CURRENTS NEW MEDIA 2018

June 8-24, 2018

Talk / David Familian on Frederick Hammersley

David Familian on Frederick Hammersley
Saturday June 16 1 – 2:30pm
Location: New Mexico Museum of Art, St Francis Auditorium / 107 W. Palace Ave, Santa Fe

In conjunction with the Currents New Media festival the Museum of Art will present a lecture by artist and curator David Familian regarding exhibtions that include both computational and traditional media. His recent exhibition Drawn from a Score included Fredrick Hammersley computer drawings from the late 1960s.  Familian will address Hammersley’s early engagement with electronic art as well as the current state of the art for artists working with technology.  David Familian has been the Artistic Director of the Beall Center for Art and Technology at UC Irvine for the last 12 years.


David Familian began working at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in 2005 and was appointed as Associate Director in April 2006. An artist and educator, he received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts in 1979 and his MFA from UCLA in 1986. For the past twenty years he taught studio art and critical theory in art schools and universities including Otis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Santa Clara University, San Francisco Art Institute and U.C. Irvine. He currently teaches the Beall Center’s Digital Arts Exhibition course at UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Although David began his career as a photographer, since 1990 new media has become integral to his own artistic practice and his work as a web producer and technical advisor for individual artists, museums and universities such as Walker Art Center, University of Minnesota and the Orange County Museum of Art.  David has curated and organized the majority of exhibitions at the Beall Center.  In 2013 he premiered Echo and Narcissus a new sound video installation with interactive elements at the Art/Sci Gallery at UCLA. David developed the Black Box Projects Initiative at the Beall Center and meets regularly with artists as well as technologists and scientists to collaborate on new projects.

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