[-empyre-] Thanks to Catherine and Kevin, Welcome to Alice and Maurice!

Hi, everyone. We want to extend our warmest thanks to Catherine Ingraham and Kevin Hamilton for leading us in a highly engaging week, from maps to cages! So sorry about the server glitch mid-week (we never heard what took place, but things seem to be back on track).

We think the most recent round of postings (active still this morning!) provide a perfect transition into the work of this week's guests, Maurice Benayoun and Alice Miceli, two artists for whom critical spatial practice is central to their work. Following this past week's focus on American things, and the previous week's blend of Asia/America, Maurice and Alice bring decidedly European and Latin American perspectives to the list.

We've worked with Maurice Benayoun (Mo Ben) on various critical initiatives for many years. Maurice teaches video and new media at the University of Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and is Art Director of the CITU research center in Paris (University Interactive Transdisciplinary Creation). Maurice is a transmedia artist who explores thepotentiality of various media from video, to virtual reality, Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive
exhibitions. He has designed interactive scenography for large scale
architectural and exhibition projects. In 1987, he co-founded the pionneering CG and VR lab, Z-A, and has been involved since in groundbreaking projects in new media and design. His Tunnel under the Atlantic (1995), provided visitors tothe Centrel Pompidou in Paris and the MOCA in Montreal with televisual interaction through a VR gaming portal. In 1998, he received a Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, for World Skin: A Photo Safari in the Land of War. He also has been involved in a many large scale exhibitions, events, and architectural projects such as the Navigation Room (1997) and the Membrane (2001) for the Cité des Sciences de la Villette, the Panaromic Tables for the Planet of Visions Pavilion, Hanover EXPO 2000, the Multimedia Tour for the Abbaye de Fontevraud, Cosmopolis, Overwriting the City, a giant art and science immersive installation for the French Year in China, and he is now working on the permanent exhibition at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Last fall, Maurice initiated a bilingual (French/English) blog, http://the-dump.net/, where he invites postings of inventive new media iniatives and reflections. We're happy that he's agreed to bring the dump into the -empyre-!

Joining Maurice will be Alice Miceli, an exciting artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who is now working out of Berlin. Since graduating from the Ecole Supérieure d'Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris in 2001, Alice and her projects have been featured internationally, from the Videobrasil Festival in Sao Paulo and the NY Independent Film and Video Festival in New York to Art Contact at ForumBOX Gallery in Helsinki and Third Asia-Europe Art Camp in Bandung, Indonesia. Since 2006, Alice has been teaching video art at Atelie de Imagem, a photography and media school in Rio. Crucial to her ongoing "Chernobyl" Project, which we hope she'll discuss, is her investigation of critical spatial practice. She will be joining us this week from Berlin before heading back to Rio and Sao Paulo for our final week on Critical Spatial Practice.

We are delighted to host guests with such different backgrounds who share similar sensibilities to critical spatial practice. Welcome Maurice and Alice. We're looking forward to spending the week learning with you.

Renate Ferro and Tim Murray
Co-Moderators, -empyre-
Department of Art/Rose GoldsenArchive of New Media Art, Cornell University


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