Artistic duo Ina Conradi (USA, SG) and Mark Chavez (USA, SG), based in Singapore and Los Angeles, have collaborated on numerous art and new media projects for the last 20 years. They both hold a Master of Fine Arts Degree from UCLA. For their experimental animation, Ina and Mark are awarded the Hollywood Advanced Imaging Society's 2018 Lumiere Award and 2017 Lumiere Award Europe Chapter. The artist duo has shown their work at the Ars Electronica Festival, most recently with 2021 Nocturne a large-scale, immersive installation that combines interactive and audio-reactive visuals with emotive-abstraction animation, and real-time flow of a dance performance. Their art-sci inspired immersive installation Quantum Logos (vision serpent) premiered for the 40th Anniversary of Ars Electronica Festival at the Deep Space 8k. The work, done in collaboration with science producers from Germany and Austria, was featured on the Austrian Academy of Sciences website of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, as well as the CERN Social Media Network OriginPhysics. The film has received VFX award from the 2020 Raw Science Film Festival Los Angeles. Ina and Mark have exhibited and presented at the Beyond Festival ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Germany (2013-till present) Ars Electronica (2010 till present), UCLA Art|Sci Center+Lab 2018, Media Architecture Biennial Beijing 2018, Singapore Inside Out Tokyo 2017, Web 3D Art Gallery Brisbane 2017, PISAF Korea and Visualisation Matters 2017, Siggraph Asia 2014, and ISEA among many others. Mark and Ina are the founding faculty of the School of Art Design and Media at the Nanyang technological University Singapore.
“We are not special. We are not crap or trash, either. We just are. We just are, and what happens just happens.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
For the past five years Media Art Nexus Studio has been creating content for a large-scale LED platform at Nanyang Technological University Singapore where artists, scientists and engineers meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. Our talk will elaborate on a series of creative research initiatives ongoing from this project. From artworks that inform the casual audience of aspects of quantum mechanics with cultural archetypes, to cutting edge animated, co-immersive spaces the work is viewed by hundreds if not thousands of people at the university daily. Our most recent works explore the unique artistic potential of AI and Machine Learning, investigating how can we apply this technique to the creative process for both inspiration and as a final medium of expression. This collaboration with machine learning facilitates the creation of new landscapes where artists, poets, musicians, scientists and philosophers are more easily able to actuate incredible imaginary worlds.