D. Jean Hester
Since 2002
Works in Los Angeles, California United States of America

BIO
D. Jean Hester is a media artist living in Los Angeles, California, whose work combines programming, databases, film and video to create interactive pieces for both physical installations and online platforms.

Hester wishes to involve users as active, thinking, engaged participant-collaborators in the creation of art. Her work explores the nature of interactivity and audience/user participation, and what happens when a work is no longer a stand-alone authored environment with a tightly controlled author-defined outcome, but when the users themselves are contributing/collaborating through the use of interactivity (be it physical real-world performative actions or interaction with a database or some other program). In this scenario the artist's intention is only part of the puzzle
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DISCUSSION

6/4 - INTERCHANGE 3: An Evening of Interactive Performance & Installation


Gallery 825/LAAA Hosts
"INTERCHANGE 3": An Evening of Interactive Music/Art/Video Performance &
Installation
Saturday, June 4, 2005

Music ~ Art ~ Performance ~ Video ~ Featuring Audience Interactivity
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange3/index.php

// What: //
This is the third "Interchange" event in what has become a recurring series.
An evening of interactive music/art/sound/video performances and
installations, this show challenges the notion that art and performance are
things to be merely watched by an audience. Instead, the audience plays a
vital role in the event. Each work engages the audience to interact,
participate or contribute to the creation and experience of the art.

// Who: //
Performances & Installations by:
__Doug Goodwin
__D. Jean Hester
__Michele Jaquis
__Liam Mooney
__James Orsher
__Albert Ortega
__Adam Overton
__Rise Industries
__Louisa Van Leer

Curated by D. Jean Hester.

// When: //
Saturday, June 4, 2005
Doors open at 7:30
Performances begin at 8:00
Installations can be viewed before and after the performances, and during
intermission.

// Tickets: //
$5 for G825 Members and Students with valid Student ID / $10 General
Admission
Tickets available at the door.

// Where://
Gallery 825
825 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
Between Melrose and Santa Monica Blvd.
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?addr

DISCUSSION

real love stories: please participate


--// Call for Participation

Please participate in the creation of "Real Love Stories #2", an interactive
sound and video installation. "Real Love Stories #2" will be part of the
SoundWalk event in Long Beach, California on August 21.

Just tell me a story about a person or thing you have loved -- first love,
or a failed love, or the love of your life, or how you loved your parents or
your dog or your Harley or your teddy bear... How you interpret "love" is up
to you -- stories about everything from a love of cold lobster leftovers to
how a married couple met the first time to having a crush in fifth grade to
an extreme fondness for beer have been submitted.

It's easy to do: just visit my website and fill out a form:
http://www.divestudio.org/projects/love_submit.php

Thank you for your contribution...

--// About SoundWalk
"Real Love Stories #2" will be part of the SoundWalk event in Long Beach,
California on August 21. "SoundWalk is a day of installation of works by
over 30 Southern California sound artists in a variety of indoor and outdoor
spaces throughout the downtown Long Beach East Village Arts District.
http://www.soundwalk.org/

Contributing artists to the SoundWalk event include Alan Nakagawa, Albert
Ortega, Barnet and Mushkin, Bobby June, D. Jean Hester, Sumako, Eric
Strauss, Ever Lovely Lightning Heat, FLOOD, Glenn Bach, Gregg Egg, Hop Frog,
j. frede, Japes Adams, Jeremy Drake, Kadet Kuhne, Kate Harding, Noah Thomas,
Phaul, Sander Wolff, smgsap, Spastic Colon, Steven Sovia, Young Soon Min &
Allan de Souza.

-- D. Jean Hester
http://www.divestudio.org
Upcoming: "Real Love Stories #2" an interactive sound and video
installation
August 21 @ Soundwalk - Long Beach East Village Arts District
Contribute to the project:
http://www.divestudio.org/projects/love_submit.php

Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding.

EVENT

6/11 - INTERCHANGE 2: An Evening of Interactive Performance & Installation


Dates:
Fri Jun 11, 2004 00:00 - Wed Jun 02, 2004

INTERCHANGE 2": An Evening of Interactive Music/Sound/Video Performance & Installation
Friday, June 11, 2003
Los Angeles, CA

Music ~ Sound ~ Video ~ Installation ~ Featuring Audience Interactivity
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange2/index.php

// Who: //
Southern California established and emerging sound artists, musicians, installation and video artists. Curated by D. Jean Hester.

Performances & Installations by:
__Akira Rabelais - http://www.akirarabelais.com
__Rise Industries - http://www.rise-ind.com
__Adam Overton - http://www.calarts.edu/~aoverton
__Civyiu Kkliu
__David Kendall - http://www.calarts.edu/~dkendall/home.html
__Liam Mooney - http://www.liammooney.com
__Robert Drummond - http://www.robertdrummond.com/
__D. Jean Hester - http://www.divestudio.org
__Ever Lovely Lightning Heart (Faith Coloccia, Chris Badger, Kate Stewart)

Hosted by Gallery 825/LAAA

// What: //
An evening of interactive music/sound/video performances and installations. This is the second “Interchange” event in what promises to become a recurring series. “Interchange 2” is something very different from the usual music performance or art show, challenging the notion that art and performance are things to be merely watched by an audience. Instead, the audience plays a vital role in the event. Each work engages the audience to interact, participate or contribute to the creation and experience of the art.

// When: //
Friday, June 11, 2003
Doors open at 7:30
Performances begin at 8:00
Installations can be viewed before and after the performances, and during intermission.

// Tickets: //
$5 for 825 Members and Students with valid Student ID / $10 General Admission
Tickets available at the door.

// Where://
Gallery 825
825 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles
Street Parking - Valet Parking also available
http://www.laaa.org/

// For More Info: //
Contact the Curator: D. Jean Hester interchange@divestudio.org
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange2/index.php

-- D. Jean Hester
UPCOMING 6/11/04: Interchange 2 - an evening of interactive performance & installation
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange2/index.php

Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not, understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon


EVENT

This Friday: "Interchange", Interactive Performance & Installation


Dates:
Fri Sep 26, 2003 00:00 - Mon Sep 22, 2003

INTERCHANGE": An Evening of Interactive Performance & Installation
September 26, 2003

New Work and Collaborations featuring Audience Interactivity, Participation & Contribution
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange/index.php

// Who: //
Southern California established and emerging sound artists, musicians, and video artists presenting new work and new collaborations. Curated by D. Jean Hester.

Performances by: (*denotes a new collaboration formed especially for this event)
__*Akira Rabelais & Rise Industries (Jeremy Quinn & Michele Jaquis)
__*Josh Russell, Civyiu Kkliu, Ilya Monosov & D. Jean Hester
__Adam Overton

Installations by:
__Glenn Bach
__D. Jean Hester

// What: //
An evening of interactive music/sound/video performances and installations. This show challenges the notion that art and performance are things to be merely watched by an audience. Instead, the audience plays a vital role in the event. Each work engages the audience to interact, participate or contribute to the creation and experience of the art.

// When: //
Friday, September 26, 2003
Doors open at 7:30
Performances begin at 8:00
Installations can be viewed before and after the performances, and during intermission.

// Tickets: //
$10 / $5 with valid Student ID
Tickets available at the door.

// Where://
Melrose Light Space
7600 Melrose Blvd., Los Angeles
Building located at the southwest corner of Melrose & Curson.
Venue is located upstairs, and in the back. Follow the signs.
Map: http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?ed=KSMjeOp_0TofP61bE0DJPw4oZnWX&csz=los+angeles+ca&country=us

// For More Info: //
Contact the Curator: D. Jean Hester interchange@divestudio.org
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange/index.php

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not, understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon


DISCUSSION

9/26 - Interchange: An Evening of Interactive Performance & Installation


INTERCHANGE": An Evening of Interactive Performance & Installation
September 26, 2003

New Work and Collaborations featuring Audience Interactivity, Participation
& Contribution
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange/index.php

// Who: //
Southern California established and emerging sound artists, musicians, and
video artists presenting new work and new collaborations. Curated by D.
Jean Hester.

Performances by: (*denotes a new collaboration formed especially for this
event)
__*Akira Rabelais & Rise Industries (Jeremy Quinn & Michele Jaquis)
__*Josh Russell, Civyiu Kkliu, Ilya Monosov & D. Jean Hester
__Adam Overton

Installations by:
__Glenn Bach
__D. Jean Hester

// What: //
An evening of interactive music/sound/video performances and installations.
This show challenges the notion that art and performance are things to be
merely watched by an audience. Instead, the audience plays a vital role in
the event. Each work engages the audience to interact, participate or
contribute to the creation and experience of the art.

// When: //
Friday, September 26, 2003
Doors open at 7:30
Performances begin at 8:00
Installations can be viewed before and after the performances, and during
intermission.

// Tickets: //
$10 / $5 with valid Student ID
Tickets available at the door.

// Where://
Melrose Light Space
7600 Melrose Blvd., Los Angeles
Building located at the southwest corner of Melrose & Curson.
Venue is located upstairs, and in the back. Follow the signs.
Map:
http://maps.yahoo.com/maps_result?ed=KSMjeOp_0TofP61bE0DJPw4oZnWX&csz=los+angeles+ca&country=us

// For More Info: //
Contact the Curator: D. Jean Hester interchange@divestudio.org
http://www.divestudio.org/interchange/index.php

-- D. Jean Hester
www.divestudio.org
Interviewer: "Must an artist be a programmer to make truly original online
art?"
John Simon: "Truly original? You Modernist! Whether you make art or not,
understanding programming is an amazing understanding."
from "Code as Creative Writing: An Interview with John Simon"

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