SVA presents Viral Venture

SVA presents Viral Venture

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

February 2, 2011
SVA presents Viral Venture

Panel Discussion and Screening

Thursday, February 10, 7pm

SVA Theatre, School of Visual Arts
333 West 23 Street, New York City
Free and open to the public

Viral VentureViral VentureA Crimson Grail

About the Panelists

Joseph Nechvatal ( has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information, computers and computer robotics since 1986. In 2002 he extended his artistic research with viral form into the field of viral artificial life through his collaboration with the programmer Stéphane Sikora. Nechvatal is the author of Towards an Immersive Intelligence: Essays on the Work of Art in the Age of Computer Technology and Virtual Reality 1993 – 2006 (Edgewise Press, 2009).

Rhys Chatham ( is a composer, guitarist and trumpet player primarily active in avant-garde and minimalist music. He is best known for his “guitar orchestra” compositions. Born on September 19, 1952, in New York City, he has lived in France since 1987. A 200-guitar version of A Crimson Grail was performed at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival and recently released on the Nonesuch label.

Kathy Brew is an award-winning video maker whose experience spans independent documentaries to experimental work and public television productions.

She is also a curator/programmer who has worked with many artists at the intersection between media and art. Recent involvements include: Tribeca Film Institute’s Reframe Collection, Lincoln Center’s NY Video Festival, the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival, WNET’s independent series, Reel New York, and Thundergulch, the new media arts initiative of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She writes on media and contemporary art for catalogs and other publications, and has also taught at the New School, NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

About the School of Visual Arts

With an enrollment of more than 350, a faculty of approximately 100 active artists, critics and curators, and a distinguished roster of guest lecturers, the BFA Fine Arts Department at SVA offers direct and multifaceted engagement with the largest art community in the world. Launched in 2008 by Department Chair Suzanne Anker, the BFA Fine Arts Department’s digital initiative entails a significant expansion of the curriculum as well as facilities, with courses offered in Digital Sculpture: Designing the Future, Embroidery and the Digital Sewing Machine and Woodcut in the Digital Age. From coursework in anatomy, figure drawing and color theory, to interdisciplinary workshops in digital and photo-based media, the curriculum provides the broadest possible means of expression.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

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