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Talk at DAC 2009

On Monday, I presented my paper Not Me: Collaboration and Co-production with Language Processing Systems  at the Digital Arts and Culture conference 2009.

In the paper I discuss integration of language processing technologies into a studio practice, and language-based interaction in interactive artwork.

A lot of people I respect were in the room. It went… ok. It will only get better.

Natural Love at Sixteen:One Gallery

Sixteen:One proudly presents NATURAL LOVE

New works by: Robert Twomey and Les Lawrence
Organized by Sara Hunsucker.

Opens Saturday, January 26th and runs through February 23rd.
An opening reception for the artists will be held Saturday January 26th from 7-10pm.

The point of departure for Natural Love is the evolution of the relationship between man and beast. Civilization once depended on animals for their ability to provide: food, clothing, labor and transportation. Cultures worship, sacrifice, and examine animals, and use them as stand-ins for humans in scientific experimentation. No longer wild, but still subservient, domesticated animals are so integrated into our lives as to become extensions of our own identities. They act as others so that we may define ourselves as caretakers and companions. We count on them as our sweethearts, saviors, and surrogates. Pets bare a burden of our imposed anthropomorphization. They do their best to retain their dignity in our grotesque patronizations, dressing them up, baby talking to them, and parading them around in designer carriers and rhinestone collars. It is loyalty, forgiveness, and mutual dependence that constitute our natural love.

Robert Twomey’s oil paintings are based on found fliers of disappeared cats from his neighborhood. These works illuminate public expressions of private attachments, and lament the loss of irreplaceable love. Taken as source materials, the artist is implicated in the process of recovery of the missing by removing the fliers for his purposes. Both honoring and interrupting, Twomey creates haunting, sad, and even humorous work.

Les Lawrence’s work investigates and critiques the nature of interspecies relationships. He presents an installation of his beloved twelve-month-old turtle, Crackshell in his habitat. Lawrence also exhibits evocative new photos of pets with their masters and mistresses. This work addresses contemporary cultural phenomenon of our animal attractions in relation to our particular time and space.

Sixteen:One is an art space organized by Los Angeles-based artist, Allison Whitney. Located at 2116-b Pico Blvd in Santa Monica, CA, the space features an ongoing series of contemporary art exhibitions. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 – 5 p.m., and by appointment. For information, call 310.450.4394, or


I have  three pieces in the COMPASS 2007 show at UC Riverside / California Museum of Photography.


Wednesday, August 1, 2007
Noon—5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Noon—5 p.m.

Location: UCR ARTSblock located in the 3800 block of Main Street, Downtown Riverside
Category: Exhibition

Description: Compass 2007: New Art from the University of California’s MFA Programs

Compass 2007 is a survey exhibition that will present work by art MFA students who will be graduating from UC Art Departments in June 2007. The eight out of the ten UC campuses with art departments that will be included are UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, and UC San Diego. The exhibition will look at the impact of UC MFA programs, explore the differences and similarities between northern and southern California, and measure the influence certain faculty have on artistic production. Encompassing over 6000 square feet, the exhibition will be presented in both the UCR/California Museum of Photography and UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, two of three components that will form the newly created UCR ARTSblock, located on Main Street, a pedestrian walkway, in downtown Riverside. This will be the first exhibition in recent history to encompass all of the University of California’s art departments, and to build a bridge between northern, central, and southern California art scenes. Brochure and online catalogue will be available. Co-curated by UCR/California Museum of Photography Curator of Exhibitions, Ciara Ennis, and UCR Sweeney Art Gallery Director, Tyler Stallings. Compass: 2007 is organized by UCR ARTSblock.

Additional Information:

Open to: Public. ARTSblock hours: 12-5 Tuesday-Saturday. Open until 9 PM on the first Thursday of every month. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Sweeney Art Gallery

Contact Information:
Shane Shukis