DIAP Admissions Open House: Wednesday, February 17 @ 6PM EST

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Join DIAP MFA faculty & students for a digital open house, February 17th at 6PM.

Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice
MFA Open House
February 17th, 2021

Meeting ID: 830 5770 8437

Join the Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA program at City College of New York for a virtual open house!

Faculty member Stalgia Grigg will give a presentation on the program followed by a 40-minute Q+A with Stalgia and current students. This is great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about the program.

The [DIAP] program is a graduate program in studio art practice in the Art Department at the City College of New York. The [DIAP] MFA is a research-oriented community in which students engage with aspects related to digital media art. The program’s central focus is a utilization and critical engagement of digital media that can lead to research into areas as diverse as interactive sculpture, movement, performance, cyber gender, non-narrative motion graphics, photography, online privacy, online/offline interventions, printing, spatial mapping, drawing, digital cultures, painting or digital fabrication and is supportive of different models of individual or collaborative art practice. Learn more at https://www.diap-mfa.us/.


Visiting Artist for Fall 2020 is Sarah Rosalena Balbuena- Brady: Friday, December 11 @ 4pm

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Visiting Artist: Sarah Rosalena Balbuena- Brady

Friday, December 11, 2020 at 4pm. Join us here: https://ccny.zoom.us/j/99241916622


Here is a bit more about Sarah:

Sarah Rosalena Balbuena-Brady is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Los Angeles. Her work deconstructs technology with material interventions, creating new narratives for hybrid objects that speak on issues such as AI, aerospace technologies, and decolonial posthumanism. Hybrids function between human/nonhuman, ancient/future, handmade/autonomous to override power structures rooted in colonialism. They collapse binaries and borders, creating new epistemologies between Earth and Space. She is Assistant Professor of Art at UC Santa Barbara in Computational Craft and Haptic Media. She was recently given the LACMA Art + Tech Lab Grant, the Steve Wilson Award from Leonardo, the International Society for Art, Sciences, and Technology, and the Craft Futures Grant from Center for Craft. Her research focuses on Indigenous scholarship and mentorship in STEAM, she is multiracial Huichol and Laguna Pueblo. She has shown work at places such as the de Young Museum, Navel, New Wight Gallery, Ars Electronica, SOMArts Cultural Center, and Gray Area Art and Technology.



04/23/20 Anne Spalter – [DIAP] MFA artist talk – online

Anne Spalter - artist

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Please join us for a online talk by the artist Anne Spalter

Location: The [DIAP] Zoom Room

Thursday April 23rd

Time 10:30AM – 11:30AM

The presentation is free and open to the public.

To attend and receive login information please RSVP to diap@ccny.cuny.edu

Digital mixed-media artist Anne Spalter is an academic pioneer who founded the original digital fine arts programs at Brown University and The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1990s. With a decades-long goal of integrating art and technology, Spalter has authored over a dozen academic papers and the seminal, internationally taught textbook, The Computer in the Visual Arts (Addison-Wesley, 1999). Alongside her studio practice, Spalter continues to lecture on digital art practice and theory. She is on the Digital Art Acquisitions Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Spalter’s work is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, UK); the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, NY); the Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence, RI); and others. Her artistic process employs a hybrid arsenal of traditional mark-making methods and innovative digital tools. A new body of work, further developed at a Winter 2019 residency at MASS MoCA, combines artificial intelligence image algorithms with oil paint and pastels.

Having studied mathematics as a Brown undergraduate prior to her Painting MFA from RISD—and with additional cross-disciplinary masteries including a 2010 black belt and 2011 Sensei designation in Kenpo Karate—Spalter’s eclectic influences in the studio are as diverse as Buddhist art, Jungian archetypes, Surrealism, and pure mathematics. Spalter’s classical arts education combined with her foundational command of digital art theory suited her well when she transitioned from academia to a full-time studio practice in 2009.

For the digital art component of her mixed media practice, Spalter uses custom software and algorithms to transform both still and video source footage—which she captures in high resolution during multisensory experiences such as riding the Coney Island Cyclone; walking through an open-air flower market in Bangkok; and gazing down from a helicopter over downtown Dubai—into psychedelic, vibrantly rendered “Modern Landscapes.”

Spalter is also noted for her large-scale public projects. MTA Arts commissioned Spalter to create a 52-screen digital art installation, New York Dreaming, which remained on view in one of its most crowded commuter hubs (Fulton Center) for just under a year. Spalter’s 2019 large-scale projects included a 47,000 square foot LED video work on the Hong Kong harbor.Anne Spalter - artist


Joshua Citarella – [DIAP] MFA artist talk

poster for artist talk by Joshua Citarella

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[DIAP] MFA artist lecture by Joshua Citarella
Tuesday, March 17 at 2pm in the [DIAP] Studio, Shepard Hall room 408, 259 Convent Ave, NY 10031
The talk is free and open to the public.
Joshua Citarella is an artist, writer and researcher based in New York. He is the author of Politigram & the Post-left and 20 Interviews.
This lecture will discuss the evolution of the political compass meme: from the youth search for political identity to threat-casting future scenarios. It is an in depth exploration of young political spaces online and an attempt to answer “What comes after the end of history?”
poster for artist talk by Joshua Citarella
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Joshua Citarella
Choose Your Future, 2020, C-prints, Dibond, 65-3/4" x 57-5/8"


The Other Utopias – an exhibition curated by DIAP fellows

The Other Utopias

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Curated by Diana Guerra and Emily Malave

Arpi Adamyan, OlaRonke Akinmowo, Daniel Aros, Camille Breslin, Zoe Brice, Heeseo Choi, Jazzmint Dash, Marielis Garcia, Kathleen Granados, Red Sagalow & Kiyomi Taylor
February 20th – March 5th, 2020

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 20th, 2020 / 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: The Cohen Library Archives Gallery
Morris R. Cohen Library, 5th floor. North Academic Center (NAC) Room 5/301. 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031

THE OTHER UTOPIAS is a group exhibition curated by Diana Guerra and Emily Malave and features artists from The City College of New York, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, New York University and Columbia University.

THE OTHER UTOPIAS envisions an otherworldly material and immaterial outlook. As multiple discourses and identities arise from the past, present, and future we weave together the work of artists who take marginalized sources of knowledge from ancient and contemporary scripts, and reproduce a Utopian outcome. When we look for art, we are looking for something that magically ignites our physical senses. Not only does it invoke thought, but we perceive the artist as the caster of a spell. We consider identity as multiple and acknowledge its possibilities of transformation and diverse manifestation. The inclusivity present in this exhibition is in the form of photography, video, painting, installation, mixed-media and animation.

THE OTHER UTOPIAS will precede the ‘CCNY Women Make Art’ show that is organized every year by the Archives & Special Collections as part of the Women’s History Month. Gallery hours are Monday to Friday 9:30 – 5:30PM. For additional information please contact Sydney Van Nort, Archivist and Assistant Professor, svannort@ccny.cuny.edu; Diana Guerra, dianaguerra14@gmail.com; or Emily Malave, emilymalave@gmail.com.


Diana Guerra and Emily Malave are MFA candidates in Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice (DIAP) at The City College of New York – CUNY.