The ATLAS Speaker Series, which is made possible by a generous donation by Idit Harel Caperton and Anat Harel, hosts distinguished visitors from academia, industry and the arts as part of the ATLAS Institute’s mission to explore information and communication technologies and their effect on society. The series is an educational and experiential resource for students, faculty and the larger community to discuss the challenges, opportunities and innovative applications of technology.
ATLAS Speaker Series: Michael Theodore and Mark Amerika (click here for video)
Michael Theodore, director of the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance and a University of Colorado College of Music faculty member, and Mark Amerika, a CU professor of Art and Art History, talked about their recent work as part of the ATLAS Speaker Series at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2012, in the Cofrin Auditorium, Room 100 of the ATLAS Roser Building.
Amerika discussed the Museum of Glitch Aesthetics (MOGA), a new artwork commissioned by the England-based Abandon Normal Devices.
MOGA tells the fictional story of The Artist 2.0, an online persona whose personal mythology and body of digital artworks are rapidly being canonized into the annals of art history.
MOGA will feature a wide array of artworks intentionally corrupted by technological processes, including digital video art, digitally manipulated still images, game design, sound art and electronic literature. See his video trailer at glitchmuseum.com.
Theodore discussed "Field Theory," an exhibit being featured as part of the ART/TEKNE series of the CU Art Museum. The series showcases solo exhibitions of Colorado new media artists whose work charts new relationships between technology, aesthetics and society.
While scientists build mathematical models to better explain the mechanistic structure of the universe, Theodore builds models in software and hardware to better explore perceptual sensations. He creates dynamic fields of color, light and sound inspired by observations and experiences of the natural world using a variety of media.
A tour of Field Theory, Theodore’s new exhibit at the CU Art Museum, will follow the presentations.
Theodore's technology-informed work with sound, visual media or both has been presented across the United States, and in Mexico, Trinidad y Tobago, Greece, Spain, Germany, Sweden, France, Australia, Japan and China.
Theodore also has created a number of pieces with performance artist Michelle Ellsworth, who is a CU Theatre and Dance professor and associate director of the ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance.
He has performed in venues such as the Newport Folk Festival with punk/folk artist Tim Eriksen, and recently released a recording with Glen Whitehead (Psychoangelo/Panauromni) that received airplay on the BBC and a "Top Ten Classical Music Recordings of 2010" pick from Timeout Chicago.
Monday, June 25, Cofrin Auditorium, Room 100, ATLAS Roser Building
4 p.m.: Mark Amerika
4:30 p.m.: Michael Theodore
4:45-5:30 p.m.: Reception in the ATLAS lobby
5:30 p.m.: Theodore leads a tour of his art show at the CU Art Museum.
Theodore’s art exhibit, Field Theory, is on display at the CU Art Museum, located adjacent to the ATLAS Roser Building, from June 15 through July 14.
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