|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: http://www.dom.de/groebel/jnech/ideals.htm
I hope that you find it of interest and that I might deliver a workshop
based on my research at your institution.
Dr. Joseph Nechvatal
143 Ludlow Street (14)
New York, NY
114, Rue de Vaugirard
75006 Paris FRANCE
Homepage - http://www.nechvatal.net
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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) http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/ideals.htm.
Simultaneously, he served as Parisian editor for "RHIZOME INTERNET" http://www.rhizome.org between the years 1996-2001 and now writes regularly for "The THING" http://www.thing.net, "NY
ARTSMagazine" http://www.nyartsmagazine.com and "Zing Magazine" http://www.zingmagazine.com/.
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
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: http://www.eyewithwings.net/nechvatal/ideals.htm if you wish.
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