|FSU Digital Media Area Head and Professor Tra Bouscaren recently interviewed Craig Moore, a current student in the Department of Art. Their conversation is documented below.
If you could see a show of any artist, whose show would you see?With so many phenomenal artists working today, this is a tough question to answer definitively. As of right now, I would probably go with Cory Arcangel, one of new media’s most influential figures and someone I greatly admire. There are two aspects of Arcangel’s work that I’m particularly attracted to one being his consistent use of humor in both concept and execution and the other being his approach to automation. Best represented by projects like Let’s Play: HOLLYWOOD and Various Self Playing Bowling Games, which both feature hacked video games designed to play themselves, Arcangel makes deceptively simple gestures that simultaneously elevate and poke fun at their respective technological and art-historical canons. What are you working on right now? I’m working on a virtual reality project built from glitched scans of 3D environments. I have been exploring the photogrammetry capabilities of my smartphone to capture scenes at the Saint Marks National Wildlife Refuge, around FSU, and in various public restrooms around Tallahassee. I’m then stitching the scans together in a game engine so that users can use a VR headset to explore the environment. What drew you in that direction? This project is largely inspired by Jeff VanderMeer’s novel Annihilation, which situates its science-fiction narrative in a version of the Saint Marks Refuge clouded by mysterious ecological collapse. The mind-bending setting of the novel inspired me to create an unstable world of my own, fittingly populated by glitches in artificial reality and vertiginous pathways between recognizable points of interest. What advice would you give to a new incoming FSU Art student? Connect with your professors. Amidst the chaos of the first few semesters in undergrad, it is easy to forget that you’re studying with professionals actively engaged in your field. Learn about what your professors have done, where they studied, and what they’re currently working on. While this might seem simple enough, you’d be surprised how long it takes most students to expand their professional network. Branch out beyond your group of peers, make your curiosity known, and do work that reaches beyond your assignments. It will pay off. Pick a number between 1 and 10 and tell us where you will be in that many years. Eight years from now, if things go the way I intend, I will be enrolled in a graduate program. Currently, I am very attracted to the work being done at the MIT Media Lab. I’m sure my choice of school will have changed at least fifty times between now and then, but the underlying goal remains. I intend to immerse myself in a culture of cross-disciplinary collaboration and a network encompassing many practices and areas of expertise.