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Communications Media lecture series resumes in November

Posted 11/13/13

Text RainFitchburg State University will launch the third year of its Communications Media Lecture Series on Wednesday, Nov. 20, with a presentation on “The Past and Future of Interactive New Media” by cyber artist George Fifield. The presentation, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St., is free and open to the public.

Fifield's lecture will reveal how In the future, virtual and augmented reality will be making a comeback in digital and cyberarts media. Starting the early 1980s, new forms of interactive art came into being, some specifically designed for the white box of the gallery, some like Virtual Reality to be experienced in the mind. This new media explored numerous themes, including ideas of expanded cinema and evolutionary simulation. In the mid-1990s new work was developed that sought to eliminate the mechanical interface and replace it with an interface we are more familiar with: our own body.

Fifield is a new media curator, a writer about art and technology and teacher. He is the founding director of Boston Cyberarts Inc., a nonprofit arts organization, which has produced a number of projects in the Boston area including the Boston Cyberarts Gallery and Art on the Marquee, which puts interactive media and motion graphics media art on the 80-foot video marquee in front of the Boston Convention Center. He is also an independent curator of new media with numerous projects here and abroad. His most recent exhibitions were “Drawing with Code: Works from the collection of Anne and Michael Spalter” at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in January 2011 and “Act React: Interactive Installation Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum” in October 2008. For 13 years until 2006, Fifield was curator of new media at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln. He is adjunct faculty at Rhode Island School of Design’s Digital + Media graduate program and teaches at Massachusetts College of Art.

The Graphic Design Lecture Series, organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein, is presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

The series will continue in January with a presentation by Liz Resnick, chair of the Graphic Design Department at the Massachusetts College of Art, on “Propaganda and Protest Posters: A Select
History of Civic Engagement by Artists.” Resnick’s lecture will be given Thursday, Jan. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall.

In February, acclaimed New England filmmaker Jay Craven (whose credits include Where the Rivers Flow North, A Stranger in the Kingdom and the 2004 Emmy-winning public television comedy series Windy Acres) who will discuss “Turning Celluloid Dreams into (Digital) Reality.” Craven’s presentation will be given Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave.

The series concludes in April, when photographer Lou Jones presents “Designing Your Creative Life.” The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your creative life? This talk will tackle the task of giving your life political, social, economic, and personal directions, i.e. how to overcome your fears & initiate diverse and provocative creative projects with photography as the core. Jones’ presentation will be given at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Ellis White Lecture Hall.

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