In this episode of Spark, explore work by artists who are drawn to the methods, materials and meaning of technology. First, meet engineer, professor and Internet artist Ken Goldberg as he and his students design and host whimsical experiments where Internet players from all over the world jointly control games, robots and people. Next, visit electronic media artist Paul De Marinis at his studio in the heart of Silicon Valley, where he uses gas flames to emit the voices of Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler. And finally, visit the hands-on exhibit "Bang the Machine" at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, which demonstrates how computer gaming artists have influenced interactive arts.
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Meet Ken Goldberg who conducts whimsical experiments in human behavior to explore the artistic possibilities of the Web.
Visit the Silicon Valley studio of electronic media artist, Paul DeMarinis to see how he uses humor and technology.
See how computer gaming artists have influenced interactive arts at the YBCA's "Bang the Machine" exhibit.
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