"SYNAPSE" at L.A. Center for Digital Art

Posted by Rex Bruce | Wed Aug 10th 2005 2:24 p.m.

Los Angeles Center For Digital Art
107 West Fifth Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
323 646 9427

Rex Bruce


Website: http://www.lacda.com

The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in association
with EZTV, the CyberSpace Gallery, the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery
and the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio presents:


July 31-Aug 27 2005
Reception Sunday July 31, 8-10pm

Victor Acevedo
David Em
Kate Johnson
Tony Longson
Michael Masucci
Anneliese Varaldiev
Michael Wright

SYNAPSE is a group exhibition of seven artists who made a difference by
not only pursuing their personal aesthetics but because they operated
in such a way as to build bridges between art forms and art communities. 

SYNAPSE highlights some of the key accomplishments of the last
quarter-century in the development of the Southern California digital
art scene. SYNAPSE presents the work of David Em and Tony Longson, two
of the first artists anywhere to use computers in their art making
process. Victor Acevedo and Michael Wright are two early practioners of
PC based computer graphics for desktop printing and video. Michael
Masucci and Kate Johnson are writers, filmmakers and musicians who were
early adaptors of using desktop technology to create broadcast quality
productions using sound, dialogue and visual art. Anneliese Varaldiev
is a photographer and filmmaker who used early digital technology in
her work.

All these artists are veterans of the seminal Los Angeles digital art
community who gathered around EZTV, whose CyberSpace Gallery was
clearly among the world's first to dedicate itself to the advocacy and
exhibition of computer-based art. At a time when most of the Los
Angeles art world ignored the significance of the digital imaging
revolution, these particular artists advanced a variety of ideas and
aesthetic strategies that have since become prevalent. Each, in their
own way, began to explore the then relatively uncharted computer
assisted art-making territory. Many of these artists have been
exhibited in museums, galleries, festivals and conferences, and are
included in critical books, journals and periodicals concerning
digital art.

SYNAPSE in the tradition of the Digilantes, those EZTV-affiliated
artists who mounted a series of seminal computer art exhibitions
throughout Southern California in the 1990s and in conjunction with
ACM/SIGGRAPH  2005, the 32nd International Conference on Computer
Graphics and Interactive Techniques will be presented as a
site-specific exhibition at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in
downtown Los Angeles. SYNAPSE is part of the ACM/SIGGRAPH Conference
outreach program as sponsored by the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio and
SIGGRAPH 2005 Art Gallery.

This exhibit is the 2nd installment of the traveling series "Hacking
the Timeline" which attempts to inform and integrate into popular art
history an appreciation and acknowledgment of digital art.

Further information on this exhibit and its artists can be found at:


SYNAPSE: The Panel
The University of California Los Angeles Extension and Otis College of
Art + Design in association with, the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery and the
SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio present

Bridging the gap: Art, Artists, Technology and the Art establishment.
This two and a half hour panel will be free to the general public and
will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center during the SIGGRAPH
2005 Conference, Tuesday Aug 2, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm 


David Em, Yoichiro Kawaguchi, Jennifer Steinkamp,
Michael Masucci, Bruce Wands, Sue Gollifer, Tony Longson.

Tom Leeser Art Durinski, Michael Wright

Gallery Information: Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated
to the propagation of all forms of digital art, supporting local,
international, emerging and established artists. We have an ongoing
schedule of exhibits and competitions, and produce editions of wide
format archival prints.

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