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Contact:
Eric C. Sloss
412-268-5765

For immediate release:
December 20, 2002

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Will Exhibit Art from Japanese Artist, Noriyuki Fujimura, at First Night

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, in conjunction with the Times Project and First Night Pittsburgh, will present a public art exhibit titled "Televised Distance"from Japanese artist Noriyuki Fujimura. There will be an opening reception in the CNG Plaza 625 Liberty Avenue from 5 - 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, 2002. The public artwork will be on display through January 3, 2003.

The artwork consists of two stereophonic, 3-dimensional, telephone-video conference stations. Participants will be recorded at one station and then projected to the other as a hologram when viewed with 3D glasses.

Noriyuki Fujimura said, "Through this stereoscopic communication, participants will re-engage a sense of human scale and presence at a time when we rely more and more on 'body-less communication,' such as the telephone and Internet."

Fujimura has a bachelor of arts in architecture from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and a master's degree in media and public policy from Keio University. He is a visiting research fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in the College of Fine Arts and his work here is supported by the Japanese Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Fujimura has dealt with the issue of communication in several interactive public projects throughout Japan. He recently completed a project titled "World/World" where participants in Germany and Japan were able to interact with an installation sculpture in real time using the Internet.

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry was founded in 1989 to support experimental and interdisciplinary work in the arts. The project is funded through First Night Pittsburgh and The Sprout Fund. For more information contact the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at 412-268-3454.

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