Fall 2011 Lectures/Events

Bring us your broken objects for 

Patched: Sustaining the Life of Objects

a mending workshop on 

Thursday, November 10th, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm

With Sara McBeen, member of  Fixers Collective & Sarah Kate Beaumont, master sewer and founder of Verysweetlife Studio.

  • Children welcome.
  • Bring clothing or a non-electronic household item to mend.
  • Tools and tips provided.

in conjunction with

What color is your trash, babycakes?

October 25 – November 26

Westchester Community College, Center for the Digital Arts

27 N. Division St., Peekskill, NY 10566

Artist, Jean Brennan, along with her husband and two children, conducted an investigation of their material—and highly disposable—world. As a mock anthropological study, each discarded artifact was photographed and tagged with its respective date, material, weight, user, function and color. Tagged with metadata, images were uploaded daily to an online  archive at Squanderless.com. The live feed ran for 10 months resulting in a unique family portrait narrative.




Eric Wilkerson, Making a Career in Illustration 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 7:00 pm


Eric has most recently started working as a visual development /concept designer for the movie industry, creating digital matte paintings and pre production art for projects in development. He is now working as a concept designer for the world famous Blue Man Group and WETA Workshop (the visual effects studio responsible for the Lord of the Rings films, District 9 and James Cameron’s Avatar.) His past clients include Activision, Walt Disney, Nickelodeon, MTV, and DC Comics. Eric is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts NYC.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.


Meet the Foley Artist/Sound Engineer

Leslie BloomeAlchemy Post Sound

Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 7:00 pm

Alchemy Post Sound focuses on creating the best sounds for all types of productions including feature films, commercials, TV, animation, documentaries and video games. Alchemy records and delivers in digital formats. All of our sound effects are recorded to fit the exact requirements of each production.

Foley is the reproduction of everyday sounds for use in filmmaking. It’s the sound of the footsteps, movements or rustles. It’s anything that the actor might handle touch or grab, like writing a letter or clinking of a drink. Smaller sounds like jewelry jingle or a fly being zipped. Larger sounds like a body fall or a fistfight.

During filming, the location sound recordist tries to capture only the dialogue as best as possible. On the set, microphones are positioned to record an actors’ slightest whisper without background noises from camera and crew. In post, Foley adds back the detailed layer of sound to produce a rich and realistic track. Many times an actor will need to replace a line in a scene do to outside noises or a poor performance, or when a film is sold for foreign release and music and effects only mix is needed. In these situations, the Foley sound effects really come into play.

Leslie Bloome is both a Foley Artist and editor, with over 200 feature-film, television, gaming, animation and commercial credits. Recent credits include Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”, HBO’s “Board to Death” and AMC’s series “Rubicon”.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.


Art and Smartphones, a New Artmaking Landscape Using Augmented Reality

Chris Manzione

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7:00 pm

What is Augmented Reality and what will an augmented future look like? Learn more about Augmented Reality, or AR, a technique that uses free smart phone apps to overlay 3-D images and information on top of real-time screen visuals as seen through the smart phone camera lens. Chris Manzione is a pioneer of this art form and will talk about theVirtual Public Art Project, his Augmented Reality platform for the public display of digital works of art. VPAP is the first mobile AR outdoor art experience ever, and maximizes public reception of AR art through compatibility with both iPhone 3GS and Android phones.

Unlike current AR smart phone utilities that enable users to view a location with an additional layer of information about that location – i.e. information about a restaurant, VPAP creates site-specific sculptures at a location that invite viewers in for close observation from all sides and from multiple perspectives.


This event is open to the public and all enrolled students, but registration is required. Please email us at peekskill@sunywcc.edu.

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