Meet our esteemed judges, Roy Anthony, Brett Phares (Curator), Gabriel Barcia-Colombo, Lucia Fishburne, Evan Narcisse, and Mark Schnell, who will be serving on the panel for this year’s festival.
Roy Anthony Democratizing and distributing pixels everywhere. A technology innovator and subject matter expert in implementation of fully collaborative, interactive immersive display solutions. Providing leadership in research and implementation initiatives fusing Projection Mapping, Augmented and Virtual Reality. Enabling research into new forms of location based entertainment, and collaborates with practitioners and researchers investigating applications of new technological breakthroughs into improving the cinematic experience. Currently Research & Innovation, Christie Digital Systems.
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is a mixed-media artist whose work focuses on collections, memorialization, and the act of leaving one’s digital imprint for the next generation. His work takes the form of video sculptures, immersive performances, large-scale projections, and vending machines that sell human DNA. Gabriel was recently commissioned to be the first digital artist to show work at the New Fulton Terminal Stop with the MTA Arts & Design program in New York City. His work has been featured in the Volta, Scope, and Art Mrkt art fairs, as well as Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library. He received an Art and Technology grant from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to research the future of online memorials. He has served as a member of the artist advisory board at the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as the education committee member at the Museum of Art and Design. In 2012 Gabe gave a TED talk entitled “Capturing Memories in Video Art,” in 2014 he gave another TED talk entitled “My DNA Vending Machine” and in 2014 he was awarded a Senior TED fellowship. Gabe is a New York Foundation for the Arts grant awardee and faculty member at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. For more information, visit gabebc.com.
Lucia Fishburne is a research associate and adjunct instructor in the Florida State University (FSU) College of Communication and Information (CCI), and also serves as the executive director of the Florida Book Awards. Fishburne is also Florida’s State Film Commissioner where she is responsible for leading the state’s efforts to build, expand and retain the film, TV, and digital media entertainment industry sector. Lucia has previously toured as a professional singer/songwriter. “Algebra TV,” which she composed, performed in, and produced, was winner of the Milia ’95 international multimedia conference in Cannes, France.
Evan Narcisse is a journalist and critic who writes about video games, comic books, movies, and TV. Often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture, he is now a senior staff writer at io9, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku. He has taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas.
Brett Phares is an artist and curator working in computer simulation and installation. With 20+ years in interactive media, he has created innovative projects for both startups and international brands alike, all which inescapably inform the visual syntax of his personal work. He earned his MFA from in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College in New York City and an MA in Art History, Theory, and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook, NY. He has shown in North America, Asia, and soon in Australia; has written and taught on our pre-disposed blindness in everyday experience; is curator of Alys Beach’s annual projected art festival Digital Graffiti, and directs its artist residency; and managing partner of General Anxiety, a public art consultancy.
Mark Schnell is an urban designer based in Seagrove Beach, Florida. His firm, Schnell Urban Design, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2014. Among the most prominent of the Schnell Urban Design projects is Cinnamon Shore, located on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, Texas. Mark is now leading the way for two additional new communities along the Texas coast, including Palmilla Beach and a location adjacent to a beautiful Arnold Palmer Golf Course. Mark is actively engaged in urban design education and outreach. He offers walking tours of Seaside, has been a guest speaker at numerous functions, and provides commentary for the “Seaside: The City of Ideas” episode of the acclaimed documentary series American Makeover.