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 and composer Cristyn Magnus, she created Discotrope, an audiovisual performance involving solar energy and various histories of dance in cinema. She is currently working on a research and performance project that combines performative cinema with various forms of percussion gestures.
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EVENT

Dead is the New Rich Album Release Party


Dates:
Sat Jul 25, 2009 00:00 - Thu Jul 23, 2009

Location:
United States of America

Hello... FYI, for those of you in the San Diego area who've been interested in catching my alter ego VJ Übergeek in action... she'll be VJ'ing this Saturday night at the Kava Lounge. For those of you new to the ever-evolving Übergeek textperience, it involves internet narrative, sometimes-hyperactive hand and foot-based performance, and psychedelic 21st Century(tm) visual music visuals... And if that doesn't do it for you, check out these bands! Hope to see you there..... -Amy Alexander, Talent Manager for VJ Übergeek

Location: Kava Lounge
2812 Kettner Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92101

Event Description:
Dead is the New Rich album release party featuring Leif(Kolt), Ubuv, Griefshare, Puppykicker, ID, Dr. Nickel. Also featuring The Technomania Circus & Planet Jemini.

Visuals by the VJ Übergeek Textperience

More info:
http://cyberspaceland.org
http://amy-alexander.com
http://kavalounge.com

Doors open 9PM... visuals start around 10...

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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

--
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.