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UCIRA Artist David Familian opening night of “Echo & Narcissus” TONIGHT!

The UCLA Art|Sci Center is going to miss you over the summer!
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Art|Sci Gallery, CNSI 5419

This installation can also be viewed on Saturdays June 1, June 8 and June 15 from 11am – 2 pm. Please contact David at for an appointment.

Echo & Narcissus is an installation that explores this ancient myth as a metaphor for the interaction between two individuals who cannot communicate. An interactive visual projection on water and multi-channel soundtrack of Echo’s voice use counterpoint to produce a series of visual and sonic relationships. 
As one looks into the water they see an image of their own face gradually materializing, dematerializing, disappearing, then reappearing once again. Echo’s voice permeates the space, moving throughout the gallery creating a haunting affect.

Echo & Narcissus is directed/produced by artist/curator David Familian, who is artistic director of the Beall Center for Art + Technology at the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine. His collaborating team includes actor Marie Chambers, voice of Echo; media artist Eric Parren, programmer of the interactive elements and author Terry Wolverton, writer of the Echo’s monologue.

David Familian began his career as a photographer and since 1990 digital media has become integral to both his own work in video, sculpture and installations and to his curatorial practice. Familian received his BFA from California Institute of the Arts (1979) and his MFA from UCLA (1986). For the past twenty-five years he taught studio art and critical theory in art schools and universities including Otis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Santa Clara University, San Francisco Art Institute and UC Irvine. He has curated one-person exhibitions of Shih Chieh Huang, Golan Levin, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chico MacMurtrie, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Nam June Paik, Paul Vanouse and Victoria Vesna. Recently, he initiated Black Box Projects, a series of exhibitions of artists collaborating with scientists in areas such as cognitive robotics, computational genetics and information science.

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