Patrick Millard
Since 2006
Works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania United States of America

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BIO
Patrick Millard is an artist, curator and educator from the small western Michigan town of Lamont and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work in photography, new media, and sound has resulted in a diversified portfolio that addresses ideas about media, digital culture, technology and the interactions that human beings have with today's social environment.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to gain recognition. Recent exhibitions include Homo Virtualis [Porto Santo Biennial] in Porto Santo, Portugal; Tek'tanik at Art Guild New Jersey and Gallery Affero in Newark, New Jersey; Digital Landscapes at the TMG Gallery in Guarda, Portugal; Digital Fringe at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Melbourne, Australia; Fauna Show at The Workshop Gallery in Bialystok, Poland; NanoArt21, Passion for Knowledge in San Sebastian, Spain; Origins at the Fox Art Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Snap To Grid at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles, California; The Human Canvas at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado; Virtual Worlds at the UAVM; Virtual Humanities at the Icone Gallery in Coimbra, Portugal; SMart Festival at Open Concepts Gallery in Grand Rapids, MI; and Retro Futurism at SpaceCamp Gallery in Indianapolis, IN.

In 2008, Patrick began to show his work inside the virtual simulation world Second Life; exhibitions that advance beyond two-dimension work and expand his ideas of simulation, virtual reality, and the synthetic future where the physical object gives way to its virtual counterpart and its presence is valued entirely for its idea rather than its place in space.

This transition toward a more prominent virtual presence as an artist eventually led to the inevitable. In 2009, shortly after becoming a regular exhibitor in the virtual environment, Patrick embarked upon his first photographic series that used the environment and society of Second Life as its subject matter and conceptual theme. Virtual Lens is an artistic and anthropological investigation into the life of the avatar, landscape of the sim environment, and experience of the virtual world. Patrick continues to photograph and exhibit his portfolios as well as spend time with fellow avatars in Second Life.

2010 brought a new role for Patrick as the curator of several exhibitions. He has curated exhibitions for The VASA Project's Online Gallery and Turing Gallery in Second Life that reflect upon digital culture in the world today. Topics such as biotechnology, nanotechnology, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, renewable energies, gene therapy, cyber culture, and other posthuman and transhuman philosophies are the focus of these exhibitions.

During the month of June, 2010 Patrick was artist in residence at the Biosphere 2. During his time in residence he began work on photographic, sound, and digital media portfolios. These efforts have yielded a fully developed photographic portfolio of the Biosphere 2 structure and an album to be released on Innova Recordings in 2011. The unique condition of Biosphere 2 attracted Patrick to the residency. As a natural environment that was hermetically sealed and self-sustaining while simultaneously being powered by more than two acres of machinery, the B2 environment played on Patrick's continuing theme of organic and synthetic mergers.

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts degree in photography from Grand Valley State University and a Master in Fine Arts degree for photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He currently works as Assistant Professor of Photography at Point Park University in Pittsburgh and as an instructor for The Vasa Project’s online workshops.
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EVENT

Virtual Lens


Dates:
Tue Aug 11, 2009 00:00 - Tue Aug 11, 2009

2009: August 14 - 31, Patrick Millard | Virtual Lens, Quadrapop Tree Gallery,
Reception: Saturday, August 22, 4 - 6pm SLT

Quadrapop Tree Gallery will be exhibiting Patrick Millard’s [SL: Formatting Heliosense] new Second Life photographic series Virtual Lens from August 14 - August 31, 2009. This exhibition will be the premier showing in Second Life of this series since it has been shot. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, August 22, 4-6pm SLT.

SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Poorlatrice/134/128/107

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www.patrickmillard.com


DISCUSSION

Virtual Lens


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Virtual Lens

Virtual Environments have become increasingly popular as we have moved forward into the 21st Century, and with this trend we are witnessing an expansion of our reality and the notion of objecthood. The developing world of virtuality has resulted in a market of goods that are bought and sold but no longer tangible to the buyer or seller. The outcome is a greater respect and enthusiasm for information as product itself. Goods are continually becoming cherished more for their ability to carry concept and idea rather than their physical place in space.

In Virtual Lens this world of virtuality [Second Life] is seen for its visual and informational offerings. The world possesses artistic, educational, social, retail, residential, commerce, etc. in a diverse number of configurations that are both recognizable from the world we have known in our ‘real life’ structure and as new developments that have been created by the users of the virtual environment.

Photographically these image captures represent a new development in the digital era. Much like viewing a web cam of a location from the world that extends well beyond our place in that world, the captures taken in Second Life are a collection of representations taken from a new and developing reality that some have predicted will be the mainstay of our time in the 21st Century.

It is without doubt that virtual environments will play a major role in our understanding of the world. They will both remind us of the memory from a time before such experiences and offer a reformation of the way we make sense of our surroundings and ourselves.

-Patrick Millard

http://www.patrickmillard.com

DISCUSSION

Configuring Hegemony Into the Post-Human Culture of Tomorrow


...I tell him a future as a CD-ROM seems unutterably bleak. Lemler tells me attachment to the body is a sentimental one.

"They're just transitory and rather poorly formed for safety's sake. Vehicles for our mind, which is the essence of the person," he says.

But what about new experiences?

A function of programs uploaded for our delectation.

How are our children born?

"They're not. It's the end of population as we know it today. There won't be any need to do mental work," he says with the ebullience of the better-living-through-insert-techno-pipe-dream-here romantic.

Maybe not here in Scottsdale. But Lemler is speaking of something supposedly only twenty-five years hence. There are still vast regions of the globe whose technology even now barely extends as far as portable water. What about the majority of people in the underdeveloped world for whom life remains nasty, brutish, and short? How is all this supposed to reach them? It is not. By design, I remind Lemler that at the conference, the Singularity was also referred to as a "technorapture." He understands what I'm getting at. A rapture by definition is a division of souls where some are called and some are left behind to perish in the Lake of Fire. "We're going to have that whether Alcor is here or not, whether cryonics is here or not. A good portion of the population is going to die off, there's no question about that, much as mankind has done for however millions of years.


David Rakoff writing about his talk with Alcor president Jerry Lemler in his book Don't Get Too Comfortable.

EVENT

Anatomy Studies | Obstetric Repair


Dates:
Sat Dec 06, 2008 00:00 - Fri Dec 05, 2008

Artist Patrick Millard will be exhibiting images from his photographic series' Anatomy Studies and Obstetric Repair through February, 2009 at the Cliffhouse Museum of Contemporary Art in Second Life. The opening for the reception is Saturday, Dec. 6th at 2pm SLT [5pm EST].

2008: Dec. 6 - Feb. 28, Anatomy Studies | Obstetric Repair, Cliffhouse Museum of Contemporary Art,
Reception: December 6, 2pm SLT
SL, http://slurl.com/secondlife/Yongchon/39/194/24 [photography]

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Patrick Millard is an artist who originates from the small Western Michigan town of Lamont and now lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His work in photography, painting, mixed media, sound and installation has resulted in a diversified portfolio that addresses ideas about media, culture, technology and the interactions that human beings have within their own synthetic environment. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to gain recognition.

Recent exhibitions include the international art happening, Blow the City in Ghent, Belgium; Digital Fringe at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Melbourne, Australia; Fauna Show at The Workshop Gallery in Bialystok, Poland; Origins at the Fox Art Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Snap To Grid at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Los Angeles, California, and A Million Little Pictures at Art House in Decatur, Georgia.

In 2008, Patrick began to show work inside the virtual simulation world Second Life; exhibitions that advance beyond two-dimension work and expand his ideas of simulation, virtual reality, and the synthetic future where the physical object gives way to its virtual counterpart and its presence is valued entirely for its idea rather than its place in space.

Patrick received a bachelor's of arts in photography from Grand Valley State University and a master's in fine arts for photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He currently works as an adjunct professor of photography at Grand Valley State University and is a photography instructor at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

www.patrickmillard.com


EVENT

Patrick Millard | Formatting Gaia


Dates:
Sun Nov 09, 2008 00:00 - Thu Oct 30, 2008

2008: Nov. 9 - 30, Formatting Gaia, Da Vinci Isle,
Reception: November 9, 4pm EST
SL, http://slurl.com/secondlife/Da%20Vinci%20Isle/61/194/301

The Second Life (SL) gallery Da Vinci Isle [Sky Gallery] will be hosting the photographic work of Patrick Millard from Nov 9th - 30th. Images selected from the series Formatting Gaia will be on display for this special SL premier of the artist's work. Join us at the reception on Sunday November, 4th at 4pm EST for a chance to meet with the artist and experience an artist's reception in SL, a live DJ will be on hand for your listening pleasure.