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<nettime-ann> [event] atc {AT} ucb: michael rees, 15 mar, 7:30pm


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

Monsters and Programs and Other Beautiful Fictions
        Michael Rees, Digital Media Art and Sculpture, Rutgers Univ.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 7:30-9pm: UC Berkeley, 160 Kroeber Hall
All ATC Lectures are free and open to the public.

Michael Rees' conceptual art defies category, combining sculpture,
animation, performance, video, installation, and computer software
programs to express his interest in the body and its connection to
mind and spirit. Rees' work references surrealism and other movements
in art history, as well as western analytic science and eastern
metaphysics.  Rees is a self described "pataphysician", a maker of
imaginary solutions and an investigator of the truth of contradictions
and exceptions.

Rees will present recent works and the conceptual framework
surrounding his investigation of mind, body and spirit. The "body"
refers to his Monster Series and its attendant animations. These are
concerned with the manipulated body and with multiple consciousness
folded into an animate constructed body. The "mind" refers to his
Sculptural User Interface with its parallel attendance to tendencies
in conceptual art and computer science (the readymade, an extension of
Joseph Beuys' notion of social sculpture and open source software as a
"ready made made ready".) And finally the "spirit": Rees' Ajna Series
is a conflation of western analytic science and eastern metaphysics
with a special blend of surrealism from Bataille's Visions of Excess.



Michael Rees is professor of Sculpture at the Mason Gross School of
Art, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.  His work traverses a
broad range of activities and efforts.  He has twice shown at the
Whitney Museum and has had many exhibitions in the United States,
Germany, Turkey, and Spain.  His work has been exhibited in New York
galleries and in private and public collections throughout the United
States. Rees has an enormous appetite for working in a broad continuum
of sculptural practice.

Rees' first solo show in New York at 303 Gallery had a desultory feel
built from of clay and plaster, wire, steel studs, and other common
materials. With each show, Rees' work continued to evolve consistently
employing unusual manufacturing techniques and significant conceptual
rigor.  He has had solo shows at Basilico Fine Arts, Gorney Bravin and
Lee, Universal Concepts Unlimited and Bitforms Gallery. He is
represented by Steve Sacks in New York.  Recently he installed a
permanent public installation In Kansas City, MO for the Kemper Museum
of Contemporary Art. In 2004-2005 he has exhibited major pieces at the
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT (curated by
Richard Klein); the MARTa Museum in Herford, Germany (curated by Jan
Hoet); and the Decordova Museum in Lincoln, Ma (curated by George

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

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