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Artist-in-Residence James Clar Will Give TAP Presentation April 19
For release: April 3, 2006
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James Clar, FedEx Institute of Technology Lantana Artist-in-Residence, has been selected the TAP (Technology, Art and Performance) presenter for 2006. His presentation will be April 19 at 7 p.m. in the Methodist Presentation Theatre at the FedEx Institute at the University of Memphis.

Clar's presentation will focus on his work on the study of light and its properties to design information systems with ground level control.

Clar received his master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He has received recognition from numerous publications, including the Design Distinction Award from I.D. Magazine 2004 for his thesis project at NYU. Clar has done work at Benetton's Fabrica design facility in Italy, and he was an artist-in-residence at Eyebeam Atelier in New York. His gallery exhibitions include those at the New Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chelsea Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Milan Trienniale, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

TAP is a cooperative project of the U of M College of Communication and Fine Arts and the FedEx Institute of Technology. It is designed to support the exploration of the intersection of art, science, and technology.

Its focus is to recruit artists who open up new perspectives on the distinctive ways in which art and technology converge and complement each other. Drawn from music, dance, theatre, visual art, and multi-media, TAP artists represent the frontiers of art in which technology is integral and illuminates its power when harnessed to an artistic vision.

Previous TAP presenters include Elliott Earls, graphic designer and artist-in-residence at Cranbrook Academy, and Brenda Laurel, chair of the Graduate Media Design program at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

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