Ava Ansari, Andrew Quitmeyer, and Michael Nitsche

A talk by Ava Ansari, Andrew Quitmeyer, and Michael Nitsche on Performance art and Technology, followed by participation by art students and artists Mohammad Amini, Mahsa Biglow, Hajar Naseri, Soraya Sharghi and other participants in the testing of Ansari’s application “Subway”.

Ava Ansari is a performance artist interested in the aesthetic capacity of digital media and its dynamic qualities in creating virtual encounters. She is co-director of The Back Room, a curatorial and pedagogical project where she facilitates exchanges between artists and writers in the United States and Iran, with Molly Kleiman. She has an MA in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Andrew Quitmeyer is a polymath adventurer interested in discovering new means of exploring and sharing our world. A fascination with science, nature, and the unknown led him to his current work designing and implementing subversive media, computer-vision animal behavioural research and new forms of documentary. As a Digital Media PhD student at Georgia Tech, he studies “Digital Naturalism” in hopes of developing techniques and tools for engaging with complex environments, capturing and analyzing contextual, dense information, and expressing ideas in powerful new ways.

Michael Nitsche works as Associate Professor in Digital Media at the School of Literature, Communication & Culture (LCC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology where he teaches mainly on issues of spatiality and performance in digital media. He is fascinated by the intersection of the digital with the physical domain and explores these borderline areas in video games, mobile technology, and digital performances. This work is conducted within the Digital World and Image Group, directed by Nitsche, and is funded by the NSF as well as industry partners such as Google and Alcatel Lucent. Nitsche has contributed to numerous journals and conferences, his books Video Game Spaces (2009) and The Machinima Reader (2011) (co-edited with Henry Lowood) were published by The MIT Press.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 – 5:30-8 PM


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