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Michael Naimark Presentation

Be Now Here, an inter­ac­tive VR cin­ema instal­la­tion (1995÷2008) pro­duced with the coop­er­a­tion of the UNESCO World Her­itage Cen­tre and the sup­port of Inter­val Research Corporation 

Pio­neer­ing media artist and researcher Michael Naimark will speak Thurs­day, Oct. 9 from 1:30 to 3 pm at the A&A Auditorium.

Michael Naimark: Art and Invention”
Thurs­day Octo­ber 9th, 1:30 to 3 pm
A&A Auditorium

Artists and design­ers some­times invent — new processes, media, or tech­nolo­gies — in the name of real­iz­ing their work. Inven­tion isn’t the pri­mary moti­va­tion, and the works are often clunky, fru­gal, and just barely work­ing (but work­ing!). Broader, prac­ti­cal, or com­mer­cial appli­ca­tions are usu­ally far from the artist’s mind. Mean­while, and per­haps iron­i­cally, large research and com­mer­cial insti­tu­tions spend bil­lions of dol­lars per year on inven­tion, often in the same are­nas. So the crit­i­cal ques­tion is: how do artists fit in? We will explore this ques­tion — and such issues as con­trol and com­pro­mise; own­er­ship and intel­lec­tual prop­erty; time hori­zon and prof­itabil­ity; and cul­tural con­se­quence and hege­mony — min­ing my art projects and expe­ri­ences for lessons learned.

Michael Naimark is a pio­neer media artist and lead­ing researcher who’s been blessed (and some­times cursed) with an uncanny track record of art projects pre­sag­ing wide­spread adop­tion, often by decades. He is noted in the his­to­ries of Google Street View, Pro­jec­tion Map­ping, and Vir­tual Real­ity (and, some claim, the Face­book Like But­ton); and in ongo­ing work with cin­e­matic crowd­sourc­ing, live global video, and cul­tural her­itage. Michael’s immer­sive and inter­ac­tive art instal­la­tions have exhib­ited inter­na­tion­ally and are in the per­ma­nent col­lec­tions of Amer­i­can Museum of the Mov­ing Image, the Explorato­rium, and the ZKM Cen­ter for Arts and Media. He was the recip­i­ent of the World Tech­nol­ogy Award for the Arts in 2002 and was guest cura­tor at Ars Elec­tron­ica in 2004 and 2009. In recent years he’s served as fac­ulty at USC Cin­ema, NYU Art, and the MIT Media Lab.