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In conjunction with the landmark Pacific Standard Time exhibition Collaboration Labs: Southern California Artists and the Artists Space Movement, artist-run production company EZTV presents
HISTORY IS THE ART OF FORGETTING–Wed, Nov 30, 2011, 8 pm
RARE SCREENINGS OF WORKS BY DR. TIMOTHY LEARY, VERTICAL BLANKING, TRANSHUMANISM AND LA DIGILANTES
Hosted by EZTV Director Michael Masucci with special guest Michael Wright, the final night in a series of presentations that includes a high-profile roster of seminal artists who broke boundaries and created new forms in media art, takes a look back at EZTV’s CyberSpace Gallery, one of the world’s first galleries dedicated to computer art. CyberSpace co-founder Masucci and LA Digilantes co-founder Wright will discuss the artists and events that surrounded the creation of the gallery. The evening also features the debut of a new video art piece by Esther Kiss as well as the rarely seen Outside Looking In–One Last Visit with Timothy. Produced by Masuci, Natasha Nita-More and members of EZTV, Outside Looking In is among the very last video interviews
Michael Wright graduated from the University of Washington and began to explore new media in the mid-1980s on an Amiga computer. His paintings are represented in “Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of Digital Printmaking in America” by Patric Prince for Art Journal, published by the College Art Association, “The Art of the Digital Age” by Bruce Wands, “Going Digital” by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, “Computer Graphics World: 25 year Retrospective of Digital Art” in its January 2002 issue and in the magazine’s “Portfolio” section in the November 2001, issue. Wright was profiled in Computer Graphics Companion edited by Jeffrey McConnell, Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly, and also appears in The Computer in the Visual Arts by Anne Morgan Spalter and in Linda Jacob’s seminal book, CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology.
Wright’s prints are in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Wright is a professor in the Digital Media Program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He served as the art gallery chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. Wright was part of SIGGRAPH’S first artists-in-residence program at SIGGRAPH 2007 and was included in the SIGGRAPH international exhibition Global Eyes.