Lili Maya

I began mixing traditional/physical art forms with digital media because I needed the contact with the physical act of drawing and making. It is how I think and orient myself. What I once thought was a desire to mix these worlds was really a necessity if I was to continue working with digital media.

Over time, I stopped making a distinction and I think of my work as art that incorporates different materials and processes. Expanding on that notion, my practice is now an interdisciplinary collaboration involving sound, performance, site-specific installation and music.

Mark Cetilia

The natural world is indeed a noisy place, and it is my intent to create a physical presence for both keynotes and sound signals in my environments. My intent is neither to create a system in which we feel the natural world slipping away as technology overtakes it, nor to create a neo-Futurist work that insists upon the dominance of the machine. Rather, I am interested in bringing an awareness to the use of the hertzian space by creating an environment for contemplation of our surroundings. Giving my viewers time, mental and physical space to process the relationship between the natural and the manmade is pivotal to my work. If the “Ursound” is the “primary sound” (or the “Big Bang” . . .) from which all other sounds have rippled, then it may be found in all sounds, whether we perceive them as noise or as sounds of great beauty.

EFFECTIVE DOSE: CREATING PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO INVISIBLE NETWORKS

Emma Hogarth

The culture of D+M was truly interdisciplinary. The idea was to combine digital processes and technologies with physical media.

A central theme in many people’s work seemed to be locating connections between “traditional” physical media and processes, and digital media and its associated processes and culture. D+M  ‘09 had students from many different academic and artistic backgrounds: painting, sculpture, performance, computer science, graphic design, architecture, etc. Every person was really different artistically, which made for a lot of diverse research interests and approaches.

Gideon Webster

Wayfarers Path

Wayfarers Path is a six-foot by eight-foot grass surface based on the topography of the land near my current home in Rhode Island. The topography of the piece is based on my memory of the space surrounding my home. I had come to live in a new place and felt displaced from my old home; I walked so that I might feel connected again.

I constructed a mechanism which is suspended two feet above the surface of the grass. It carries a six-legged wheel which I carved from wood. The wheel walks a loop based on several paths that I walk near my home. I began walking around my home so that I could feel connected with the landscape. I wanted to create a physical manifestation of my memory maps that was void of any reference to specific geography, with the exception of topography. My memory maps often consisted only of the recording of the path and lacked markings of place.

Gideon Webster: Making The Path You Seek

 

 

Bill Seaman

Central to an education in the department of Digital+Media is a richly focused liberal arts/conceptual/social agenda that falls in relation to a digital practice. This form of education is presented in counter distinction to a set of common practices that are passed on to students in a “cookie cutter” manner, characteristic of some digital media departments.

Education at D+M becomes emergent as a general methodology where multiple foci are informing the student’s practice. As students share their work and research, a very broad education is fostered across multiple research frontiers. The graduating student explores and builds a broad knowledge-base, and develops a particular approach relevant to their own practice in concert with their advisors, peers, lecturers, independent study mentors and eventually through their thesis committee and thesis chair.

Michael Tauschinger-Dempsey

Not only has our understanding of reality and concept of what is truly valuable changed dramatically over the past decade, so too has our appreciation for a definition of the private and public spheres.

Digital technologies, the Internet, and (more recently) social media have blurred the lines between the private and the public to such a degree that they have arguably become one. With a few notable exceptions, the compliance with which the vast majority of people in the industrialized world have accepted and assimilated such a complete redefinition of these two spaces is astonishing.

Out of Service

Vivian Charlesworth

Tectonics

In Tectonics, I navigate the sublime border between the realms of reality and dreams, and construct a disembodied space where the vast and the minute coexist.  There, personal history and mythology are interchangeable, artificial and natural landscapes are juxtaposed against each other, and scientific theory becomes a sort of religious experience.

This film was inspired by the “Song of the Dunes,” a natural phenomenon that occurs when wind passes over sand.

 

Eva Sutton

Digital + Media encompasses and encroaches on all other media and thus is always in flux. There was a component to the program that was left undefined deliberately. And I think some people say that it was originally conceived of as a screen-based program. That’s not the case. I don’t think Bill would ever have limited it to that. He was very willing to have it continually be in flux as Digital + Media is. And to constantly reinvent itself and to let the students define what Digital + Media was to them. So there was a very kind of deliberate vagueness, that open-endedness, that he felt was very appropriate for a program in Digital + Media and for a graduate program in general.

Dan Chen

At the age of 16, I decided to leave Taiwan and move to the United States for a new adventure and new life.

Living with a relative and in an unfamiliar country, I learned independence, both financially and emotionally. Before I arrived in America, I was socially active, drawing great energy from my connections with others. But making new friends with a language barrier proved difficult. Every so often, if approached, I would open up to the possibility of friendship. The rewards were always tremendous, with a treasured relationship enhancing my life. But for the most part, to avoid rejection and humiliation, I became passive, opting to be self-contained.

The opposition between the way I used to be and what I had become led me to think closely about the needs of an individual, and the appropriate balance between closeness and distance that a person requires in order to thrive.

My fascination with robotics began at a very young age. Perhaps this fascination was derived from a need for companionship; with two busy parents, I spent a lot of time alone. I played with Lego blocks, combining them with wheels and rubber bands to construct a few kinetic sculptures. I still remember my first trip to an electronics store with my uncle—I was amazed by the endless possibilities that one could explore with all the different electronic components.

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Hye Yeon Nam

Self Portrait

In these videos, I seek to portray the difficulty of living in this “room” that is America.

Self-Portrait is an attempt to literally represent my psychological and bodily displacement as a means of representing the experience of immigration to non-immigrants. Since moving two years ago, I now feel as if I live in a different skin. Many of the simple tasks that seemed inborn to me in Korea are now completely foreign.

My body, as a result, feels different. I feel like it occupies both Korea and the United States and my arms and legs feel incredibly elongated, as if I cannot see the end of my body. This space of being neither here in America nor there in Korea is precisely what I try to convey in Self-Portrait. In the video performances, I attempt to show what displacement feels like. Because the displacement one feels from immigrating is difficult and complex to communicate, I decide to demonstrate how one’s daily, commonplace behaviors suddenly become unfamiliar.

By performing these simple tasks gone awry and recording them on video, I escape from the hardship I have felt in the last couple years.

Self Portrait