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Learn to Build Speculative Worlds in SCI-Arc’s LA-Based Fiction and Entertainment Postgraduate Program

November 29, 2021


“Mercury XX,” short film designed and directed by Miriam Kuhlmann, SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2020

SCI-Arc’s Master of Science in Fiction and Entertainment is a one-year, three-semester program during which students work with world-renowned professionals from the entertainment industry to develop expertise in worldbuilding, storytelling, film, animation, visual effects, and video games to build new forms of creative practice.

Our perception of the world is unquestionably determined by the extraordinary shared languages of fiction and entertainment. Through these stories, we exchange ideas and engage with our environment. Fictional worlds have always been sites where we can prototype new scenarios and emerging cultures. They can act as teleportation machines, helping us immerse ourselves in the various consequences of the decisions we face today. They can be both cautionary tales or roadmaps to an aspirational future.

The Master of Science in Fiction and Entertainment at SCI-Arc provides the opportunity for students to learn the techniques of entertainment design and visual storytelling, as well as employ a broad range of digital and narrative tools to imagine, animate, and produce compelling, alternative worlds. Deeply embedded in the entertainment industry of Los Angeles, the program challenges students to develop provocative stories that critically examine the emerging conditions of contemporary life.

Organized as a year-long thesis project, students are encouraged to develop a unique directorial voice and personal body of work that may take the form of a short film, animation, music video, documentary, video game, graphic novel, VR environment, immersive experience, or performance. The Fiction and Entertainment curriculum simultaneously creates space for students to develop their own interests, passions, and agendas while directly focusing on preparation for careers that will continue to propel their professional practice after graduation and help them to transition into their chosen field.

Throughout the year, students are supported by an intense program of workshops, talks, and mentoring sessions led by world-renowned filmmakers, concept artists, screenwriters, and animators from the film and entertainment industry. A critical motivation of the program is helping students to establish a productive network of collaborators and ongoing mentors to help launch them and their work after graduation.

Recent graduates from the program are developing careers in production design, creative direction, video games, visual effects, commercial, music video and TV production, media art, and design research. Projects incubated within Fiction and Entertainment have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Rotterdam, and platforms such as Nowness, VICE, FACT, and many more.

Applications for students and scholarships are now open, and details can be found on the program website.


Breach,” interactive concept album by Rick Farin, SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2019

Earth Mother Sky Father,” music film directed by Kordae Henry, SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2018

Where Turtles Fly,” video game created by Andre Zakhia, SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2020

A Graphic Memoir,” VR experience created by Ainslee Alem Robson, SCI-Arc Fiction & Entertainment 2019



RISD Pre-College Returns to Campus this Summer and Announces an Online Option

November 22, 2021


Artwork by RISD Pre-College student Abby Wang

RISD Pre-College is thrilled to announce the return of its on-campus residential summer immersive in 2022. Pre-College at Rhode Island School of Design is one of the most established and renowned summer art and design programs for high school students in the world—and also one of the oldest, celebrating its 50th anniversary since it was founded in 1971.

At RISD Pre-College, rising high school juniors and seniors can live like RISD students and work alongside hundreds of other creative, highly motivated peers who will inspire them to push their limits and produce their best work. Students will follow a college-level curriculum with day-long studio classes, visits to the Nature Lab and RISD Museum, critiques, and final projects that will forever shape the way they approach art and design. The program runs from June 25 to August 6, 2022.

The health, safety, and well-being of students, instructors, and staff remains a top priority, and RISD has developed a comprehensive set of protocols and policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

RISD’s Advanced Program Online is a year-round online intensive for high school students interested in pursuing art and design in college. This certificate program is for changemakers who want to develop their art practice, learn new ways to collaborate, and create a future they’re excited about. The Spring 2022 term runs from March 5 to May 29, and the Summer 2022 term runs from June 21 to August 14.

Both programs offer a college-level curriculum that provides a strong foundational understanding of drawing and design principles. Whether on-campus or online, students will participate in courses led by professionally practicing instructors, learn to manage time and self-motivate, and develop a portfolio of concepts, sketches, and finished pieces that can be included in or inform their college application.

Visit precollege.risd.edu to apply for RISD Pre-College residential summer immersive, and register for RISD’s Advanced Program Online year-round intensive at cereg.risd.edu.



Shop 19 New Prints from Sebastian Foster’s Fall Collection

November 17, 2021

Sebastian Foster

Austin-based gallery Sebastian Foster just announced its Fall Print Set, the first collection of its kind in almost a decade. The new release features 19 works by well-established illustrators, printmakers, artists, and painters from across the U.S. and Europe, many of whom have worked with the gallery for years. Encompassing an eclectic array of mediums and themes, the collection showcases works from artists previously featured on Colossal, including the quirky, cartoonish characters of Sabine Timm, Diana Sudyka’s fanciful storybook scenes, and Grant Haffner’s vibrant, flat landscapes bisected by his signature utility poles. Completing the set are pieces like Anne Siems’s dreamy, layered renderings and Andy Kehoe’s imagined worlds tinged with magic.

Now online-only, Sebastian Foster focuses on original works and prints, publishing upwards of 1,000 editions since it opened in the late 2000s. Whether you’re looking for the next piece to add to your collection or for meaningful holiday gifts, head to the gallery’s site to shop the Fall Print Set today.




Artists Cut Through Digital White Noise With .ART Website Domains

November 4, 2021


A surprisingly positive outcome of the pandemic is the renewed vigor with which artists and art institutions are going digital. With major players like Gagosian launching its temporary, high-end salesroom and Sotheby’s hosting online-only auctions, it’s clear that unparalleled opportunities are awaiting the art world online.

However, the flip side of this boom is an increasing amount of digital “white noise.” Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing the artistic community in this context is the need to have a way to identify, establish, and promote oneself digitally, but to do it with the same charm and character attributes that are normally conveyed offline.

Here’s where .ART comes in with unique website names to set individuals apart from the rest of the crowd. None of us had the chance to choose our given names, but digital identities are a whole other story. By choosing yourname.ART for your website, you create a point of entry for all inquiries about your professional background, work, and projects. You can stop worrying about aligning all of the profile names of your media platforms because with .ART, your website becomes the umbrella of your digital identity.


Marina Abramovic Institute (mai.art). Image © Andrew Russeth/Flickr

Launched in 2017, .ART is still a new domain. This means there’s a large selection of domain names, so there is a high chance you could find the perfect match that you wouldn’t necessarily get with other platforms. Check out some of .ART’s favorite examples of domain owners who are using their names to host websites that reflect their personal brands, plus tips on how to create and manage a good artist website.


Tate Galleries (tate.art). Photograph @lordanis/Shutterstock

From supporting artists who work with traditional media to those who base their practice in digital, crypto, VR art, or NFTs, .ART covers it all. You can create a permanent digital portfolio, a pop-up website for your side project, or simply link all of your existing media profiles on one domain. There’s no need to print business cards when you can have a digital version. And thanks to Ethereum integration, .ART domains can also be used as crypto addresses, making it an all-in-one platform.

Over 150,000 brands, institutions, and creatives have already joined .ART, among them Amazon, Apple, Pixar, the Louvre, TATE, Marina Abramovic Institute, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Louis Vuitton Foundation, the Berlinale, Ars Electronica, and many others.

To learn more and explore domain options, visit art.art.


Berlinale (berlinale.art). Photograph courtesy of Berlin Film Festival

Ars Electronica Festival (ars.electronica.art). Image ©Tom Mesic photography for Ars Electronica



Meet Chassie: The Unconventional Desk and Table Company

November 1, 2021


Andrew and Jane Daines started Chassie with the belief that furniture should be made locally and customers should have a connection to the people who make the goods. People used to know the butchers, tailors, cobblers, and craftspeople of their lives by name, but this connection has declined in recent years. To get what you want, you have to choose between something pre-fab, pricey, or a piece that will take forever to arrive. Jane and Andrew believe those are lousy choices.


Hannah Fitzgerald’s “Octopus”

With this in mind, they built a studio in the South Bronx, using local lumber to create desks, tables, and custom projects for their customers. Since their origin point is New York City, the first collection of desks featured original works by 15 local artists printed directly into the desktop surface. These artists responded to a simple design brief: create a desk design for your life’s work. The results were stunning and unusual.


Hannah Fitzgerald’s “Octopus”

The wild success of Chassie’s first line of furniture led to a web of relationships in the art, design, and maker communities of NYC. Desk projects turned into home office renovations, conference tables for Fortune 500 companies, and solid oak king-size beds. Suddenly people and businesses across the country knew someone by name in the furniture industry.


Jean Uwilingiyimana’s “Urbis”

The Chassie traditional and standing desk lines (available at chassie.com to ship nationwide) are designed by humans for humans. For custom projects, send your office or home desk ideas to [email protected]. The team is eager to connect and hear what you hope to accomplish with your life’s work.


A solid oak headboard designed by Bechara and Andrew



Artsper Is the Online Art Collector’s Best-Kept Secret

October 11, 2021


Artwork by Luciano Cian, “Kuhle #4” (2021). All images by Artsper

The online art market boomed during the pandemic, and there’s no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. As people adjust to spending more of the workday at home, the need for art and access to an art collection becomes more apparent. That’s where online art buying comes in.

While there are many places to find art online, it’s hard to know what’s authentic and where to invest your money. That’s why so many collectors use Artsper.

Artsper is an online platform that connects art galleries to a global audience. Rather than buying mass-produced artworks from a warehouse, Artsper allows collectors to buy original pieces directly from galleries, thereby supporting their artists. With an intensive approval process and trusted gallery partnerships, the platform verifies that collectors are not only getting the real thing but are doing so at a great price.

The diverse range of art available online is another reason people have turned to buying digitally. Artsper offers over 170,000 artworks from more than 1,800 of the world’s leading galleries, so there’s something for everyone’s taste. Whether you prefer sculpture, photography, paintings, or prints, you can find any medium without limits when collecting online.

While it may at first seem difficult to narrow down your choices with this many options, those who are new to collecting will be reassured to hear that Artsper offers free art advisory, lifestyle and interior design interviews, articles on art market trends, and themed collections to help build inspiration. For example, if you’re a fan of minimalist interior design, you can discover Scandinavian styles, stunning landscapes, and so much more from blue-chip artists, all at your fingertips. Explore Artsper’s expertly curated selection of artworks to find the next great piece for your home.

Art collecting online has changed the game for art lovers. Gone are the days of exhibition exclusivity; on Artsper, collectors come with budgets ranging from $100 to $100,000. With works from masters like Pablo Picasso and Sophie Calle as well as the newest emerging artists, it’s no wonder collectors rely on the online marketplace to diversify their space.

Ready to see why Artsper is the online art collector’s best-kept secret? Start learning about the art market and collect your next piece at Artsper.com.


Artwork by Elitsa Baramo, “Ecstatic” (2020)

Artwork by Daniel Convenant, “Sans titre N°16” (2020)

Artwork by Sylvie Groud, “Arche Idéale” (2015)

Artwork by Felenzi, “Aubrac 2” (2015)



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