Artist Talks: Next Topic with Paula Gaetano Adi

CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artists residency in Deep Ellum, has launched a bi-weekly talk series titled Next Topic. Each session features an artist and culminate with an in-depth discussions between artists, art enthusiasts, and art students and educators from across the Metroplex.

This fall, Next Topic will examine new media art.

Please join us this upcoming Thursday, Oct. 25 for a talk by new media artist Paula Gaetano Adi. Gaetano Adi is an artist and researcher working in sculpture, performance, interactive installation and robotic agents. Using the human and nonhuman body as a point of departure, her work deals with different cultural studies of technoscience, particularly in regard to human subjectivity and how they can be reflected through art. Gaetano Adi holds a MFA with emphasis in Arts & Technology from The Ohio State University. She is currently Assistant Professor of New Media in the University of North Texas – College of Visual Arts and Design.

Upcoming talks scheduled for this fall include:
  • Nov 8: Alejandro Borsani
  • Nov 29: Brittany Ransom
The CentralTrak gallery and residency are both located at 800 Exposition Ave. in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas. For more information, check the CentralTrak website or call (214) 824-9302. These events are free and open to the public.

CentralTrak Series to Bring Artists, Students Together for Talks

CentralTrak, UT Dallas’ artists residency and gallery in Deep Ellum, is launching a series of talks among artists, art enthusiasts, and art students and educators from across the Dallas area.

Not So Indifferent is a multi-media collaboration between Arts and Humanities faculty members Frank Dufour and Thomas Riccio.

This year’s series, which is titled Next Topic, will examine new digital media art. The series opens Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. with UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities professors Frank Dufour and Thomas Riccio. They will be discussing their collaborative multi-media exhibition Not So Indifferent, which is currently on display in the CentralTrak gallery. The exhibit combines digital media with site-specific design to create an existential drama – a performance that features the viewing public as lead actors in the projected video.

“The exhibit can be experienced as an interactive multimedia poem. A film is continuously read and analyzed by a program installed on three computers. Each computer generates sounds extracted from the film, or inspired by it, and displays images from a large database of clips that represent our collective visual and televisual memory,” said Dufour.

The bi-weekly art talks scheduled for this fall also include:

  • Oct 25: Paula Gaetano Adi, an artist and researcher working in sculpture, performance, interactive installation and robotic agents. Using the human and nonhuman body as a point of departure, her work deals with different cultural studies of technoscience, particularly in regard to human subjectivity and how they can be reflected through art. Gaetano Adi holds a master of fine arts (MFA) with emphasis in arts and technology from Ohio State University.
  • Nov 8: Alejandro Borsani,  a new media artist whose work explores the nature of perception and media representation. He holds a MFA in electronic arts from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and a MFA in electronic visualization from the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Nov 29: Brittany Ransom, an artist and educator working in interactive installations, electronic art objects, and site-specific interventions that probe the lines separating human, animal, and environmental relations while exploring emergent technologies. She received her MFA with a focus in new media arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

CentralTrak is located at 800 Exposition Ave. in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood near downtown Dallas. For more information, check the CentralTrak website or call (214) 824-9302. These events are free and open to the public.

ATEC Prof Stages Audiovisual Exhibit in France

‘Acoustic Shadows’ Installation Explores Movement of Silent Objects

With a new exhibition in France, Dr. Frank Dufour, assistant professor of sound design in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program, has officially gone global.

Acoustic Shadows: An Exploration of Sense of Space” is an experimental interactive sound installation Dufour created alongside wife Kristin Lee through the entity Agency 5970. The piece is currently on display at The Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dufour worked on the sound and music aspects, while his wife tackled the visual side.

Dr. Frank Dufour

Two ATEC graduate students have been working with the Dufours: PhD student Sherri Segovia as choreographer and graduate student Djakhangir Zakhidov as videographer.

Of the installation, Dufour said, “It is an immersive audiovisual environment that senses and responds to the presence and movements of the spectators on the basis of the concept of ‘Acoustic Shadows.’ ”

Dufour describes the latter as “the auditory perception of the movements of silent objects and bodies by means of the changes they cast on a background sound.”

Agence 5970

The installation was designed to exemplify the phenomenon and make it known to a wider audience.

“Exhibiting in France is great, but our ultimate goal is to present this work here in the U.S.,” Dufour acknowledged.

Dr. Dennis Kratz, dean of the School of Arts and Humanities at UT Dallas, said, “Professor Dufour’s ingenious and vital contribution to the marriage of technology and art is its focus on the artistic possibilities of sound in not only its most sophisticated, but also its most basic aspects.”

Double Exposure: Artist’s Work Shown in 2 Exhibits

ATEC Graduate Student Weaves Rich Creations of Color With Thread

Gabriel Dawe, a student in the Arts and Technology (ATEC) MFA program at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been busy. He is involved in two concurrent exhibitions in Dallas: a one-man show at Guerilla Arts, Plexus No. 3, and an installation, Plexus No. 4, at the Dallas Contemporary. Both are site-specific installations made from thread.

Plexus No. 3 by Gabriel Dawe is on display at the Guerilla Arts gallery.

Dawe explains, “These installations are about the human need to shelter from the elements. Architecture and fashion partly come from those needs. I am taking the main material clothes are made out of – thread – and making an architectural structure with it. By reversing material and scale, I ended up with something ethereal that speaks to the need for social structures that we require to survive as a species.”

His work can also be seen in the “Indig-nation” exhibition at UT Dallas in late October, as well as a group show in November at the Kellogg Gallery at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

He is an artist in residence at CentralTrak, and will have his MFA show there in April.

Plexus No. 4 (shown here in detail) is on display at the Dallas Contemporary museum.