Michael Naimark (US)


Saturday May 24 - 9:00
Espace SAT
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Michael Naimark (US)


A conference by Michael Naimark (MIT Media Lab) on the theme "Creation and Initiatives", Saturday, May 24 from 9 to 12 am along side panelists Ed Lantz (US), Marion Carassou-Maillan - VJ Ma" (CA), Joanie Lemercier (FR), Kate McCallum (US), Martin Kusch (AT), Naut Humon (US), VJ Spetto (BR).

Continue de discussion at : platoreso.sat.qc.ca


Michael Naimark is a media artist and researcher who often explores “place representation” and its impact on culture. He is noted in the Computer History Museum’s account on Street View; the Wikipedia entries on Projection Mapping, Virtual Reality, and New Media Art; and a short vision essay of his ranks #1 (of over 1 billion results) on Google searches for live global video. Naimark helped found several research labs including the Atari Research (1982), the Apple Multimedia Lab (1987), and Interval Research Corporation (1992).

His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the ZKM | Center for Arts and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. His large-scale installations include projected living rooms spray painted white and stereo-panoramic rooms with rotating floors. Michael has recently served as faculty at USC Cinemas’ Interactive Media Division (2004-09), NYU Arts’ Interactive Telecommunications Program (2009-13), and the MIT Media Lab (2011-14).



Ed Lantz (US)


Ed Lantz is an entertainment technology engineer, social entrepreneur, immersive experience designer and pioneer of large-format digital cinema. He left aerospace engineering in 1990 to transform old-style planetariums into immersive visualization environments, designing over a dozen dome theaters worldwide including the Library of Alexandria in Egypt and Papalote Museo in Mexico City.

His company, Vortex Immersion Media, produces immersive and interactive experiences for Fortune 500 brands including Condé Nast, EMC2, Microsoft, Nestle, NFL, Nike, Nokia and Sprint. His company also operates the Vortex Dome, the first commercial immersive media production studio and events venue located in downtown Los Angeles.


Joanie Lemercier (FR)


French visual artist Joanie Lemercier has a background in graphic design and first began experimenting with video projection as a VJ at clubs and festivals around Europe. Shortly after relocating to Bristol, UK in 2005, he began a series of experiments and studies exploring light and form: projections onto transparent materials, mapping onto 3d objects, stereoscopy, and other investigations into the aesthetic potential of geometry and light.

With three other visual artists from Europe, Joanie created the visual label AntiVJ in 2008 to produce and develop audio­visual projects, installations, architectural mappings and stage design. Projects from the label have since then been presented all over Europe, in Russia, Canada, USA, Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, China and New Zealand in venues such as the Centre Pompidou (FR).


Kate McCallum (US)


Kate McCallum is a multi-facted producer, writer, and transmedia consultant passionate about storytelling, creativity, innovation, consciousness, media and the arts and their effect on culture and society. She has had experience working alongside some of the top creative talent in the world in the creative arts and entertainment industries for over 30 years, 20 of which were spent at Universal Studios and Paramount. Her diverse experience has given her the ability to approach projects from a unique perspective which optomizes the full value of a story world and or intellectual property.

She currently is involved in developing and producing 360 fulldome content and immersive entertainment experiences along with a variety of arts and entertainment content under her company Bridge Arts Media, LLC with Vortex Immersion Media. Kate is also a novice futurist and serves as the Chair of the Arts and Media Node for a global futurist think tank, The Millennium Project.


Martin Kusch (AT)


Martin Kusch is a visual media artist who lives and works in Montreal, Berlin, and Vienna. He studied art history, philosophy and painting in Berlin, and media arts with Peter Weibel at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he has also been teaching since 1997. Founder and artistic co-director of the Media performance group kondition pluriel, he is particularly interested in the transformation processes of the electronic media inside performative contexts, and on how digital technologies influence our perception of the body and space.

His works have been presented at numerous festivals and institutions, such as: Ars Electronica (Linz), ISEA (Nagoya, Helsinki and Essen), Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie – ZKM (Karlsruhe), Transmediale (Berlin), CYNETart (Dresden), Experimental Performing Arts Centre – EMPAC (Troy), Le Centre des arts d'Enghien les bains (Enghien), the Mois Multi (Quebec City) and the Museumsquartier Wien (Vienna).


Naut Humon (US)


Naut Humon is known as a founding member of the experimental music ensemble Rhythm & Noise, who released two albums through Ralph Records. He serves on the Digital Musics jury of the Ars Electronica festival in Linz, Austria every year and is the founder of Recombinant Media Labs and was head of A&R for Asphodel Records, both based in San Francisco.

Naut Humon has been the director of international operations for RML, Asphodel Records, and AV curator for select portions of the annual ARS Electronica Festival in Austria. For several decades, he's experimented with a wide range of audience mobilization and extreme environments to build bridges between audio and visual experiences.


VJ Spetto (BR)


VJ SPETTO is a pioneer of the VJ genre in Brazil and a specialist in 3D projection mapping, VJing, Video Performance and Interactive installations. Over the past 20 years he has performed in all major cities in Brazil and all over the world. He became one of the most acclaimed artists in Brazil and as a curator he has created and organized the festivals: VJ Torna Brasil, Performa Paço, Johnny Walker Red Mix and Dialectos Digitales (Bolivia).

VJ Spetto and VJ Zaz have created VJ UNIVERSITY which is a nomad teaching platform for digital artists. Together they are also responsible for the coordination of the “UNITED VJs” – internationally recognised in VJ, Video Mapping, Stage Design and Fulldome. They have teamed up with VJ Roger S. and developed the "Blendy Dome VJ" which is a realtime dome master slicer designed for dome mapping and realtime fulldome VJing, played by through Syphon up to 6 projectors around the dome.


Marion Carassou-Maillan - VJ Ma" (CA)


Ma” Carassou-Maillan is involved since 2003 in the fields of video, numeric and electronic arts festivals, and in the VJ community. After creating the first VJ artist residency in France in 2005, she starts trying to unite the Montreal creative community to come together and consolidate itself around the practices of VJing and contemporary visual art making. For a couple of years now, Ma’’ has been a curator for different festivals, like Mutek and Igloofest, who use performative visual art as an important portion of their event.

Ma’’ is a VJ herself, she plays around with the projected light of geometrical shapes, of materials, and superposition, in a minimalist and organic world that captures the audience. Her video set follows the music’s rhythm like a transient video painting.