Interdisciplinary Arts Workshops

Robert Clotworthy

April 27, 2017  |  11:30am


Robert Clotworthy is an American actor and voice actor, known for his work in feature films, television, and video games.  His live-action performances include guest appearances on The Big Bang Theory, The Mentalist, and the Academy Award winning film American Sniper; his voice-acting credits include the role of Jim Raynor in the popular video game series StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, Star Wars: The Old Republic and Batman: The Telltale Games Series; additional voice-acting credits include works for the AMC series Better Call Saul, Narrator of the History Channel series Ancient Aliens and The Curse of Oak Island, Emmy award nominated documentary Empire of Dreams: The Making of the Star Wars Trilogy,  Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, Disney XD’s Ultimate Spiderman, and the Spring 2017 Dreamworks animated feature, The Boss Baby.

Join Clotworthy for a talk about his career and experiences navigating the film, television, and video-game industries at the DMCA, Room 104. This event is sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts, the Office of Career Strategy, and the Yale School of Art.


Mark Thomas Gibson

April 20, 2017  |  10:30am

Mark Thomas Gibson’s practice is known for paintings and graphic drawings that utilize the vernaculars of comic-strips and cartoons, tackling difficult historical and social issues, histories of colonialism and cultural hegemony.  In this event, Gibson will present work from his latest exhibition and book project, Some Monsters Loom Large.  Additionally, Gibson will present work from his forthcoming book and discuss his research into the graphic novel form.  Gibson received a BFA from Cooper Union and an MFA from Yale in 2013. His work has been exhibited at Matthew Marks Gallery, Fredericks & Freiser, and Salon 94, and he was recently featured in the group exhibition Black Pulp! at Yale University Art Gallery.


Nicholas O’Brien

Explorations in Unity 3D

April 20, 2017  |  11:30am
DMCA Room 103

Join artist Nicholas O’Brien for a Unity 3D jam session at the DMCA.  O’Brien’s work has been widely exhibited, including exhibitions at Tiger Strikes Astroid and Microscope Gallery in New York, numerous international exhibitions in the Netherlands, France, and United Kingdom, BOMB Magazine and Creative Time.  O’Brien received his MFA in Integrated Media Art Practice at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his BFA in Film, Video, and New Media at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  He currently serves as Assistant Professor of Visual Art and Technology at Stevens Institute of Technology.


Yale Student Film Festival

Satelite Workshops

Monday, Apr 17  - Saturday, Apr 22

An action packed week of events happening as part of the Yale Student Film Festival:


Monday, Apr 17  |  3:30pm

Ethics in Documentary Film
with Rachel Dretzin (YC ‘87)


Tuesday, Apr 18  |  4pm

Searching for Authenticity
Crafting your approach to short and feature filmmaking with Monique Walton (YC ‘04)


Thursday, Apr 20  |  4pm

Comedy in Film
with Jonathan Smith (YC ‘04)


Friday, Apr 21  |  3:30pm

Works in Progress Lab



Mark Coniglio

Interactive Technology in Live Performance

April 13, 2017

MARK CONIGLIO is a media artist and programmer, and the creator of Isadora, a visual programming tool used for media manipulation, enabling interactive control over digital video and sound.  Coniglio is recognized as a pioneer in the integration of live performance and interactive digital technology.

Join us for a talk on the artist’s career and research, sponsored by the Yale School of Drama and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


John Reuter

Experiments in Large Format Photography

April 11, 2017  |  10:30am

JOHN REUTER has been a photographer since the early 1970s, majoring in Art while attending SUNY Geneseo. His practice has specialized in Polaroid materials, most notably his SX-70 constructions, combining photography with painting and collage. Reuter joined Polaroid Corporation in 1978 as senior photographer and later Director of the legendary 20x24 Studio. His own work evolved through large scale Polacolor Image Transfers to digital imaging in the mid 1990’s. He has taught workshops in Photoshop, Lightroom, Polaroid materials and encaustic painting around the world. In recent years Reuter has moved into video and filmmaking and is currently working on a feature length documentary titled “Camera Ready: The Polaroid 20x24 Project”.

Join us for a talk on the artist’s career and research, sponsored by the Yale School of Drama and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Douglas Rosenberg

March 29, 2017  |  12:30pm

Douglas Rosenberg’s practice explores historical and theoretical intersections of dance and moving-image.  Rosenberg’s authorship includes the book Screendance: Inscribing the Ephemeral Image; The International Journal of Screendance, which he founded with Claudia Kappenberg; and he is currently promoting the release of his edited volume The Oxford Handbook of Screendance Studies. Rosenberg is currently the chair of the UW Madison Art Department.

In this event, Rosenberg will discuss paradigms for the treatment of dance in various arts contexts.  This event will be held at the School of Art’s 36 Edgewood Avenue building; it is sponsored by the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.

Location:  36 Edgewood, Room 204


Kati Gegenheimer

March 27, 2017  |  4pm

Gegenheimer extends her painting and drawing practice into digital printing and pattern making in a workshop that explores the use history of repeat pattern creation.

Working initially with hand drawn imagery, participants will learn how to manually make a repeat pattern from a simple sheet of paper, scissors, and basic drawing tools. Participants will scan and edit images in Photoshop, transforming imagery into repeat patterns that can be generated indefinitely. Patterns will be printed on fabric that is most suitable for each project: cotton canvas, cotton sheeting, polyester satin or nylon banner fabric.  No experience necessary!

Gegenheimer received a BFA in Printmaking & Art History from Tyler School of Art in 2007 and an MFA in Painting & Printmaking from Yale School of Art in 2013. Recent exhibitions include a two-person show and residency at SAD Gallery, Seattle, WA, and group shows at Automat in Philadelphia, PA, Ms Barbers in Los Angeles, CA, and Trestle Projects in Brooklyn, NY. Kati was appointed lecturer in Painting & Printmaking at Yale in 2016.


Alfredo Jaar

March 23, 2017  |  12:30Pm

Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean-born multi-disciplinary artist, architect, and filmmaker who lives and works in New York City.  Known for his socially engaged practice, Jaar’s work takes a variety of forms ranging from installation, photography, and moving-image, activating various forms of representation to explore the gulf between social fact and symbolic understanding.

Jaar’s work has been shown extensively around the world.  He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002).

This event is sponsored by the Yale School of Drama and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.  

Artist Reception: 12pm.


Kay Meseberg

March 9, 2017  |  11:30am

Kay Meseberg leads 360/VR innovation at ARTE, the European transmedia cultural network.  ARTE is one of Europe’s most ground-breaking broadcasters with a long track record of producing interactive content and games.  Meseberg has won numerous distinctions for his work in innovative programming – including three Grimme Online Awards, Deutscher Reporterpreis, Deutscher Wirtschaftsfilmpreis and the LEAD Award.


John Canemaker

March 2, 2017  |  10:30am

John Canemaker is an Academy Award-winning independent animator, animation historian, NYU professor, and author.

He won a 2005 Oscar and a 2006 Emmy Award for his 28-min. animated short, The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation.  His personal films are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art and distributed by Milestone Film & Video.  In 2008, MoMA featured Canemaker’s 1998 short film, Bridgehampton, in continuous screenings, with examples of its animation art on display, for the exhibition Jazz Score.

Canemaker is a full professor and head of Animation Studies at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film & Television.  In 2009, he received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award for “exceptional teaching, inside and outside the classroom.”

His twelve books on animation history subjects - ranging from Winsor McCay, Felix the Cat, Tex Avery and numerous Disney artists – are among the most important and thoroughly researched in the field.  In this workshop, Canemaker will present research from his most recent book, The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic.

This event is sponsored by the Yale School of Art, Digital Media Center for the Arts, and Film and Media Studies Program.

Joshua White

Joshua White

February 23, 2017

In conjunction with the Thomas Wilfred exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, Joshua White will present work from the Joshua White Light Show.

Visual music historian William Moritz wrote that, in its finest instantiations, light shows constituted “a living art work of organic complexity considerably more interesting, challenging and satisfying than any of the flat, static art styles of the past, including painting and the traditional fictional cinema.” Curator Christoph Grunenberg has written that of the scores of light shows that arose in the mid-to-late 1960s, the Joshua Light Show was “the most complex and sophisticated.”

Today, the structure of the Joshua Light Show differs little from the original of almost 45 years ago. At the time, it was Janis Joplin, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead for example, whose jams were driven by the psychedelic slipstream of so-called “liquid lights” – projections of per-mutating colored oils that conjured magical morphing shapes. White’s appointment as light show resident at concerts in New York’s legendary Fillmore East was followed by engagements in Woodstock, Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center. In early 2000, the renaissance of the legendary light show finally began, launched this time in the art world. White has worked on exhibitions for the Tate Liverpool, the Centre Pompidou, the Whitney Museum, MOCA and other venues. He also began to team up with other artists, to add more complexity to the show and further develop the basic analog ideas using digital techniques.

The material extravagance of the Joshua Light Show effortlessly breaks with the now common understanding of the laptop VJ as a behind-the-scenes player. The Joshua Light Show team installs a system of original devices weighing tons, which would by far tower over even the technology parks still used by electronic music’s remaining analog-synth fetishists.

This event is sponsored by the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale School of Drama, and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Martha Colburn

February 21, 2017  |  10:30am

Martha Colburn is an artist filmmaker based in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She is a 2015 recipient of the Creative Capital Award for her film “Western Wild.” Her films have screened in the Venice Biennelle, The Stedelijk Museum, Art Basel, Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival. In 2010 her films were included in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2013 her film “Metamorfoza” was commissioned by and performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


Stephanie Riggs

February 17, 2017  |  11:30am

From virtual reality to augmented reality to immersive entertainment, Stephanie Riggs maintains an open conversation with the art of immersion.  Riggs began developing interactive virtual worlds in the 1990s under the visionary Randy Pausch.  Riggs works includes a wide range of design, including collaborations with playwrights in San Francisco to massive media conglomerates in Los Angeles. Riggs work includes collaborations with Disney Creative Entertainment (Walt Disney Imagineering), Walt Disney Productions, HBO, Atlas Media, and Carmike Cinemas.

Riggs received degrees in Directing (Drama) and Human-Computer Interaction (Computer Science) from Carnegie Mellon University.


Federico Solmi

Federico Solmi + Jake Jefferies

february 5, 2017  |  11:00am - 6:00pm

Moving-image artists Federico Solmi and Jake Jefferies will present a multi-part workshop on artistic use of the Unity gaming engine to create interactive works of moving-image art and gaming.  Solmi’s work combines articulate installations composed of different media such as video, drawings, mechanical sculptures and paintings, utilizing colorful and satirical aesthetics to portray dystopian visions of contemporary society.

No experience in Unity 3D is required for participation in this workshop.  This workshop will guide participants through the basics of 3D project creation in the Unity 3D platform, with project assets made available by the artists.  Food and beverages will be provided.


JoAnna Lio Amos

February 10, 2017  |  11:30am

JoAnna Lio Amos is a Producer at Electronic Arts for Maxis, the studio behind The Sims™ and SimCity™.  EA is a global leader in digital interactive entertainment, posting GAAP net revenue of $4.4 billion in fiscal year 2016 thanks to its 300 million registered players worldwide.  The Sims alone has sold more than 175 million units since its launch in 2000.  In her 12+ years at EA’s headquarters, she has led internal and external development teams to create entertainment experiences ranging from traditional retail video game hits to the live service world of downloadable content.  In this event, Amos will discuss her work and experiences creating iconic game works at Electronic Arts.

This event is sponsored by the Yale School of Art and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.

Shimon Attie

Shimon Attie

February 2, 2017  |  1:30pm


Shimon Attie is an internationally renowned visual artist, whose work spans photography, video, site-specific installation, public projects, and new media.  For two decades, Attie has made art that allows us to reflect on the relationship between place, memory and identity. In many of his projects, he engages local communities in finding new ways of representing their history, memory, and potential futures, and explores how contemporary media may be used to re-imagine new relationships between space, time, place and identity. He is particularly concerned with issues of loss, communal trauma and the potential for regeneration.

This event is sponsored by the Film and Media Studies Program, and the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


Ngozi Ukazu

January 30, 2017  |  5:00pm


Illustrator and graphic artist, Ngozi Ukazu (YC ’13), will discuss the launch of her new graphic novel series, “Check Please!”

Sponsored by the Office of Career Strategy and the Digital Media Center for the Arts, this event coincides with the Common Good & Creative Careers | Yale Creative Careers Fair.


Andrew Schartmann

January 27, 2017  |  11:30am
March 8, 2017  |  11:30am


From Super Mario Bros. to World of Warcraft, many of the most celebrated video games have equally iconic soundtracks. More than a collection of earworms, however, music and sound effects are an integral part of the gaming experience. Using examples from the video game canon (1980s to the present), this talk explores how game sound can both complement and intersect with on-screen actions and environments.

Some of these topics will be explored further on March 8 when Andrew hones in on the specific challenges of audio in AR and VR settings. And in a later session (TBA), students will have the opportunity to present their digital media creations in a workshop aimed at developing greater sensitivity toward the role of sound in multimedia.


Adobe Creative Jam

January 18, 2017  |  7:00 - 9:30pm

The Adobe Creative Jam is a unique two-part creative experience. Witness presentations by graphic artist Orlando Arocena, photographer Janeivy Hilario, and illustrator Syd Weiler, followed by a student design competition for artists working Graphic Design, Motion Design, and Photography practices. Audience and Judges vote winners. Food and inspiration are free!  


Cheon Pyo Lee

November 16 - 18, 2016

Currently residing in Brooklyn New York, Cheon pyo Lee’s practice involves both the creation of discreet artworks such as film and installation as well as curatorial projects through the group AGWF. These projects tackle a variety of themes, stylistically marked with absurdity, play and experimentation. Lee’s installations have exhibited in Europe, Korea and the United States. Her most recent shows included in Seoul Museum of Art, Queens Museum, Art Basel, and held residencies with Atelier Mondial, Swiss, Swansea Canal, Wales, and ISCP, New York.

Through a series of studio visits and an artist talk, Lee will discuss and present works focusing on the experimental use of projectors in contemporary art making. Students are welcome to bring in their source materials while as a group we will experiment the idea of scale, distance and contextuality in larger screen.

Jacky Connolly

November 16, 2016

Jacky Connolly’s Hudson Valley Ruins is a machinima film produced entirely in the life simulation computer game The Sims 3. The film represents Connolly’s first attempt to explore, through conventions of narrative cinema, the rural-suburban virtual world that she’s crafted over the last three years.

In this workshop, Connolly will discuss her practice,  her latest work, and her approaches to popular media as art material.

Allyn Hughes + Joshua Graver

and a Public Facing Launch Event

November 12 + 13, December 3 + 9, 2016

The primary focus of this workshop will be on sound. We will be making a collective “audio book”, launching the first Volume at the 2016 Odds and Ends book fair at the Yale University Art Gallery. This will be a public facing event and will be an intersection of sound, memory, time, and physical space(s). A printed “book” will also be created in part of the launch event, and will supplement and enhance the audio component.

Nicholas Fortugno

November 11, 2016

Nicholas Fortugno is Chief Creative Officer for Playmatics, an award-winning game design company that focuses on merging story and interactive experiences in digital and real-world contexts. Among many notable works, Playmatics has created mobile games for AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead” series. A recognized game design leader worldwide, Fortugno is the original designer behind the blockbuster hit Diner Dash and also a co-founder of the Come Out & Play Festival of outdoor games and events. This workshop will dive into Fortugno’s work as CCO, exploring his oversight of the design and creative vision for Playmatics, his experiences as a game designer and story expert, as well as his entrepreneurship of digital and real-world games.

Anna Broinowski

November 9, 2016

Anna Broinowski is an international award-winning filmmaker and author. Documentaries include Pauline Hanson: Please Explain! (2016), Aim High in Creation! (2013), Forbidden Lie$ (2008) and Helen’s War (2004). These have received many festival screenings and awards, including Best Film at Silverdocs USA, the Al Jazeera Golden Award, a Russian Film Critics’ Prize, The NSW Premier’sLiterary Award, the Writer’s Guild of America (East and West) Best Nonfiction Screenplay and 3 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards. The US edition of Anna’s book about North Korean propaganda cinema, Aim High in Creation! is out with Arcade in 2016.

Explore the work and practice of Anna Broinowski at the DMCA.  This event is sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts, and Film and Media Studies.

Rasean Davonte Johnson

October 20 + 21, 2016

An exploration of old and new visual mediums in performance and music. The focus is to create a space where the analogue and digital collide. Utilizing recorded and live music attendees will create a collective piece based on prompts at the end of the session. In the process the discussion of hardware and software video synthesis and capture, live video, shadow puppetry, and tools for video playback and presentation will take place.

Pamela Tom

October 17, 2016

Film director, Pamela Tom, will present her 2015 documentary feature, TYRUS, at the Whitney Humanities Center, with a post-screening conversation between the director and Aaron Gerow, Professor of Film and Media Studies, and East Asian Languages and Literatures.

Tom’s film, TYRUS, is an award-winning documentary that tells the unlikely story of 105-year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and ‘Disney Legend’ for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi. 

Sponsored by the Council on East Asian Studies, Digital Media Center for the Arts, Film and Media Studies, and Films at the Whitney supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale).


Joshua Mosley

October 14, 2016

Internationally acclaimed artist, Joshua Mosley, will present a two-hour workshop diving into his process at the DMCA.  Mosley will present works, with an exposition of his practice and research. This workshops is free and open to the public.

Mosley is Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. and B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Joshua is a recipient of several fellowships including the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. His work has exhibited and screened at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2007 Venice Biennale, the Wexner Center for the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bruce Museum, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Donald Young Gallery, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Fabric Workshop and Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, the SITE Santa Fe Eighth International Biennial, and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.


Cinco Paul

October 12, 2016

Writer and producer, Cinco Paul, is known for his work in animated feature film. Among Paul’s many notable writing credits include “The Secret Life of Pets” (2016), the “Despicable Me” franchise (2010 / 2013 / 2017), “The Lorax” (2012), “Horton Hears a Who!” (2008), and “Cats Don’t Dance” (1997). In this workshop, Paul will discuss his professional experiences and creative process in a roundtable discussion at the Digital Media Center for the Arts.


John Michael Boling

October 11, 2016

John Michael Boling is an artist currently based in Athens, Georgia. In the past, Boling has served as associate director of Rhizome and was a the creator of the website 53 o’s. In this workshop, Boling will discuss his practice and his recent project, Culture Sport, a sprawling meta-critical anime series made entirely with the open source 3-D software Blender.

His work has been shown internationally at institutions including the New Museum in New York, MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, and Galerie West in the Hague.


Lynne Sachs

October 6-7, 2016

Lynne Sachs makes films, installations, performances and web projects that explore the intricate relationship between personal observations and broader historical experiences by weaving together poetry, collage, painting, politics and layered sound design. Strongly committed to a dialogue between cinematic theory and practice, she searches for a rigorous play between image and sound, pushing the visual and aural textures in her work with each and every new project.  Between 1994 and 2009, her five essay films took her to Vietnam, Bosnia, Israel, Italy and Germany — sites affected by international war – where she looked at the space between a community’s collective memory and her own subjective perceptions.

Explore the work and process of Sachs’ intermedia practice at the DMCA.  This event is sponsored by the Digital Media Center for the Arts, Film and Media Studies, and Films at the Whitney.


Alexa Lim Haas + Bernardo Britto

October 6, 2016

An astronaut loses a glove in space and contemplates where it will go.

Alexa Lim Haas is a multi-disciplinary artist and filmmaker from New York City. Bernardo Britto is a writer/director from Rio de Janeiro who grew up in South Florida. They have collaborated since meeting at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for film, including Bernardo’s previous acclaimed shorts, THE PLACES WHERE THEY LIVED and YEARBOOK.

Join Haas and Britto for a screening and discussion about their filmmaking process at the DMCA.


Lourdes Correa-Carlo

September 30 + November 11, 2016

Lourdes Correa-Carlo is an artist who works with photography, collage, drawing, video, sculpture and installation. In her work, she references her own physical and psychological relationship to the built landscape, and the movement of her body through public spaces.

Lourdes will lead a two-part workshop focusing on the ways in which we navigate and experience differing social and artistic contexts, utilizing a variety of mediums and approaches to record these processes.


Mike Rader

September 22 + 29, 2016

Mike Rader is a multi-award winning mixed media filmmaker and painter. His film work concentrates on the painting and sculpture process, with a primary focus on everyday tasks and their ties or allusions to a bigger picture. 

His approach is first about the inspiration (or idea) and then which medium would best serve that thought. Rader’s films have won such awards as the Vanguard Award (Art of Brooklyn Film Festival), Best Art Award (Manhattan Film Festival) and Award of Merit (Lucerne Film Festival), while his paintings, prints, sculptures and installations have been shown in museums and galleries across the country including The Carnegie Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Museum.

Rader will present a two-part workshop exploring material time-based media, including stop-motion animation and book making.


Michael Bell Smith

September 21, 2016

Michael Bell-Smith takes familiar visual elements from games, advertising, interiors, and corporate design, among other places, and positions them within unexpected conceptual frameworks. His digital animations and appropriations wryly reflect upon our cultural moment: as he tracks the circulation and proliferation of images and sounds, he charts a rapidly changing history of viral content. He mixes flatness with deep perspectives and motion with stillness in dynamic meditations on the image’s hold on truth.

Interdisciplinary Arts Workshop Archives