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On the Grid (detail) by Michael Bell-Smith

On the Grid (detail)

Artist: Michael Bell-Smith
Year: 2007
Medium: video still

Wednesday, Oct. 21, noon, Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
Michael Bell-Smith will discuss his work on the moving image and its relation to the Internet, contemporary media and art. His minimal computer animations present abstracted forms, celestial bodies and vast endless cityscapes that flow across the screen like the backdrops of early arcade games. With a nod toward art-historical developments in painting (perspectival systems) and cinema (the tracking shot and motion control systems), Bell-Smith applies the austere logic of digital media to landscape representation to create an image of a world where the familiar becomes alien.