Monthly Archives: February 2011

Graduate Art Conference March 11-12

Art Center’s Graduate Art Department will host an international conference, Everything Is In Everything, on the work of Jacques Rancière March 11 and 12. The theme will focus on “aesthetic education,” a philosophical and political program first proposed by Friedrich Schiller in the last decade of the 18th century and the subject of Rancière’s recent innovative work on the relation between aesthetics and politics.

From his earliest work, the theme of education has been at the center of Rancière’s concerns. The questions forming the horizon of this conference are: What would it mean to propose a new “aesthetic education” of humanity today? How would the resurrection of this concept transform the current concepts of art, politics and pedagogy? To what extent is it necessary to return to the founding moments of aesthetic theory to re-articulate the relation between art and politics today?

Held at Art Center’s South Campus, the conference will bring together senior and junior scholars as well as internationally acclaimed artists working in the field of contemporary political and aesthetic theory.

The conference is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. For more information, including the conference schedule and list of participants, please visit

Focus Screening Saturday

Mike Ross

Broadcast Cinema student, filmmaker Steve Hwang, is bringing an interesting topic to the big screen: a feature-length documentary on professional gamer Mike Ross.

For Focus, Hwang followed Ross throughout 2010 as he travelled the country, competing in Street Fighter 4 contests and preparing for the big tournament.

The film premieres tomorrow evening at Hillside Campus. Admission is free, and you can RSVP here. Check out the trailer below.

3×3 Tonight!

Don’t miss tonight’s lecture, hosted by the Graphic Design Department: 3×3: Transmedia Design: Communication Design Across Space, Time and Behavior.

Hear from three pioneers who navigate uncharted communication design territory. They engage space through narrative environments, engage time through motion and behavior programming and engage language in traditional and interactive formats and combine all of this into compelling transmedia design.

Tonight’s lecture features:

Aaron Koblin, an artist specializing in data visualization. His work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation, and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Koblin is technology lead of Google’s Creative Lab in San Francisco, and shows work at international exhibitions and galleries.

Dan Goods, visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he has drilled a hole into a grain of sand, created installations out of aerogel, and is currently trying to put an object on a spacecraft going to Jupiter. In the evenings he works on commissions, such as eCloud.

Brad Bartlett, who earned his master’s degree in design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work at Cranbrook exploring the relationship of media and culture was presented at MIT and Fabrica of Benetton in Italy. He was selected as New Visual Artist by Print Magazine before establishing a small, multidisciplinary design studio in Los Angeles in 1999. In Art Center’s Graphic Design program, he teaches the wildly successful Typography 4: Transmedia studio.

The lecture, held in the L.A. Times Media Center, begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

3×3: Transmedia Design: Communication Design Across Space, Time and Behavior
Thursday, Feb. 24, 7-9 p.m.
L.A. Times Media Center

More From Meet the Presidents

Molano and Buchman

On Monday, Art Center Student Government (ACSG) hosted a “Meet the Presidents” event in the College’s cafeteria for Art Center students.

The event provided students an opportunity to hear directly from Art Center President Lorne Buchman and ACSG President Erik Molano on changes they could expect to see in the immediate future, and also offered a sneak preview of Art Center’s new strategic plan, which will be presented to the College’s Board of Trustees later today.

Today: Origins of the strategic plan, the Sinclaire Pavilion, and staying in touch with ACSG.

Lorne Buchman on the origins of the strategic plan:

“I came to Art Center 18 months ago and brought a central question to the community: What does a great art and design school of the 21st century need to be to serve its students, and provide the best education possible? Great institutions ask these kinds of questions. They ask them regularly, and they ask them rigorously.

“Asking this kind of question is how you stay responsive to a world that is changing and evolving. That applies to institutions as much as it applies to artists, designers and teachers. And that was the question that we went forward with.”

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Ducha Halo Up for Award: Vote Today!

The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)’s Open Minds video competition is now underway—and Art Center students Narbeh Dereghishian and Jessica Yeh need your vote!

The annual Open Minds contest features cutting-edge innovation by students from around the country.

This year, 15 teams have been selected to participate in the high-profile event, which involves an exhibition and video competition held in partnership with Inventors Digest.

Product Design student Dereghishian and Environmental Design student Yeh have been nominated for their Ducha Halo, a low-cost, portable shower designed in 2009’s Designmatters Safe Agua studio.

Check out their video, and vote for it, at the Inventors Digest site. Voting lasts through March 14. Winners will be announced March 26 at the Open Minds event, held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Good luck, Narbeh and Jessica!

Students Spend Presidents Day with the Presidents

ACSG President Erik Molano, left, and College president Lorne Buchman

Yesterday, Art Center Student Government (ACSG) hosted a “Meet the Presidents” event in the College’s cafeteria.

The event provided students an opportunity to hear directly from Art Center President Lorne Buchman and ACSG President Erik Molano on changes they could expect to see in the immediate future, and also offered them a sneak preview of Art Center’s new strategic plan, which will be presented to the College’s board of trustees later this week.

Over the next few days, we’ll provide highlights from the conversation.

Today: Lorne Buchman on changes at Art Center.

On funding scholarships and technology:

“Art Center delivers an education that is very expensive to deliver. It’s high in equipment, high in labor and there’s a lot of team teaching. The cost of educating each of you is actually greater than the tuition that is paid.

“A huge part of my job is to find the philanthropy and scholarships that are going to help with this, not only to cover the gap, but to be sensitive to the enormous financial commitment that you are making as students. I think about this all day. Sometimes I think about it all night.”

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Art Center Broadcast Cinema Students Win Big

Broadcast Cinema student Paul Linkogle has been selected to join the Blue Ribbon Panel for this year’s College Television Awards for his Johnson & Johnson spot seen below. Linkogle is also is a winner in the American Advertising Federation Los Angeles ADDY Awards competition.

Kevin Synder, another Broadcast Cinema student, has also won the American Advertising Federation Los Angeles ADDY Awards competition for his V8 spot:

Congrats, Paul and Kevin!

Readings and Screenings: Lies

Join the Graduate Media Design Department Saturday, Feb. 19, for Readings and Screenings: Lies, at South Campus.

This special evening features an eclectic group of designers, artists and writers for whom writing or other narrative forms operate in a critical dialogue with visual practice. A concluding discussion will be held with Leonardo Bravo of Big City Forum.

Presentations by:

  • Denise Gonzales Crisp, designer, writer
  • Zoe Crosher, artist
  • Alexandra Grant, artist
  • Michael Joyce, author
  • Tom Marble, architect, author
  • Michael Meredith/MOS, architect, filmmaker
  • Keith Mitnick, architect, author
  • Janet Sarbanes, author

Co-presented with Big City Forum

Exhibition: 6-10 p.m.
Readings and screenings: 7-9 p.m.

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Meet the Presidents This President’s Day

This President’s Day, the Art Center Student Government (ACSG) is giving Art Center students the chance to speak with two Art Center presidents—College president Lorne Buchman and ACSG president Erik Molano.

The event will present a forum for students to ask questions and discuss various issues, in addition to learning more about the future of the College.

See you there, students!

ACSG Meet the Presidents
Monday, Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Art Center Café
Hillside Campus

February Bulletin Is Here!

The February issue of Bulletin, Art Center’s monthly e-newsletter, has arrived!

This month’s issue features a q&a with faculty members (and spouses!) Krystina Castella and Brian Boyl, who talk about why they teach, how students have changed, and what it’s like working with one’s significant other.

You can read it here, and if you’re not receiving it, be sure to sign up for our mailing list.