Turbulence Artists? Studios: "Encoded Presence" by Michael Takeo Magruder
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The mobile phone has become the primary transmitter of our digital selves. Generating ephemeral networks, it mediates our intimate exchanges and erodes distinctions between public and private space. Within this framework, there exists the potential to explore, critique and expand the conceptual and aesthetic structures of classical portraiture. Can the physical recording limitations or compression artefacting of mobile phone technologies become meaningful creative elements? Does the portrait attain a greater or different ‘truthfulness’?
Michael Takeo Magruder is an American artist based in the UK who works within the fields of New and Interactive Media. He received his formal education at the University of Virginia, USA, graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences. For the past eight years his artistic practice has reflected upon society’s data-driven and information saturated existence through the examination of international news communications. By recombining the notions of art and media, it has been his intention to analyze the interconnections which have been forged between the individual and the pervasive media network. It is a questioning of product vs. process, knowledge vs. stimulation, fact vs. perspective.
Magruder’s artistic production has been exhibited worldwide and encompasses an eclectic mix of forms, ranging from futuristic stained-glass windows, digital lightscreens and modular light-sculptures to architectural manipulations, ephemeral video projections and interactive network installations. His current explorations and research embrace 3D stereoscopic projection, immersive multi-sensory environments
and interactive non-linear narratives for network/gallery settings. His work in these fields is presently supported by Turbulence.org, 3D Visualization Group: University of Warwick, and Arts Council England.
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