Michael Takeo Magruder
Since 2002
Works in Coventry United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BIO
Michael Takeo Magruder (b.1974) is an artist and researcher based in King's Visualisation Lab, located in the Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world.

Michael's projects have been showcased in over 200 exhibitions in 30 countries, including Manifesta 8: European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Murcia; the Courtauld Institute of Art, London; EAST International 2005, Norwich; Georges Pompidou Center, Paris; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Japan; and Trans-Media-Akademie, Hellerau. His work also regularly appears in internationally-acclaimed New Media festivals such as Cybersonica, CyNetArt, FILE, Filmwinter, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid, SeNef, Siggraph, Split, VAD and WRO. His artistic practice has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Arts Council England and The National Endowment for the Arts, USA. Michael has been commissioned by numerous public galleries in the UK and abroad and by the leading Internet Art portal Turbulence.org.

Michael's research focuses on the intersections between contemporary art, emerging technology and interdisciplinary practice. His writings have been widely published, with recent chapters appearing in books such as Theatre without Vanishing Points (2010, Alexander Verlag, DE), Performing Technology: User Content and the New Digital Media (2009, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK), Virtual/Physical Bodies (2008, Centre des Arts, FR) and Die Welt als virtuelles Environment (2007, TMA Hellerau, DE).

Michael received his formal education at the University of Virginia, USA and graduated in 1996 with a BSc (Hons) in molecular biology. He is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) ambassador for Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum and regularly lectures about interdisciplinary arts practice and the potentials of creatively blending art, science and technology.
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DISCUSSION

Media TALK(s) - BBC Open Centre, Coventry, UK


TALK
Collaboration • Practice • Technology.
Media Arts • Design & Digital Media

Hans Bernhard / John Gerrard / Nat Hunter (Airside) / Vassilios Alexiou (Lessrain)

Free Public Presentations
Broadcasts and Events

By international Media Arts and Digital Design practitioners

Organised by School of Art and Design, Coventry University

Context:
Media arts have been undergoing a paradigm shift towards an integrative art form that incorporates diverse disciplines, approaches and methodologies. Well-established boundaries between artistic and commercial orientation of media works are increasingly questioned by a new generation of artists, designers and media practitioners.
The Coventry University/BBC presentations will explore these changes with an interdisciplinary programme of speakers that will explore contemporary relationships between creativity, practice and technology.

History:
Coventry School Of Art & Design has a long heritage of Art and new technology. 1986 saw the launch of the first Electronic Arts / Electronic Graphics Post Graduate courses in Europe. 2006 will see its 20 year anniversary celebrations. Today a thriving PhD and ‘applied research’ culture exists, through creative partnerships with external arts organisations, funders and industrial links. The MA Media Arts and MA Design and Digital Media courses are internationally recognized and continue the long tradition of innovation and creativity at Coventry University.

25/10 Hans Bernhard
15/11 John Gerrard
29/11 Nat Hunter - Airside
06/12 Vassilios Alexiou - Lessrain

6.30 - 8.00pm - BBC Open Centre
5-8 Priory Place, Coventry, CV1 5SQ

October 25th, 6.30-8.00p.m. HANS BERNHARD

Hans Bernhard is a media artist based in Vienna, Austria who has been at the leading edge of radical media art practices for over a decade. Hans was awarded an Ars Electronica Golden Nica for his anarchistic counterculture website 'Etoy-The Hijack Project' in 1996 and in 2005 his 'ubermorgan.com' was awarded an Honorary Mention and an Award of Distinction in the Net Vision category.
Often working under a series of aliases his work has been described as 'a digital mix of Andy Kaufmann and Jeff Koons, his actions as an underground Matthew Barney and early John Lydon'. Hans has exhibited and lectured at conferences and universities around the globe and his media bibliography/portfolio includes Artforum, Flash Art, CNN, FOX News, CBS, Domus, Le Monde and The New York Times. Recent exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art Vienna 2001, NTT Tokyo 2001, The Premises Gallery Johannesburg 2002, Kingdom of Piracy Online exhibition 2002, Ars Electronica 2002, Museu d`Art Contemporani de Barcelona 2003, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, 2003, Read\_me 2.4 Helsinki 2003, Konsthall Malmoe 2004, Kunsthaus Graz Gallery 2004, Arco Madrid 2004, NTT ICC Tokyo 2005 and Lentos Museum of Modern Art 2005.

www.hansbernhard.com
www.ubermorgen.com/2005

November 15th, 6.30-8.00p.m. JOHN GERRARD

John Gerrard is an artist based in Dublin whose work explores the creative interface of what has been recently described as 'mixed reality'. His work ranges from photographic images to interactive 3D installations, constructed for both gallery and architectural spaces. Having both an MSc in Multimedia Systems and an MA in Art and Technology his work is at the cutting interface of creative screen and lens based arts and digital technologies. Recent exhibitions include 'The Ladder' at Ars Electronica, 2005; 'Climax', National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2005; Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna at Art Basel, 2005; Siemans Art Forum, Vienna; 'Bring on the Clones', Vertex List, New York. In 2004 John was Siemans Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Future Lab in Linz, Austria

www.johngerrard.net

November 29th, 6.30-8.00p.m. NAT HUNTER - AIRSIDE.

Nat studied human 'computer interface psychology' followed by interaction design at the Royal College of Art. Her work includes the co-design of the interface for the Jupiter II spaceship in the movie 'Lost in Space' as well as undertaking performance installation work for Blast Theory. In 1999, along with Alex Maclean and Fred Deakin, Nat was a founding member of London based design company Airside who now consist of ten designers (plus regular freelancers) with backgrounds ranging from computer programming and English literature to textiles, knitting and graphic design, taking in clubs and music along the way. Catherine Wood of the Barbican Centre in London has described Airside as "intelligent, creative and exceptionally sympathetic to making all computer things user friendly" and for being "in touch with youth culture".

www.airside.co.uk

December 6th, 6.30-8,00p.m VASSILIOS ALEXIOU - LESSRAIN

Founded in 1997 in London by two postgraduate new media students Vassilios Alexiou and Lars Eberle and now with studios in Berlin and Vienna, Lessrain have undertaken a wide range of award winning projects that include screen interaction, digital branding, online games, audiovisual and interactive design, digital content management and interactive multi-user environments. Clients include the BBC, Nike, Red Bull, Talke Logistic, Mediaconsult, Barbican, Mitsubishi, Heinze, Becks Futures, Radio FFN, Sony Playstation and Channel Fly online. Awards and recognition include One Show Gold, New York ADC SIlver and an interactive entertainment BAFTA in 2001 in the interface design category for the Eyes Only CDRom and website, a parallel project of the Eyes Only book by Coventry University/Arts Council of England Media Arts Fellow John Holden. Vassilios and his Lessrain team, including Carsten Schneider are currently collaborating with writer Sadie Plant, media artist Darryl Georgiou and John Holden on the forthcoming online interactive film and installation project 'Decade'.

www.lessrain.com

Forthcoming collaborative events:
• Streaming and broadcasting - from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
• Media Arts installations and performances - in public settings
• Animation & DV festival - open air events
• 3D and interactive film and gaming - in national cinemas
• The Still: photography in time based contexts - exhibition
• 20th birthday celebration - Coventry University MA Electronic Arts/Graphics
• Art House - International Artist residencies
• Electro acoustics - Meta4
• Under 18s freestyle VJ workshops - u18 competition

in association with Coventry School of Art and Design, Foxford Arts College, Warwick Arts Centre, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Arts Council England, UK Film Council, National Film Theatre, BAFTA, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Cathedral, The Public and Coventry University Media Arts Fellow - Tom Roope (of Tomato)

The talks and events are part of a series of innovative collaborations by the MA Media Arts and Design & Digital Media programmes at Coventry University School of Art and Design.
Post Graduate staff and PhD students are undertaking new research partnerships between the creative, educational and business communities.

Further details:
Darryl Georgiou, MA Programme Leader, Design and Visual Arts,
Coventry School of Art and Design - 07779276111 - darryl.georgiou@btinternet.com
John Holden, Media Arts Fellow, Arts Council of England/Coventry School of Art and Design

DISCUSSION

Media TALK(s) - BBC Open Centre, Coventry, UK


TALK
Collaboration • Practice • Technology.
Media Arts • Design & Digital Media

Hans Bernhard / John Gerrard / Nat Hunter (Airside) / Vassilios Alexiou (Lessrain)

Free Public Presentations
Broadcasts and Events

By international Media Arts and Digital Design practitioners

Organised by School of Art and Design, Coventry University

Context:
Media arts have been undergoing a paradigm shift towards an integrative art form that incorporates diverse disciplines, approaches and methodologies. Well-established boundaries between artistic and commercial orientation of media works are increasingly questioned by a new generation of artists, designers and media practitioners.
The Coventry University/BBC presentations will explore these changes with an interdisciplinary programme of speakers that will explore contemporary relationships between creativity, practice and technology.

History:
Coventry School Of Art & Design has a long heritage of Art and new technology. 1986 saw the launch of the first Electronic Arts / Electronic Graphics Post Graduate courses in Europe. 2006 will see its 20 year anniversary celebrations. Today a thriving PhD and ‘applied research’ culture exists, through creative partnerships with external arts organisations, funders and industrial links. The MA Media Arts and MA Design and Digital Media courses are internationally recognized and continue the long tradition of innovation and creativity at Coventry University.

25/10 Hans Bernhard
15/11 John Gerrard
29/11 Nat Hunter - Airside
06/12 Vassilios Alexiou - Lessrain

6.30 - 8.00pm - BBC Open Centre
5-8 Priory Place, Coventry, CV1 5SQ

October 25th, 6.30-8.00p.m. HANS BERNHARD

Hans Bernhard is a media artist based in Vienna, Austria who has been at the leading edge of radical media art practices for over a decade. Hans was awarded an Ars Electronica Golden Nica for his anarchistic counterculture website 'Etoy-The Hijack Project' in 1996 and in 2005 his 'ubermorgan.com' was awarded an Honorary Mention and an Award of Distinction in the Net Vision category.
Often working under a series of aliases his work has been described as 'a digital mix of Andy Kaufmann and Jeff Koons, his actions as an underground Matthew Barney and early John Lydon'. Hans has exhibited and lectured at conferences and universities around the globe and his media bibliography/portfolio includes Artforum, Flash Art, CNN, FOX News, CBS, Domus, Le Monde and The New York Times. Recent exhibitions include: Museum of Modern Art Vienna 2001, NTT Tokyo 2001, The Premises Gallery Johannesburg 2002, Kingdom of Piracy Online exhibition 2002, Ars Electronica 2002, Museu d`Art Contemporani de Barcelona 2003, Kokerei Zollverein, Essen, 2003, Read\_me 2.4 Helsinki 2003, Konsthall Malmoe 2004, Kunsthaus Graz Gallery 2004, Arco Madrid 2004, NTT ICC Tokyo 2005 and Lentos Museum of Modern Art 2005.

www.hansbernhard.com
www.ubermorgen.com/2005

November 15th, 6.30-8.00p.m. JOHN GERRARD

John Gerrard is an artist based in Dublin whose work explores the creative interface of what has been recently described as 'mixed reality'. His work ranges from photographic images to interactive 3D installations, constructed for both gallery and architectural spaces. Having both an MSc in Multimedia Systems and an MA in Art and Technology his work is at the cutting interface of creative screen and lens based arts and digital technologies. Recent exhibitions include 'The Ladder' at Ars Electronica, 2005; 'Climax', National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, 2005; Gallery Ernst Hilger, Vienna at Art Basel, 2005; Siemans Art Forum, Vienna; 'Bring on the Clones', Vertex List, New York. In 2004 John was Siemans Artist in Residence at the Ars Electronica Future Lab in Linz, Austria

www.johngerrard.net

November 29th, 6.30-8.00p.m. NAT HUNTER - AIRSIDE.

Nat studied human 'computer interface psychology' followed by interaction design at the Royal College of Art. Her work includes the co-design of the interface for the Jupiter II spaceship in the movie 'Lost in Space' as well as undertaking performance installation work for Blast Theory. In 1999, along with Alex Maclean and Fred Deakin, Nat was a founding member of London based design company Airside who now consist of ten designers (plus regular freelancers) with backgrounds ranging from computer programming and English literature to textiles, knitting and graphic design, taking in clubs and music along the way. Catherine Wood of the Barbican Centre in London has described Airside as "intelligent, creative and exceptionally sympathetic to making all computer things user friendly" and for being "in touch with youth culture".

www.airside.co.uk

December 6th, 6.30-8,00p.m VASSILIOS ALEXIOU - LESSRAIN

Founded in 1997 in London by two postgraduate new media students Vassilios Alexiou and Lars Eberle and now with studios in Berlin and Vienna, Lessrain have undertaken a wide range of award winning projects that include screen interaction, digital branding, online games, audiovisual and interactive design, digital content management and interactive multi-user environments. Clients include the BBC, Nike, Red Bull, Talke Logistic, Mediaconsult, Barbican, Mitsubishi, Heinze, Becks Futures, Radio FFN, Sony Playstation and Channel Fly online. Awards and recognition include One Show Gold, New York ADC SIlver and an interactive entertainment BAFTA in 2001 in the interface design category for the Eyes Only CDRom and website, a parallel project of the Eyes Only book by Coventry University/Arts Council of England Media Arts Fellow John Holden. Vassilios and his Lessrain team, including Carsten Schneider are currently collaborating with writer Sadie Plant, media artist Darryl Georgiou and John Holden on the forthcoming online interactive film and installation project 'Decade'.

www.lessrain.com

Forthcoming collaborative events:
• Streaming and broadcasting - from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire
• Media Arts installations and performances - in public settings
• Animation & DV festival - open air events
• 3D and interactive film and gaming - in national cinemas
• The Still: photography in time based contexts - exhibition
• 20th birthday celebration - Coventry University MA Electronic Arts/Graphics
• Art House - International Artist residencies
• Electro acoustics - Meta4
• Under 18s freestyle VJ workshops - u18 competition

in association with Coventry School of Art and Design, Foxford Arts College, Warwick Arts Centre, BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, Arts Council England, UK Film Council, National Film Theatre, BAFTA, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry Cathedral, The Public and Coventry University Media Arts Fellow - Tom Roope (of Tomato)

The talks and events are part of a series of innovative collaborations by the MA Media Arts and Design & Digital Media programmes at Coventry University School of Art and Design.
Post Graduate staff and PhD students are undertaking new research partnerships between the creative, educational and business communities.

Further details:
Darryl Georgiou, MA Programme Leader, Design and Visual Arts,
Coventry School of Art and Design - 07779276111 - darryl.georgiou@btinternet.com
John Holden, Media Arts Fellow, Arts Council of England/Coventry School of Art and Design

OPPORTUNITY

NET:REALITY (call for proposals)


Deadline:
Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:33

Net:Reality - A UK national touring exhibition of New Media artworks which simultaneously exist within networked and physical space.

Background:

20-21 is a contemporary visual arts centre, situated in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire. The centre comprises a former church built in the 1890s which has been extended on its south side to provide a cafe, retail area, education room and IT suite. The nave and chancel of the former church are now the main gallery. The centre opened in May 2001 and since this time, 20-21 has developed a reputation for producing high quality touring exhibitions.

Q Arts is a leading visual and digital arts development organisation based in Derby, with a core aim to create an innovative, challenging and socially engaged programme. Q Arts exhibits contemporary art, media, digital and lens-based work, seeking to promote and develop emerging fields of practice. The organisation also engages with new and existing audiences through a core integrated education, interpretation and commissioning programme.

In January of this year, these organisations secured funding from Arts Council England to develop a touring exhibition encompassing Internet and New Media work in conjunction with artist, Michael Takeo Magruder.

Concept:

Indicative of the advance of ubiquitous computing, technology is currently undergoing an evolutionary shift away from a personal experience towards an omnipresent framework, where design and form are increasingly characterised by device convergence and seamless integration into mainstream surroundings and situations.

Parallel to this development, there is an expanding group of New Media practitioners who are concerned with blending elements from networked and physical worlds, in order to reflect upon the perceived ‘void’ between the relational spaces of the data-driven Internet and the organic, physical presence and interaction of the viewer. Through the creation of mixed reality constructions, such artists are addressing the nature of the amorphous connections that bridge these disparate entities rather than their points of origin.

It is the examination of the ‘dot’ within net.art.

[excerpt from working text, Jessica Loseby and Michael Takeo Magruder, 2003]

Exhibition:

Net:Reality will exist in two distinct and interconnected strands; an exhibition of New Media artworks for the physical gallery space and a live online exhibition of Internet art. The physical and online formats of the work within the exhibition will be intrinsically linked and will reference one another in a variety of ways. There be a catalogue and CD Rom to accompany the physical touring exhibition and documentation of the Internet-based exhibition of the work will remain online for a minimum of three years.

Rather than having a ‘theme’ for the works, the media itself will unite the pieces within the exhibition. At present five participants have been selected; Glorious Ninth [Kate Southworth and Patrick Simons], Neil Jenkins, Jessica Loseby, Michael Takeo Magruder and Michael Szpakowski.

The exhibition will commence at 20-21 on Saturday 23 July 2005 and will run until Saturday 29 October 2005. It will then travel to Q-Arts [Derby], Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and other venues in the UK.

Eligibility:

We are currently seeking a further two artists/artist groups to participate in this exhibition. Applicants must reside in the UK and demonstrate a high standard of practice in both Internet and physical space settings. Submissions from ‘emerging’ practitioners are encouraged.

Call for Artwork Proposals:

As the media itself is the unifying theme for the exhibition, proposed works may address any conceptual or aesthetic concerns. The artwork must be accessible both physically in a gallery environment and remotely via the Internet. These components of the artwork must be intrinsically linked, in which one element cannot exist without the other.

The physical form of the proposed artwork must be:
• modular/adaptable to generic gallery space. • constructed with professional, high quality equipment and materials. • robust and sustainable for the duration of the tour (min. 1 year - max. 2 years). • compliant with all UK health and safety requirements. • able to be set-up/maintained by gallery staff without the artist being present. • able to function on a shared, standard broadband connection (e.g. no static IP addresses and bandwidth must be shared with other artworks). • equipped with both G band wireless and 10/100 wired network facilities which can be used to connect to a host router/server for Internet access.

The Internet form for the artworks must:
• be cross platform (Windows 98/2000/XP and Mac 0S9/X). • be cross browser (IE, Firefox, etc.). • utilise free, easily installed plug-ins which are cross platform/browser.

Commissioning Fee:

The budget for each commission is 2,000, and must include:
• artist fee • all materials and equipment for the artwork (including any consumable items) • the delivery and set-up of the artwork at 20-21 • resolving major breakdowns or technical problems with the artwork during the exhibition tour

Submissions:

All applications must include:
• Artwork Proposal
• CV/Bio/Artist Statement
• Supporting Visual/Sonic Materials

Proposals must be submitted via email to Michael Takeo Magruder (m@takeo.org or mtakeomagruder@yahoo.com). Please send all writing as Word or plain/rich text attachments and supporting visual/sonic material as low-bandwidth attachments or URL links. For submission materials which cannot be sent electronically, please request posting instructions via email.

The deadline for submissions is 10/04/2005, all material received after this date will not be considered.

Timescale:

10/04/2005 Deadline for submissions
25/04/2005 Notification of successful applicants
11/07/2005 Delivery and installation of commissions (ending 18/07/2005)
23/07/2005 Exhibition opens at 20-21
12/11/2005 Exhibition opens at Q Arts