Icons of Culture
Los Angeles, CA 90089
As part of the lecture series, Science and Art Beyond Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, artist Jim Campbell explores the intersections of technology and art.
This event is presented as part of the series Science and Art Behind Phantasmagoria. The series also includes Aesthetics and the Brain and The Cabinet of Wonder.
Originally trained as a mathematician and electrical engineer, Jim Campbell started to make interactive work in video and with electronic components in the late 1980s. In his work in the exhibition Phantasmagoria: Specters of Absence, Campbell explores the limits of legibility by employing electronic systems in which the image is transported to the more basic elements that conform it, demonstrating that both eye and brain tend to complete the missing information.
A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with degrees in electrical engineering and mathematics, Campbell has virtually no formal training as an artist. His art apprenticeship consisted of repairing video equipment and, later, designing integrated circuits for video in Silicon Valley. But at a time when many artists who want to create technologically based art seek a partner who knows the electronics and will leave the creativity to them, Campbell is a whole different thing–a technocrat who discovered early on that he has an artist's soul.
Reception: Following the lecture, refreshments will be served.