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  • In the eighties there is a marked shift in the reception of photography that deghettoizes the practice from being a practice parallel to painting and sculpture to one that is today on parwith these expressions.
    This change is grounded in conceptual art, where photography was used to document actions and ideas, and thus became part of the artist’s expression, rather than the photographer’s expression. In the works were about to look at we think today of these practitioners as artists who use photography rather than as photographers.
    We will see that the conceptual thread wound in the seventies continues through all of these eighties works.
    It is also important to consider that these artists we are about to look at have less interest in making photographic images, than in showing the construction and betraying our conventions for looking at those images.
    These works become constructed pictures full of legible signs that the artists call to our attention.
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  • Intermedia Overview Final.2

    1. 1. Intermedia School of Art Arizona State University
    2. 2. Intermedia est. 1976 Intermedia is a conceptually driven program with an interdisciplinary approach to art making. The broad-based Intermedia program embraces creative practices from installation and performance, to sound, video, animation, compositing, web art, visualization, and rapid prototyping.  Intermedia builds on theories of social art practice and tactical media that carry the aims of social change and democratic engagement in a variety of contexts.
    3. 3. Intermedia Practices
    4. 4. Intermedia faculty Dan Collins, Professor Critical Theory, Prototyping, Installation, Digital Imaging Angela Ellsworth, Assist. Prof. Peformance, Installation, Non-traditional Drawing Muriel Magenta, Professor Digital Video, Installation, Web Technologies Chris Todd, Lecturer Installation, Animation, Digital Media Gregory Sale, Visiting Artist Intermedia Practice, Performance, Community-based Art Rebecca Viles, Adjunct Faculty 3D Digital Animation
    5. 5. Intermedia Faculty: Dan Collins Statement: As Founding Co-Director of the PRISM lab—a 3D modeling and rapid prototyping facility—I have explored the integration of art and technology in an interdisciplinary context. As a teacher, I am committed to students’ first experiences with art practice in their Core classes as well as advancing grads towards professional practice. As an artist, I operate in the gap between the virtual space of the computer and the tangible, body-felt reality of sculptural objects. On Teaching: Students are the true agents of change. Central to my philosophy of teaching is creating the conditions that will allow students to connect with their own time and place and make a creative contribution to the culture. Courses: ART 112 2D Design; 113 Color; 115 3D Design; ART 345/598 Visual Prototyping; ARA 598 Principles of Art Instruction; ARA 494/598 Issues in Intermedia   Detail from Flooding Phoenix (2006). Projected animation on computer-milled relief map. 8 x 8 feet.
    6. 6. Intermedia Faculty: Angela Ellsworth Artist statement: Angela Ellsworth is an interdisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of non- traditional drawing, installation-based performance and community-centered collaboration. Her performance- based drawings and collaborative performances explore the body in motion--a place where art and action overlap to address issues of culture and training, mark-making and physicality, illness and endurance, and health and community. On Teaching: I challenge students to consider the body as a material for art production. Students work in digital media as well as traditional media to explore subjective experience that generates expansive communication, collaboration, and community action. Courses:  ART 294 Intermedia Practices; ART 443 Intermedia Performance; ART 598 Intermedia Performance   Stitch Portrait: Pierre Bourdieu, 2006. paper napkin, thread. (front and back) Angie, 2002. Club Extra peformance/installation, ASU Art Museum. Drawing on Breath, Performance/ Installation, 2003
    7. 7. Intermedia Faculty: Denis Gillingwater Artist Statement: Denis Gillingwater has been documenting the rapidly changing American and European urban/rural landscape for over 20 years. His site-specific installations explore the accelerating manipulation of these landscapes and their effect on the human psyche. The work's imagery manifests itself in a wide context of forms: monoprints to small scale three dimensional wall works to large scale installations incorporating CCTV surveillance systems, audio systems, and DVD players. Courses: Intermedia, Mixed Media, Color, Intermedia Grad Seminar Divisions/Divides/Distances,2005. installation at Studio LoDo, Phoenix, AZ, 2005. Sculpture, mixed media with CCTV Perceptual Screens (1 of 29 Images), 2001 Photography, billboarded image on floor pedestal Dimensions Variable
    8. 8. Intermedia Faculty: John Leaños Bio: John Jota Leaños is a multi-disciplinary artist and a digital cultural worker with a dual appointment in Intermedia and the Department of Transborder Chicana/o & Latina/o Studies. Leaños' social art practice has focused animation, video, installation and performance. His work has been shown at the Sundance 06 Film Festival, the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On Teaching: In my courses, I encourage exploration, research and creative collaborations with an emphasis placed on art production and social change. Quote: Exert stress on unyielding conventions. Ask questions that shouldn't be asked. Disrupt fixed discourse. Practice ideological disruption. Question dogma. Complicate discourse packaged as black or white or red or blue. Introduce "other" frameworks. -From Top 10 Tactics for Social Art Intervention Courses: ART 294 Intermedia Practices, CCS 494 Social Art Tactics, CCS 111 Chicana/o Culture, CSH 350 Mexican- American Artistic Production, CSH 494 Critical Technologies Los ABCs: ¡Qué Vivan los Mueros!, 2005. DVD.
    9. 9. Intermedia Faculty: Muriel Magenta Bio: Muriel Magenta is a “new genre” artist working in video, computer art, web technology, installation, multimedia performance, and sculpture. She explores the interface between various electronic media, while continuing her involvement with gallery installation. Her larger objective is to create a visual experience in an actual space, and then transmit it over electronic networks into virtual environments. On Teaching: I teach students to explore their own creative possibilities through the study and production of “time based media,” referencing concept, theory, and art practice. Courses: ART 440-441 / ART 598 New Media Concepts / Video Art; ART 494 / ART 598 Web Art; ARA 498 / ARA 591 Net Vision   “28 WOMEN: a chance for independence,” Community outreach project    Magenta teaching students at Cornerstone Video Facility
    10. 10. Intermedia Curriculum: BFA 100 Level (18 hours of Core Foundation) All “pre-major” Intermedia BFA students are encouraged to take the standard Core classes (4 studios and 2 Art History surveys) with the exception of a replacement of the new “ART 194” (Intro to Digital Media) for “ART 113” (Color). ART 111 Drawing I ART 112 2D Design ARS 101 Art Pre-hist Middle Ages (HU, H) ARS 102 Art Renaissance to Present (HU, H) ART 115 3D Design ART 194 / 116 Intro to Digital Media
    11. 11. Intermedia Curriculum: BFA 200 Level (12 hours of Pre-professional portfolio electives) Current: The newly consistuted ART 294 “Intermedia Practices” course. This course serves as an introduction to the major and a portfolio development course. Proposed: New course in “Experimental Time-Based Media” (new faculty). This would provide much needed background information for success in upper division animation sequence as well as methods for integrating time-based processes into general intermedia studio practice. Required Courses ART 294 Intermedia Practices ART 294 Experimental Animation (proposed) Out of Area Course recommendations (Pre-professional portfolio electives) ART 201, 204, 211, 214, 223, 227, 253, 231,261, 272, 274, 276 Out of School Course recommendations THE 201 Film: The Creative Process I – Humanities and Fine Arts (HU)
    12. 12. Intermedia Curriculum: BFA 300 Level (Upper division Professional Program) Upon acceptance into the major, students are free to choose from a variety of upper division Intermedia and out of area courses. Many tracks through the program are possible with different Intermedia emphases including Performance, Installation, Digital Video, 3D Visualization and Animation, Mixed Media. Intermedia ART 345 Visualization and Prototyping ART 346 3-D Computer Imaging and Animation ART 348 Animation Motion Studies ART 394 Guided Study Recommended out of area courses ART 308 Digital Photographic Images I Recommended out of School courses THP 320 Solo and Collaborative Performance (McMahon / Theater and Film)
    13. 13. Intermedia Curriculum: BFA 400 Level (Upper division Professional Program) Intermedia ART 439 Mixed Media ART 440 New Media Concepts ART 441 Video Art ART 443 Intermedia Performance ART 449 Computer Animation and Video ART 450 Computer Animation and Audio ART 470 Computer Animation Portfolio CS ART 494 Issues in Intermedia ART 494 Web Art Recommended out of Area courses ART 408 Digital Photographic Images II ART 494 Digital Processes for Printmaking ART 437 Film Animation ART 438 Experimental Systems in Sculpture Recommended out of School courses CCS 494 Social Art Tactics DAN 494 Performance Technology I (Mitchell / School of Dance) THP 494 Performance Technology (Gharavi / Theater and Film) THE 400 Film Production (School of Theater and Film)
    14. 14. Intermedia Facilities at ASU
    15. 15. Intermedia Facilities • School of Art Main — 3D animation lab (16 Mac G5s with Maya software) • Tower A — Blackroom studios for work in experimental installation seminar room; six grad studios • Cornerstone — Digital Video lab; Performance and installation spaces; One grad studio • PRISM — 2 Instructional Labs: COD lab with large scale 3D laser scanning; Brickyard space with 15 PCs; Decision Theater prototype; 3D laser scanning and prototyping; One grad studio
    16. 16. Intermedia Facilities: School of Art Main building Instructional Lab • 3D digital animation studio Equipment—16 Apple G5s • Processor: Two 2.66GHz Dual- Core Intel Xeon processors • Memory: 1GB (2 x 512MB) of 667MHz DDR2 Fully-buffered DIMM ECC • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7300GT 256MB single-link DVI/Dual-link DVI • Audio: Combined optical digital input/audio line in (minijack) • Hard disk drive: 250GB Serial ATA (3Gb/s); 7200 rpm; 8Mb cache • Optical drive: 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) Software • Maya 7.0 (animation software)
    17. 17. Intermedia Facilities: Tower A Seminar Room (TWR 202) • Media Cart with DVD-VCR Installation spaces (TWR 205a, 216) • Blackbox studios for work in experimental installation • Track lighting Grad Studios • 6 Grad studios (average 120 sf) Typical Grad studio (approx. 120 sf) Tower Seminar room (TWR 202) Damaged furniture Blackbox studio (1 of 2)
    18. 18. Intermedia Facilities: Cornerstone Digital Video Lab Digital Video Lab: • Green Screen Studio • Computer Lab • Classroom • Sound Booth (in planning)
    19. 19. Intermedia Facilities: Cornerstone Digital Animation The old equipment from ART 226 was transported to this facility in the Cornerstone. Most of the equipment—with the exception of two new Dell PCs (lower left image)—is several years old and inadequate for high end animation. The software is also old; we are currently running antiquated versions of SoftImage XSI. This should be upgraded for advanced work in animation with new equipment and Maya animation software. Definite “naming” opportunity!
    20. 20. Compare/Contrast: Community College Facilities
    21. 21. Intermedia Facilities: Cornerstone Performance Lab
    22. 22. Intermedia Facilities: PRISM PRISM — 2 Instructional Labs: COD lab with large scale 3D laser scanning; Brickyard space with 15 PCs; Decision Theater prototype; 3D laser scanning and prototyping; One grad studio. Equipment: • 3Q Qlonerator Face Scanner • Dual Stereo Projection system • 3D Laser Digitizers (Cyberware Scanners: M15 and MM3030) • Origin 2000 SGI multi processor machine • Stratasys Rapid Prototyping Machine • Research and Development Workstations (Dell PC and SGI Unix) • Genysis Rapid Prototyping Machine • Dell PC Power Edge Server • Polhemus 3D stylus • Microscribe 3D stylus • Classroom Workstations (Dell PCs) • Mediated Conference Room Facility 3D laser scanning Rapid Prototyping Instructional Lab Decision Theater Prototype New PRISM satellite space in COD
    23. 23. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Strengths in Faculty • interdisciplinary orientation • diversity and accomplishments of faculty • expertise with a wide range of technical processes. • leadership in the convergence of media, performative strategies, and socio-cultural practices. Strengths in Facilities • Excellent new Computer Animation facility in main School of Art building. • PRISM lab (state of the art in 3D data capture; needs upgrade in RP). • Cornerstone space (but still needs equipment and other resources) Strengths in Programming and Curriculum • Established new “Intro to Digital Media” course at 100 level to serve as new Core class for select areas—including Intermedia, Sculpture, and Photography. • New “Intermedia Practices” course at 200 level for intro to Intermedia, pre-professional transition, and portfolio development. • Diverse program organized around conceptual core, not media specialities. Strengths in Students • International reputation attracting top students nationally and abroad. • Intermedia Grads among the strongest academically and creatively in the program.
    24. 24. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Weakness in Equipment and Facilties Immediate Needs • The Cornerstone space needs to address the inadequate power supply overall and lack of outlets in individual rooms. • The new digital video lab desperately needs equipment upgrades—including steps towards High Definition Video (HDV) if we are to remain competitive in this area. • The Computer animation lab in Cornerstone needs a complete overhaul with new computers and software. • Performance spaces in Cornerstone need media and lighting support. • Graduate studio space is sorely needed. We can offer only small (120 sf) studios to about 6 of our average of 10 MFA students. • More working space for classes and grads—including consistent access to a “shop” and “works in progress” spaces for installation needed. • Mediated classrooms in both the Tower and Cornerstone spaces needed.
    25. 25. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Near Term goal: Hire New Faculty for Animation / Time-based media With the retirement of three key faculty members within 4 years, we are struggling to maintain adequate student-faculty ratios and a diverse offering of classes. We see the replacement of Denis Gillingwater with a nationally recognized “experimental animation and time-based media” artist as an essential next step. This individual would take a leadership role in re-structuring the animation curriculum and help us to better integrate time-based media of all kinds into the Intermedia curriculum as a whole. This person essential for pursuing the regional, national, and international initiatives we envision. The move towards improved integration of existing and new course offerings would also include a subsuming of the Digital Art degree (BA) within the graduation requirements for the Intermedia BFA. Currently, the Digital Art degree is a program with no regular faculty and no coursework of its own. It exists on paper only and has created an unfortunate “two-tiered” option for students exploring digital media in the context of a fine art program. Both existing and future students focusing on digital animation are sorely in need of a new faculty member focused professionally on animation.
    26. 26. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Expanded role within ASU’s multi-campus We anticipate playing a key role with media-related initiatives across the multiple sites that are the new ASU. These include the SkySong facility in Scottsdale (J. Rosen); Arts, Media, and Engineering (T. Rikakis); Phoenix Urban Research Lab ; InnovationSpace; Digital Phoenix Project; Herberger Center for Design Research; Decision Theater; Center for Film and Media; ASU Art Museum; ASU Museum of Anthropology; Hispanic Research Center; Women’s Studies; and select faculty in HCFA Dance, Theater, and Music. Expanded partnerships across Arizona and the Southwest We have solid connections with U of A through the Dept. of Art and the Treistman Center for New Media. Project-based initiatives (e.g., Learner- Centric teaching and Co-taught animation courses) with U of A and NAU can set the stage for more regional impact to include partners from New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah.
    27. 27. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Community Involvement There have been many community based projects to date led by Intermedia faculty (Magenta’s Haven House project, Gillingwater’s involvement with Art Detour, Collins involvement with PURL, and Ellsworth’s work with Metro Arts students, to name a few). There is significant outreach potential through community agencies and institutions such as the Phoenix Arts Commission, Studio LoDo; and the IceHouse.
    28. 28. Intermedia Strengths and Weaknesses and Vision for the Future Long Term goals: • Co-location of our various program components into one state-of- the-art facility. • Internationally competitive graduate program on par with programs at UCSD, NYU, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. • International reputation of our program garnered through strategic partnerships, educational initiatives, and creative projects conducted with friends around the globe.
    29. 29. Linking with New American University “Exemplary Initiatives” and Other New Partners ENVIRONMENTAL AND URBAN MODELING partnership between PRISM and PURL (Phoenix Urban Research Lab) COMMUNITY ACTION / SOCIAL INTERVENTION chicana/o and borderlands research and actions VISUALIZATION OF ALTERNATIVE ENERGY FUTURES joint research between PRISM and InnovationSpace at SkySong VIDEO AND ANIMATION EXPERTISE video compositing, sound design, and animation for Decision Theater DRAWING, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION providing a rich context for individual expression and diversity PROTOTYPING, INTERFACE DESIGN, and GAMING partnership between animation area and School of Computing and Informatics COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS partnerships with ArtDetour, Haven House, MetroArts and AZ Comm for the Arts INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGES projects underway in Iceland, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Italy
    30. 30. International / Intranational Community Arts Partnerships El Bosque del Pueblo, Puerto Rico Puerto Rico - Neither Sovereign nor Commonwealth
    31. 31. Casa Pueblo Adjuntas, Puerto Rico Casa Pueblo, run by Alexis Massol-González, a Goldman Environmental Prize winner, is a self-managed community organization committed to protecting the environment, affirming cultural and human values, and create sustainable economic alternatives. Casa Pueblo established El Bosque del Pueblo, a government-controlled Rain forest reserve, that put a stop to the strip mining and commercial development on the southern part of the island. Among the have established community-based solar energy distiller for indigenous plants, eco-tourism farm, a butterfly garden, organic coffee productions.
    32. 32. Community Arts Partnership in Puerto Rico John Jota Leaños, Assistant Professor at ASU, has worked with Casa Pueblo and would organize a Community Arts course with ASU students to develop eco-art and sustainable community art projects.
    33. 33. Graduate Student Cultural Programs ASU in San Francisco MFA students would travel to San Francisco doing cultural exchange, visiting museums and galleries, and non-profit arts organizations.
    34. 34. Recent Public Art Projects awarded to Intermedia Students Hotel Indigo Public Art Scholarship awarded to Intermedia Students Aaron Cuthbertson - MFA Intermedia • Aaron will create an interactive wall projection.  Don Vance - BFA Intermedia • Don will create three projected animations relating to plant cell formations and the Fibonacci sequences.
    35. 35. Performance Festival in Downtown Phoenix Intermedia co- produces a quarterly Performance Festival at the Trunk Space in downtown Phoenix Student Performances 2006-07
    36. 36. Elsewhere, Greensboro, North Carolina Intermedia students are invited to create a multi-disciplinary collaborative project in a 12,000 square foot thrift store space in Greensboro, NC. Work will include sound, performance and installation.
    37. 37. 700is International Film and Video Festival, Egilsstadir, Iceland Collaboration with Kristin Scheving, founder and producer of the 700is International Film and Video Festival and member of the Arts Council in Egilsstadir. Connecting future video programming to Intermedia at ASU and creating a new film and video student category for the festival. Possibility of interactive performance with ASU students for the festival next year as well.
    38. 38. TeleSculpture in Slavonice, Czech Republic sponsored by the Center for the Future, Slavonice, CZ and Telluride, Colorado
    39. 39. TeleSculpture in Slavonice, Czech Republic