series.

  • Panel
When Apr 21, 2011
from 06:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Where NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, 1871 Broadway at 61st Street, New York, NY
Contact Name Scott Lang
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Panelists for this event include Michael O’Rourke, Cynthia Beth Rubin and Doris Vila. Moderating the discussion is Annette Weintraub.

Panelist Bios: 

Michael O’Rourke

Michael is an artist, author, educator and Professor at 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, and animation, and frequently combines digital and traditional techniques.
His recent work includes digital prints, large-scale multimedia murals, and large-scale multimedia sculpture. The murals and sculpture combine static printed imagery and real-time interactive imagery. His early professional experience was at the world-famous NYIT Computer Graphics Lab in the 1980's, where he worked with many of the pioneers and inventors of computer imaging and animation. In the late 1980's and early 1990's, he did extensive work for the artist Frank Stella, producing sculptural models, graphics, and animation. More recently he has served as a digital-imaging consultant to a number of artists, including Jenny Holzer. He is the author of two books and numerous articles about digital art.
In addition to his teaching at Pratt Institute, his teaching experience includes teaching Kindergarten, teaching conversational French, and teaching English as a foreign language in Birkina-Faso, W. Africa. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and an Ed.M. degree in Education from Harvard University.

Cynthia Beth Rubin

Cynthia is a new media artist whose imagery evokes memories of culture, place. Digital for over 25 years, Rubin's prints, moving imagery, and inter-active installations have been shown in the Jewish Museum in Prague, opening night of the both the San Francisco and the Boston Jewish Film Festivals, the Pandaemonium Festival in London, Lavall Gallery in Novosibirsk, and diverse venues around the world.
Awards include multiple Connecticut Commission fellowships, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the New England Foundation on the Arts, as well as a residency at Vidéochroniques in Marseilles and other international residencies. Rubin works independently and in collaboration, and teaches part-time at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Doris Vila

Doris creates luminous environments where stories stretch out in time and space. Often her work revolves around flocks, swarms, and crowds in motion, as viewers trigger sounds, video and holographic scenes. For over twenty-five years, Vila has worked with art and technology in Europe, the United States and Latin America.
Born in Miami of Cuban heritage, she studied at University of California, Berkeley, and Hunter College in New York City. Vila writes: “I make holograms and responsive arenas where stories float in space as well as over time. Through multiple viewpoints viewers look and look again, revealing words and objects in a dance of personal discovery. In the weightless story space, we can walk through the walls between the mind and the senses.

Please note : Annette Weintraub will now be the Moderator for this event.



Thursday, April 21, 2011 : 6:00 pm - 9:00pm


New York Institute of Technology
Auditorium On Broadway
1871 Broadway at 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH wishes to thank NYIT for its generous support of this event.

Event Organizer

Patty Wongpakdee NYIT


**Event is Free. However reservations are required to attend. Please see details below on how to reserve a space. **

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members (including student members) - Free 
Faculty, Students, and Staff of NYIT - Free
Non-Members - Free
Non-Member Students - Free


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