Brett Stalbaum
Since the beginning
Works in La Jolla, California United States of America

Brett Stalbaum, Lecturer, LSOE
Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major (ICAM)

Department of Visual Arts
9500 GILMAN DR. # 0084
La Jolla CA 92093-0084

C5 research theorist ( 1997-2007
Graduate (MFA) of the CADRE Digital Media Laboratory at San Jose State
Professional affiliations:
Electronic Disturbance Theater

Latest: The Silver Island Bunker Trail, possibly the first time humans have walked like a game bot. The trail is open to the public for outdoor recreation and enjoyment.
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Mídias locativas: produzindo arte digital com celulares (Projeto Walkingtools)

Wed Jul 22, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 19, 2009


Mídias locativas: produzindo arte digital com celulares (Projeto Walkingtools,
Oficina de Atualização
Capacitar os interessados a produzirem softwares para celulares com o intuito de promover uma reflexão sobre os conceitos do campo da arte e tecnologia ligados às mídias locativas. As ferramentas que serão estudadas e desenvolvidas são: localização através de GPS, inserção de mídias (vídeos, áudios e animações) executadas no celular através do GPS e a criação e edição das mídias nos softwares livres Gimp e Audacity. O projeto será desenvolvido através da ferramenta walkingtools criada por Brett Stalbaum e Cicero Silva
Cícero Silva (SP) | Pesquisador e professor de mídia, arte e comunicação digital e coordenador do Grupo de Software Studies no Brasil. Atualmente é pesquisador associado ao Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) na Universidade da Califórnia, San Diego (UCSD). É autor do livro "The Explorers: Open Source and Free Software in Brazil" (com Jane de Almeida, no prelo, MIT Press).
Brett Stalbaum (EUA) - Artista, professor e coordenador do curso Interdisciplinar em Computação e Artes na Universidade da Califórnia em San Diego (UCSD), tendo desenvolvido inúmeros projetos na área de mídias locativas, citados em livros como "New Media Art" (Mark Tribe, Taschen), entre outros
Público-alvo: interessados em arte e tecnologia em geral, mobilidade, celulares, mídias locativas, estudantes de comunicação, artes, design, mídias, computação, engenharia elétrica, publicidade, jornalismo, rádio e TV, entre outros. É necessário ter conhecimentos iniciais na manipulação do computador (Windows), manipulação de programas como word, excel, power point e algum software de imagem; ter noções básicas em alguma linguagem de programação (PHP) ou códigos de marcação como HTML, entre outros. Não é preciso ter conhecimentos sólidos, ou saber programar, o que é necessário é ter visto um código computacional e entender como ele funciona
Vagas: 20
Período: 22 a 26 de julho
Horário: 8h às 12h e 14h às 19h30
Material do aluno: é desejável, mas não obrigatório, que o aluno leve o seu notebook, celular (de preferência com GPS) e muita vontade de programar seu primeiro software para celular.


Recombinant Serendipity (UCSD ICAM Senior Show)

Mon Jun 08, 2009 00:00 - Fri Jun 05, 2009

United States of America

UCSD Interdisciplinary Computing in the Arts Major (ICAM)
+ Media Major Senior Project
San Diego California
Monday June 8th, 2009 - Friday June 12th, 2009

As the coordinator of ICAM for the Visual Arts department (and on behalf of many colleagues with a particular shout out to my Music Department other, ICAM Music coordinator Peter Otto, and recognizing our future ICAM colleagues from the UCSD Department of Theater and Dance), I'm pleased to announce to the world this year's graduating class of ICAMerals. ICAM students operate in the productive overlap of art making betwixt and between the nominal "creative arts" disciplines combined with generous doses of computer science, producing a wide range of work that addresses new possibilities for art making. The range of work is astounding this year, especially considering it is one undergraduate major: installation, performance, mixed reality, new music (including computer controlled gas powered motors), reactables, locative media, gadgets (mice controlled robots, anyone?), Computer Games (including sound controlled pong), data visualization, gadgets galore, curatorial efforts (this year's events are curated by Holly Wang as her senior ICAM project) and even new technologies such as active noise cancellation, and a software system that allows installation artists to synchronize flash animations with media running on a mobile phone. Not to mention, many fine works of time-based, screened works by students from our separate Media Major. Two galleries, two theaters, and many performative works in public space. Receptions, refreshments and surely many teary good-byes.

If you are in or near San Diego next week, please feel warmly welcomed to stop by for any of the listed events. Contact me (stalbaum [at] youcanfigureoutthispartyes? [dot] edu), and I'll show you around.
Monday June 8, 2009 - Friday 12, 2009.


ICAM.install located at:
Mandeville Annex Gallery (June 8-12)
Calit2 Black Box Theatre (June 10-12)

Keynote Speakers:
Tana Sprague (June 10, 6pm Calit2 Auditorium)
Naut Humon (June 12, 1:30pm CPMC Experimental Theatre)

Event Schedule

Monday June 8
Opening Reception - 5pm, Mandeville Annex Gallery

Wednesday June 10
Black Box Opening Reception - 5pm, Calit2 Black Box Theatre
Keynote+Best_of Presentations (Part 1) - 6pm, Calit2 Auditorium

Thursday June 11
Media Film Screenings - 6pm, Calit2 Auditorium
Media Reception - 8pm, Calit2 Auditorium

Friday June 12
Keynote+Best_of Presentations (Part 2) - Friday June 12, 1:30pm at CPMC Experimental Theatre
Closing Reception - Friday June 12, 4pm at CPMC Courtyard Party - Friday June 12, 8pm at CPMC Experimental Theatre

Special thanks go to a lot of people, too many to list here! See


Walk with Me: Brother can you spare some time?

Fri Jun 05, 2009 00:00 - Wed Jun 03, 2009

Walk with Me: Brother can you spare some time?

A software mediated, simultaneous walking performance for SubZERO

Steve Durie, Brett Stalbaum, Geri Wittig

SubZERO Festival • June 5th, 2009, • 6pm-12am • 1st Street between San Carlos and Reed, San Jose, CA

A few minutes of your attention provides more than the satisfaction that comes with helping improve the health and well-being of an open source art project, it delivers a rare opportunity to witness people walking with the assistance of GPS in ways that humans have never walked before. Think of it, for only a few minutes of your time you can help bring peripatetics into the 21st century.


Internet Delivers People (2008) - Ramsay Stirling

One is tempted to be snarky and claim that it is bit ironic that the internet delivered us to this content, but that would be dismissive of the work and its delightfully sincere, though deeply unimportant, message. There is a strategy at play here - an ideological trope of a previous generation of artists - of biting the hand that feeds it. As in, using the internet and its (correctly identified) commercial context to provide a critique of the internet form the very bowels of the institution. The problem here is that this critique is long ago been breathlessly raised, its winds carving a well worn topography across the new media arts landscape. It rehashes a 90s conversation that browser-centric artists long ago (back when the web was something new, novel and waiting to be explored) sent into the background of assumptions. It is like making a serious artistic statement about the immorality of murder. Is this some new thinking? Or didn't one of the commandments cover that? Perhaps I shall have to look it up!

But worse than any of this, by ironically copying the very assumptions of the content distribution media that the work seeks to critique, in the end it only reinforces/reifies the idea of computation and networks as a medium for the "communication" of messages, and all of assumptions of media as a "channel" on which politically and ideologically situated representations can be made. The sin here is looking at the internet as a surface of representation manipulated and controlled by its context as a capitalist mediaum, which again, is true, and intensely boring to point out again and again. It is not boring because it is true, but because it obviates any attempts to view computer networs as a medium closely bound to the material distribution of the real. Most of the communication on the internet is never seen by human eyes! At any level! Yet it does strange things like make your whole wheat, organic bread show up on the shelf down at Whole Foods. I hate to say it, but it is certainly an artist-centric fallacy that the internet is a merely a content delivery platform, even if it does sometimes deliver lovely Martha Rossler rip-offs such as this. What else can we make the internet do? (Or, for that matter computation generally?) I'm afraid this limit of the artistic and curatorial imagination is what is presently holding new media arts in a developmental stasis, repeating its comfortable platitudes, tautologically, over and over again. The rhizome has reached the edges of its pot, only pressure can break it, providing opportunities for escape, new exploration and new ideas.


Temporary Lecturer

Fri Jan 04, 2008 03:57

United States of America

VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT, University of California, San Diego

We anticipate openings for temporary Lecturer positions in art history/criticism (Western and Non-Western, including, but not limited to, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque/Early Modern, Modern Latin American, and Meso-American), photo history, film history, studio art (painting, sculpture, drawing, and hybrid practices), *computing in the arts*, digital editing, film, video, photography, performance. Appointments will likely be part-time, possibly full-time, from one quarter up to one year, with the possibility of renewal. Positions available beginning the 2008/2009 academic year contingent upon funding. MFA or PhD preferred, but ABDs considered. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching and scholarship and/or professional recognition. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on published UC pay scales.
Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names of three references (do not send letters of recommendation and/or placement files), and evidence of work in the field. This evidence may be in the form of slides, tapes, publications and/or public lectures and should be accompanied by return mailer and postage. Applicants are welcome to include in their cover letters a personal statement summarizing teaching experience and interests, leadership efforts, and/or contributions to diversity.

Applications should be received by February 15, 2008 and addressed to:

Search Committee (POOL-08/09-S)
Department of Visual Arts (0327)
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0327

Please reference position number POOL-08/09-S on all correspondence.
UCSD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement and diversity among its faculty and staff. Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986)