* Fri, 2/27, 6:30pm Special Event: Shiftspace.org
* Fri, 3/6, 6:30pm Special Event: Scott Draves – The Electric Sheep and their Dreams in High Fidelity
Special Event Shiftspace.org Friday, February 27 6pm social hour, 6:30pm talk Room 447
David Nolen is an artist, musician, and obsessive-compulsive self- taught hacker. He is the lead developer of ShiftSpace, an open source project striving to provide an open platform for user generated interface. His software work focuses around a suite of tools for drawing across many different technological mediums. David teaches as an adjunct at NYU?s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Mushon Zer-Aviv is a designer, an educator and a media activist from Tel-Aviv, based in NY. He is interested in challenging the perception of territory and borders and the way they are shaped through politics, culture, globalization and the World Wide Web. His work explores media in public space and public space in media. He is the co-founder of ShiftSpace.org, YouAreNotHere.org, Shual.com, the Kriegspiel computer game and the Tel Aviv node of the Upgrade international network. Mushon teaches new media research and design in NYU and in Parsons the New School of Design.
Special Event The Electric Sheep and their Dreams in High Fidelity Friday, March 6 6pm social hour, 6:30pm talk Room 447
The Electric Sheep is the collective dream of a cyborg mind consisting of 60,000 computers and people every day. It combines crowd-source, open source, and evolution to create animated abstract art. Dreams in High Fidelity is a limited edition ?painting that evolves?. It?s made with the Sheep, but at much higher technical and aesthetic quality. Together they form a symbiotic system, addressing the tension between artist and audience, and openness and sustainability. The talk will include a presentation of the work itself and an explanation of the techniques and concepts behind it.
Scott Draves a.k.a. Spot is a visual and software artist living in New York City. He created the first open source art, the Flame algorithm in 1991, the Bomb interactive visual-musical instrument in 1995, and the Electric Sheep in 1999.
Draves? award-winning work is permanently hosted on MoMA.org, and has appeared in Wired and Discover magazines, the Prix Ars Electronica, the O?Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, and on the main dance- floor at the Sonar festival in Barcelona.
Before becoming a full-time artist Draves worked for a series of technology start-ups, including the Transmeta virtual microprocessor company and FastForward Networks, which was acquired by Inktomi. His last regular job was with PDI/Dreamworks, which earned him a feature film credit for Shrek 2.
In 1990 he received a BS in Mathematics from Brown University and in 1997 a PhD from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University for a thesis on metaprogramming for media processing.
Spot started VJing at underground parties in the early 90s and still performs live. In 2004 he published SPOTWORKS a DVD of visual music which has sold more than 4000 copies.
Draves? current project is Dreams in High Fidelity, a painting that evolves. The HiFiDreams is limited edition fine art that is installed in the lobby of Google?s headquarters.
Midori Yasuda Admissions, Special Events, Alumni Coordinator Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) Tisch School of the Arts New York University 721 Broadway, 4th Floor New York NY 10003 Phone: (212) 998-1882 Fax: (212) 998-1898 firstname.lastname@example.org http://itp.nyu.edu