Body, Space and Cinema

   Scott Snibbe

Seminar on People, Computers, and Design
Stanford University October 15, 2004

Scott Snibbe will present recent works that explore interaction between cinematic projections and viewers’ bodies. He will also show a selection of previous works from 1990 through 2003 that allow similarly visceral engagement with media art. Working with technologies at the forefront of contemporary research including computer vision and synthetic touch, Snibbe explores how a minimal intrusion of technology can provide insight into the nature of observer's minds and their sense of self. Works shown will range from large-scale body-centric physical installations to interactive sculpture and screen- and web-based interactive graphics.

Scott Snibbe creates electronic media installations that directly engage the body of the viewer in a reactive system. Snibbe's work has been shown internationally at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Artport (New York), Eyebeam, and The Kitchen (New York); the InterCommunications Center (Tokyo); Ars Electronica (Austria); The Institute of Contemporary Art (London); and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco). He has been awarded a variety of international prizes, including the Prix Ars Electronica, and a 2004 Rockefeller New Media Fellowship.

Snibbe was born in 1969 in New York City. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Fine Art, and a Master’s in Computer Science from Brown University. Snibbe studied experimental animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and his films have been widely shown internationally. He has taught media art and experimental film at Brown University, The Rhode Island School of Design and UC Berkeley. Snibbe has held research positions at Adobe Systems and Interval Research. His research is documented in a number of academic papers, several patents, and in the special effects program Adobe After Effects. Snibbe lives and works in San Francisco.


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