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IEA Hosting Resident Artists Fall Semester 2023

Alfred University’s Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design, is hosting a number of resident artists in the Fall Semester 2023. The Institute for Electronic Arts is a high technology research studio facility within the School of Art and Design, NYSCC, Alfred University, New York. The IEA encourages and supports projects that involve interactive multi-media systems, experimental sonic/video production, digital imaging, and publications. The IEA is committed to developing cultural interactions spurred by technological experimentation and artistic investigations.

The Institute for Electronic Arts offers two types of residency; in Electronic Media and Film, or time based/new media, and in print media. The IEA Residency Program is made possible by The National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the Schein-Joseph Endowment.

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Nitcha Tothong & Keng Kengchakaj - August 29 - September 2
elekhlekha is a collaborative research-based group consisting of Bangkok-born, Brooklyn-based artists, Kengchakaj and Nitcha. We are interested in subversive storytelling using non-dominance sound and visual archives, historical research–decoding and unlearning biases, performing documents, multimedia, and technology to experiment, explore and define decolonized possibilities. elekhlekha is a Thai word that means dispersedly, chaos, unorganized, all over, and non-direction. Jitr is a performative audio-visual that utilizes historical research and live coding tools to reconcile Southeast Asia’s shared heritage.

Nitcha Tothong (fame) is an interdisciplinary artist and designer using narrative and humanizing storytelling, sensory experience, and emotional expression through art and technology.
Kengchakaj is an award-winning pianist, improviser, composer, and electronic experimentalist. His musical idiom is rooted in the improvised aesthetics of Southeast Asia cultures and African-American Creative Music.

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Cecilia Mandrile & Lynn Bechtold - September 12 - 23
Cecilia Mandrile (Born Argentina, 1969) is a visual artist whose print-based practice explores the fragmentation and fluidity of identity caused by displacement. She has exhibited in prestigious international venues such as El Museo del Barrio, New York; The Victoria & Albert Museum, London; WPA Corcoran, Washington DC; the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Emilio Caraffa Museum and Genaro Perez Museum, Córdoba, Argentina.

Mandrile has been a resident fellow artist at international programs such as Gasworks Studios, London; Makan-Bait, Amman, Jordan, Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia, Zona Imaginaria, Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Centre for Fine Print Research, Bristol, UK and the Ludwig Foundation of Cuba. Her work is included in private and public collections around the world; among them, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Casa de las Americas, Havana, Cuba; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California and the City Museum of Art, Gyor, Hungary. As a curator, Mandrile co-developed the international project “The World is a Handkerchief’’ inviting mentors, peers and students to collaborate in a wandering exhibition of 144 printed handkerchiefs. Venues include the London Print Studio Gallery, Blackburn 20|20 Gallery, EFA, NYC, Proyecto’ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, IMPACT 12, International Print Conference, Bristol, UK and the Coral Gables Museum, USA. Mandrile holds a PhD from the University of the West of England, an MFA from the University of Maryland and a BFA from the National University of Córdoba. She has taught in the United States, Argentina, Jordan, Spain, England and KSA.

Lynn Bechtold is a violinist and composer. She has appeared in recital throughout the Americas, as well as in Asia and Europe. She has premiered solo/chamber works by composers such as Carter Burwell, Gloria Coates, Beatriz Ferreyra, Alvin Lucier, and Morton Subotnick. Well-versed in all styles of music, she has performed at venues from (le) Poisson Rouge and Madison Square Garden to Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, with artists such as Willie Colon, Roberta Flack, Donna Summer, and Sir Simon Rattle. As a composer, she has participated in festivals/series such as the Birmingham New Music Festival, Composers Concordance, Japan Society for Sonic Arts, Music With a View, Sonic Circuits, and the Sound of Silent Film Festival, and her music has been performed at venues such as Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago, Institute Finlandais in Paris, and Koncertkirken in Copenhagen. Upcoming works include a string quartet for the Overlook Quartet, to be premiered at Symphony Space in April, as well as a work for violin duo and electronics about Marlene Dietrich. She is a member of innovative violin duo Miolina; co-directs the Ladies First concert series; and is on the board of New York Women Composers. She holds degrees from Tufts University, New England Conservatory of Music, and Mannes School of Music | The New School. An active teaching artist, she is on the faculties of The Dwight School, Greenwich House Music School, and The Town School in NYC.

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Tansy Xiao - October 17 - 21
Tansy Xiao is an artist, curator and writer based in New York. Xiao creates theatrical installations with non-linear narratives that often extend beyond the fourth wall. Her work examines the power and inadequacy of language, furthermore, substantiates the multiplicity of being human through the assemblage of stochastic audio and recontextualized objects.

Xiao is a recent recipient of the Wave Farm MAAF Grant and the Brooklyn Arts Fund. Her work has been presented at Queens Museum, New Media Caucus, Piksel Festival, The American Society for Theatre Research Conference, Osaka University of Art, The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center, New Adventures in Sound Art, Pelham Art Center, The Immigrant Artist Biennial, Azarian McCullough Art Gallery among others. Xiao is currently an artist in residence at Harvestworks.

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Mary Ann Strandell - October 31 - November 4
Mary Ann Strandell received a BFA cum laude from The University of South Dakota; her MA and MFA from the University of New Mexico; and two Intern-Fellowships: Tamarind Institute, NM and The W.H. Over Museum, SD. Press for her work includes the The New Yorker Magazine, New York Times, Village Voice, Brooklyn Rail, Whitehot Magazine, Artslant, Paper Magazine, Artes Magazine, Art Critical Magazine. She is a recipient of an NEA Fellowship Award in Painting: a Mid Atlantic Fellowship in Painting; Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Grant; Humanities Council Grant; residencies at Art Omi, Byrdcliffe, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. She has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad, including a two person show at Panorama Art, Cologne Germany. Solo exhibitions include The North Dakota Museum of Art, ND; Michael Steinberg Fine Art, NY: Deborah Colton, TX; Second Street Gallery, VA; Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, MO; Artport Kingston, NY; Juliette Yuan&Associates, NY, among others. Some group exhibitions include FIAC/ Paris; #MakeUsVisable NYC, and Munich De; Techspressionism, Southampton Art Center, NY; Contemporary Masterworks, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO; The Multinationals, Museum De Wieger, Nether-lands; Boundless Space…, Sotheby’s, NY; Transfer Gallery, Minnesota Street Projects, CA; Currents New Media, El Museo, NM; Her recent commissions include UBER World Headquarters, San Francisco, CA; and Children’s Mercy Research Institute, KC, MO. Recent acquisitions include: the APS Museum, Shanghai, China, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum, MO. Her upcoming solo exhibition is at The Bradbury Art Museum, AK.

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Jake Brush - November 7 - 11
Jake Brush is an artist working in video, performance, sculpture and installation. Jake has participated in residency programs at Signal Culture (Owego, NY) and Shandaken: Storm King
(New Windsor, NY). Jake was awarded the 2021 Van Lier Fellowship (Wave Hill, NY) and has shown work at DUPLEX gallery (NYC). In 2023 The Shed commissioned Jake Brush’s “Petpourri” , a video installation with sculptural elements. Jake’s work draws from junk television (MTV’s The Challenge, The Jerry Springer Show) and niche Long Island celebrities (a woman selling sex out of a hot dog truck, a man who is an eccentric pet store owner). These characters comedically rage through fantastical, and inescapable worlds, vying for power through never ending attention seeking.

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Clarence Heyward - November 13 - 18
Clarence Heyward is a painter whose work explores notions of the Black American experience, primarily focusing on how the use of media and historical documentation is used to shape perceptions of Black American culture. His work investigates cultural truths, challenges stereotypes, and examines identity.
He has exhibited his work in spaces nationally including the 21c Museum of Durham, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for Cultural Arts, the Wiregrass Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry Chicago, Art Miami Art Fair, the Dallas Art Fair, the Container-Santa Fe, the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, and (CAM) the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh.
Heyward was the recipient of The Brightwork Fellowship residency at Anchorlight Raleigh in 2019-2020, the Emerging Artist in Residence at Artspace, Raleigh in 2021, the Ragdale (IL) artist fellowship in 2022 and was the 2022 Artist in Residence at NC State University. His work is in the collections of several notable private and public institutions including the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum of Art, the Ackland Art Museum, the Cameron Museum of Art and the Rubell Family Collection.

What the residency offers to artists during their two week residencies:

time based/new media: The IEA video and sound studio offers artists an integrated system with real-time video, image-processing software, hardware and video capture.

The studio system includes video capture in Pro-res 422, together with a live HD/4K video production Switcher/Mixer/Keyer and three Panasonic 4K HC-VX981 Video Cameras, and additional Canon Vixia HV40 cameras. Camera inputs are available via both Mac workstations plus two camera inputs are on the ATEM Video Mixer. The studio has LED soft-lights. Systems also include two Mac Pro 3.5 GHz 6-core workstations with a range of software including the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, DaVinci Resolve, Max 7, Touch Designer, Maya and Mudbox, Ableton Live Suite 10 with Max for Live and EboSuite video effects plug-ins. The audio in the studio includes Quadraphonic monitoring, RME Fireface UFX and PreSonus AR8 Audio mixer and a Stanton T.92 digital turntable. DAW’s include Adobe Audition, Ableton Live Suite 10, Reaper64 with GRM tools and Soundhack plugins. Available for location/field recording are a Panasonic 4K HC-VX981 Video Camera, Canon EOS 5d Mark III DSLR camera, Lenovo Mirage 180°VR camera with Daydream headset and Tascam DR-100 audio recorder.

Residency artists have additional limited scheduled access to Expanded Media Video Studios and historical legacy video systems including the Sandin IP, the Dave Jones Design, FB-1 Frame Buffer (B&W), the Fairlight CVI with an Ikegami color camera and two B&W Ikegami cameras and three Dave Jones Design, Digital Oscillators (video and audio system with Core). Please refer to the facilities page of the website for more specific information.

The IEA’s Experimental Print Media Program Residency is particularly looking for artists who want to explore Digital Printmedia technologies to further and expand their working practice. Artists will have access to state-of-the-art digital arts facilities. Access will include a digital large-format printing facility, and facilities for the production of laser cutting, stone lithography, polymer plate – photo intaglio, woodblock, Dye Sublimation transfer prints, bookbinding, and silkscreen printing.

The inkjet printers are Canon models with a capacity of up to 60” wide and the laser cutter’s capacity is up to 24×36″. The Dye Sublimation transfer printer is a 54″ Mimaki TS30-1300 paired with a 44″ x 64″ heat press. Our Sterling Digibinder Plus perfect binder is capable of a maximum 12 1/2″ spine and 2″ thickness. The IEA lab has three Mac Pro 3.5 GHz 6-core workstations with a large range of software including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite and a number video processing programs. Artists have access to a Canon EOS 5d III single-lens reflex still camera and a Creo IQsmart3 10000 dpi resolution large bed scanner. Please refer to the facilities page of the website for more specific information.