[-empyre-] Week 4: “Convergence: expanding time-base media”

Renate Ferro rtf9 at cornell.edu
Sat Oct 26 07:20:09 EST 2013

Thanks to Tim for taking over during week three as I have been in the
middle of mid=term critiques with our senior thesis students.  Also thanks
to Dale Hudson and Gabriel Menotti for being our featured guests this week.

For the last week of October we welcome Isak Berbic, Lisa Patti and Ken
Feingold, and Malcolm Levy. We will keep this discussion open until
Thursday the 31st and are hoping that those of our former guests in
previous weeks will feel free to make final closing posts.

We met Isak in Hungary just about two years ago and are happy that he has
moved to the States after spending time in the UAE.  Lisa is a former
Cornellian who lives to the North of us and teaches at Hobart College.  We
do miss seeing you around campus Lisa. We also welcome our other two guests
Ken and Malcolm with the anticipation of learning more about their own work
especially as it interests with this month's theme of Convergence.  Bios
are below.  Thanks.  Renate Ferro

Isak Berbic (b.1983) is a photography, moving image and performance artist
from Sarajevo. As Yugoslavia dissolved and Bosnia was under attack, he and
his family became refugees, moving through Croatia, a refugee camp in
Denmark, eventually receiving asylum in the United States. Isak Berbic
studied Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In Chicago,
he practiced art, worked in theater, and art directed a political community
magazine. From 2007-2012 he was based in the Middle East, Sharjah, United
Arab Emirates, where he taught at the University of Sharjah. In 2012 he
joined the faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY), Art Department. His
research deals with social histories, politics, tragedy, memory, humor,
exile, and the limits of representation. His recent artworks investigate
the overlaps of documentary and fiction in relation to the visualization of
contested politics and contested histories. Isak Berbic is now living and
working in New York. http://www.isakberbic.com/**

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Lisa Patti teaches in the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William
Smith Colleges. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature with a
concentration in Film and Video from Cornell University.  Her current
research explores the global distribution of cinema and television through
new media platforms, focusing on the circulation of multilingual cinema.

Ken Feingold (USA, 1952) received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in

“Post-Studio Art” from California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.  He

has been recognized as an innovator in the field of interactive art after

fifteen prior years of making films, video art, objects, and installations.
His early interactive works include The Surprising Spiral (1991), JCJ
Junkman (1992), Childhood/Hot & Cold Wars (1993), and where I can see my
house from here so we are (1993-95) among others.  His work Interior (1997)
was commissioned for the first ICC Biennale '97, Tokyo; Séance Box No.1 was
developed while in residence at the ZKM Karlsruhe during 1998-99, and Head
(1999-2000) was commissioned by the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art,
Helsinki for the exhibition "Alien Intelligence" (Feb-May 2000). Since 2000
he has developed a body of “cinematic sculptures” - objects and
installations which include artificially intelligent animatronics and,
frequently, moving images. He has taught moving image art at Princeton
University and Cooper Union, among others, and he is also a licensed
psychoanalyst in private practice. His works are in the permanent
collections of the Museum of Modern Art, NY; Centre Georges Pompidou,
Paris; Kiasma, Helsinki; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and

Malcolm Levy is an artist and curator based in Vancouver, Canada.  He is
the co-founder and current Artistic Director of the New Forms Festival
(1999--present), and was the curator of CODE Live at the 2010 Winter
Olympics,  where he oversaw the installation of  over 40 interactive media
artworks and 8 performances across the city.  He is the Artistic Director
of ISEA 2015 with Kate Armstrong.  His work was recently shown at
Supermarkt (Berlin, 2013) Audain Gallery (When we stop and they begin',
Vancouver, 2012), in the “Occupy Wall Street” exhibition (New York, 2011),
Grimmuseum (Framework, Berlin, 2011),  Nuit Blanche (A Place to Reflect
(Nuit Blanche Toronto 2011) and Transmission (Victoria, 2011).  Malcolm is
currently completely his MA in Media Studies at the New School and teaches
at SFU in Vancouver.


Renate Ferro
Visiting Assistant Professor of Art,
(contracted since 2004)
Cornell University
Department of Art, Tjaden Hall Office:  306
Ithaca, NY  14853
Email:   <rferro at cornell.edu <rtf9 at cornell.edu>>
URL:  http://www.renateferro.net
Lab:  http://www.tinkerfactory.net

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