School of Art, Media, and Technology

Media ART Banquet 03: From Virtual Reality to Emotional Communication

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When: February 2, Thursday
Where: Parsons the New School for Design
6 East 16th Street
Room # 1009
**Please RSVP by January 31st, Tuesday to


After Lunar New Year, you would be invited to another delightful evening for the 3rd Media ART Banquet. Nam June Paik’s drew together the East was connected to the West by passing an apple from New York to Tokyo. The Media ART Banquet opens up a new kitchen for the 21st century artists with no limit and no boundaries. We expect to see the tasteful merge of life and art, technology and art, the young and the old, the East and the West, and the real and the imaginary.
After the 1st and 2nd Media ART Banquets with the leading media art professionals from UK and Canada, the 3rd Media ART Banquet brings Maurice Benayoun, one of pioneers of media arts in France. He will share his insightful thoughts and practices in media arts from virtual reality to emotional communication. He will also introduce his new works for his solo exhibition at the Big Screen Plaza opening at January 31st curated by Nina Colosi, Streaming Museum.

– By Dooeun CHOI (creative director of art center nabi in Seoul, visiting scholar at Parsons the New School for Design in New York)
New Urbanism?

– By Maurice Benayoun (a pioneering new-media artist, France)
From Virtual Reality to Emotional Communication
Maurice Benayoun’s works have been seen, and honored, around the globe. Born in Mascara, Algeria, in 1957, Benayoun is based in Paris. His work employs various media — including (and often combining) video, virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, public-space large-scale art installations and interactive exhibitions.
In 1993, he received the Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs for his Art After Museum project, a contemporary art collection of virtual reality. In 1998, Benayoun won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica, in the Interactive Art category, for World Skin, a Photo Safari in the Land of War . World Skin and The Tunnel are considered by critics to be key works in the field of interactive art — authentic artistic appropriations of technology introducing the concept of symbolic situation .
The more recent works develop the idea of “critical fusion”, mixing symbolic fiction and reality in order to make visible the limits of the real world.
Since 1984, Benayoun has been teaching video and media art at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). He was artist-in-residence at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts, National Fine Arts School of Paris. He is co-founder and art director of the CITU research center (Création Interactive Transdisciplinaire Universitaire) Universités Paris 1 and Paris 8 dedicated to research and creation (R&C) in the emerging forms of art.

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