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Art & Invention with Michael Naimark

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

79 Fifth Avenue, Media Studies Loft, 16th Floor 79 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

Please join The School of Media Studies for a discussion on Art & Invention featuring Michael Naimark, Media Artist and Researcher. He is noted in the histories of Google Street ViewProjection Mapping, and Virtual Reality (and, some claim, the Facebook Like Button); and in ongoing work with cinematic crowdsourcinglive global video, and cultural heritage

Artists and designers sometimes invent - new processes, media, or technologies - in the name of realizing their work. Invention isn't the primary motivation, and the works are often clunky, frugal, and just barely working (but working!). Broader, practical, or commercial applications are usually far from the artist's mind. Meanwhile, and perhaps ironically, large research and commercial institutions spend billions of dollars per year on invention, often in the same arenas. So the critical question is: how do artists fit in? Naimark will explore this question - and such issues as control and compromise; ownership and intellectual property; time horizon and profitability; and cultural consequence and hegemony - mining his art projects and experiences for lessons learned.

Naimark's immersive and interactive art installations have exhibited internationally and are in the permanent collections of American Museum of the Moving Image, the Exploratorium, and the ZKM Center for Arts and Media. He was the recipient of the World Technology Award for the Arts in 2002, a Google Research Award in 2007, and was guest curator at Ars Electronica in 2004 and 2009. In recent years he's served as faculty at USC Cinema, NYU Art, and the MIT Media Lab. Currently he is finding his place as VR makes a comeback after twenty-five years of gestation.

Sponsored by The School of Media Studies.

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