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Joseph Nechvatal
After completing my Ph.D. at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, I now teach a course in theories of Virtual Reality at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Presently I am looking to augment this activity with guest lecture slots based on my Ph.D. dissertation "Immersive Ideals / Critical Distances : A Study of the Affinity Between Artistic Ideologies Based in Virtual Reality and Previous Immersive Idioms". This dissertation was written in candidacy for the Ph.D. at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA), University of Wales College, Newport, Wales, U.K. My research into Virtual Reality technology - and its central property of immersion - has indicated that immersion in Virtual Reality electronic systems is a significant key to the understanding of contemporary culture as well as considerable aspects of previous cultures as detected in the histories of philosophy and the visual arts. The introduction to the thesis, entitled "Frame and Excess", can be read on-line at:
I hope that you find it of interest and that I might deliver a workshop based on my research at your institution.
Best Regards,
Dr. Joseph Nechvatal
143 Ludlow Street (14)
New York, NY
10002 USA
114, Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris FRANCE

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Joseph Nechvatal has worked with ubiquitous electronic visual information and computer-robotics since 1986. His computer-robotic assisted paintings and computer animations are shown regularly in galleries and museums throughout the world. From 1991-3 he worked as artist-in-resident at the Louis Pasteur Atelier and the Saline Royale / Ledoux Foundation's computer lab in Arbois, France on 'The Computer Virus Project': an experiment with computer viruses as a creative stratagem. He has exhibited his work widely in Europe and the United States, both in private and public venues. He is collected by the Los Angeles County Museum, the Moderna Musset in Stockholm and The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. His work was included in Documenta VIII.
Dr. Nechvatal earned his Ph.D. in the philosophy of art and new technology as a doctoral fellow researcher with The Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts (CAiiA) Simultaneously, he served as Parisian editor for "RHIZOME INTERNET" between the years 1996-2001 and now writes regularly for "The THING", "NY ARTSMagazine" and "Zing Magazine"
Dr. Nechvatal served as conference coordinator for the 1st International CAiiA Research Conference entitled "CONSCIOUSNESS REFRAMED: Art and Consciousness in the Post-Biological Era" (1997); an international conference which looked at new developments in art, science, technology and consciousness which was held at the Centre for Advanced Inquiry in the Interactive Arts, University of Wales College, Newport, UK. He is a founder of the Tellus Audio Art Project. Dr. Nechvatal presently teaches in the MFA Department of Computer Art at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

You can now download a PDF "Immersive Ideals / Critical Distances : A Study of the Affinity Between Artistic Ideologies Based in Virtual Reality and Previous Immersive Idioms" at: if you wish.

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