EMP @ Creative City Project

This Friday night (October 25, 2013), Students Joe Palermo and Jacob Frisenda and Associate Professor Matt Roberts of the Digital Arts program, will be performing as EMP: Electronic Mobile Performance at the Creative City Project in downtown Orlando.

EMP: Electronic Mobile Performance is a collaborative, multimedia project involving faculty and students from Stetson’s Digital Arts program.  The group’s primary mission is to explore collaborative artistic production using new technologies, and to find new ways of presenting art outside of traditional venues.  EMP is directed and founded by Matt Roberts.



We have an upcoming show at the Hand Art Center that features two of our faculty from Digital Arts, Stephen John Ellis and Sean Peuquet. The opening is Friday the 13th of September 6:00 pm and the show will be up until the 19th of October.

“In Convergence art marks a point of intersection for the disparate practices of three Stetson faculty artists: Stephen John Ellis, digital media; Sean Erwin, ceramics and installation; and Sean Peuquet, sound and installation. (Photo, top right, is by Stephen John Ellis.) Beyond such literal applicability, Convergence further describes a set of considerations that operate internal to each artist’s work, and outlines those core tangencies that arise between them: at what point do the personal and impersonal converge?  How might virtuality serve to implicate, reframe, or even reconstitute reality? Is the division between the Singular and the Universal, as disclosed through narrative, identity, and direct perception, ultimately irreconcilable? Or, might we find a way to bridge the gap?

Individually, Ellis’ interactive, video and photographic work “argues for identity as a socio-aesthetic hybrid in an attempt to explain representations of self through the visual language of virtual realities.” Erwin’s ceramic objects and installations “use the seduction of fine craft as a device to engage the viewer in narrative while trying to understand some truth about human nature and the world around us.” Peuquet’s sonic art “leverages formalized, algorithmic structures against the contingency of imminent perceptual experience.”

Collectively, the juxtaposition of three divergent aesthetic imperatives only serves to retroactively reinforce the necessity to identify problematized, thwarted, and incomplete (if not impossible) notions of convergence in their art, reflected in both theoretical and sometimes literal ways. Convergence will run at the Hand Art Center from Sept. 13-Oct. 19.

Gallery Hours at Stetson’s Hand Art Center are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and university holidays. For more information call 386-822-7270.”


Visiting Faculty: Sean Peuquet

This academic year, Sean Peuquet will join the Digital Arts faculty on a visiting appointment. He will be teaching courses in digital audio, computer music and electronic music. Originally from Philadelphia, Sean is working to complete his PhD from the University of Florida. He is a composer, installation artist, laptop performer and hardware hacker. You can learn more about him via his website or hear some of his work on SoundCloud.

Sean Peuquet

Please join us in welcoming Sean to the faculty!


MPG in Miami

Just before finals last semester, a group of students traveled to Miami for Art Basel and performed with Mobile Performance Group, our student-faculty new media collective.  The performance was the culmination of a semester spent working in DIGA 398 for seven Junior and Senior majors in Digital Arts. You can learn a lot more about the trip here or get a taste of what it was like from this video:

Special thanks to the Harold Golen Gallery and Juraj Kojs for the invite.


MPG Performs in Miami During Art Basel

The Digital Arts faculty/student  collective know as MPG: Mobile Performance Group has been invited to perform at the 12 Nights Electronic Music and Art festival at the Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL. We will perform Thursday night (12.01.11) at 8:00 pm. This performance will feature work by students Kim Crawford, Dan Duval, Joe Flanagan, Mark Kisch, Hunter Lee, Philip Meisner, Meg Spivey and faculty Matt Roberts and Nathan Wolek. If you are attending Art Basel please make sure to stop by to experience our performance and say hello.



Photography and Poetry Class Collaboration

This Thursday night 9:00 p.m. (11.03.11) students from the Poetry Workshop class, taught by Creative Writing professor Terri Witek, and the Photography: Finding Your Perspective class, taught by Digital Arts professor Matt Roberts, will be sharing collaborative works  made by the two classes at the Poetry at an Uncouth Hour event. The event will be held on campus at NightLights which is above the campus book store. Students will show photos and read poems they created during a collaborative assignment between the two classes. Along with all the wonderful works created by students, professors Terri Witek and Matt Roberts will also share their collaborations as well.
Thursday 11.03.11 9:00 p.m. NightLights

Photo Roberts/Witek



10 Projects Using Real-Time Data

My (Matt Roberts) work Waves was listed in this Article about art works that utilize real-time data. Make sure you check out the inspiring works listed in the article. I am honored to be amongst amongst such great works!


Opening and live taping Jan 28th, 7-10PM
Louis V E.S.P.
140 Jackson St, #4D
Brooklyn NY

Featuring Derek Larson, Dana Bell, Colby Bird, Elbis Rever, Ganjatronics, Kate Gilmore, KUNSOLE, Katrina Lamb, Erica Magrey, Rachel Mason, Sam Mickens, Bradford Nordeen, Andre Perkowski, Jonathan Phelps, Sophia Peer, Andrew Steinmetz, Jennifer Sullivan, Brian Zegeer


Wolek Array response

Back in 2008, I wrote two CD reviews for Array (a.k.a. the Journal of the International Computer Music Association). One of the reviews for a CD by Erdem Helvacioglu was positive, while the second for a CD by Bob Gluck was not.

In a follow up issue published last year, they published a letter to the editor that Bob wrote in response to my review. He objected to some of my review methods and offered some factual corrections.

As academics often do, I wrote a response to the response in an effort to continue the dialogue about the following questions: What role does criticism play in electronic and computer music? What expectations should we as practitioners place upon such criticism? What is the right balance between objectivity and subjectivity?

If you are not an ICMA member, you can read my original review at this link to the post on my blog. Bob’s letter will require a login to the ICMA website to get the PDF of the 2009-2010 issue. My response to the response is available at the Array Blog or at the direct link below.

If you travel over there and have an opinion on the matter, please comment! I think this is an important discussion on the role of criticism and I would love to hear more voices on the matter.



Prof. Larson’s work featured in Rhizome – Oct 7

>> at the New Musuem, New York NY