Life on Pluto

Life on Pluto

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Guangyu Wu, Seen/Not Seen, 2018. Installation. 

May 21, 2018
Life on Pluto
MFA Computer Arts thesis exhibition
May 29–June 16, 2018
Opening: June 7, 6–8pm
SVA Chelsea Gallery
601 West 26th Street, 15th floor
New York, NY 10001
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School of Visual Arts presents Life on Pluto, featuring selected thesis projects of the MFA Computer Arts class of 2018. Curated by Lotte Marie Allen, project coordinator, and Angelica Vergel, assistant to the chair, the exhibition is on view from Tuesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 16, at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor.

Life on Pluto explores the different themes and media of digital art. “In this annual event, MFA Computer Arts graduating students showcase not only their thesis projects, but also how they envision the future of art-making,” Allen and Vergel say. “The thesis exhibition is both an end and a beginning for our students,” says Terrence Masson, chair of MFA Computer Arts. “Regardless of the media and format of their work, their learning process has instilled a new, deep-rooted sense of excitement and possibility for their lives and careers after graduation.”

Work on view includes Seen/Not Seen, a light and sound interactive video installation by Guangyu Wu that focuses on the relationship between the visible and the invisible as part of life’s cycle; Data Decay, an experimental animation and installation by Tynan Humphrey that investigates the existential value of what we leave behind; and Fun to Cook “World’s Best Food”, an innovative film by Dongjun Kim exploring extraterrestrial cuisine.

The MFA Computer Arts program at SVA emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style through a course of study that is individually tailored to meet his or her needs. Students come from around the world tostudy in this two-year, 60-credit MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with nine Student Academy Awards. For more information, visit

The SVA Chelsea Gallery, located at 601 West 26th Street, 15th floor, is open Monday through Saturday, 10am–6pm. Starting on Friday, June 1, the Gallery will close at 4pm on Fridays. It is fully accessible by wheelchair.

School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers and creative professionals for seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising more than 6,000 students at its Manhattan campus and 35,000 alumni in 100 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For information about the College’s 32 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, visit

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