Casey Reas

Tuesday lunchtime lecture series: Current creative research of D|MA faculty

November 1, 2005, 12:00 pm   » 

The faculty of Design | Media Arts represent the diversity of interests along with the interdisciplinary tendencies and innovative hybridity that the department promotes and nurtures in their students. The Fall seminar will focus on their most current creative research that is either at the beginning conceptual phase or in the midst of production. This gives the audience a rare glimpse into the creative process at an early stage along with all the considerations and issues that have to be addressed in order to produce a successful project.

In 2003, Reas moved to Los Angeles where he is currently an assistant professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA. His classes provide a foundation for thinking about computers and the Internet as an art medium and set a structure for advanced inquiry into synthesis of culture, technology, and aesthetics. Previously, Reas was one of the founding professors at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea in Italy.

In 2001, Reas initiated with Ben Fry. Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to program images, animation, and sound. It is used by students, artists, designers, architects, and researchers for learning, prototyping, and production.

Reas was a graduate student and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab from 1999-2001. After years of drawing, playing video games, drumming, and designing information systems, his nascent talent for writing software forged these disparate interests into a new path. Building on his professional experience and undergraduate studies in design at the University of Cincinnati, he spent the next two years developing software and electronics as an artistic exploration. After graduating, Reas began to exhibit his software and installations internationally in galleries and festivals.

As an artist, Reas employs ideas explored in conceptual and minimal artworks as focused through the contemporary lens of software. Reas’ software and images are derived from short text instructions explaining processes which define networks. The instructions are expressed in different media including natural language, machine code, computer simulations, and static images. Each translation reveals a different perspective on the process and combines with the others to form a more complete representation.

He has shown his work at P.S.1, the American Museum of the Moving Image, Whitney Museum of American Art's artport, the San Francisco Exploratorium, Ars Electronica in Austria, ZKM in Germany, SIGGRAPH, Transmediale in Berlin, Uijeongbu International Digital Art Festival in Korea, Kunstlerhaus in Vienna, Danish Film Institute, bitforms gallery in New York and Seoul, IAMAS and ICC in Japan, the Microwave International Media Art Festival in Hong Kong, and the Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

All lectures are streamed live.

More info

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Broad Art Center
240 Charles E. Young Drive, Room 1250
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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