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The Working Critique 2 class focuses on weekly individual and group critiques of the DIAP students’ work. In addition to research, discussion, and practice in digital and new media, the students collectively curate an exhibition or event. This year, the students chose to highlight alumni artists who explore themes and research relevant to their practice.
Interdisciplinary artists and DIAP alumni Priyanka Dasgupta, Woojin-Lee, and Jean Carla Rodea have been invited to give presentations on their work. Each artist will share an overview of their graduate thesis projects in relation to their current practice. A roundtable discussion and Q&A led by the Working Critique 2 Collective will follow the presentation.
CCNY’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Art Practice MFA program is a research-oriented program in which students engage with diverse interdisciplinary and emerging media modes of art practice.
Priyanka Dasgupta and Chad Marshall’s practice draws from sociological conventions, archival texts, and postcolonial studies to examine power and disenfranchisement in the US, and its relationship to appearance. Dasgupta and Marshall are currently developing installations inspired by the histories of Bengali sailors who passed as Black in the early twentieth century. Recent exhibitions of their work include ‘Uptown Triennial,’ Wallach Gallery, NY (2020), ‘The Immigrant Artist Biennial: Mother Tongue,’ (2020), ‘Pigeonhole,’ Knockdown Center, NY (2019), Dodd Galleries, UGA, Athens (2019), Sunroom Project: Paradise, WaveHill, NY (2018), In Practice: Another Echo, SculptureCenter, NY (2018). Residencies include Artist Studio Program, Smack Mellon (2018-19) and AIRspace, Abrons Arts Center (2018). Dasgupta and Marshall’s work has been reviewed in various publications. They are recipients of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, 2019-20. www.dasguptamarshall.com
Woojin Lee is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist. Her work investigates the malleability of an artist’s studio practice under certain conditions. While working as an Art Director for various digital advertising agencies, she used the corporate space to stage her interdisciplinary artworks, creating installations, films, sculptures, animations, and writing fictional scripts. Her main research interests revolve around social and anthropological aspects of the corporate office environment history, production and circulation of visual artifacts, and mild behavioral modification influenced by technological transformation. Lee holds an MFA in Digital Interdisciplinary Art Practice from the City College of New York and an MA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Selected awards include the 2020 Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Award, 2019 AHL Foundation Artist Fellowship, Red Dot Award, Creativity Media & Interactive Awards, and more. She currently teaches at Pratt Institute. https://www.thewoojinlee.com/
Jean Carla Rodea is an interdisciplinary artist and educator currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work involves a variety of disciplines and mediums such as music, sound, poetry, vocal performance, performance art, photography, video, movement, and sculpture. Her artistic practice deals with spaces and instances where socio-political and cultural constructs are rendered visible through multimedia installations and performance. Rodea is invested in understanding how time is insistently constructed through memory and how these memories whether embodied or recorded in spaces are documented and re/constructed. Archival research – whether it takes place in an institution or in her personal archive – often leads her to draw from fiction and speculative history around documents, physical traces, and spaces. Jean Carla earned an MFA from CUNY’s Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts Practice and was a recipient of several Connor awards and fellowships for research-based residencies in Mexico City. Jean Carla is an alumni and fellow from the Wassaic Project, The Interdisciplinary Art and Theory Program, Works on Water, The Home School, and Materia Abierta. She has performed extensively and shown work at Roulette Intermedium, Carnegie Hall, BRIC, Knockdown Center, Judson Church, Danspace, Center for Performance Research, Panoply Lab, Parallel, Rio ll Gallery, The Clemente, BRAC, WAAM, El Museo de Los Sures, Casul, The Graduate Center, to mention a few. https://www.jeancarlarodea.com
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Join us April 28th at 5PM for the Spring 2021 Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice Visiting Artist Lecture with Lionel Cruet.
Meeting ID: 828 4357 1916
Lionel Cruet was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, lives and works in New York City and San Juan. Cruet uses multiple mediums including experimental digital printing processes, performance, and audiovisual installations to confront issues that concern ecology, geopolitics, and technology. Cruet‘s artworks have been included in exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (2017); Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse (2017); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (2013); and Universidad de Sagrado Corazón, Puerto Rico (2014); and a solo exhibition at the Bronx River Art Center (2015) and have been reviewed Made in Mind Magazine, designboom, Daily Serving California College of the Arts, and Latinx Spaces. Cruet works with the New York City Department of Education, as well as multiple nonprofits that promote art and aesthetic education for immigrant youth. In 2020, Cruet developed an independent art program in Puerto Rico, banasta: residencia artistica, that offers an artist residency and sessions of art criticism to develop the artist’s production.
Cruet received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from La Escuela de Artes Plásticas en Puerto Rico and a Master in Fine Arts from CUNY – The City College of New York, and a Masters in Education from the College of Saint Rose; was the recipient of the Juan Downey Audiovisual Award in 2013 at the 11th Media Arts Biennale at the National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile and in 2018 was a Fellow at the Socrates Sculpture Park in New York City, and a fellow from The Laundromat project an organization that focuses on the arts and social engagement in New York City. In 2021 he continued research to art projects at a residency in the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Quito, Ecuador.
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: 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.