San Diego, Nov. 10, 2008 -- "Scalable City" – a new exhibit in the newest gallery space on the UC San Diego campus – will be the backdrop for a talk by the artist and readings by two well-known writers reflecting on the meaning of the interactive artwork and how digital and literary art intersect.
The session, “Speculating on Nature and Culture through Art and Literature,” will take place on Tuesday, December 2 at 5:30 p.m. in UC San Diego’s Atkinson Hall. The UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) and the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) will host the evening in connection with new-media artist Sheldon Brown’s “Scalable City ,” currently on display in the gallery@calit2.
The artist talk and readings by writers Geoff Ryman and Kim Stanley Robinson will take place in Atkinson Hall’s Calit2 Auditorium, with those on stage dwarfed by the vast digital-cinema screen displaying a version of the “Scalable City ” digital artwork in the highest-resolution video project format. Commonly called 4K – a reference to its roughly 4,000 horizontal pixels – Calit2’s state-of-the-art Sony SXRD projection system offers four times the resolution of high-definition TV.
Artist Sheldon Brown – who is Calit2’s Artist in Residence and also Director of CRCA – will talk about the genesis of the project and its multiple incarnations – including the large-format 4K video, as well as the interactive version, prints and sculptures on display in the gallery@calit2.Widely acclaimed and seen in various versions at international venues including Austria’s Ars Electronica, The Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai, “Scalable City” has resonated with critics, the public, artists – and writers, including Geoff Ryman.
Ryman has written a new short story, “Care,” set in the world of the Scalable City , which he has described as a “breathtakingly visual” artwork. The story will have its premiere during the reading. The author will also read from his just-published novel, “The King's Last Song.”
“I've long admired Kim Stanley Robinson's novels, and we've been friends for years, so this will be a treat,” said Ryman. “I can't wait to read aloud the selection I've made from his novel, ‘The Years of Rice and Salt.’ For years Stan has been known as a humanist science-fiction writer, partly because of the depth of his characters. They're very actable, performable.”
Geoff Ryman is also known for creating one of the earliest online hypertext novels, 253, winner of the Philip K Dick Award. The novel is still available at www.ryman-novel.com. As a visiting professor from the United Kingdom , Ryman is also currently teaching a workshop for the UCSD Department of Literature on ‘irrealistic’ fiction.
As Writer in Residence at CRCA, Ryman is also taking part in a collaborative multimedia/online opera project with UCSD music professor Shlomo Dubnov, “Kamza Bar Kamza,” which had its premiere at Calit2 last March. [For more information, go to http://kamzabarkamza.com or http://kamzaandbarkamza.wikidot.com.]
Artist Talk and Readings
Tuesday, Dec. 2
First Floor, Atkinson Hall
"Scalable City" by Sheldon Brown
Oct. 23 – Dec. 15, 2008
Monday-Friday 11am - 5pm
First Floor, Atkinson Hall
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Map & Directions: http://atkinsonhall.calit2.net/directions/
'Scalable City' at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery
Separately, a scaled-down version of Scalable City opened on Nov. 6 as part of the Digital Eyes 2008-2009 exhibition, running through Jan. 18 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
Doug Ramsey, 858-822-5825, email@example.com