2020 AIRs

We are happy to announce our scheduled 2020 AIR’s. Thank you to everyone who applied to our open call.

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NIRE (Erin Cooney)

Michael N. MEYER
Simon LIU

Eva Yossifova DAVIDOVA

Scott Kiernan

Zachary FABRI
David B. SMITH

Monica DUNCAN + Senem PIRLER

Yesuk SEO


2020 TBAnnouced

The iea has three residency programs, two NYSCA funded residencies, Visual Arts Program & Electronic Media / Film and the Schein-Joseph International Residency.

The Institute for Electronic Art’s Experimental Projects Residency is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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Hank Rudolph

The week of December 16-20, 2019, was a memorable week at the IEA. Hank Rudolph was our second, 2019 regional artist / arts worker that the IEA invited as part of our NYSCA Electronic Media / Film program. Hank is a long time friend and colleague of IEA Co-director Peer Bode and has been a great champion to media art, with his over 35 years of dedicated service, working with artists at the Experimental Television Center (ETC), Owego, NY and as Co-founder and on-site coordinator of Signal Culture, Owego, NY.

During his residency Hank spent time in the Expanded Media analog studio. With his significant experience and expertise, Hank produced a catalog of greatly refined analog digital real-time generative video recordings. It’s a real privilege to see a master of these systems at work. Hank used the Sandin IP, Jones FB1 (frame buffer), Dave Jones Design video synthesizer core and oscillators, Dave Jones Design MVIP, along with some Eurorack modules for CV. Hank also brought his own color encoder.

Hank didn’t limit his time to the analog studio. He also used the IEA time-based studio. Hank’s investigations of the ATEM mixer / keyer again resulted in innovative system approaches, using HD cameras as playback ‘decks’, the mixer as a colorizer, and building complex keys. Recordings made in the IEA time-based studio were generally from lens based original content that Hank shot on location here in Alfred.

It was the week before the holiday break so Hank also joined in for the NYSCC holiday lunch where IEA Co-director, Peer Bode shared a moving story of how Hank helped Peer pack up the moving truck and moved Peer to Hornell/Alfred 32 years ago, and how here now at the final event of Peer’s final teaching semester, Hank was there, as he was there at the start. It was great to see realized, the power of media art practice in the bonds and richness of life and relationships it can deliver.

Hank Rudolph is an experimental media artist living in Owego, NY, whose focus has been on real time electronic signal processing, as facilitator, instructor and maker in mainly two organizations throughout the past 35 years: the Experimental Television Center and Signal Culture. For 25 years, at ETC, he provided individualized instruction for artists participating in its residency program, and, for ten years, was co-instructor at the International Student Residency, a college-credit course sponsored by ETC and the Institute for Electronic Arts. He is a co-founder of Signal Culture, along with Debora Bernagozzi and Jason Bernagozzi, where he is the on-site coordinator for the artist, researcher, and toolmaker residencies. Rudolph has taught at Binghamton University and the New York State Summer School for Media Arts at Ithaca College. He is presently Technical Specialist at the Department of Cinema at Binghamton University.

Hank Rudolf in the IEA time-based studio

Hank Rudolf in the IEA time-based studio

Hank Rudolf in the IEA time-based studio

Hank Rudolf with IEA Co-director Peer Bode in the IEA studio

Hank Rudolf at the Jones FB1 in the Expanded Media analog studio

Hank Rudolf in the Expanded Media analog studio

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Evan Bobrow

Evan Bobrow was our final NYSCA Visual Arts Artist in Residence for 2019. Evan was at the IEA November 11-15 2019, where he made an Alfred iteration of his Moonrise Initiative.

The project is map inspired, with the coordinates of Alfred, NY. Evan started the project with new mono prints, these multi-color images were made by using large brush stokes and blending techniques. Then Evan photographed the mono prints and used them as source information to generate a series of topographic relief, contour map images. A major part of the project was the translation from the mono prints photographic information into highly detailed vector images. The resulting speculative maps, were then cut with a laser cutter into cast acrylic. To cut the acrylic, numerous tests were required to balance detail and heat warping the plates. The acrylic plates were then intaglio inked with white ink. The prints were made on Xuan Indigo paper, which is delicate structurally when dampened, so laying the paper and removing it from the plate can be a fragile process.

Evan Bobrow grew up in Rochester, NY. He holds a BA in Architecture with dual minors in Design and Computer Science from Washington University in St. Louis. The primary focus in his work is the intersection between quantitative study and emotional experience. Drawing from technical aesthetics, including user manuals, city plans, and blueprints, Bobrow uses these sources to legitimize the subject matter, or to explore a concept more deeply through technical practices. His recent exhibitions include, Year End Show, Washington University in St. Louis, Hedge, Contemporary Art Museum of St. Louis, Spectroplexus, Lambert International Airport and Transcription Beta and Digital Evolutions at Washington University in St. Louis. He recently was artist in residence at Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY.

Evan Bobrow with laser-cut acrylic plate in John Wood Print Shop

Evan Bobrow checking laser-cutting on acrylic plate

Evan Bobrow generating vector files while the laser-cuts the acrylic plate (foreground)

Evan Bobrow running the press

Evan Bobrow pulling intaglio inked print on Xuan indigo paper

Evan Bobrow inking /wiping plate

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Yizhuo Irina Li

For October 28-November 1, 2019 The IEA welcomed, Yizhuo Irina Li as our Schein-Joseph Endowment supported, Researcher in Residence. Much of Yizhuo’s research was original research based on first person interviews with faculty and staff. Yizhuo met with Contemporary/ Media-Art Historian, James Hansen for a discussion on SUNY Binghamton cinema artists, Assistant Professor Eric Souther on the topic of artist video-tool-building in New York state, and Dean Gerar Edizel on School of Art and Design program history and developments.

Yizhuo Irina Li met twice with Professor of Video Arts, Peer Bode once at the start of the week discussing possible programming, with Bode sharing reference texts and media art-works. Then at the end of the week Yizhou sat down again with Bode for a formal artists interview. These were highly productive conversations which have resulted in developing curatorial and research projects. Yizhou also did an artist interview with IEA Research Associate, Rebekkah Palov. Lastly Yizhou generously held a discussion on professional development and projects with the EIA MFA Work & Analysis class.

Yizhuo Irina Li is a researcher and curator working in New York. Digital media and socially-engaged art have been the focuses in her directorship of FRESCO Collective, a research-oriented nonprofit organization with active public engagement. Combining academic discussions with accessible programs, Li calls attention to the marginalized fields in contemporary art and advocates for spectators’ direct interchange with artists and scholars. Li graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU with an education background in English literature and psychology at Tsinghua and Heidelberg University.

Yizhuo Irina Li interview with Peer Bode

Yizhuo Irina Li interview with Peer Bode

Peer Bode shares ETC: Experimental Television Center 1969-2009 5-DVD Anthology and Ralph Hocking, Video Works DVD with Yizhuo Irina Li

Yizhuo Irina Li interview with Peer Bode

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Don Metz

For October 21-25, 2019, Don Metz was the first of two, 2019 regional artists / arts workers that the IEA invited as part of our NYSCA Electronic Media / Film program. Don is a composer, sound artist and musician, who has held a number significant roles at The Burchfield Penney Art Center (BPAC) Buffalo, NY. The BPAC is the IEA’s partner in the Western New York Electronic Arts Alliance and the IEA has collaborated many times over the years with Don in presenting IEA artists and art works at the BPAC.

During his residency, Don worked in the IEA time-based studio, recording new audio and audio-tracks for his WIP Camera and Rey. Don recorded improvised performances on acoustic and electro-acoustic instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, wood flute, various percussion and voice. Don also made a number of improvised recordings with IEA Research Associate, Rebekkah Palov. Rebekkah performed real-time electronic processing, sampling and playback of sounds originating from Don Metz, which then informed further improvisations for the duo. Thirty-seven minutes of recordings from Don and Rebekkah’s IEA sessions are planned for a small edition IEA records, CD release.

At the end of Don’s residency, the Alfred community had a special evening performance with Don, Rebekkah*, IEA Co-director Peer Bode* and Professor of Sound Art, Andrew Deutsch* at the Miller Theater. *Carrier Band

Don Metz (Associate Director/Head of Technical Services, Burchfield-Penney Art Center) has worked at the BPAC since 1996, serving as Acting Director from 1996-1998 and as Director of Administration from 1995-2003, today serving as the Head of Public Programs. Throughout his career he has curated a variety of media arts exhibitions and inter-disciplinary performances, and from 1982-1995 he served as the Music Director at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. He has held a variety of administrative positions at the Buffalo Philharmonic Choir, June In Buffalo, and the North American New Music Festival. An active musician, he has been composing and performing his music since completing his studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1977. His music has been performed by the S.E.M. Ensemble, Percusso Argaro from Brazil, The Composers Alliance of Buffalo, the U.B, Percussion Ensemble, The New Jazz Orchestra of Buffalo, Los Caribes, various solo artists, Buffluxus and the East Buffalo Media Association. In 1978, Metz formed the East Buffalo Media Association, creating Inter-Media presentations with writers and artists from the western New York area. Over the past 20 years Metz has worked with artists, Andrew Topolski, John Toth, Fred Ciminelli, Andrew Deutsch writers Jeff Filipski and Michael Basinski, and actor Paul Schmidt. As a guitarist, Metz has performed the music of John Cage, Earl Brown, Petr Kotik, Lucas Foss, Jon Gibson, John Bacon Jr., Jackson MacLow, Phil Niblock, LaMonte Young, Michael Coquhoun, and others.

Don Metz with Don Weinhart, Technical Specialist for Expanded Media

Don Metz performing with Carrier Band at the Miller Theater

Don Metz with IEA Co-director Peer Bode and Andrew Deutsch setting up for performance at the Miller Theater

Don Metz with Andrew Deutsch at the Miller Theater

IEA Co-director Peer Bode introduces the performances with Don Metz & Carrier Band at the Miller Theater

Don Metz performing with Rebekkah Palov at the Miller Theater

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Gali Greenspan

October 14-18, 2019 the IEA, NYSCA Visual Arts, Artist in Residence was Gali Greenspan. Gali lives in Alfred and moved to Alfred from Israel and we are excited to have such an excellent artist in our community. During the week Gali generated an impressive range of projects. IEA research associate Rebekkah Palov demonstrated photoshop editing techniques to Gali during the week, which were then used in the production of images. Projects included unedited photo-collage images digitally printed on watercolor paper, a number of large format prints on polypropylene-based banner-media, prints on 44-inch cotton paper and an edition printed on Xuan paper. Gali also made a number of prints on the wide-format dye-sublimation transfer printer, which she then used for initial tests transferring the images onto carpet. She also will transfer the dye-sublimation transfer prints onto prepared roll metal construction flashing.

Gali Greenspan Born in Jerusalem 1979, is a multi-disciplinary artist recently moved from Tel-Aviv to Alfred NY. Lives together with her spouse and their three children. Greenspan’s work stems from a strong sculptural foundation, beginning with a deep interest in craft objects, and has expanded into creating installations and space-oriented video works. Over the past four years, Greenspan’s projects have been a combination of real-life video footage, sampled sound, videos of fabricated virtual spaces and real-space installations. In the installations sculptural objects are built in close proximity to the video projection they carry and with attention to viewers movements and position. Materials appear in the installations both as a real building material and as components in the video realm. The use of materials such as PVC, Foam-board, Plywood or carpets acts as a physical stimulator and a carriers of cultural charge and common taste.

Gali Greenspan in the IEA with large format digital prints

Gali Greenspan in the IEA with large format digital prints

Gali Greenspan in the IEA with large format digital prints in John Wood Print Shop

Gali Greenspan in the IEA with large format digital prints

Gali Greenspan in the IEA with large format digital prints in John Wood Print Shop

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Sarah Groff-Palermo 

October 7-11, 2019 was a spirited Electronic Media & Film residency week with Sarah Groff-Palermo. Sarah worked with her live-code and code-based, vector videos, bringing these into our real-time video systems. Much of the work done during her residency was done on the Expanded Media, Fairlight CVI. The CVI is a legacy, digital video processor and can be seen as hybrid analog/digital. Sarah also worked with another legacy digital video-processor, the Jones FB1 frame buffer, as well as our contemporary Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E video mixer. A number of mixer recordings made significant use of video wipes. Sarah traveled to the IEA with Wes Hennigh who documented Sarah’s residency and consulted with her on hardware systems. Sarah and Wes researched the Fairlight CVI which has been a real benefit for expanding program knowledge. Also Sarah generously made time for a studio visit with Expanded Media’s Barbara Lattanzi as well as shared recommendations for live code software. Lastly, Sarah installed and with the assistance of Wes documented a number of works in progress in the expanded media immersive gallery.

Sarah Groff Hennigh-Palermo is an artist, programmer, and erstwhile data designer. Her work centers around methods to make computers and data more humane — more accessible, more flexible, more contextual. She has created data-obscured art sites, new computer languages, and hybrid nostalgia machines. Her current focus is livecode and digital abstraction. Sarah is an alumna of the School for Poetic Computation, Recurse Center, Brown University, and NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has taken part in group shows at Sonar+D, Westbeth, Day for Night, and Flux Factory.

Sarah Groff-Palermo with WIP installation in Immersive Gallery

Sarah Groff-Palermo with WIP installation in Immersive Gallery

Sarah Groff-Palermo in the IEA studio

Sarah Groff-Palermo WIP installation in Immersive Gallery

Sarah Groff-Palermo WIP installation in Immersive Gallery

Sarah Groff-Palermo WIP installation, with Wes Hennigh in Immersive Gallery

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Cal Fish

The week of September 30-October 5 we had a change of gears with our EMF AIR Cal Fish. Cal worked on a number of projects simultaneously, including his collaboration, with Kyle Marshall Choreography + Company who were also at Alfred for The Marlin Miller Dance Residency Program. Cal further developed live electronics that trigger sounds that are controlled by body motion, for this and other developing projects.

In the IEA studio Cal did numerous recordings that featured live-performance for camera, as well as a catalog of recordings he had brought with him. In these recordings Fish used the ATEM video mixer, mixer effects and other real-time video processing software. Cal left with the IEA archive an impressive fifty-six titled recordings. For his final project of the week, Cal installed his interactive sound installation, Pre York River Sounds (Iteration 2) in the lobby of Harder Hall. The Alfred community physically engaged the piece by carrying buckets with speakers in them activating the electronics, sculpture-space and catalog of interviews and recordings embedded in the installation.

Cal Fish has been making artwork in New York for their whole life, performs frequently in DIY art spaces around the country and abroad since 2013. Cal studied sound and studio art at Bard College and works in a large blend of mediums including sound, soft sculpture, interactive installation, analog video, drawing, and movement. Recent projects have often used found and recycled materials, experimental scores, sonic/material archiving practices, and collaboration to make audible connections between ecologies, public spaces, and empathies, seeking to provide platforms for critical play.

Cal Fish in the IEA studio developing live electronics for sound/movement performance

Cal Fish in the IEA studio developing live electronics for sound/movement performance

Cal Fish in the IEA studio testing live electronics for sound/movement performance

Cal Fish installing “Pre York River Sounds (Iteration 2)” in Harder Hall

Cal Fish installing “Pre York River Sounds (Iteration 2)” in Harder Hall

Cal Fish installing “Pre York River Sounds (Iteration 2)” in Harder Hall

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Robert B. Lisek

For his residency week, September 23-27, 2019 Robert B. Lisek brought with him some of his own equipment, including a PAL video mixer and other custom electronics. Robert spent time in the Expanded Media Analog Studio, with its Alfred custom and rare video image-processors. Lisek ran generative AI content through this system and explored the programmatic potential in these older more open design architectures, especially the Alfred Sandin IP. Robert generously held a seminar on AI and his artwork more broadly for Expanded Media Faculty and students. This event activated those who attended, with possibilities of decision / game AI approaches and their accessibility for artists, as opposed to big data AI. Robert again reached out to the Alfred Community with a Friday night Multi-media Performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby. Robert was joined by EIA MFA alumnus, Mykola Haleta who opened the memorable evening performance.

Robert B. Lisek is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems, networks and processes (computational, biological, social). He is involved in a number of projects focused on media art, creative storytelling and interactive art. Drawing upon post‐conceptual art, software art and meta‐media, his work intentionally defies categorization. Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Lisek is also a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise. Lisek is also a scientist who conducts research in the area of foundations of science (mathematics and computer science). His research interests are category theory and high‐order algebra in relation to artificial general intelligence. Lisek is a founder of Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium. He is the author of 300 exhibitions and presentations, among others: SIBYL ‐ ZKM Karlsruhe; SIBYL II ‐ IRCAM Center Pompidou; QUANTUM ENIGMA ‐ Harvestworks Center New York and STEIM Amsterdam; TERROR ENGINES ‐ WORM Center Rotterdam, Secure Insecurity ‐ ISEA Istanbul; DEMONS ‐ Venice Biennale (accompanying events); Manifesto vs. Manifesto ‐ Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw; NEST ‐ ARCO Art Fair, Madrid; Float ‐ Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC; WWAI ‐ Siggraph, Los Angeles.

Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio

Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio

Robert B. Lisek research presentation in the Expanded Media, Advanced Video Studio

IEA Co-director Peer Bode (left) introduces the performance, SUPRASYMMETRY, with Mykola Haleta (center) & Robert B. Lisek (right)

Robert B. Lisek performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby

Robert B. Lisek performance, SUPRASYMMETRY in the Harder Hall lobby

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Joseph Moore

Dung the week of September 16-20, 2019, the IEA changed gears from Electronic Media and Film to the print-shop for a great residency week with Visual Arts AIR, Joseph Moore.

Joseph’s first project was a series of web-cam stills that were turned into bitmap images, these bitmaps were then cut in to maple plywood blocks. In the print shop with IEA Research Admin., Rebekkah Palov rolling ink, and Joseph Moore on the Stienmesse and Stolberg Flatbed Offset Press, a small edition of two sided digital wood block prints were produced from the web-cam images. The prints are planned to be configured into book format. Moore’s other project was a series of three Photopolymer Gravure Prints. Under the expert direction of IEA Co-director Joseph Scheer, negatives were made with the Agfa imagesetter, and developed by IEA research specialist Aodi Liang. In the print shop, printing the plates was a team effort with Aodi Lang setting registration for the paper and plates, IEA Co-director Joseph Scheer took on most of the inking while Joseph Moore ran the press.

Joseph Moore is an artist whose conceptually based practice utilizes a variety of techniques and media, from photography to network-based art. His recent work investigates the place of the non-human within the context of photographic history as well as labor, temporality, and surveillance. He has exhibited in venues such as Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Microscope Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; WORM, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Outlet Fine Art, Brooklyn, NY; Arebyte, London, England; and in collections such as The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art at Cornell. He received his B.F.A. from The Atlanta College of Art and his M.F.A. from Bennington College.

Joseph Moore laser etched woodblock prints

Joseph Moore with IEA Co-director Joseph Scheer

Joseph Moore with IEA Research Specialist, Aodi Liang registering plates & paper

Joseph Moore inking Photopolymer Gravure Plate

Joseph Moore with Agfa imagesetter film for Photopolymer Gravure print

Joseph Moore with IEA Co-director Joseph Scheer

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