Michael Naimark

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  • ISEA 2013

    The Opening Keynote address will be by Michael Naimark, a New York based internationally renowned pioneer media artist and researcher who often explores ‘place representation’ and its impact on culture. He has faculty affiliations with MIT, NYU, and USC; has served on boards including Leonardo and Zero1; and was instrumental in the founding of several world-renowned research labs including the MIT Media Lab, Atari Research, Apple Multimedia and Interval. Naimark has made interactive ‘moviemaps’ and stereo-panoramic movies around the world, ranging from Aspen, Paris and San Francisco to Angkor, Jerusalem and Timbuktu, and his living room projections (as well as object, face, and eyeball projections) were precursors to today’s large-scale projection mapping. His work resides in the permanent collections of the American Museum of the Moving Image in New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and ZKM Centre for Arts and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany. Naimark has received a number of major awards and grants, including the World Technology Award for the Arts. In 2006 he initiated a USC research project, Viewfinder, to explore ways of democratising Earth mapping and modeling. The project received a Google research award, and along the way Naimark coined the phrases ‘Google Jockey’ and ‘Google Feeling Lucky List.’ In 2004 he guest curated the Ars Electronica 25th Anniversary Symposium in Linz, Austria, and in 2009, as Project Director of ‘80+1: A Journey Around the World’ forLinz09, the European Union Culture Capital, Naimark initiated a unique open competition, ‘Live Bits: Art Exploring Real-time Connectedness’, which elicited 295 proposals from 42 countries, from which 15 were selected for exhibition. Naimark is currently developing several new projects, most notably Liiive.tv. naimark.net

    ISEA 2002:
    Michael Naimark, USA, is a producer, inventor, and scholar in the fields of virtual reality and new media art. Naimark was on the original design team for the MIT Media Laboratory in 1980 and was a founding member of the Atari Research Lab (1982), the Apple Multimedia Lab (1987), and Lucasfilm Interactive (now LucasArts, 1989).


    Michael Naimark spent twelve years as an independent media artist before joining Interval Research Corporation in 1992. He was instrumental in making the first interactive laserdiscs in the late 1970s at M.I.T., and has worked exten­sively with projection and immersive virtual environments. He has consulted on new media for a variety of institu­tions, and his artwork has been exhibited internationally. Naimark has held faculty appointments at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, California Institute of the Arts, M.I.T., the University of Michigan, and is one editorial boards of Presence and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. He created a B.S. in Cyberspace Systems as an independent major from the University of Michigan in 1974, and received an M.S. in Visual Studies and Environmental Art from M.I.T. in 1979. His current project can be found at http://www. interval.com/projects/be_now_here/.


    Michael Naimark spent 12 years as an independent media artist before joining Interval Research in 1992. Naimark has held faculty appointments at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco State University, Cal Arts, M.I.T., the University of Michigan (all USA), and is on the Editorial Boards of Presence and Leonardo Electronic Almanac. His artwork has been exhibited internationally.



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  • http://www. interval.com/projects/be_now_here/

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