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Parsing (Im)Possibilities

May 18 - June 2, 2012
A face-painted mime looks deadpan into the camera.
"Parsing (Im)Possibilities," MFA Computer Art 2012 Thesis Exhibition
Credit: John Mattiuzzi

"Parsing (Im)Possibilities"

May 18 - June 2, 2012
Reception: Thursday, May 24, 6 - 8pm

School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents "Parsing (Im)Possibilities," an exhibition that brings together selected thesis projects from graduating students in the MFA Computer Art Department. Curated by Hsiang Chin Moe and Jose Vargas, the exhibition will be on view from May 18 through June 2 at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, New York City.

"Parsing (Im)Possibilities" features more than 45 thesis projects which explore different modes of creative self-expression in the digital arts using cutting-edge technologies and a variety of media and materials. The selected work includes 3D animation, motion graphics, stop motion animation, experimental video, networked media, interactive/video/audio installations, digital fine art and prints.

The participating artists often employ a multidisciplinary approach, making use of different programming languages, digital fabrication methods, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, computer vision and human-computer interaction, as well as traditional art production methods, to realize their creations. The projects address a wide range of themes, including the loss of innocence and creativity in the process of becoming an adult; differences in conventional standards of happiness from person to person; the search for personal identity within an urban environment; and the phenomenon of synesthesia, an experience of seeing sounds and hearing colors.

According to Department Chair Bruce Wands, "This exhibition is the next step in the evolution of our students' work integrating with contemporary art. The terms 'digital art' and 'computer art' are rapidly merging and are starting to take a leading role in contemporary art."

The Visual Arts Gallery, located at 601 West 26 Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm; closed on Sundays and public holidays. The gallery will be closed on Monday, May 28. The gallery is accessible by wheelchair. For further gallery information call 212.592.2145.

The MFA Computer Art Department emphasizes creativity 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, 60-credit MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with six Student Academy

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