"Remixing Art History with the Dream Vortex (Interactive 3-D Changes Everything)" by Meredith Tromble

Meredith Tromble Dream Vortex Funnel

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Venue: ATC 3.605
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History in Collaboration with the ATC Colloquia and Wateringhole

“Remixing Art History with the Dream Vortex (Interactive 3-D Changes Everything)” by Meredith Tromble

Fully interactive digital objects — projections made of light that you can handle as if they were material — are just beginning to emerge from research laboratories. As an artist-in-residence at the Complexity Sciences Center at the University of California, Davis, Meredith Tromble has been working with one version of this technology, developing the Dream Vortex interactive 3-D art installation, in collaboration with scientist Dawn Sumner. This talk presents Dream Vortex 5.0 in context with some of its surprising precursors in art, and an artist’s account of the significant relationships between art’s old and new technologies. Viewing art history as a vital counterweight to techno-utopian visions of the digital future, Tromble uses the Dream Vortex to start conversations about collective identity, the meaning of “realism” in the digital age, and what our past can and cannot tell us about our future.


Meredith Tromble is an artist whose work intermingles drawing, writing, and performance. Her current practice engages art and science; in addition to making installation and performance projects departing from neuroscience or biology, she works collaboratively with researchers and has had an ongoing artist residency at the Complexity Sciences Center at the University of California, Davis since 2011. Her ongoing Dream Vortex art/research project has been presented internationally through lectures and videos. She was awarded one of the first art and science residencies at the Djerassi Artist Residency Program in 2014 and received a grant from Art Writers Initiative of the Andy Warhol Foundation in 2012 for “Art and Shadows,” a series of essays on contemporary art in light of contemporary science. Her persona “Madame Entropy,” who debuted in 2012 at the University of New Mexico in conjunction with the International Society of Electronic Artists (ISEA) festival, occasionally appears for her public lectures. From 2000-2010 Tromble was a core member of the artist collective Stretcher, which publishes the online magazine stretcher.org and makes performative art events. She received her MFA from Mills College and joined the faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute in 2004.


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