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Saturday, May 7 • 10:15am - 10:30am
Cogency in the Imaginarium | What A Picture Is Worth

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An artist's talk on the ways information processing and dream vision simultaneously inform her transmedia arts practice.

Gannis finds inspiration in art history, technology, science, theory, and speculative fiction, and she has expressed her ideas across media, including digital painting, animation, 3D printing, drawing, video projection, interactive installation, performance, and net art. On a conceptual and technical level the tableaus she produces consist of fragments that are reassembled at oblique angles to their original context — mixing the language of Bosch with the language of Emoji (and the language of Carla Gannis) for example, or combining Photoshop® and Maya® with (H)and(D)rawing® and (P)ainting®. Her thoughts, embodied irl and url, are not meant to convey logical conclusions nor to allow for easy categorization.

In a culture where more and more of our identities are expressed as logical data sets that form patterns, easily analyzed and graphed, Gannis endeavors to disrupt pure algorithmic analysis through intuitive observations of 21st century culture. She invites viewers/users/collaborators to experience idiosyncratic artistic domains, where pop culture, social commentary, historical appropriation, and future vision collide.

Making "pictures" is an atavistic tendency. Gannis will discuss how she performs picture making, with and in relationship to technology and a more accessible collective conscious.

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Carla Gannis

Artist/Prof/Asst Chair, Pratt Institute Dept of Digital Arts
Carla Gannis identifies as a visual storyteller. With the use of 21st Century representational technologies she narrates through a “digital looking glass” where reflections on power, sexuality, marginalization, and agency often emerge. She is fascinated by digital semiotics and the situation of identity in the blurring contexts of technological virtuality and biological reality. Since 2003 Gannis’s work has appeared in over 20 solo... Read More →



Saturday May 7, 2016 10:15am - 10:30am
Clemente Center 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY 10002

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