Full Immersion

Art and the 360-degree screen

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

An exceptional panel of international artists, engineers, and producers representing the evolving field of works created for the 360° panoramic screen. The panelists in Full Immersion – Stewart Smith, Bernd Linterman, Eric Ameres, and Thomas Soetens and Kora Van Den Bulcke of Workspace Unlimited – come from the visual arts, film, and data presentation. Some specialize in grand gestures, some write code. What they have in common is expertise in realizing works that surround the viewer, with effects that may be subtle, spectacular, or unsettling. In addition to talking about their field, they’ll also be showing up-to-the-minute examples of what’s been accomplished in it. The result will boggle not just the mind, but the eye and ear.

The panel will be followed by a reception in the café. Attendees will also have a chance to see Workspace Unlimited’s installation They Watch on the panoramic screen in Studio 1.

Kathleen Forde

Stewart Smith is the founder and principal of Stewdio, a consultancy that approaches art and software through the lens of graphic design. Stewdio has created collaborative works with renowned firms including Diller Scofidio+Renfro, O-R-G, Warning Office, and Death by Cyan. Stewart earned his MFA from Yale University and teaches Visualizing Data at NYU in the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is also a research scholar at Columbia University. Recently he was honored as a Young Gun by the Art Directors Club.

Bernd Lintermann is Director of the Institute for Visual Media at ZKM, Karlsruhe. He works as an artist and scientist in the field of real time computer graphics with a strong focus on interactive and generative systems. His body of work includes prints, interactive installations, projection environments, and stage performances combining generative imagery and sound. His works have been exhibited in museums and festivals worldwide, including the ICC InterCommunication Center in Tokyo, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, ISEA, DEAF and the Ars Electronica Festival. He has worked with internationally renowned artists like Bill Viola, Peter Weibel and Jeffrey Shaw, and created works for various display environments.

Eric Ameres is Senior Research Engineer and Acting Lead Video Engineer at EMPAC, where he regularly consults and collaborates with artists and scientists on a variety of projects. He has also been involved in researching and developing projection on non-traditional surfaces, including multiple projects for EMPAC's 360° screen. Prior to joining EMPAC, Eric was Chief Technology Officer at On2 technologies, where he built and led the team responsible for various video and multimedia compression and delivery products, including those that have since become Skype Video, Flash Video, and Video for AOL instant messenger. He is currently finishing his M.S. in Computer Engineering at Rensselaer.

Thomas Soetens and Kora Van Den Bulcke are the founding members of Workspace Unlimited, an international collective that creates some of today’s most compelling virtual worlds and interactive installations. The collective’s projects engage with the territories that emerge when physical spaces intersect with the enlarged public sphere of electronic networks and immersive technologies. Workspace Unlimited has been commissioned to create original large-scale works and site-specific installations by such media art institutions and festivals as the Museum of the Moving Image (New York), the V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial (Gijón, Spain), the Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal) and Elektra. The collective’s work has been highlighted in numerous publications, including Space Time Play (Birkhauser, 2007) and Interact or Die! (V2_Publications, 2007). In addition to its own artistic practice, Workspace Unlimited initiates research projects and workshops in collaboration with an international network of researchers, art institutions and universities.

Full Immersion
November 17, 2009, 7:30PM