Tuesday, September 16, 6:30pm
18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery
Join us for an engaging conversation about the current exhibition Mineral Monsters in our Main Gallery.
In his book Knowledge of Life, Georges Canguillhem states, “There are no mineral monsters”. This is the starting point in imagining a neutral ground: the mineral, as resistant to anthropomorphic projections.
Artist Labs resident, Miljohn Ruperto is joined by collaborators Aimée de Jongh and Rajan Bhattacharyya to discuss their experiments with the 2 frame animation which is composed of the left and right eye views cycling back and forth to trick the eye into experiencing parallax and therefore a 3D effect. This effect is used in GIFs and also called wiggle stereoscopy or piku-piku (“twitching”) in Japan.
Rajan Bhattacharyya is a neuroscientist and engineer whose work focuses on the brain’s systems of inference and knowledge representation. Working from neural models, he considers memory, adaptation, and decision-making in the context of human and machine learning. Bhattacharyya is a Research Staff Engineer at HRL Laboratories in Malibu. He holds a PhD from California Institute of Technology and a BS from UC Berkeley.
Aimée de Jongh (1988, the Netherlands) graduated in 2011 at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam, with a Bachelor of Arts in animation. Although she had worked professionally as an illustrator and comic artist from the age of 17, she discovered the world of animated film during her education in Rotterdam. The possibilities of film intrigued her. During the years she developed a passion for the art of handdrawn animation, in which she would draw every frame of her films. This resulted in her first short film “Zoom” at the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent, Belgium, where she took classes during the final semester. After an internship at the studio of prizewinning animator Hisko Hulsing, de Jongh started her graduation film “One Past Two”, for which she took part in every element of the process: storyboards, audio, animation, painting the backgrounds and even directing the voice-actors. The film was a success, screening at many international filmfestivals. “One Past Two” sums up the key elements to De Jongh’s films and works in general: hope, life, the threatening of death and the beauty of conversations between people.
Miljohn Ruperto was born in 1971 in Manila, Philippines, and lives and works in Los Angeles. He received a BA in Studio Art from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1999, and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University in 2002. His work has been exhibited at several venues, notably at the Whitney Biennial in 2014 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and in Made in L.A. 2012 at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Miljohn Ruperto’s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.