Department of Media Study News & Events

PLAY/SHARE BUFFALO informational meeting

play/share buffalo informational meeting
Thursday, April 1, 2010, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

@ Burchfield Penney Art Center — 2nd floor conference room
1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

play/share buffalo is a pervasive game to be played between the real streets of Buffalo and a fantastic alternative-history city. It is also an outreach project for Alternating Currents, the 2010 Beyond/In Western New York Exhibition. play/share buffalo is looking for people to imagine and design play/shares (missions for the game).

We’re looking for all kinds of people from a variety of disciplines — students, professionals, artists, engineers, actors, and dreamers — who are interested in designing missions that are Buffalo site-specific. You’re invited to use mobile phones, Twitter, video, puzzles, GPS, humor, theater, computer vision, sound, and audience involvement to help imagine an alternate history of Buffalo, while getting players out into the city to the many “Alternating Currents” locations.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to design a puzzle for the game, we are holding a general information meeting. We hope you’ll join us to learn more about how you can play with us!

play/share buffalo is a collaboration of the University at Buffalo’s Intermedia Performance Studio and Beyond/In Western New York 2010.

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If you have questions or want more information, please contact Cayden Mak:

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Food & Emerging Media Speaker Series continues April 1st

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The Food and Emerging Media Speaker Series is picking back up with a talk by Eyebeam Executive Director Amanda McDonald Crowley on THURSDAY, APRIL 1st at 7 pm at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The talk is free and open to the public – please help spread the word!!! Crowley’s talk is entitled:


Amanda will speak about Eyebeam’s Food and Technology Research Group, an initiative for media artists, cooks, environmentalists and food activists to embrace technological innovation and environmental, sustainable and regenerative concerns consistent with green and open source ventures and sustainability.

Hope to see you all there! See the full schedule here.

Amanda McDonald Crowley is Executive Director at Eyebeam in New York. She is a cultural worker, curator and facilitator who specialises in creating new media and contemporary art events and programs that encourage cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and exchange. Amanda was executive producer for ISEA2004, the International Symposium for Electronic Arts 2004, held in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland, and on a cruiser ferry in the Baltic sea. She was Associate Director, Adelaide Festival 2002 cont’d…

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RON DOUGLAS’ “Unseen Tears” to Screen At Suny Wide Film Festival

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MFA candidate Ron Douglas’ documentary, Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools in Western New York, has been selected to screen as part of the SUNY Wide Film Festival on Friday, April 16th. Everyone is welcome to come.  

For a full schedule of the SUNY-Wide festival:

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FRAMPTONIA! – David Gatten on THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE from Ekrem Serdar on Vimeo.

Remember FRAMPTONIA? Here is filmmaker David Gatten introducing his film series THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE DIVIDING LINE, along with a post-screening Q and A! Introducing Gatten is fellow filmmaker Scott J. Puccio.

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BLOOM & BEAM: YVONNE FULMORE’s thesis showing April 9, 2010

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A One-Day Master of Fine Arts Thesis Showing by Yvonne Fulmore
“Bloom and Beam: An Educational, Animated, Interactive Narrative”

Friday, April 9, 2010
Sugar City Arts Collaborative
19 Wadsworth Street || Buffalo, NY 14201
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Free Admission

Using Media Arts to Add Simplicity and Fun to the College Application Process.

Bloom and Beam is a media project that aspires to familiarize high school students with the college application calendar and alleviate some of the stress related to preparing a college application for the first time.

Bloom and Beam will be shown to the public for one day, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 9th, 2010 at Sugar City Arts Collaborative. The showing will include an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. and light refreshments. All ages are welcome.

Originally from Rockaway Beach, New York and with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Arts and Sciences from Wellesley College, media artist Yvonne Fulmore is currently a Master of Fine Arts student at the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study. Her interest in crafting stories and creating art with educational content has led her to create Bloom and Beam, her first educational media project.

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MARK SHEPARD on “Networked Publics: Place” panel 3/25/2010


The Network Architecture Lab continues “Discussions on Networked Publics,” a series of panels examining how technology and social changes are transforming the public realm, held at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation’s [GSAPP’s] Studio-X Soho Facility, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York City.

The second panel, on “place” will occur on March 25 at 6:30 pm.

The panelists are:

Amanda McDonald Crowley (Executive Director of Eyebeam Art + Technology Center)

Douglas Gauthier (GSAPP faculty, architect and principal of Gauthier Associates)

Christina Ray (artist, curator, co-founder of Conflux Festival)

Mark Shepard (University at Buffalo faculty, architect, artist, curator)

Kevin Slavin (game designer, co-founder Area/Code)

Tim Ventimiglia (architect and museum designer, associate at Ralph Applebaum Associates)

Kazys Varnelis, director of GSAPP’s Network Architecture Lab will moderate.

“Discussions on Networked Publics” extends the analysis of contemporary culture in the book Networked Publics, published in 2008 by the MIT Press and edited by Netlab Director Kazys Varnelis. More on the book at Copies of the book will be for sale at the event.

The event will be broadcast live worldwide via at

Viewers who can’t make it in person are encouraged to submit questions and comments live during the show to @Columbia_Netlab on Twitter.

Video from the event will be archived on Vimeo and iTunes.

more info….

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RUST BELT REELS: A Night of Short Films by Women

The UB Gender Institute is proud to present
the 14th Annual International Women’s Film Festival


Thursday, March 25, 2010
7:00pm – 10:00pm
The Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre: 639 Main St. Buffalo
Students $5, General Public $9

Buffalo, NY is indelibly marked by the booming birth and excruciatingly slow death of the manufacturing industry in the United States. Rust permeates our architecture, our politics and our economy, as well as our daily lives and the art that we create. This screening poses the broad question: Does this slow rusty death–this creaky slam of factory gates–engender a particular voice, sound, shape, color, environment, his/herstory, mood or texture?

Please join us for the final week of this year’s International Women’s Film Festival. Rust Belt Reels is a sampling of work by current and former Buffalo filmmakers Lizzie Finnegan, Stephanie Gray, Ann Steuernagel, Julie Turner, Adrianna Hernandez-Stewart, Meg Knowles, Jody Lafonde and Jan Nagle.

Rust Belt Reels will also feature a special tribute to experimental animator and filmmaker Helen Hill with a screening of her short film, Madame Winger Makes a Film.

(Park in Washington Street lot behind the movie theater for $2 and bring parking stub to the Arcade ticket booth for $2 off your ticket purchase)

The festival runs Feb. 11 though Mar. 25 (no show on Mar. 11) and screenings take place at 7pm each Thursday.

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SQUEAKY WHEEL Local Artist Access Residency 2010 Screening

Featuring Media Study instructors and graduates!

Squeaky Wheel Local Artist Access Residency 2010 Screening
Friday, March 19, 2010, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
712 Main Street, Buffalo, NY

Five Local Artist-in-Residence premiere new work made during their 6-month access residency:

-Al Larsen (MFA ’09) is completing an experimental narrative video that speculates on a generation of young people trying to survive on the fringes of the global economy.

- Stella Marrs is continuing her work in various media that embraces inherited cultural archetypes of girlhood and female identities while posting alternative narratives to the patriarchy.

- Illana Chlebowski is creating a short film based on the reinterpretation of an installation derived from truthful and interpreted histories.

- Sergio Uzurin (Media Study major BA ’08) is collaborating with Buffalo’s youth to install abandoned television sets in public spaces to relay messages about important issues in the community.

- Chris Svoboda is using interfaced sensors with software to allow viewers to control the time, personality and imagery displayed in an interactive portrait installation, on view in the upstairs installation gallery until April 3rd.

Cost: $6 non-members / $4 members

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MFA Candidate Justin Chounard will be featured in Big Night this saturday. He says:

amongst the other (visual, audible, gastronomic) events happening this night, i will be screening the sound of crickets and performing valen in the grove a film/projector/artist interaction.



@ Western New York Book Arts Center

Saturday, March 20, 2010 @ 8:00 PM
Sponsored by: Just Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo State


* Video by Shasti O’Leary Soudant
* Film by Justin Chouinard
* Food! Geoffrey Gatza presents a feast

LOCATION: Western New York Book Arts Center, 2nd Floor | 468 Washington St. @ Mohawk


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“BURIED LAND” directed by STEVEN EASTWOOD & GEOFFREY ALAN RHODES premieres @ Tribeca Int’l Film Festival

buried land

BURIED LAND (2010, 89min., feature narrative film, HD color), produced and directed by Alan Geoffrey Rhodes (MFA ’05) and former DMS faculty Steven Eastwood will premiere at the Tribeca International Film Festival in New York City on April 22, 2010. Crew members also include: Cinematographer Christopher Ernst (MFA ’08); Sound Recordist Vincenzo Mistretta (MFA ’06); and Associate Producer Dalibor Stare (BA ’08).

Find out more on Facebook and at

Part documentary, part drama, Buried Land tells the story of ordinary people attempting to realize a dream. Two actors cut a path through the real community and strange reality of Visoko, the small town at the heart of a remarkable claim: the discovery of ancient pyramids, not in Egypt, but central Bosnia…

Emir is a Bosnian émigré, removed during the war and now struggling to rediscover his homeland. He has returned to assist an American director in the making of a film about Visoko’s… read more

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