Recess is a seminar series that seeks to connect individuals from
various fields with the public to facilitate learning, exchange and
creative action through conversation. Recess aims to provide an open
platform for play, agency and collective research outside the
classroom or institution. Ephemera from events, transcribed
conversations, and additional contributions will be made available
through a periodic PDF publication.

We invite you to join us for the first discussion of the seminar:

Recess 1: Built Relationships: Technology, Performance and Design
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
Art of This
3506 Nicollet Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55408-4558


Ceri Myers
Ceri Myers is a doctoral candidate in Art History at the University of
Minnesota, and this year has been an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellow
in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study. She earned her MA at
Bowling Green State University, where her thesis examined the work of
the French performance artist Orlan and its unique interaction with
the male gaze of Western art history. She is currently working on her
dissertation, “The Visible Posthuman: Envisioning Agency for the
Cybernetic Self in Digital Culture,” which examines works by artists
Orlan, Stelarc, Charlotte Davies, and Christa Sommerer and Laurent
Mignonneau. She uses these works of digital, bio-, and performance art
to trace interactions between art and science, organism and machine,
and self and other to explore the visual aspects of posthumanism.

Matt Olson
Matt Olson is co-founder of ROLU, rosenlof/lucas, ro/lu a design
studio located in Minneapolis that is focused on modern residential
landscape design and installation. Its practice also extends to
relational architectural projects, urban planning work and innovative
collaborative public art. Additionally, the studio is about to
release it’s first furniture projects. He also blogs about
architecture, art, design and culture at ROLU, keeps a photo blog of
the studio’s projects at ro/lu, and writes about art at the AIA-MN
blog Threshold. ROLU recently initiated an artist commission program
for contemporary artists and musicians.

Volkan Isler
Volkan Isler is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science
Department, and a resident fellow at the Institute on Environment at
the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a post-doctoral researcher at
CITRIS at UC Berkeley. He obtained his MSE and PhD degrees in Computer
and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. While at
Penn, he was a member of the GRASP Lab and the Theory Group. He
obtained his BS degree in Computer Engineering from Bogazici
University, Istanbul, Turkey. In 2008, he received the National
Science Foundation’s Young Investigator Award, CAREER. He is currently
co-chairing IEEE Society of Robotics and Automation’s Technical
Committee on Networked Robots. His research interests are in robotics,
sensor networks and computer vision.

Virtual Contributor:

David Horvitz
David Horvitz is an artist whose work adopts a nomadic personality,
shifting seamlessly between the Internet and the printed page, the
West Coast, East Coast, and beyond. He uses various strategies from
Pay-Pal to snail mail to engage individuals in relationships of mutual
exchange, where viewers become active agents, collaborators or even
patrons. Born in Los Angeles and currently based in New York, Horvitz
attended UC Riverside and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the
Arts, at Bard College. Select exhibitions include: No Soul For Sale,
2010, a commission by Rhizome, New York and the Tate Modern; London;
Session_ 7_Words, 2009, Am Nuden Da, London; The World is Flat, 2009,
Rhizome, New York; I Will Send You a Photograph of the Sky for Every
Day, 2008, Galerie West, Den Haag, Netherlands; One Size Fits All,
2008 Printed Matter, New York.


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