Amy Alexander
Since 2009
Works in United States of America

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BIO
Amy Alexander is a new media, audiovisual and performance artist who has also worked in film, video, music and information technology. Her current and recent work approaches digital media art from a performing arts perspective, often sitting at the intersection of art and popular culture. Amy’s projects have been presented on the Internet, in clubs and on the street as well as in festivals and museums. She is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego. In summer and fall 2012, she'll be Artist-in-Residence at iotaCenter in Los Angeles.

Amy – who has also worked under the names Cue P. Doll and VJ Übergeek – was a dinos^H^H^H pioneer in the development of software-based net art, beginning in 1996 with the Webby-nominated Multi-Cultural Recycler, a project that spoofed both net celebrity and faux multi-culturalism on the web. In addition to her art projects, she was also a co-founder and moderator of the Runme.org software art repository and has been active in software art curation.

Amy’s projects have been exhibited at venues ranging from The Whitney Museum, Prix Ars Electronica, Transmediale, SIGGRAPH, and the New Museum to club performances at Sonar (Barcelona), First Avenue (Minneapolis) and Melkweg (Amsterdam). She has performed on the streets of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Zürich, and Aberdeen, Scotland. Her work has been discussed in publications including Wired, The New York Times, Slashdot, Ecrans, Leonardo, The Boston Globe and the Washingon Post.

Amy’s work has been influenced by her background in musical performance, and she’s recently expanded her performance endeavors by studying and performing standup comedy. Besides continuing her VJ performances, she’s recently published texts on audiovisual performance history. In collaboration with Annina Rüst she’s currently performing Discotrope, an audiovisual performance involving solar energy and various histories of dance in cinema. She’s also doing research toward combining her visual performance work with her background as a percussionist in the not-too-distant future.
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EVENT

VJ Science Theatre:


Dates:
Fri Jun 26, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 26, 2009

Location:
United States of America

VJ Science Theatre: "Qualitative Analysis of Visual Performance Algorithms as a Function of Internet Search Queries."
http://vimeo.com/5190845

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VJ'ing, live TV, theatre, vaudeville, Internet narrative and webcasting collide as VJ Übergeek and the ÜberSERF research team star in "Qualitative Analysis of Visual Performance Algorithms as a Function of Internet Search Queries." The program was originally broadcast live from San Diego to Be Community / Dock 18 in Zürich, May 2009.

A ÜLabs Production. Featuring: Amy Alexander, Randell Baltazar, Fabiola Hanna, Tristan Newcomb, Simon Quiroz, Roberto Rosales, Annina Rüst. Equipment support provided by the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts at UCSD (CRCA).

Recent videos of VJ Übergeek CyberSpaceLand club performances available at http://vimeo.com/uebergeek
More info about CyberSpaceLand - strange Internet narratives as visual performance - at http://cyberspaceland.org
If you haven't read CyberSpaceLand lately, you haven't read CyberSpaceland!

Summer on,
-Amy
http://amy-alexander.com


DISCUSSION

Project_SVEN_-__Zurich_performancee_12_Jul y_


SVEN - Beach and World Van Tour '06 continues in Zurich this Wednesday 12=
July

Escher-Wyss-Platz. Zurich. Look for a cargo van, probably white.
Hosted by the Digital Art Weeks Conference:
http://www.jg.inf.ethz.ch/wiki/DAW/Front.
(Drive on July 12 3pm; Talk on July 13 - see site for details.)

Project SVEN:
http://deprogramming.us/sven

SVEN (Surveillance Video Entertainment Network): the project that asks the
question, "If computer vision technology can detect when you look like a te=
rrorist,
criminal, or other nasty type - why not have it detect when you look like a=
rock star?"

Coming up: SVEN in San Jose, USA
ISEA 2006 / Zero One San Jose Symposium
http://01sj.org

and semi-spontaneous drives in the San Diego area.

Coming this fall:
SVEN open source computer vision software for public spaces.

SVEN is being developed on an ongoing basis, so changes to software and
presentation are made continually.

SVEN Development/Production Team '06: Amy Alexander, Wojciech Kosma, Vincent
Rabaud
Production Assistants/Roadies: Marilia Maschion, Annina Ruest
Initial SVEN Development by: Amy Alexander, Jesse Gilbert, Nikhil Rasiwasia

More info, pictures, videos, and theoretical text:
http://deprogramming.us/sven
Contact: sven06 (fill_in_the_symbol) deprogramming.us

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Note - Mail sent to the email address in the header may or may not actually
reach me! A current, fully-functional address for me can always be found at=
the
bottom of the http://plagiarist.org home page. Danke, gracias and thanks!

DISCUSSION

Introducing SVEN!


Introducing SVEN! http://deprogramming.us/sven

June 2006: SVEN - Surveillance Video Entertainment Network (aka "AI to the=

People") - makes its street debut.

The SVEN van - aka "SVAN" - kicked off its Beach and World Tour on the stre=
ets
of San Diego. Vying for attention with the ocean and The GAP, the SVAN mobi=
le
surveillance music video unit rolled into the upscale beach community of La=

Jolla. Parking by the surf and in the downtown shopping district, the SVEN =
van
set down its brake and set up its camera, video screen and sound system in=

search of undiscovered rock stars.
http://deprogramming.us/sven/drives.html

What is SVEN?

SVEN is the project that asks the question, "If surveillance technology
can detect when you look like a terrorist, criminal, or other nasty type -
why not have it detect when you look like a rock star?"

SVEN stands for "Surveillance Video Entertainment Network," and SVEN takes =
the
Entertainment part very seriously. Why? Because people already take
surveillance seriously - it's scary, after all. But that's just because it'=
s
almost always used in ways that scare and mystify people.

So, SVEN has responded by developing some far more entertaining surveillanc=
e
technology. The SVEN system detects when a pedestrian looks like music vide=
o
star, and converts boring surveillance video into a music video before
onlookers' eyes. Since it's a surveillance system, rock-star pedestrians do=
n't
know when they're being watched. But anyone looking on at the SVAN can witn=
ess
the newly-discovered stars' 15 seconds of fame.

The SVEN van will be making appearances in various cities throughout the su=
mmer
and fall - both randomly-occuring city drives and scheduled drives held in=

conjunction with hosted events. A comparative study of culturally and
recreationally diverse beach populations is in the works.

Next Scheduled SVENCOUNTER:

July 12, 2006: Escher-Wyss-Platz. Zurich.
Hosted by the Digital Art Weeks Conference:
http://www.jg.inf.ethz.ch/wiki/DAW/Front.

SVEN Development/Production Team '06: Amy Alexander, Wojciech Kosma, Vincen=
t
Rabaud
Production Assistants/Roadies: Marilia Maschion, Annina Ruest
Initial SVEN Development by: Amy Alexander, Jesse Gilbert, Nikhil Rasiwasia

More info:
http://deprogramming.us/sven
Contact: sven06 (fill_in_the_symbol) deprogramming.us

--
Note - Mail sent to the email address in the header may or may not actuall=
y
reach me! A current, fully-functional address for me can always be found at=
the
bottom of the http://plagiarist.org home page. Danke, gracias and thanks!

DISCUSSION

UC San Diego - Temporary Lecturer Positions


VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT, University of California, San Diego

We anticipate openings for temporary Lecturer positions in art history/crit=
icism (Western and
Non-western), photo history, film history, studio art (painting, sculpture,=
drawing, and hybrid
practices), computing in the arts, digital editing, film, video, photograph=
y, performance.

DISCUSSION

Clarification - UC San Diego Call for Graduate Applications


Hello, this post is a clarification of our posting of last week:

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University of California, San Diego, Department of Visual Arts, is currently accepting applications
to its MFA program in Visual Arts and its PhD program in Art History, Theory & Criticism. Within the
MFA program, students may focus on digital media art, and within the PhD program they may focus on
digital theory and criticism.

Rated as one of the top graduate program in new media arts in the U.S., our program is also among
the largest, with eight full-time faculty. It is also one of the oldest: we started teaching
computer art in 1973. Today our research interests and teaching cover the full range of areas in
digital arts, including net art, software and generative art, online and live performance,
distributed virtual worlds, computer games, net activism and tactical media, critical engineering,
media installation, digital cinema, location based media. We also have a very strong commitment to
theory and a number of our faculty are known for their critical writing as well as their art
projects.

Since the new media track exists within the larger framework of the Visual Arts Department with its
thirty full-time faculty, graduate students benefit from access to top studio artists, media
artists, art and media historians teaching in the same department. We have close relationships with
a number of faculty in the Music department working on computer music, as well as top artists and
critics teaching in other new media programs in Southern California. The additional unique resources
available on campus to support faculty and student research include CRCA (Center for Research in
Computing and the Arts) and CAL-IT(2) (California Institute for Telecommunication and Information
Technology). CAL-IT(2)'s new building, which opens in the Spring of 2005, features one of the best
set of research labs and technical resources for digital arts work internationally - a unique
context and capacity to combine interdisciplinary research in art and science and engineering - as
well as a gallery, screening rooms, and studios for visiting artists and graduate students and
faculty.

Further information and application procedures are available from:
http://visarts.ucsd.edu

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UCSD Visual Arts Computing Faculty
Amy Alexander Adriene Jenik
Sheldon Brown Natalie Jerimijenko
Jordan Crandall Lev Manovich
Ricardo Dominguez Brett Stalbaum

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Note (from Amy Alexander) - Mail sent to the email address in the header may or may not actually reach
me! Better to contact me at ajalexander at ucsddashedu. Replace the dash with the obvious character.
Or find my latest contact info at the bottom of the plagiarist.org homepage.
Danke, gracias, and thanks.