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Code Kitchen: Kalli Retzepi and Kate Hollenbach

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 12th Floor 6 East 16th Street , New York, NY 10003

Code Kitchen is a new speaker series hosted by the BFA and MFA Design & Technology programs at Parsons. Code practitioners working at the intersection of art, design, poetry, and social critique are invited to present one project they have made from both conceptual and technical angles.

Kalli Retzepi will present clickhere, a Chrome plugin she developed that automatically transforms a web page to an abstract attentional tapestry. The project takes on an interface critique standpoint by asking the following questions: how do our habitual online spaces transform themselves when reduced to only a few building blocks? More specifically, what does a browser window look like when all attention-hungry elements are emphasized?

Kate Hollenbach will present USER_IS_PRESENT, a series of video portraits created with custom Android video capture software and Processing. USER_IS_PRESENT documents the activities of three different users by blending the simultaneous front camera, back camera, and screen recordings with a custom technique. The rendering technique creates an effect where the recordings from the device depict a space that is between physical and virtual realities: it blends elements of user, interface, and environment. The work inherently asks the viewer what their own portrait might look like, provoking an examination of their relationship to their own mobile device.

Sponsored by the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons School of Design.

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