YLEM blog A listing of events and news of YLEM and its members

August 9, 2008

Member Events: Michael Wright in Second Life

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 5:43 pm
Torrey views Michael Wrights art in Second Life

Torrey views Michael Wright's art in Second Life

Michael Wright is featured in a one person exhibition on the LearningTimes Squirrel Island in the virtual world Second Life opening Aug 1 2008. The exhibit which will remain up for several months consists of real life works that have been upload to the virtual environment and displayed in two different galleries on the island. Dome West 15,166,22 and Tail Gallery 169,213,28. If you use Second Life, click here to visit his work.

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Michael Wright is a painter who began to explore Digital Media in the mid 1980s on an Amiga computer. He exhibited his first Digital Prints in 1989. He has exhibited digital and traditional works on a national & international level over the past 38 years. He is currently exploring art and art education in virtual worlds.

Wright’s digital work is represented in “The Art of the Digital Age” my Bruce Wands, “Going Digital”  by Joseph Nalven and JD Jarvis, “Computer Graphics World” ’25 year Retrospective of Digital Art” in its January 2002 issue and in  the magazine’s “Portfolio” section of the November, 2001, issue. The article was called “Pixel Perfect: Michael Wright”. Wright is profiled in “Computer Graphics Companion” edited by Jeffrey McConnell Anthony Ralston and Edwin Reilly. His work also appears  in  “The Computer in the Visual Arts” by Anne Morgan Spalter of Brown University, published by Addison Wesley and is also published in Linda Jacob’s seminal book, “CyberArts: Exploring Art & Technology”. He and his work have been featured in Wired, Micro Publishing News, Computer Graphics & Applications and Agent X, Television Tokyo. Wright’s digital prints are in the collection of the State Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London UK, the repository for British art book & print collections.

Wright is a professor in the Digital Media and Liberal Studies Programs at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. He is  a member of SIGGRAPH, YLEM,  ASCI,  ACM and the Los Angeles Printmaking Society.   He is the recipient of the Otis Award of Excellence in Arts Education and served as Art Gallery Chair for ACM SIGGRAPH 2003 in San Diego California. He was a guest artist at the SIGGRAPH 2004 & 2005 conferences in Los Angeles where he created the “Portrait Virus” at the SIGGRAPH Guerilla Studio. Wright was one of six resident artists invited to SIGGRAPH’S first Artists in Residence Program at SIGGRAPH 2007, in San Diego.  Wright as also curated into the SIGGRAPH international exhibition “Global Eyes.”

August 6, 2008

Member Events: Power to the People – Robots and Representational Democracy

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 1:01 am


Is there decision-making strength in numbers? Professor Ken Goldberg, of UC Berkeley, and his students are looking into questions raised by robots and social networks – and working on a new class of interfaces and games based on networked robots and cameras that quantify a measure of ‘leadership’ to bring about group discovery and decision-making based on the power of crowds.

Ken will report on experiments and questions raised by robots and social networks, ranging from Ouija boards to human ‘tele-actors,’and tell a true story about how invasions of privacy led him and his students to study how robots can assist in monitoring the natural environment. Ken will describe a robotic system they’ve deployed to assist the search for the Ivory Billed Woodpecker, a bird of extreme interest to birdwatchers, ornithologists, and conservationists whose last confirmed sighting was in 1944. Ken will also describe the Berkeley Center for New Media, a highly cross-disciplinary center with over 110 affiliated faculty from 30 Cal Departments.

Date & Time: Monday, August 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Location: Atlas Cafe
3049 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Cost: Free.

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August 5, 2008

Member Events: Visual Music at Expressions Gallery – Sylvia Pengilly In Person

Filed under: Member Events — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:12 pm

Sylvia Pengilly's art

Expressions Gallery presents a personal appearance by distinguished video artist and electronic musician Sylvia Pengilly showing and talking about her abstract animations.

When: 7-9 pm, Saturday, August 16, 2008; Admission: Free
Where: Expressions Gallery
2035 Ashby Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 (near the Ashby BART Station)
Public Info: 510-644-4930, expressionsgallery@msn.com
Contact: Loren Means, lorenmea@pacbell.net

Sylvia Pengilly has always been fascinated by the correlation between what the ear hears and what the eye sees. Because of this, many of her works integrate both musical and visual elements. Mathematics and physics, including Chaos Theory, Quantum Mechanics, and Superstrings, are of particular interest, and frequently provide the basis for her works, which have been presented at several festivals, including many SEAMUS National Conferences, the “Not Still Art” Festival in New York, and ICMC. She is professor emeritus of the College of Music at Loyola University, New Orleans, where she taught theory and composition for many years, also founded and directed the electronic music composition studio.


  1. Elemental Chaos (6:10, 1992) an experimental video inspired by the mathematics of Chaos theory.
  2. DarkPlaces (7:00,1995) a video of a performance work in which the image of the performer/protagonist appears as a silhouette, sometimes stenciled from graphics, and at other times from videotape images.
  3. Patterns of Organic Energy (5:46, 2004) a music/video work in which the sounds used for the music were derived directly from keyframes of the video, thus creating an intimate link between video and audio.
  4. The Outer Edge of Possibility (11:10, 2005) a collaboration between Sylvia (video) and Michael Rhoades (music).
  5. Unperceived Dimensions (6:55, 2006). Just beyond our perception lie unperceived realms of both sight and sound.
  6. Release! (11:13, 2007). created by extracting visual segments of the waveforms, processing and animating them, then synchronizing them with the music they represent.

YLEM Journal: Autonomous Robots That Paint

Filed under: Journal — Torrey Nommesen @ 7:51 pm

Journal Issue 6, 2007

Robot Art: A New Kind of Art Leonel Moura
Chance in Robotic Painting: Max Chandler

Link past issues and pdf downloads

August 4, 2008

YLEM Journal Review in Leonardo

Filed under: Journal,News — Torrey Nommesen @ 8:54 pm

Leonardo on-line masthead

The YLEM Journal was reviewed in Leonardo’s on-line journal.
link to the review

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