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<nettime-ann> [event] [Berkeley] atc {AT} ucb: steve beck, wed, 1 mar 7:30pm


The Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium
of UC Berkeley's Center for New Media Presents:

>From Pre-Digital to Post Digital: Forty Years of Electronic Art
        Steve Beck, Artist and Designer, Berkeley

Wednesday, Mar 1, 7:30-9pm: UC Berkeley, 160 Kroeber Hall
All ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.

This presentation is dedicated to Nam June Paik, who passed on to that
great cathode ray tube in the sky on January 30, 2006, at the age of

Steve Beck postulates that we are entering a "post-digital" era in
which tools for image making, sound, music, and communications are
mature and ubiquitous. How do we use these tools wisely, and what
might be their implications and consequences? What becomes of visual
language, sensory and optimal perception? Will diffusion of analog
motifs result? For Beck, creative necessity propels artistic
realizations and explorations via hybrid electronic technologies.

Steve Beck's artistic and technical innovations in luminous, dynamic,
emitted light span his transformation from the analog world of the
1960's to today.  Beck's work has investigated visual tools and visual
language, archetypal modalities, internal imagery, spiritual
technology and compositional structures in video, music, animation,
light sculptures and games.

Beck will show examples from his body of work, ranging from early
electronic neon sculptures with the 1968 charter Chicago chapter of
Experiments in Art and Technology, to video compositions such as
"Union," an allegorical portrayal of internal bodily energies, and
performances of "Illuminated Music" created on his invention, the Beck
Direct Video Synthesizer. He'll also present studies of dynamic, magic
square color matrix sequencing in Video Weavings, analog video
fractals in a music video for Jimi Hendrix, Ambient Video sculptures
created in Japan, and recent HDTV "Solaris Series" Videon video
painting studies of real time variant, dynamic atmospheric optical
colorations of Pacific Coast sunsets and sunrises.


Steve Beck's ongoing investigations in electronic art blend video,
light, music, sculpture, engineering and composition in evolving
permutations and cinematic visual probes.  His work has been shown in
The American Century Centennial and other exhibitions at The Whitney
Museum, shown as part of the video collection of The Museum of Modern
Art, New York, and has also been exhibited in Japan, Italy, Germany,
Caracas, Zagreb, Mexico, New York and San Francisco in public museums,
galleries, theaters and private collections. Beck's video synthesis
compositions have been internationally broadcast on PBS, RAI, BBC,
WDR, NHK, CBC and other TV networks.

Beck's "Illuminated Music" video performance was most recently
exhibited at the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and the Los Angeles MOCA
in "Visual Music" (2005) and at the Pompidou Center, Paris, in "Son e
Lumiere" (2004). He was part of the "Videospace" retrospective of the
PBS National Center for Experiments in Television, curated by Steve
Seid at the Berkeley Art Museum (2000).

He is a currently a Visiting Fellow and Distinguished Mackay Lecturer
in the College of Engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

ATC Primary Sponsors: UC Berkeley Center for New Media (CNM) and
Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Society (CITRIS)

Additional ATC Sponsors: Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and
Provost, College of Engineering Interdisciplinary Studies Program,
Consortium for the Arts, Intel Research, BAM/PFA, and the Townsend
Center for the Humanities.

ATC Director: Ken Goldberg
ATC Associate Director: Greg Niemeyer
ATC Assistant: Irene Chien
Curated with ATC Advisory Board

For updated information, please see: http://atc.berkeley.edu/

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