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Digital Art and Production: Career Issues for Animators & Web and Interactive Designers

Join NYC ACM SIGGRAPH for a panel discussion on topics that affect all digital-arts workers in the New York City area in the early twenty-first century. The faltering national economy is just one issue plaguing the digital-arts industry, already hard hit by layoffs and a declining market before September 11, 2001. This panel will explore and discuss topics of which everyone who works in digital production should be aware and discuss strategies for possible solutions. There will be time allotted near the end of the discussion for a question-and-answer session with the audience.

When Feb 10, 2003
from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm
Where NYC - Pratt Institute
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Monday, February 10, 2003
7:00PM - 9:00PM

Room 213
Pratt Manhattan
144 W. 14th Street

Animators, designers and artists will be introduced to issues they will need to address in order to enter successfully, or remain in, the digital-arts business. The panel will feature prominent digital artists, animators and educators currently working in the New York City area, including:

Jim Costanzo - a New York artist and educator who has shown in this country and in Europe. He teaches at Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design and the International Center of Photography. He is a founding member of REPOhistory, an artist collective that made site-specific public artwork based on issues of race, gender, class and sexuality. Last fall he created a multimedia installation at the Annex (affiliated with White Box) titled datamap_2001.2 that dealt with the social and political climate of the last 2 years.

Maureen Nappi
- an artist, animator and theorist committed to a thoughtful integration of the theory and practice of the creative use of computers and advanced technology. Internationally awarded and recognized as a computer artist, Maureen exhibits and lectures extensively. She was recently awarded a Ph.D. in the Department of Art and Art Professions at New York University for her work on the aesthetics of computer arts.

Steven Dovas
- an animation professional in New York for twenty years. His professional experience has included design, direction and animation on countless commercials for a variety of clients. He is a developer, director and producer of Chuck Jones' Flash series TIMBERWOLF for Warner Online, and is represented as a Commercial Director by Class Key Chew Po Commercials in Los Angeles. Steve teaches and lectures at NYU's Institute of Film and Television, the Parsons School of Design and is the Animation Coordinator for the Media Arts Department of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. He naively continues to believe that a story is more important than the technology used to produce it.

Miriam Greenberg
- an Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Social Sciences at Pratt Institute. Her research interests include urban studies, media studies, and labor history.

Steve Rittler, Panel Moderator - an independent designer, animator, illustrator, and educator. He has animated for many companies in New York and Los Angeles, including Disney Interactive. He is an Assistant Professor of Digital Animation at the William Paterson University Art Department; and has also taught in the School of Visual Arts Graduate Computer Arts Department, New York University Center for Advanced Digital Applications and the Pratt Institute Computer Graphics Department. Steve serves on the New York City ACM SIGGRAPH board of directors.

This event made possible with the support of
Pratt Institute

NYC ACM SIGGRAPH Members (including student members) - Free
Faculty, Students, and Staff of Pratt Institute - Free
Non-Members - $7.00
Non-Member Students (with proof of current, full-time status) - $3.00

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