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Sculpture and New Media
May 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm EDTFree
The session will start with the idea of puppets. Not necessarily the traditional form of puppet, though it could be if that was of interest. Think of a puppet as something that stands in for something else. Ask yourself to think about them as independent from humans and animals if possible, more as abstract notions relating to movement, scale, color, etcetera. Use these thoughts to think about how you manipulate something to produce an effect and how that can be used to tell stories, make abstract imagery, or change the perception of your surroundings and then think about robots and how the idea of an autonomous entity could be used to control the puppet idea.
Michael Casselli is an assistant professor of sculpture and installation. He has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since he received his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the college, he staged large-scale outdoor mixed media performance installations, whose primary focus was an attempt to clarify issues of sense-based perception and the physicality inherent in performative work. After Antioch, he was accepted into the Masters Program in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Michael spent twenty years in New York City within the underground art and performance scene, fully integrating his early concerns with performance and the visual arts. While continuing to create large-scale installations, he found himself able to apply many of the same concerns within the performance arena, creating scenic and video design for dance and theater, earning him a Bessie Award for Scenic Design in 1987. Michael relocated to Yellow Springs in 2009 to establish the Manic Design Studio, a place for hybrid experimentation in all media.