Digital Artist Paul Kaiser to Present Work at Yale

Yale University’s Digital Media Center for the Arts (DMCA) will host renowned digital artist Paul Kaiser in a presentation of his multimedia work “Evoking Body and Mind” on December 6.

The work explores Kaiser’s collaborations in virtual dance and motion-capture with choreographers Merce Cunningham, William Forsythe and Bill T. Jones, as well as his evocations of the mental spaces of learning-disabled children, of famed theater artist Robert Wilson and of the artist himself.

Kaiser will also preview his forthcoming works “Blind side,” an installation for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and “Pedestrian,” a public art installation created in collaboration with Michael Girard, Susan Amkrau and Shelley Eshka.

Kaiser’s work has been exhibited at Lincoln Center, MASS MoCA, the Barbican Center of London, the Pompidou Center of Paris, SIGGRAPH, the Wexner Center for the Arts and many other venues. His early work (1975-81) was in experimental filmmaking and voice audiotapes. He then spent ten years teaching students with severe learning disabilities, collaborating with them to make multimedia depictions of their own minds. This work earned him a ComputerWorld/Smithsonian Award in 1991. In 1996 he became the first interactive artist to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship.

In 1998 and 1999 Kaiser created the virtual dances, “Hand-drawn Spaces” and “BIPED,” with Merce Cunningham and Shelley Eshkar, and “Ghostcatching,” with Bill T. Jones and Shelley Eshkar. Recent solo works include “Flicker-track” and “Verge.” Kaiser also teaches a class on digital film at Wesleyan University.

Kaiser is a featured presenter of the Digital Media Center’s Electronic Currents Lecture Series. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m., in Hastings Hall in the A & A Building, 180 York Street.

The presentation will be followed by a reception in the Architecture Gallery.

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Dorie Baker: dorie.baker@yale.edu, 203-432-1345