José Fernández Liermann

No longer centered on a conscious struggle with religious identity, cultural replacement and redefinition are happening every second on the Internet, where spontaneous and compulsive information circulation demonstrates our arguably natural impulse for cultural repackaging.

Cult of Cute

José Fernández Liermann

What we do not or cannot forget becomes a memory.

Memories are imprints of remainders of experiences. That is, memories are a loose archive of things we remember; a gathering of snippets of something that once was whole.

In a world of hyper-control, you would think that we would rely on something more perfect than memories to make judgements about the world and ourselves. But outside of history and science we happen to pass judgment based mostly on our feelings and whatever mythology speaks to us. This is the paradox of human progress. No technological advancement will change that. It will only add another layer of complexity to it all.

Cult of Cute

Yu-Cheng Hsu

The body is an agent between our perception and thought and the world that surrounds us.

This continuous state of bodily perception constitutes our continuous experience of living in the world and informs the significance of the individual subjectivity. In “Theater of Interflow Architecture,” Bill Seaman suggests an interaction model among our body, thought and multi-fields of spatial flows. He imagines the body as a sensual recipient that intermingles with a larger set of architectural flows and triggers that might augment our thinking and perception.

We take our place in nature and society through the living experience of the body. Spiritually, however, we often long for an independence of our body from the confinement of physical surroundings. The body as living experience is insufficient to satisfy us, so we always carry within us another body which is trying to break out of the former. The desire to achieve liberation from the captivity of the concentric circles of house, village and environment is the ubiquitous preoccupation of persons who have become aware of the new era.

Now and There - A Tangible Weather Channel

Jane Long

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What is the point of picking a point of fixation and devoting oneself to incomplete understandings of life, objects and things? To pick at the bellybutton.

On Everything and Nothing

Jane Long

It’s interesting to think that scientists may think theater to be fiction while artists think fiction to be truer than truth. Yet we are all just performers on a stage.

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On Everything and Nothing

Hye Yeon Nam

Water is fluid, constantly vacillating and in flux. I think these qualities metaphorically characterize not only immigrants and their mixed feelings about their new countries but also all people in times of confusion and displacement. Everyone seems to be constantly moving through psychological spaces of settlement, transition, and dislocation.

Self Portrait

Caleb Larsen

Art is collected for an impossible number of reasons but, like most things, it is often reduced to love and money.

I would hope the first reason is love, and the second money, but frequently that is not the case. Prior to the international economic collapse in the fall of 2008, the art market, along with other economies, had been booming. Gallery exhibitions were selling out and auctions were setting records weekly. Ironically, the US stock market crashed the weekend of Damien Hirst’s now infamous $200 million one-man Sotheby’s auction.

The Value of Nothing

Lili Maya

Interaction in digital media is often a deterministic process that I try to subvert. I am interested in a more natural form of interaction where ambiguity and unpredictability play active parts.

In fact, I enjoy working with the tension and the ambivalence that accompany most encounters with the unknown because as the threshold of hesitation expands so does the space to imagine and anticipate.

Teri Rueb

We emphasized a very rigorous written thesis along with the thesis project. For art students in digital media especially we felt it was important to prepare them to be able to participate in the broader theoretical, philosophical, and historical conversation that would inevitably come to play as they went on as professional practitioners in their field.

So giving them a really strong background in theory and philosophy was something that we were proud of, especially as it helped our students successfully compete in the academic job market. It also meant that students would complete the program and have publishable thesis documents ready for publication in Leonardo Magazine (MIT Press), etc.

Monica Ong

As an artist in digital media, I question the social hierarchies and gender roles of my multi-cultural upbringing, examining the way each generation negotiates the problems of illness, aging and death.

The heart of my inquiry lies in the overlap among the following cultures: China, the Philippines and the United States of America. The stigma and deep-seeded beliefs that originate in each society pose an urgent need to address how cultural views can be balanced to encourage better health-seeking habits in Asians and Asian-Americans, and open more dialogue in public health.

At the same time, I also investigate cultural paradigms that inform how we are valued, not simply as women, or as minorities, but as human beings. What are the values that structure our families and how do they translate across borders, especially when such intersections run down the center of our lives? The thrust of my work is aimed at encouraging the act of speaking out and untangling the knot of silence that threatens to ensnare us in cultural miscommunication.

Creating art in a format as versatile as digital media can invite inquiry and awareness on these issues in a way that can be personal yet non-threatening, while at the same time able to connect with a diverse and global public.

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