A successful pilot exchange program of two institutions, which is found and organized by their students. It is first created by Tuangkamol Thongborisute, and later has been co-organized by Lee Tusman. The program’s co-ordinator is Dr. Toeingam Guptabutra, a faculty from Mixed Media Department of Silpakorn University. Without her assistance, the program would not come to its success. Almost 200 people has attended the artist talks and the opening event of the exhibition in August, 2017. The program is supported by UCLA’s School of the Arts and Architecture, Silpakorn University’s School of Painting Sculpture and Graphic Arts, and generously supported for the program’s public events by Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.
Upcoming artists are increasingly utilizing technology and media to engage audiences in conversations around human interactions and behavior. This new art form is pushing the boundaries of how we view human relationships with technology and what possibilities the future may have in store. In August 2017, a collaboration between Silpakorn University’s Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts School and graduate students of UCLA’s Design | Media Arts further explores this medium and investigates how these ideas may transform across culture, pedagogy, and discipline. One of the intention in the creation of this program is also to connect young multi-disciplinary artists together, in hope of a strong supportive community for the future of their professional career across cultures and nations. Participants from both universities will learn from each other. The collaboration will result in two public programs, both hosted at BACC at the end of the program, an exhibition of new interactive media artworks developed during the collaboration as well as a public lecture series on interactivity featuring artist talks.
The workshop is led by the graduate student of DMA in the topics of Introduction to Physical Interactivity, and Net Art/ Web Graffiti. Plus, special lecture to Thai participants by Lee Tusman on a topic of History of Game Art, and P5.js.
Although the program seems like a private event for two art institutions, the program has open events for general public to join, which is the exhibition held at BACC, and two public talks about art study in the US and various topics of “Interactive Art” by DMA graduate students who are researchers in this field.
PUBLIC ACTIVITIES’ INFORMATION
- Workshop Exhibition – a show of final results from the program’s participants who worked collaboratively in groups to share similar interests and diverse skills to produce a artworks in the region of Interactive Art.
- Art Study and Living in the UCLA by Tuangkamol Thongborisute and Guest, UCLA’s Thai ambassador: Kaewalee Soontornmon.
The talk focuses on a new-media art and design study in the UCLA in general. The topics include curriculum, how-to-apply, and financial aids. It also discusses in detail about Design | Media Arts Department’s curriculum, classes, and facilities. In the second part of the talk, the speakers cover topics about campus’s live, international student’s live in the US, work-and-study experiences, and live after graduation.
Kaewalee or Kelly has a degree of Doctor of Medicine and Residency in Pediatrics from Mahidol University, and Master of Science in Epidemiology from UCLA. Currently, she is the PhD student in Epidemiology Department UCLA, funded by Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program, NIH. Kelly was the Thailand Ambassador of the UCLA’s Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars (DCISS) in 2016-12017. Her Voluntariness helped new-coming Thai students connected with their new communities in UCLA. Kelly also helped organizing many DCISS’s activities and events for international students.
- Artist Talks :
Artist: Eli Joteva
Title: The space between mind and matter In this seminar, Joteva will cover the creative approach and potential which can arise from collaborative exchanges between art and science. She will focus on the use of biofeedback technology by neuroscience researchers as well as new media and performance artists. She will further elaborate on her current relationship to neurophysics research and how it inspires her to evaluate the embodied experience of memory in relationship to space, time and landscape within her own art making practice.
Artist: David Ertel
TITLE: Automatic Landscapes David Ertel is interested in how computer vision, satellite imagery, and other post-photographic practices inform our ideas about land and nature. His work has been featured in publications including Vice Magazine, The Creators Project, Interview Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Pitchfork, and The Guardian. He has been the recipient of several artist grants by institutions such as the PHI Centre, Canada Council for the Arts, and SODEC. At the BACC he will present a critical history of mapping and environmental aesthetics as well as a survey of contemporary artists that explore these new ways of imaging our environment.
Artist: Christina Yglesias
Title: A Networked Social Practice In her talk, Christina Yglesias will discuss and define a networked social practice. Topics will include connection, disconnection, and identity as filtered though social technologies. She will also discuss how she approaches making work in our hyper-networked culture.
Artist: Jack Turpin
TITLE: On the Virtues of Being Boneless and Incomplete
At the BACC Jack will present his ongoing research on “cartoon logic”, ie the rules and physics governing the animated image. He will track its history, development and dissemination into physical space and world culture.
Artist: Kristin McWharther
Title: Interactivity and Performance Looking at how participation, and spectacle shape contemporary art experiences, Kristin McWharter uses performance in conjunction with interactive technologies to dissect commonly held notions around competition, intimacy, influence, and conformity. Exploring mediums such as virtual reality, creative coding, and public participation, McWharter scrutinizes individual subjectivities within social interaction. McWharter will discuss how the use of technology and performance can elicit meaningful participatory experiences within audiences that are conjuring new conversations and insights on social, cultural, and psychological influences of behavior.