Web advertisement spoofs accent May 2-3 Viz-a-GoGo screenings

Viz-a-GoGo, the 21st annual showcase of digital wizardry by graduate students in Texas A&M’s Department of Visualization, will be on public display at two venues May 1-3 in downtown Bryan.

The main events of this year’s show, the screenings of time-based work by visualization students, or  “Vizzers,” will be held, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 2 and again, Saturday, May 3 at the Palace Theater, 105 Main St. in Bryan. 

“Broadcast Viz,” the theme of this year’s event, spoofs the cascade of streaming video advertisements that precede internet content. Ads that viewers are eager to click into oblivion or obligated to sit through, will be parodied in interstitial video shorts stitched between other student work showcased at the Palace Theater screenings.  

Also, Vizzers’ still work, multimedia installations, interactive games and more will be exhibited at the Amity Building, located at the intersection of 26th and Parker at 300 W. 26th St. The exhibit, staged in a former automobile showroom built in the 1930s, will be open May 1 from 1-7 p.m. and May 2 from 1 – 11 p.m. and May 3 from 1 – 10 p.m.

Friday night’s Viz-a-GoGo activities are part of downtown Bryan’s First Friday arts celebration featuring live music, artist demonstrations, carriage rides and happy hour specials at the numerous restaurants and bars throughout the historic district.

Visualization studies at Texas A&M

Since 1989, the Master of Science in Visualization program at Texas A&M has provided a steady stream of aspirants for the burgeoning field of digital and electronic visualization. Vizzers are true Renaissance men and women, gifted with a unique left-right-brain ambidexterity, facilitating a mastery of both art and science.

The program's graduates have achieved success as creative directors, computer animators, university professors and software designers, with the majority working in the animation, visual effects and electronic gaming industries. Aggie Vizzers can be found among the creative talent at Pixar, Blue Sky, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks/PDI, Electronic Arts, Rhythm & Hues, Reel FX and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

After almost a decade of outstanding achievement in visualization education in its Visualization Laboratory, the College of Architecture established the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M, and in January 2009 the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Visualization program was introduced, followed in 2012 by Texas A&M's first graduate-level fine arts degree, the Master of Fine Arts in Visualization.

The Department of Visualization nurtures a unique, synergetic studio environment combining academic rigor with creativity, fun, camaraderie and collaborative problem solving.

posted April 25, 2014