Digital Displays

May 6, 2010

Fans of computer art and digital animation have a number of opportunities in May to see new work from undergraduate and graduate students at SVA. The Westside Gallery is running “Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Senior Thesis Projects,” an exhibition of still images from thesis projects by students in the BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Department, through Saturday, May 22. The exhibition is curated by Department Chair John McIntosh, and the full works will be screened on Wednesday, May 12, 7pm, at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street.

The SVA Theatre will also be the site of the MFA Computer Art Department’s thesis presentations. Screenings take place Friday, May 7, 7 – 10pm (reception: 10 – 11pm) and Saturday, May 8, 2 – 7pm (reception: 7 – 8:30pm). The presentations will begin with a performance by artist/percussionist Meret Koehler followed by thesis projects that reflect the multidisciplinary nature of the program, including 3D animation, video/motion graphics, interactive media, performance, installation and digital fine art. (A full schedule of screenings will be posted on the department’s Web site, The graduate department will follow up two week later when the “MFA Computer Art Department Thesis Exhibition,” curated by Charley Lewis, opens at the Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor. The show will run May 21 – June 5, with an opening reception on Tuesday, May 25, 6 – 8pm, and a special “meet the artists” event on Thursday, June 3, 6 – 8pm.

Images: (top) Jerry Chow, still from Boys Will Be Bears, 2010, from “Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Senior Thesis Projects”; (bottom) Anis Haron, video from Audio Palimpsest, 2010, from “MFA Computer Art Department Thesis Exhibition.”

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