Friday, May 13, 2011

California Conceptualism

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On April 14, I attended the SOMArts, where at the time, they held an artist talk & reception, with all of the artists who had their works showcased. One person in particular that led me to go to the event was George Legrady who was previously a professor in the Conceptual Information Arts [CIA] program at San Francisco State, part of the College of Fine Arts & Humanities which I'm currently in now. I was curious of what sort of work he displayed in the show and if his work relationship with Steve Wilson, former head of the CIA department.

Some of the works he featured were a computer displaying interactive photos displaying text about some real world event that I can't recall. Another work he displayed included a platform with wheels with nothing on top, with head lights a top from the ceiling shining down upon the display; a projector displaying photos of people who submitted their photos onto a Twitter account; and a television displaying the geographical locations of certain events like robberies, stabbings, with the help of Google Maps and possibly their photo search engine.

I got a chance to briefly talk to George and he was a pretty nice guy. I mentioned that I was currently a student in the CIA program and after we talked for a bit he briefly mention Steve and said that he and Steve pushed the CIA into a more technological-oriented program and the fact that Paula Levine, now head of the CIA program (if that is correct), took over Georges' teaching position in 1996, which they both worked together for a bit, but then took a teaching job at UC Santa Barbara and is currently the Professor of Interactive Media, and director of the MAT Experimental Visualization Lab.

The entrance of the SOMArts Gallery:

The panel with all of the artists' explaining their works being displayed. George Legrady is the sixth person from the left of the panel:

The display displaying nothing:

Projecting pictures submitted via Twitter:

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