Artist In Residence – Jack Stenner

The final Spring Artist-in-Residence was internationally exhibited artist, Jack Stenner. Among the activities while at the Department of Visualization, Dr. Stenner met with MFA-Visualization students in the VIZA-631 Contemporary Art Studio/Seminar II class, where he gave critique and feedback on their work and the new MFA program.

He also met with the 13 students in the VIST-491 Idea Lab, who were the focus class for this Spring’s Artist-in-Residence program. He reviewed each student’s work for the semester, as they developed critical responses to each of the visiting artists in this final series of the 9-year College of Architecture Artist-in-Residence program.

As conclusion to a full day, Jack delivered a public presentation on his work. He utilizes techniques from ubiquitous and physical computing, game technologies, and experimental software to create conceptual work often taking the form of installation, network practices and experimental video. His work addresses issues related to our socio-culturally constructed reality. With an interest in the forms and means with which ideology is embedded, particularly how meaning is manipulated and transcoded in “place,” his work explores the construction of a “hybrid subject;” a subject neither entirely human nor machinic. Using electronic media he seeks to create experiences that encourage us to reconsider what we think we know about our world and imagine an alternative utopia. His research is an extension of these concerns, using practice-based methods to focus on the impact of mediation in aesthetic experience.

Jack Stenner holds a Ph.D in Architecture with emphasis in Computer Visualization, a Masters of Science in Visualization, and a Bachelors of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. He has been a registered Architect in Texas. He worked with artists in the context of an alternative art space he founded in Houston, Texas, for almost 10 years. He is an Assistant Professor of Art + Technology at the University of Florida. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

The final year of the Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program was supported by the past Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts, the Department of Visualization, College of Architecture and the Visualization Laboratory. The AiR Committee Chair was Professor Carol LaFayette.

posted April 18, 2012