Michael Wright aka. Mrags Writer presents at LA-ANNC LA SIGGRAPH: Jan. 12 - EZTV ‚ s 30th Anniversary

TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2010


LOS ANGELES Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH

Presents
EZTV’s 30th Anniversary
A celebration with performance, talk and digital art


EZTV was one of the first homes of Los Angeles SIGGRAPH.
Join us as we celebrate its 30 years of historic collaborations in
digital and video art with live dance, performance and presentations
by guest artists and EZTV directors.


PROGRAM:
6:30 - 7:30 P.M. - Social Hour & Hors d'oeuvres.
7:30 - 9:30 P.M. - Program Presentation

LOCATION:
UCLA | EDA Space (Experimental Digital Arts)
The Broad Art Center (formerly Dickson Art Center)
240 Charles E. Young Dr. (UCLA Westwood main campus)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1456

PRESENTERS:
Michael J. Masucci, EZTV -- remakes about EZTV, accompanied by
projected imagery
Kate Johnson, EZTV -- performance/lecture
Victor Acevedo -- digital art work and his role at EZTV
Michael Wright -- digital art work and his role at EZTV
Don Sternberg and Dancers - multi-media live dance pieces

Kate Johnson will present her lecture/performance, “The Accidental DigitalArtist” In 1993, penniless and driven, Kate walked into the surreal Cyberspace Gallery of EZTV thinking she was going to star in a video. Instead, she found herself fifteen years later a witness and participant in helming one of the rockiest climbs of her professional life. With stories ranging from Timothy Leary to the avant garde, from mystics to hackers, and from the quixotic to the tragic, Kate weaves a tapestry of life as a woman at the digital edge.

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Maroun Harb of UCLA, Joan Collins Carey, & the entire Executive Council

ADDITIONAL INFO: www.la.siggraph.org a href="http://www.la.siggraph.org/">http://www.la.siggraph.org/>;

BIOS
MICHAEL J. MASUCCI
Michael J. Masucci is an award-winning film, multimedia and stage director, writer, and musician, who has created work in China, the U.K., Finland, Mexico, Canada, Thailand and Croatia. A recipient of a Cine Golden Eagle Award at the Kennedy Center, Masucci’s work has screened on BRAVO, the BBC, PBS as well at the Museum of Modern Art ( New York ) the Institute of Contemporary Art ( London), the Museum of Contemporary Art ( Los Angeles ) as well as in major festivals, universities, and conferences internationally. A co-founder of Rock Against racism-USA, his pioneering video art group EZTV, celebrating its 30 year in 2009,has been honored with a career retrospective from the American Film Institute and will be included in the massive Getty Center's upcoming retrospective project of leading Los Angeles artists, Pacific Standard Time . A co-creator of CyberSpace Gallery, which was one of the world's first galleries dedicated to digital art, Masucci has curated numerous exhibitions as well as having collaborated with choreographers on a variety of live multi-media dance works.

KATE JOHNSON
Kate Johnson is an artist whose mediums include film, digital media, photography and performance. She is President of EZTV, called "one of the core pioneers and advocates of digital technology in the moving image arts" by the American Film Institute. Her collaborative work has been seen in a variety of venues including the Cannes Film Festival, Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, Lincoln Center, The History Channel, Channel 5 in France, SIGGRAPH and in theatres and public spaces internationally. As a motion graphic designer she has designed
graphics and animations for large-scale live multimedia events for Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference, California Governor Inauguration and for many major private and corporate events. Currently she is co-directing the
feature documentary, “Mia Slavenska: a Dancer’s Odyssey” which has been awarded grants from the NEA and Roy W. Dean Film Grants and will air on PBS. She is adjunct faculty at Otis College of Art & Design where she has taught for over ten years in the areas of film directing and production, sound design and Flash design

DONNA STERNBERG
Donna Sternberg has professionally premiered over 70 works since 1975 throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico; several have been collaborations with artists of other disciplines including composers, visual artists, poets, actors and digital media. She has choreographed four full-evening works, and is presently working on her fifth. Ms. Sternberg has been commissioned to create works for the California Science Center, Dance Moving Forward Festival, California Choreographer’s Festival, Catlin Gabel School in Oregon, Valley College and the Alleluia Dance Theatre. After college graduation she co-founded the Mixed Motion Dance Company, touring the West Coast. Desiring to work with artists of other disciplines, Ms. Sternberg next became Artistic Director of Dance Collaborative, choreographing and performing solo and collaborative concerts. She founded Donna Sternberg & Dancers, a contemporary dance company, in 1985 having danced in the companies of Donald Byrd, Mary Jane Eisenberg, Yen Lu Wong and Dance/LA. She has participated in adjudicated dance festivals such as Dance Kaleidoscope, Festival of Solos and Duets and Dance Moving Forward in Los Angeles, Choreographer’s Festival in Laguna Beach and Summerfest in San Francisco. Donna Sternberg & Dancers has been featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and on PBS station KCET’s Life and Times program.


VICTOR ACEVEDO
Victor Acevedo is a digital artist, and has served on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Acevedo has shown his work in over 80 exhibitions worldwide including the Siggraph/TAS, Paris, 2005; Novosibirsk State Art Museum; 2005; Digital Art Museum, Berlin 2004; Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, China, 2004; ACM/Siggraph CG03; Siggraph/TAS, Cleveland Art Museum 2003; Digital Duality, EZTV/Cyberspace 2002; Levall Gallery, Novosibirsk, Russia, 2002; YLEM's 20th Anniversary Exhibition, SF, California, 2001; Colville Place Gallery, London, 2001; in ArcadeIII, touring the UK 2001- 02, Galerie der Gegenwart, Weisbaden, Germany, 2001; ACM/SIGGRAPH 98, Orlando, Florida; M.C. Escher Centennial Congress, Rome, Italy 1998; NY Digital Salon 1996 & 1994; Golden Plotter, Gladbeck, DE 1994; ISEA, Minneapolis, MN 1993; Prix Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria 1991.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

Michael Wright aka. Mrags Writer is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds. Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. Wright is one of the artists mentioned in an article “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of Digital Printmaking in America” by new media art historian Patric D Prince in the spring 09 issue of the ”Art Journal” published by the College Art
Association. Wright's digital work is also represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” by Bruce Wands, “Going Digital” by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, "Computer Graphics World" '25 year Retrospective of Digital Art" in its January 2002 issue and in the magazine’s "Portfolio" section of the November, 2001, issue. Wright is profiled in "Computer Graphic Companion" edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears in "The Computer in the Visual Arts" by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob's seminal book, "CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology". He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro
Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright's digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego California.

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