Nick Briz
Since 2008
Works in Chicago, Illinois United States of America

BIO
Nick Briz is a new-media artist, educator, and organizer whose work has been shown internationally at festivals and institutions, including the FILE Media Arts Festival (Rio de Janeiro, BR); the Images Festival (Toronto, CA); the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; the Museum of Moving Image (NYC); Furtherfield Gallery (London, UK); Museo De Arte Contemporaneo de Caracas (Venezuela); Miami Art Basel;
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Grad School: SAIC vs RISD


Thanks Pall. That can be true as well. I’m currently at a film school were that is very much the case, and though that sometimes (and in my case I feel that it has) instigates creativity and an uncompromising work ethic it can also get old and discouraging. I need a change of pace, I’m looking for an environment that will nurture my views as well as challenge them.

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Grad School: SAIC vs RISD


I’m currently debating between two graduate programs: RISD and SAIC. There are a lot of factors in my mind right now (namely faculty, location, finances - I’ve yet to hear from SAIC on that matter). But ultimately, I’m looking for a school that shares my sensibilities. Without going into too much detail on what those are I’ve felt for a while that the rhizome community shares those sensibilities and my views on digital media + culture/society and so I’m very interested (and would be extremely grateful) with anything anyone might have to say about the two school’s Digital/New Media programs as well as any other thoughts that might help inform my decision.

(if anyone cares to see I have a piece on rhizome as well as some work on my site nickbriz.com)

Thanks in advance,
-Nick-


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Pixel Bleed


I said different not lower. This isn’t about high art vs low art. It’s not that the artists I mentioned are “higher” but rather that they’re just more interesting and are not marketing devices. Just to set the record straight I like the chairlift video (at least for the “wow” factor) the Kanye video just strikes a wrong chord, but perhaps I have my biases.

“West and Chairlift can't escape the conventions they work in.”

Agreed.

“Glitch school artists are also slaves to the academic conventions that nurture them--drony music, minimal presentation and an air of high toned seriousness”

This just isn’t true. Many of the artists I mentioned work outside these “academic conventions.” Karl Klomp’s collaborations with toktek are anything but drony and I’m not sure if “high toned seriousness” would be the best way to describe Corey Arcangel’s work either. Their freedom from conventions is one of their best assets.


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Pixel Bleed


I don’t think the small time gap between the “early” work and the Kanye West video is a result of “basing one's art on an effect” but rather more a product of digital art’s modus operandi. It’s hard to ignore the way the internet and new media affect the speed of any given artistic movements course, things jump from the underground to the mainstream with out ever having really integrating itself into popular culture.

As for this being an “effect” I will also have to disagree. The Datamoshing technique is a sort of subset to Glitch Art (see Iman Moradi’s dissertation (Glitch Aesthetics, 2004) http://www.oculasm.org/glitch/download/Glitch\_dissertation\_print\_with\_pics.pdf ) which has been around sense the turn of the century and is a lot more than just an “effect.”

“Glitching is a process of creating work that raises awareness of the means by which we
communicate and ultimately exteriorize thought. It is an attempt to integrate the nebula of video with a concrete process of interpretation and injunction, thereby incorporating the properties of a medium into the narrative of its content. At very least, glitch-art functions as a reminder that the technology of digital production and information theory remains as an inexorable collaborator in all works of digital propagation and therefore should be treated as significant.” - Evan Meaney (on glitching, 2008)

The glitches in Kanye’s video is an “effect,” a digital gimmick used in an attempt to add innovative visuals to his otherwise mediocre hip-hop. It is an exploitation of style without considering the role Glitch plays in the relationship between society and digital media as well as ignoring any call to real experimentation and exploration into the nature of the medium. The works by artists like Takeshi Murata, Evan Meaney, Karl Klomp, Corey Arcangel, Ant Scott, Jon Satrom, JODI, LoVid, and many more (including myself) is on a very different plane from the Kanye video.

Some of my work:
http://www.nickbriz.com/anuhmitdata.htm
http://www.nickbriz.com/videos/BinaryQuotes.mov


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