(Un)Natural Histories: Animation and Automata Influenced by Nature, Science, and Technology

unnaturalhistory1Date: Thursday, September 30
Time: 8:00
Admission: $5
Part of the Oxberry Pegs Presents series

Join The DuKode Studio as it screens four decades of science-influenced animation and film by Beryl Sokoloff, Crista Grauer, Ilias Koen, and Arlene Ducao. From straightforward explanations of moss reproduction and gravitational lensing, to surreal meditations on robots, birth, and social psychology, each of these animations is tied to some aspect of existence beyond the realm of human visibility.

Sokoloff, Grauer, Koen, and Ducao have all made creative work at the site of the “once-grand St. Nicholas Hotel” (Frommer’s) in Soho. Their output ranges from motorized woodcut boxes to iPhone apps, and their animation techniques include 16mm filming, hand-drawing, 3-D computer modeling, and procedural data interpreting.

Beryl Sokoloff (1918-2006) was a cellist, painter, photojournalist, and filmmaker. Born in the Bronx and raised in Philadelphia, he worked on WPA (Works Progress Administration) projects and was a Pacific Island meteorologist during WWII. His film work is a testament to his involvement in the Abstract Expressionist Movement and downtown New York City.

Crista Grauer (b. 1938) was born in Buffalo, NY and studied at Skidmore College and Parsons School of Design. Grauer met Sokoloff in 1963, and his work influenced Grauer to take a more kinetic direction with her own work. Over the course of her career, she has made dozens of mixed-media constructions that she calls “Motorized Boxes.”

The DuKode Studio focuses on creative data transposition to many forms, including software, animation, print, and physical objects. DuKode’s clients and associates include the American Museum of Natural History, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Science Foundation. Its current projects include art-matching software, a car-light-like helmet cap, and an iPhone fitness instructor. Arlene Ducao (b. 1980) and Ilias Koen (b. 1977), DuKode’s principals, first collaborated in a 2003 Physical Computing class at the School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Art program.

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