Marc Downie @ Media Lab

July 15, 2014


MIT Media Lab, E14-633


Lab alum Marc Downie will be showing and talking about a selection of his recent stereoscopic experimental films that combine non-photorealistic rendering, computer vision and algorithmic editing to take viewers from an abandoned street in Detroit to a museum in Boston.
Marc Downie is a co-founder of OpenEndedGroup, an independent art collective based in New York, whose pioneering approach to digital art frequently combines three signature elements: non-photorealistic 3D rendering; the incorporation of body movement by motion-capture and other means; and the autonomy of artworks directed or assisted by artificial intelligence. Over the last ten years this group has worked in the broadest variety of media and venues: making art for façade, gallery, dance, stage and cinema; responding to an ever expanding range of materials — drawing, motion capture, photography, music and architecture. Always in collaboration and always crossing disciplinary boundaries, they enter and exit fields without permission from, and without deference to, established disciplinary structures.
Together the group has presented their work worldwide at venues such as Lincoln Center, MoMA, the Barbican Center, the Sundance Film Festival, the Rome Film Festival and many other venues. OpenEndedGroup has had artists’ residencies at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, Harvard University, the Brooklyn Academy of Music/Bell Labs, etc.

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