ACM SIGGRAPH's DIGITAL ARTS COMMUNITY (DAC)
Michael Wright, Digital Media Professor at Otis College of Art and Design, will present “Art and Art Education in Second Life” at the 14th annual
TechEd International Conference & Exposition, March 22-25, 2009 in Ontario, California. TechEd 2009 is a conference, bringing together educators and administrators from around the world and all levels of education to share ideas, best practices and innovative solutions for the use of technology in the learning environment.
Wright will focus on his Virtual World Projects of 2007 & 2008 where he took three classes each year of Otis digital media sophomore students into the virtual world of “Second Life” to create content.
The research for these projects was funded by a Fletcher Jones Technology Grant, an Otis College Faculty Development Grant, with additional funding from M Ragsdale Wright Studios. The Student projects created content for an environment based on a class-developed theme on the Otis Island in Second Life. The projects required students to team build, to use out-of-the-box creative thinking, 3D and 2D virtual tools as well as to work with a budget (3000 lindens per class), and with a limited amount of building blocks (3100 primitives per class). Each team/class proceeded to develop a production pipeline and a theme for their area. Three hours of in-class time and ten hours of outside of class time were devoted to these projects. Wright’s presentation will detail the adventure through images and an explanation of the process of creating a class project from scratch in a virtual environment.
Michael Wright 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 over the past 38 years. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual reality.
Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is a member of NMC, SIGGRAPH, Ylem, ASCI, ACM and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society. Wright's digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” my 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 Graphics 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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