Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale
Machine and Medium Symposium: Matter and Spirit



The symposium exhibition is free and open to the public from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3. Come experience artworks, films, and more by:  Fulanita (Paloma Izquierdo + Kyle Richardson), Jeeu Sarah Kim, Robert Mallary, Rashaad NewsomeMike Picos, Sam Skynner,  Amelia Winger-Bearskin,  Kaifeng Wu, Joanna Zylinska, and others!

Featured Works

Michael Lanzano, Jonathan Ojekunle, Roboticom U.S.A. ScultoRob
Matter and Spirit Quad, 1969, 2022–2023
Epoxy-bound marble layers, hardwood base

A reinterpretation of Quad IV  by the artist Robert Mallary (1917–97). An early computer-designed sculpture constructed from laminated marble, Quad IV was the final piece of Mallary’s Quad series (1968-1969). It disappeared from the historical record after being documented in the 1976 book Artist and Computer.  The sculpture is accompanied by six original prints and sketches from the Mallary Archive.

Jeeu Sarah Kim
Reimagining the Kinetic Body: Spatial & Psychological Recalibration Across Physio-virtual Boundaries
& Domestic Ritual Motion Paths and Movement Landscapes, 2023
Digital Prints

The history of the body in architecture, from Vitruvius to the present, could be described as the progressive distancing of the body from the building. This research repositions our bodies and minds back into architecture through the intersection of proprioceptive displacement and disassociation. A new visual language of re-representing the kinetic body is transposed across dimensions and media.

Rashaad Newsome
Hands Performance, 2023
Single-channel 3D animated video with sound

Taking its title from the well-known element of vogue fem, the film continues the artist's exploration of mapping Black cultural production as a form of movement research, data storage, and collective wayfinding. Working with a team of Black Queer ASL interpreters, various vogue fem performers, flex dancers, and motion capture technologists, Newsome has translated his original poetry into a movement dataset for the film's protagonist, Being The Digital Griot, to perform.

Mike Picos
Postmodern, 2023
Acrylic, encaustic, and oil on panel

A painting based on the “Postmodern” theme from Microsoft Bob, a software product created to make the Windows operating system feel more accessible to users. The software’s interface featured rooms populated by skeuomorphs indicating the availability of different programs, like a letter on a desk for email. Bob represents a desire for virtual spaces to conform to our expectations of real-world space, as well as our discomfort with the way they meet (or fail to meet) those expectations.

Sam Skynner
Rex, 2023
Audiovisual Installation
Sound by Mike Winch, fabrication by Noah Silvestri and Luke Tarnaw-Bulatowicz

A multimedia installation that explores the digitization of memory and the interaction between reality and dreams. A hologram of an axolotl that Sam received for her 16th birthday swims around a fish tank filled with water, underscored by original audio and poetry. The artist created this project as part of the 2022–2023 CCAM Studio Fellowship program.

Amelia Winger-Bearskin
I would like to be midnight / I would like to be sky, 2023

Who determines the protocol for looking at the sky? Like moss and fungi, animals and plants, and indeed most living beings, the sky does not have borders. It moves and is part of a larger system that includes the moon, the sun, and the stars. Part of SKYWORLD/CLOUDWORLD, a larger series, the artist uses Image Inpainting subversively to erase the prominent human architecture in the videos, which she took of landscapes while driving from west to east across the USA.

Kaifeng Wu
Reach Out, 2022

Reach out your hands toward yourself. What questions can we start asking by strategically distorting and altering familiar interactions? Reach Out is an experiment on a timeless philosophical inquiry—one's being in the world—through a personal VR experience.

Joanna Zylinska
A Gift of the World (Oedipus on the Jetty), 2021

A genderqueer narrative of survival as dreamed up by the film’s director in co-creation with AI algorithms, the film remediates Chris Marker’s famous apocalyptic photofilm, La Jetée. In this way, it enacts an opening within our dominant stories of social, political and environmental malaise—while showing us that machines can dream in unexpected ways.