Tuesday, May 6, 6-9pm
Wednesday, May 7, 6-9pm
333 West 23 Street, north side between 8th & 9th Aves.
The School of Visual Arts (SVA) and the MFA Computer Art Department will host the MFA Computer Art 2014 Thesis Presentations. The event will be held over two days at the SVA Theatre and will include short talks and videos of graduating students’ work. The Tuesday evening presentations will highlight fine art and motion graphics. Wednesday night will feature 3D animation. Both events will be streaming live at new.livestream.com/MFAComputerArt/Thesis2014.
The presentations showcase our graduates’ unique approaches to the themes and modes of creative self-expression. Over 50 thesis projects incorporate a variety of media, materials and cutting-edge technologies that address a range of topics, including a story of a rock band with four puppet characters animated in stop motion by Xiaoxiao Tang, an exploration of mixed media installation that combines video projection mapping and sculpture that brings into question environmental issues by digital fine artist, Harsha Biswajit, and a short story about two dolls coming to life at night in a toy shop from 3D animator, Chun Wei Kuo. The presenting artists also made use of programming languages, digital fabrication methods, artificial intelligence, computer vision and human-computer interaction – as well as traditional art production methods to realize their creations. Linear video works include single and multi-channel installations exploring both narrative and abstract expression through 3D animation, motion graphics and traditional animation. Department chair Bruce Wands comments that, “We place a strong emphasis on creativity and personal vision. This is essential in the development of an artist. As SVA’s only multidisciplinary graduate department, our students have a broad palette of courses and a state of the art facility within which any idea in the digital and contemporary art realm can be realized.”
The SVA Theatre is located at 333 W 23rd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. The theater’s new design is the work of world-renowned designer Milton Glaser and features what may be the city’s largest kinetic sculpture atop the theater’s marquee. The theater is wheelchair accessible. For more information, please call 212.592.2980.
The MFA Computer Art Department emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with seven Student Academy Awards. Please visit mfaca.sva.edu.
School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than six decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprised of more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 31 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit sva.edu.
Image credit: Panop Koonwat’s Cupidiculous (2014)