A pilot program will begin this fall for Transart MFA students who wish to make extensive use of technology in their projects, e.g. immersive environments, augmented reality, sensors, audio, video, Max/MSP/Jitter, etc. Students now have the option of getting individual project support from engineers, artists, soft- and hardware specialists through partnerships with other institutions.
Our first technology partnership will be with Harvestworks in Manhattan, an institution with which Transart has a history. The independent study structure available at Harvestworks aligns well with the Transart model of one year projects and self-directed study supported by advisors.
Within this partnership artists will have the opportunity to get technical support for their MFA and PhD projects including up to 20 hours of custom private tutorials, one-on-one instruction allowing students to explore the tools necessary to complete their individual projects as well as unlimited labtime in HW’s computer lab, support by assistant teachers as well as a presentation of the final project at Harvestworks. These independent studies typically last a month but depending on the project, can last for up to six months.
Transart students interested in working with Harvestworks in this capacity will send a proposal to Harvestworks and Transart which includes: 300-600 word descriptions of the project, what technology it should include and what kind of support they will need from Harvestwork’s staff. This is an open invitation without deadlines. Transart Insitute will cover 50% of the cost (up to $900) for this pilot project to ensure that students learn new technologies essential to their projects quickly and efficiently, keeping the focus in the program on the project itself and to encourage students to expand their understanding of the technologies which can best communicate their work and/or enable them to find the right contributors for collaborative projects.
Introductory presentation: “Artist’s Guide to Useful Technology”
July 24, 18:00, Tanzfabrik, Berlin
As art becomes more dependent on technology, a thorough understanding of both the possibilities and implementations becomes increasingly important for artists in all fields to realize their vision. This presentation will be of interest for artists who wish to make extensive use of technology in their projects, e.g. immersive environments, augmented reality, sensors, audio, video, Max/MSP/Jitter, etc. Hans Tammen and Dafna Naphtali of Harvestwork’s presentation will include Max/MSP/Jitter, a program that provides real-time video, 3-D, and matrix processing capability for live interactive performances and installations. Topics covered will include: project case studies, technical approach and project management; live sound processing & V-J software instruments, with in-depth discussion of artistic implications.
Hans Tammen is responsible for the oversight of all projects related to Max/MSP/Jitter and Physical Computing at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center and manages the education program, the audio, audio postproduction and video studios. He encounters the projects of around 250 clients, students and artists in residence every year. Use of computer technologies is an integral part of his performances and works. He programs a computer for realtime live sound processing and uses his guitar equipped with proximity sensors as a human interface and controller. He specializes in multichannel audio performances, where a single (mono) motif is juxtaposed against a multichannel pattern that surrounds the audience.
Dafna Naphtali is a electronic-musician/performer/singer/composer from an eclectic musical background (jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music). Since the mid-90’s she composes/performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music using her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of her voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers. With her large variety of projects with well regarded musicians in the US, Europe and India, she has received awards from NYFA, NYSCA, Franklin Furnace, American Composers Forum, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and American Music Center, and recorded several CDs, including “What is it Like to be a Bat?” a digital punk trio with Kitty Brazelton (on Tzadik). Dafna teaches at New York University and Brooklyn College, Harvestworks and privately.
Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology, supporting the creation and presentation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies. Harvestworks aims to create an environment where artists can make work inspired and achieved by electronic media; to create a responsive public context for the appreciation of new work by presenting and disseminating the finished works; to advance the art community’s and the public’s “agenda” for the use of technology in art; and to bring together innovative practitioners from all branches of the arts collaborating in the use of electronic media. Harvestworks assists with commissions and residencies, production services, education and information programs, and the presentation and distribution of their work. For more information about Harvestworks, visit their website.