New York’s School of Visual Arts (SVA) presents “Before We Begin, Again,” an exhibition of selected thesis projects by MFA Computer Arts 2021 graduates. The exhibition launched this weekend and will be available to view through Saturday, June 12, online at galleries.sva.edu.
“Before We Begin, Again” contemplates moments that fold into themselves. Artists in this exhibition reconsider histories and memories, while creating space for possible worlds that have yet to exist. Through these explorations these artists formulate narratives that are both personal and communal.
- Linda Loh’s Agog, an abstract 3D “world” VR experience for Oculus Quest 2 in which visitors embark on an adventure to explore undulating terrains with strange forms, “non-forms” and spaces to actually get lost in.
- Emilio Ramos’ Apocalypsis is a first-person point-of-view film realized almost entirely in the Unreal Engine, drawing heavily from the Bible’s Book of Revelation.
- Xuezhu Yuki Wu’s little bell is a 2D narrative animated film that addresses the idea of self-acceptance. Through growth, we aim to be a gift to our younger selves and strive to make them proud of how far we’ve come.
Additional artists and MFA Computer Arts class of 2021 graduates included in this exhibition are Pat Badia and Kamrie McKay, Daiqi Cui, Diego Guanzon, Yunxi Guo, Anne Isensee, I Ting Kao, Xinzhe Liu, Yashuai Liu, Jiani Lu and Gangling Sun, Xiangtian Pang, Hazel HyunSoo Seo, Xiangyu Shi, Jingxuan Wang, Cynthia Tengyang Wang, Vincent Xu Wu, Zijing Wu, Kai Chuan Yang and Qingruo Zhao.
School of Visual Arts MFA Computer Arts emphasizes creative experimentation and a multidisciplinary approach to making art with computers and emerging technologies. Dedicated to producing digital artists of the highest caliber, the department guides each student in the development of a personal artistic style in a course of study that is individually tailored to meet their needs. Students come from around the world to study in this two-year MFA degree program, which has distinguished itself with nine Student Academy Awards.