synthecology

 

Project Description
Concept
Installation
Technology
People
Documentation



AUTHORS & CONTRIBUTORS
Geoffrey Baum
Todd Margolis
Helene-Nicole Kostis
Dan St. Clair
HyeYun Park
Ben Chang
Hyunjoo Oh
Jon Greene
Marientina Gotsis
Robb Drinkwater
Mark Baldridge

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEERS
Many thanks to our army of volunteers: Dubi Kauffman, Tina Shah, Daria Tsoupikova, Kapil Arora, Javier Girado, Josephine Lipuma, Melissa Golter, Javid Alimohideen, Allan Spale, Geoff Holmes, Jennings Hanna, Victoria Scott , Flo McGarrell.

SPECIAL THANKS
This project was generously supported by: Ellen Sandor at (art)n, the Electronic Visualization Laboratiory (EVL) at UIC, Dan Sandin & Tom DeFanti @EVL, the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and VRCO.

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GEOFFREY BAUM is a founder of the artists' collaborative Applied Interactives in Chicago, IL. He is an active researcher in the area of making virtual reality and other immersive experiences less expensive and more common for other artists and the general public. His own work has been exhibited at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) and Version>02, Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago, IL) and examines the idea of the individual as the center of an array of private universes. He has been employed as a research assistant at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory since 1999 where he has pursued research in camera tracking, spatialized sound and the repurposing of commercial devices for use in more affordable Virtual Reality systems. Baum received his MFA in Electronic Visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laborarory at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2005.

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TODD MARGOLIS is an artist, educator and technologist. In 2004, he received his MFA in Electronic Visualization from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a founding member of the immersive and interactive art and technology non-profit organization, Applied Interactives, and also a member of the art collaborative Sine::apsis Experiments. Margolis has recently been appointed the Technical Director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) at UCSD. Margolis was previously a Visiting Research Programmer at UIC, developing a new virtual reality system, The Varrier(tm) Auto-Stereographic display. Results of this research were presented at SPIE 2001, IEEE VR in 2004 and will be presented at this years SIGGRAPH. Margolis frequently lectured on new media at UIC, Columbia College, Chicago, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as shown his work nationally and internationally, in such venues as Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Art Chicago, ICC (Tokyo, Japan), ISEA (Paris, France) and SIGGRAPH (LA and New Orleans). As an artist-in-residence at (art)n Laboratory, he participated in the creation of a permanent art installation at Chicago's Midway Airport. He was also awarded the 2000 Christian and Oline Larsen Scholarship for Electronic Visualization and had been the recipient of a UIC Research Assistantship from 1998 till 2003.

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HELEN-NICOLE KOSTIS is a media artist that works with video, animation, virtual environments, physical and digital sculpture. She is captivated by the creation of new, synthetic worlds, immersive bodily experiences, the combination of virtual and physical realities and the discourse that is generated by their coexistence. Born in 1976, lives and works in Chicago, USA. She has received a BS in Mathematics (1998) from the University of Ioannina, Greece, a MS in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and is currently pursuing a Master's in Fine Arts at the same institution. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). She has exhibited at the Canariasmediafest International Video and Multimedia Festival of the Canaries (2002), Version>03 :: Digital Arts Convergence - Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2003), IDEAS Festival (2003, 2004), IEEE VR Open House at EVL (2004), Networks Art and Collaboration Conference (2004), Electronic Visualization Exhibit (2004), Virtual World.s Festival Sao Paolo - Brazil (2004), Studio 74 Artful Object (2004), in Electronic Imaging Science and Technology, SPIE (2005) and in "Loose Minds in a Box" AG Art Performance (2005). Upcoming exhibit at SIGGRAPH (2005) in the Emerging Technologies for the"Loose Minds in a Box" AG Art Performance.

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DAN ST. CLAIR makes installations and performances focused on our daily experiences of mediated sound. Recent projects include an outdoor audio installation of synthesized birds singing popular melodies, and a muzak map of State Street Chicago. As a pianist/instrumentalist he has performed with Phill Niblock, Grand Mal, White Blue Yellow and Clouds, and Anthony Braxton. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2004 after studying media art with Ron Kuivila and composition with Anthony Braxton. He is now in the MFA program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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HYEYUN PARK is an MFA candidate in Electronic Visualization Laboratory, UIC. She received a Diploma in Fine Art in Oriental Painting from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea in 2000. She had work experiences as Assistant of Public Relations at SBS (Seoul Broadcasting System) Broadcasting Company and Developer of Children's education departments at Dacom I-Elite in Korea. She currently works as a Research Assistant at EVL, assisting Audio/Video support. Her interests include real-time interactive media art, computer graphics, painting, interactive installation and VR art. Currently, she has developed a variety of other subjects, such as digital abstracts which open up entirely new vistas for the imagination. Her background combining fine arts and media production gives her a unique perspective on using all media for artistic expression.

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BEN CHANG is a Chicago-based new media artist whose work explores interactivity, collaboration, immersive worlds, and the creative subversion of technology. His installation, online, and performance work has been shown across the US and internationally, including the International Electronic Language Festival in Brazil, Boston CyberArts, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, SIGGRAPH,
and the New Forms Festival in Vancouver. He teaches courses in interactive art and virtual reality at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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HYUNJOO OH is a new media artist, sound designer and developer of educational software. She is currently co-founding and co-directing a NY based Art & Technology organization, 'dottedquad.org' . She joined the post-production team of the Chicago Millennium Park Fountain Project (a permanent public art installation) and has been working at the Chicago based non-profit art organization, 'Applied Interactives (AI)' as a board member. Her work involves Emergent Social Software, Ambient Intelligence, Mixed-Reality, improvisational network sound, cartography and archival art. She is presently working on several Virtual Reality projects, such as 'Nodule Resonance' and 'Synbidium' that explore the resonant characteristics and architectural acoustics of virtual space by using a permutation process through Internet. Her kinetic sculpture, 'Crystal Data Visualization Machine', collects data from virtual sources that operate in conjunction with physical/web based visualization. Her works has been shown at the Chicago Tourist Center(2005), VersionFest>04:: Invisible Network (2004), (art)n Lab (2005), IMMEDIA in Ann Arbor, MI (2003), OpenEnd Art, Heaven, Betty Rymer and 1926 gallery in Chicago, IL. Her upcoming solo exhibit will take place at the Chicago alternative gallery, POLVO (2005). She holds a M.F.A (2005) in Art and Technology studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago(SAIC) and B.F.A (2002) in Philosophy and Art Education from the SungKyunKwan University in Seoul, Korea.

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JON GREENE Jonathan created the Flash interface for Synthecology. He recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Photography. Aside from photographing, he spends a lot of time programming. As of late, Jonathan has been focusing on the internet as a medium for creating collaborative art. He is always looking for new ways to create art on the web. This summer, he will be turning his personal web endeavor into a web design firm located in Chicago.

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MARIENTINA GOTSIS is a new media artist and uber geek interested in gestural interfaces, dance, introspective narratives and precolombian art. She manages several facilities and assists with research at the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. In the past ten years she has run her own consulting business catering to small and medium business and not-for-profit organizations with service offerings ranging from design to technical writing and information architecture to server and network deployment and administration. She moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 2003 where she received an MFA in Electronic Visualization in 2003 and a BFA in Photo/Film/Electronic Media in 1999 from the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1995 to 1996. She has taught many art and technology courses at Harold Washington College (Chicago), Columbia College Chicago, Northeastern Illinois University and at the University of Southern California. She is affiliated with the oXymoros Dance Theatre in New York and The Free School Project in Athens, Greece.

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