40 Months in the Desert; Media Art in Middle East and Central Asia
For the past four years, media artist and activist Patrick Lichty has been teaching and exploring Virtual Reality and Media Art on the Arabian Peninsula and in Central Asia. What are the trends in these regions, and what are the issues being addressed by artists? In this discussion, Lichty will share his experiences in the UAE, Kazakhstan and around Western Asia, hopefully revealing insights not usually seen American Audiences. He will also share his work with the Immersive Media Research Cluster at Zayed University, and teaching in the UAE through student work.
Patrick Lichty is an Assistant Professor of Multimedia and Director of the Immersive Media Research Cluster at Zayed University, Abu Dhabi. He obtained his MFA from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Patrick is media artist, curator, and theorist exploring how media shape our perception of reality. He is a CalArts/Herb Alpert Fellow and Whitney and Venice Biennial. He included in key books on Virtual and Augmented Reality, including the Oxford Handbook of Virtuality. He is also a writer on Contemporary New Media/postinternet art, and a contributor to Harper’s Bazaar Art Arabia and Canvas Magazines.
Weds. 2/13, 12:00 – 2:00, West Hall Room 113