Visiting Artists : Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison

2 Chances on Tuesday October 6 to hear visiting artists Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison talk about their artwork on our campus, at 2pm in the Tweed and at 6pm in Montague Hall. Both events are open to all students and the public.
Tweed Museum of Art > Talk on Collaboration
October 6, 2015  | 2 pm | Tweed Library
The couple will join us in the Tezla Library at Tweed to deliver a talk on collaboration and engage in an informal Q&A session on the topic.


Art&Design Visual Culture Lecture Series

October 6, 2015 | 6 pm | Montague 70

Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison / Photography and Performance

The ParkeHarrisons construct fantasies in the guise of environmental performances for the protagonists of their images.  The artists combine elaborate sets within vast landscapes to address issues surrounding man’s relationship to the earth and technology while additionally delving into the human condition. Shana, who studied painting, dance history and metalsmithing, and Robert, a photographer, have collaborated for over 18 years.

View their bodies of work here:  

Working collaboratively, In 2000 Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison began to publicly claim co-authorship of their images. In 2007 the ParkeHarrisons were awarded the Nancy Graves Foundation Fellowship. “The Architect’s Brother,” a museum exhibition of 45 of their images traveled throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Currently their images are included in various group exhibitions including, “The Missing Peace; Artists Consider the Dalai Lama”, “Imaging a Shattered Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate” and envisioning Change”, an exhibition in conjunction with the United Nations environment Programme’s, World Environment Day. Their works are included in numerous collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Art Institute of Chicago and the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House.  Robert ParkeHarrison studied photography at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of New Mexico. In 1999 he was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Shana ParkeHarrison received a degree in painting from William Woods College. She went on to study Dance history and metalsmithing at University of New Mexico.

Digital Nation / Video Viewing Assignment

Students in Art2016, The ONLINE viewing assignment is to watch your choice of these two videos and share your thoughts during discussion in class. Reflect on how your personal life is impacted by pervasive technology and any resonance or surprise you found in the video you viewed. (~150 words) Please view by Next Thursday.

Video CHOICES are:
1. Digital Nation on PBS Frontline (viewable online)

Video Description from PBS: Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from the way we learn and work to the ways in which we socialize and even conduct war. But is the technology moving faster than we can adapt to it? And is our 24/7 wired world causing us to lose as much as we’ve gained? In Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier, FRONTLINE presents an in-depth exploration of what it means to be human in a 21st-century digital world. Host / commentator Douglas Rushkoff, a leading thinker and writer on the digital revolution. Continuing a line of investigation she began with the 2008 FRONTLINE report Growing Up Online, award-winning producer Rachel Dretzin embarks on a journey to understand the implications of living in a world consumed by technology and the impact that this constant connectivity may have on future generations. “I’m amazed at the things my kids are able to do online, but I’m also a little bit panicked when I realize that no one seems to know where all this technology is taking us, or its long-term effects,” says Dretzin.

2. Men, Women and Children (viewable on Netflix)

2014 R Rated R116 mins    Feature fiction movie, with some R rated content (nudity, sex).  Video Description from Netflix: Men, Women & Children examines the countless ways the online landscape affects the relationships, communication and self-images of digital-age adolescents, whose parents try to contend with the pitfalls.

Jason Reitman

Magic Flute / Opera Design / Remix Project

Digital Art Mixed-Media students will be contributing imagery for the Opera Production of Magic Flute to be staged at Weber Music Hall in December 2015. We plan to do digital projections across 3 screens, thinking about triptych images that mix the traditional story themes of Egyptian temples, landscapes and gardens with more modern settings.

SAVE THESE DATES: (please sign up in class for times you can help)

Test Tech for Projections in Weber Music Hall on Monday Oct 5  (daytime) + Tues Oct 6 (morning)

Rehearsals 7pm-10pm in Weber Music Hall on Monday Nov 30, Wednesday Dec 2nd and Thursday Dec 3rd.

Performances 730 pm in Weber Music Hall: Friday Dec 4 and Sat Dec 5 

Here are some links to inspiration and information about this project.
Magic Flute Visual themes: Egyptian motifs, Temples, Pyramids, Gardens, Palm Trees, Rocky Landscape, Mountains, Fire, Water, Osiris, Isis, Snakes, Lions, Birds, Starry Sky. UMD Opera is  updating the setting to contemporary time: Sky scrapers, Night Club, Queen of the Night as a Drug Lord? Psychedelic patterns, Vegas?
Some cool versions to look at:

Blog Assignment : RiP! A Remix Manifesto

Fall 2015 / Digital Art Mixed-Media Classes

Online Assignment  for THURSDAY Sept 24

RiP! A Remix Manifesto (it’s about 86 minutes)

Please view full video online. Take notes on what you find most revealing or surprising about the contemporary practice of remix artists. Does the video raise issues about your own use of digital media… in your artwork or your life? How does the video relate to recent internet blackout/protest and SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) legislation? Do you side with the CopyLEFT or the CopyRIGHT?

RiP: A Remix Manifesto from Laurent LaSalle on Vimeo. your comments (about 150 words). We will discuss in class the following week.

FISHNETSTOCKINGS > Installation in Bergen Norway


FISHNETSTOCKINGS is an interactive installation created by digital artist Joellyn Rock, computer scientist Pete Willemsen, visual artist Alison Aune, and a crew of collaborators. The participatory space allows the audience to dive in and make virtual waves inside this alt version of a very old tale. A layered mix of digital video, text, silhouettes and cutout elements are motion activated with a combo of code, Processing and Kinect.