Please join us in this screening and presentation by Christopher Manzione.
About Christopher Manzione:
Christopher Manzione is an American artist who ran the Virtual Public Art Project (10’), an organization that used augmented reality to produce original artist works in public space. His most recent project Activatar (18) app hosts a range of new media artists projects through monthly shows via a free app. Manzione’s work also includes sculpture, installation, virtual reality, 3D printing and performance; most recently he presented the virtual reality artwork World and Place Evaporating as part of the Moving Image Art Fair (17) along with curating and showing in Space Between the Skies at Apex Art (16). In addition he has received a 2014 Fellowship through Franconia Sculpture, he was a 2013 Fellow for New Jersey State Council on the Arts, artist-in-residence at William Paterson University’s Center for Computer Art and Animation (11), Socrates Sculpture Park (Emerging Artist Fellowship, 2010). He has shown nationally and internationally at venues such as the Boston ICA, Abington Arts Center, Kim? Art Center in Riga, Alt Art Space in Istanbul, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the Surry Hills Festival in Melbourne, and Gurzenich Koln Museum in Cologne. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Visual Arts and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
About Scenes and Screens 2019:
SAS2019 is an all-in-VR arts, education, and technology event that provides contemporary artists and critical thinkers a platform to showcase their work, inspire international collaboration and meaningful discourse with a global audience.
Speculative Realities encourages artists and scholars to consider virtual realms at a philosophical level. The subtopics that have emerged from these ideas allow for a wider interpretation and discourse that challenge our current notions of reality while also promoting the innovative use of social VR within art and media.
As an example, virtual spaces create very real experiences despite their ephemeral qualities. Those spaces are alive and eerily unchanging despite their age, the only changes occurring when they are manipulated, deleted, or lost.
Alternatively, our relationship with virtual spaces and with each other are constantly evolving as new features and technologies are added to our proverbial tool set. Those that have found residence in these spaces, whether content creators or not, have found a way to make this experience work for them spiritually.