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Department of Art – Visiting Artist Lecture Series, Chris Coleman- “Emerging Terrains”

“I believe in using art to create disruptions from daily life. Sometimes these disruptions are subtle, and sometimes enveloping. My art is always looking outward, unearthing the problematic and seeking possible pathways for positive forward movement. The question becomes how do I apply my digital media creation, creative coding, mechanical engineering, and sculptural skills towards answering challenges we face? How do the outcomes interrogate big picture perspectives and offer ways forward that are on some level practical? These are the challenges of the Critical Arts Engineer. The Critical Arts Engineer must have a deep understanding of many technological tools and methods of making, combined with a very critical look at what those tools offer, how they shape what is produced, and how they convey particular concepts; the concepts themselves being critical looks at our world in structural, political, and systemic terms.” – Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman was born in West Virginia, and he received an MFA from SUNY Buffalo, New York. His work includes sculptures, videos, creative coding and interactive installations. Coleman has had his work in exhibitions and festivals in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, Finland, the U.A.E., Italy, Germany, France, China, the UK, Latvia, and across North America. His open source software project developed with Ali Momeni, called Maxuino, has been downloaded more than 50,000 times by users in over 120 countries and is used globally in physical computing classrooms. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado and is an Associate Professor and the Director of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.

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