It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the SCM Annual 2019. Our graduation show this year features work in tangible and intangible media drawn mainly from our interdisciplinary BA and BSc programs, and ranges from film, photography, and animation, to
interactive audio-visual and object oriented installations.
This year’s SCM Annual is conceived under the rubric of “Meta.” To speak of an artwork as being “meta” is to suggest that it speaks about its own
conventions and the nature of the creative process that makes it possible. As we make works of “new media” we enter the frontiers of creative expression and are consistently called upon to reflect upon the nature of the tools and technical
mediations from which we make our art. Creative works in new media inevitably become in part a reflection upon their own conditions of existence. This kind of meta reflection was wonderfully represented in the brilliant recent exhibition
of Imaginary Cameras staged by our leading animation faculty member, Professor Tamas Walizky, at the Venice Biennale this year. It is also suggested by many of the works in this show.
At the same time, as the students suggest
in their introduction “Meta,” which means (from the Greek) “after” or “beyond,” also evokes change and transformation, flux and process, as in the words metamorphic, metastasize, and metagenesis. These works are created out of a process,
an iterative one in the case of computational media, that is not complete until the spectator interacts and engages with them. Indeed, the very nature of “Meta” as a prefix embodies incompletion in its form, inviting us to fill in
the blank. So I invite you to enter into the spirit of this enterprising collection of works, which are inventive, analytical, clever, moving, personal, funny, and sometimes deeply social by turns, in order to complete the process
of their creation.
I salute all the graduating students who have had the courage to present their work and give a big thank you to the student, staff and faculty who have made this show possible.
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