Derek Curry & Jennifer Gradecki


https://vimeo.com/116369612

ARTIST STATEMENT

Dérive (in Google Earth) is an exploration of algorithmic topography. Google Earth combines satellite images and 3D rendering software to create a ‘virtual globe.’ Sometimes this software can reveal landmarks that would have previously gone unnoticed and weather patterns only detected by algorithms. Starting in cyberspace, we let ourselves drift and be drawn by the strange geography of the algorithmic terrain of the virtual city of Buffalo. Then we traced the same path through the city, locating the previously overlooked landmarks and photographing them. The video documents what we found.

Soundtrack courtesy of Skyphone


BIOGRAPHY

Andrew Jon Cote’ is a digital artist who works primarily in the convergence of 3d animation and video. His work primarily deals with the themes of interaction between the virtual world and the physical world. He received his BFA in Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University in winter of 2013. His work has been exhibited in the Tasmeem Conference in Doha, Qatar; VCU 2013 Student Film Festival; VCUarts Juried Student Show at the Anderson Gallery; and has been featured and interviewed in the Stigmart Europe Videofocus 14. Since graduating from VCU, Andrew has been working full time as a Visual Effects Artist and Motion Graphics Animator for a post-production house in Richmond, VA. He is constantly experimenting and building up his own personal aesthetic and expanding his skillset while applying his fine arts abilities to projects across the commercial and entertainment industry.

Jennifer Gradecki was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1980 and earned a BFA in Sculpture, with a second major in Experimental Psychology and a minor in Art History, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She received her MFA in New Genres from UCLA in 2010 and is currently a PhD candidate in Visual Studies at SUNY Buffalo. Gradecki's art and research focuses on the relationship between information and power, and aims to make specialized knowledge and technical information more accessible.