“SkypeOnArt” Makes Connection with Globally Renowned Artists

By Tom McLaughlin

Rutgers University–Camden is the central hub for interactive, online conversations with nationally and internationally renowned artists as it continues the “SkypeOnArt” lecture series this fall.

During these interactive sessions, artists who are luminaries in their fields Skype in from other parts of the country and around the globe, share their images or video shorts with the participants, and answer questions.


Elizabeth Demaray

The talks, which are free and open to the public, are held on Mondays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Digital Studies Center’s ModLab, located in room 215 of the Fine Arts Building.

Led by Elizabeth Demaray, an associate professor of fine arts at Rutgers–Camden, this year’s lineup includes discussions about the “Visions of Place” exhibition currently on display in the Stedman Gallery at Rutgers–Camden; talking chatbots; and a customized hexacopter that softly sings “Someone to Watch over Me.”

“‘SkypeOnArt’ talks give Rutgers–Camden students and the South Jersey community an unparalleled opportunity to speak intimately with some of the world’s most innovative art makers,” says Demaray. “The great thing about Skype as a medium of communication is that the audience really gets the chance to direct the discussion.”

Participants will talk with Vita Eruhimovitz, an Israeli artist currently living and working in New Jersey, on Nov. 9. The artist’s background in computer science and bioinformatics inspires and informs her art creating sensorial experiences that explore the topics of human-object relations, posthumanism, interaction, evocation, and activation.

“I believe that it is when our engagement with objects produces empathy that implied life and agency emerge,” says Eruhimovitz. “I take object relations into a poetic realm where meaning is formed by the act of communication itself.”

Participants will then chat with multimedia artist Nadav Assor on Dec. 7. Assor creates videos, installations, performances, and objects that focus on the ability of technology to mediate between geography, bodies, and personal narratives.

Assor has exhibited internationally in festivals, music venues, museums, and galleries in North America, Israel, Europe, and Asia. He recently exhibited and performed work at the 2014 Transmediale at the KW Center in Berlin, the 2013 Berlin Director’s Lounge, the Soundwave Biennial in San Francisco, Spectrum NYC, and Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago.

The Digital Studies Center and Stedman Gallery are located in the Fine Arts Complex. For more information, contact Demaray at demaray@camden.rutgers.edu or (856) 225-2893.

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