ART, WAR AND THE CLUSTER PROJECT
Hosted by Visual Arts
Thursday, February 19 | 5:30 p.m.
Artist's Talk by BOB PARIS, Associate Professor, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Public Policy Bldg., Room 105
THE CLUSTER PROJECT: http://theclusterproject.com/
Bob Paris, director of The Cluster Project, presents a tour of the project's online multimedia works on weapons, war, civilian casualties and pop culture. Created in collaboration with a variety of artists, these videos, animations, illustrations, performances, interventions, and data-flow programming works straddle the line between comic and tragic, surreal and concrete, in an effort to engage with an alienated and entertainment-drenched populace. Paris will discuss the ongoing struggle of creating provocative work about violence in a nation that has been engaged in war, with little pause, for more than 70 years.
ABOUT THE ARTIST -
Bob Paris’ electronic art has screened at venues around the world including the Whitney Biennial, the Image Forum Festival in Tokyo and the Rencontres Internationales in Paris and Berlin. He currently directs The Cluster Project, an ongoing web gallery and blog. In 2015 Paris will launch online the Disturbance Cycle, a series of works that resurrect scenes from the TV coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots to explore spectacle, social disaster, and historical amnesia. Paris was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and received a master’s degree at its Graduate School of Journalism. He is currently an associate professor in Kinetic Imaging at VCU’s School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia, where he teaches socially engaged media and video production.