15th – 19th November: Central Library
Time: 19:00 onwards
Migratory Cultures is a global, multidisciplinary, collaborative art project currently involving students, artists and professors from San José State University in the Bay Area, California, and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India. The project explores topics of migration, diaspora, flow and trace documented in communities and projected using video mapping techniques onto urban architecture. Migratory Cultures has exhibited extensively in the Bay Area and is currently working in Bangalore, India to connect regional experiences of immigration with stories from around the world. Currently, they are collecting, editing, and translating local stories of immigration in Hindi, Kannada, and English in Bangalore, India. Previous projections have been developed and presented in Watsonville, Oakland, San José and San Francisco, California. Imagery includes portraits of immigration stories as told by people representing 15 unique countries including: India, Mongolia, Russia, Mexico, Bosnia, Pakistan, Japan, Vietnam, Germany, Ethiopia, Mexico, Latin America, Yemen, Iran, and France.
G. Craig Hobbs
G. Craig Hobbs’ work explores the use of metadata, infrared computer vision, and open-source software for use in live cinema, locative media, video projection mapping and large-scale public art. Hobbs’ video projection mapping workshops involve collaboration with artists, students and communities working across cultures and borders. His recent collaborations combine workshop and skill-share peer-to-peer learning models to develop community-based public artworks which address issues of digital culture and globalization through video projection mapping. Hobbs produces large-scale public art, installations, and films. He received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts and his MFA from the Digital Arts and New Media program at University of California, Santa Cruz. He has served as a visiting professor at Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris and as researcher and lecturer at the University of California and California College of the Arts (CCA) in. Hobbs is currently Assistant Professor of Digital Media Art (DMA) and Director of the CADRE Media Lab at San José State University in California.
Robin Lasser is a Professor of Art at San Jose State University. She produces photographs, video, site-specific installations and public art dealing with environmental issues and social justice. Lasser often collaborates with other artists, writers, students, public agencies, community organizations, and international coalitions to produce public art and promote public dialogue. Recent international exhibitions include installations at museums such as: The Metenkov Museum of Photography, The Recoleta Cultural Center and The Caixa Cultural Center. Lasser has also participated in several international biennials. She has had her work displayed in national and international exhibitions like: Aronson Galleries – Parsons School of Design, Wave Hill Glyndor Gallery, County Museum of Art, the De Young Museum and the Exploratorium Observation Gallery, the Osaka World Trade Center Museum and the Academy of Film in Prague. Lasser is currently the US project lead and a participating artist in a cross-cultural art exchanges between Russia, Iran, India and the U.S.
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