Scott Hessels
Since 2004
Works in Hong Kong Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Scott Hessels is a media artist and independent filmmaker who has released art and commercial projects in several different media including film, video, web, music, broadcast, print, and performance. His films and videos have shown in hundreds of international film and new media festivals, on television, and in contemporary art galleries over the past 20 years. As a media artist, his installations have shown in exhibitions around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, CiberArt, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, ICA, ACM, and Japan's Media Art Festival as well as been included in several books on new media art and in magazines like Wired and Discover.

He has been experimenting with the cinematic form and his recent artworks have mixed film with sensors, robotics, and alternative forms of interactivity. His current series are types of experimental cinema generating systems--players. These pieces include movies generated through topology ("Mulholland Drive"), environmental data ("Brakelights"), data sets ("Celestial Mechanics"), and viewer location and movement ("GPSFilm"). He has recently completed the first of five cinema players that are powered with sustainable energy sources ("The Image Mill").

After previously teaching in the Design|Media Arts department at UCLA, he spent five years at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore before joining the School of Creative Media at City University, Hong Kong.
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Maya Animators Needed for Planetarium Artwork

Sun Mar 06, 2005 15:51

As a project in the UCLA Design/Media Arts department, we are creating an experimental artwork that will use planetariums as a new form of media experience. We’re producing a ‘night sky’ program that, instead of showing stars and planets, will show the various strata of man-made technologies in the sky above us. At any moment, there are 9000 planes, 6000 satellites, thousands of weather technologies, helicopters, and more. We hope to find the patterns in the data and look for the new 'constellations'. For example, each of those planes above us is showing a movie, what does 9000 movies flying through space above us look like?

This is a crazy, unique opportunity but the pay is very limited. The science community has been great getting us the accurate data, now we need some adventurous animators to help us visualize it.