Alumni Derick Ostrenko – Indians, Astronauts, & Magic

Alumni Derick Ostrenko just finished his MFA at RISD! Some of his MFA work is part of an exhibition entitled Beautiful and Barbaric at All Times. The exhibition is at Artjail, 50 Eldridge Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10002  So if you are in New York, make sure you check it out! He will be showing his work entitled Indians, Astronauts, & Magic below is some documentation. Congrats Derick!


Guggenheim and YouTube team-up

The New York Times had an article today on a new partnership between the Guggenheim Museum and YouTube. Budding video artists can submit works online for consideration in this new biennial exhibition. The initial group will be narrowed to 200 works for review by a jury. These works will be featured on a special YouTube channel while the jury narrows the field to 20 selections. These 20 artists will have their work exhibited in four Guggenheim museums around the globe.

This is potentially an amazing opportunity! Deadline is July 31st, so get moving! Visit one of the following links for more info:


Alumni Update – Chester Udell

Graduated: 2005
Major: BM in Digital Arts

After graduation, Chester applied to the graduate music program at the University of Florida. In 2008, he was awarded a Masters of Music in Composition and continues his studies in pursuit of a PhD. He is teaching Introduction to Music Technology at UF, and has created a lab with 8 undergraduates in the electrical engineering department to develop new wireless interfaces for musical instruments. His electroacoustic music has been featured at NYCEMF, SEAMUS, SCI Student National Conference, SCI Region IV Conference, Electroacoustic Juke Joint, and Art Basel.

Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you  took DIGA 101?
A: I suppose the desire to do what I am engaged with today has stemmed from the discoveries made in the introductory courses in DIGA.  With  each new concept I became exposed to while in DIGA 101, I began to  realize that this was a medium I wanted to engage with for my professional and artistic undertakings.

Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Digital Arts @ Stetson?
A: The digital artistic community is a diverse collective of musicians, visual artists, computer programmers, electrical engineers and everyone in between. The dynamic collaboration between these fields, facilitated by the Mobile Performance Group, were some of the most influential experiences for me as a developing musician.

Q: What advice do you have for someone thinking about a Digital Arts major?
A: If you have a genuine interest in any facet in this field, the Digital Arts and Music Technology majors are well worth the effort to pursue. I would also encourage taking advantage of the advanced course offerings in generative art/music.


City Centered

This weekend I will be presenting my project Every Step at City Centered – A Festival of Locative Media and Urban Community The festival is located in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco and features some great artist, so if you are in San Francisco please pay me a visit. If you are not in the area then make sure you check out the website.


Art and Mass Media

This summer session, “Images and Meaning” students created some awesome posters that explore the relationship between art, advertisement and channels of mass communication.

See more images in our DA Flickr Page

Power of Silence Got Milk?

BP Oil Spill: Death to the Little GuyGlobalization is Bananas


Looking for a new VJ interface?

Check this ipad inspired interface! Even if you don’t VJ the video is worth a look!

VMX Activ8 from charlie mars on Vimeo.


Recycling Video Contest

This video contest is for Florida residents to show ways to reduce, recycle and reuse plastic bags. You must be a US citizen to enter.

Creativity is key to winning the contest, which began on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010, and ends September 5, 2010 at 11:59 EST.

There are two categories — Reuse Fun and Recycling Educational
Grand Prize Winners in each category each win $1,500
2nd Place Prizes in each category $500
3rd Place Prizes in each category $250

Go to or A Bags Life on Facebook.


My Summer Virus

Every summer at least one song, usually more, gets stuck in my head like a virus. I think this may be one of my summer time viruses! The song is great but so is the video, check out this inventive use of the iphone in a music video.

and here is the making of video, some very cool effects that you can do with low budget gear