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Oct. 29, 2007

Nov. 3 Saturday Scholars event will explore experimental art

What do blogs, gChat and Twitter have to do with art?

Jon Winet, area head of intermedia in the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History, will answer that question when he presents "Animated Culture: Contemporary Experimental Art Practices" at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall, the southeast building on the UI Pentacrest.

Winet's lecture, the last of the fall 2007 "Saturday Scholars" series sponsored by the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

Emerging digital technologies are creating a new vocabulary and new tools for communications, and for artistic expression. Intermedia artists are taking the lead in exploring the creative possibilities of this evolving, shifting media landscape.

In a whirlwind tour, Winet will highlight some of the most interesting new developments. For example, artists are using online social networks like Facebook and the 3-D avatar world of Second Life to create and promote art projects.

On the municipal stage, Iowa City Senior Center Television Online!, a joint project of the UI intermedia area and the Johnson County Senior Center, produces video on demand available worldwide. Senior media producers, often working with UI students, create video works that document life at the center, record oral histories, and track the city, county and state's political and legislative activity.

Winet's multimedia presentation will feature local examples of these works, highlight international work, and give a preview of "The Electoral College," a year-long media project he is directing that focuses on the 2008 U.S. presidential elections and democratic practice in America.

An artist, new media researcher and educator, Winet joined the faculty of the UI School of Art & Art History in 2003. He has previously taught at the California College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of California, Davis, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Lethbridge, and San Francisco State University.

In addition to production work on "The Electoral College," he is part of a design team at Onomy Labs in the Silicon Valley, developing "T2ST -- The Times Square of Science and Technology," a permanent installation in the atrium of the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Learn more about Winet on his Web page

Saturday Scholars was developed to give the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. The sessions last about an hour, including a 20-30 minute presentation followed by time for questions. Refreshments are served. Additional information is available at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in advance at 319-335-2610.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Alexander, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0072 (office), 319-541-2846 (cell),