Dennis Hlynsky

Dennis Hlynsky resides in Providence, Rhode Island where he is a Professor at the RI School of Design. He is a practicing artist, professor, and an early adopter of electronic media. Drawing and photography were primary studies but soon gave way to video in 1972. He was a founding member of Electron Movers (EM) in 1974 - a Providence based artist studio devoted to researching time based media. These video forms included performance, documentary, installation and experimental. The US bicentennial began his study of celebration as a long form time art. He also curated the Electron Mover performance and exhibition space, and served as consultant to the Providence Office of Cultural Affairs. Dennis has consulted Barnaby Evans on Providence, Waterfire to design suitable apparatus to float bonfires in the Providence River.
Dennis incorporated ever evolving electronic media technologies into his artistic practice. The early experimental video mode incorporating analog image synthesis was replaced with a decade of documentary. Between the years of 1977 to 1987 Dennis recorded people in life threatened medical situations. The Videoanalysis project at RI Hospital with Stephanie Lafarge produced video recordings used to inform medical professionals as well as give voice to patients on the international stage. These video documents were aired on national television such as 60 Minutes.
Digital technologies in the form of IBM and Amiga computers provided a refreshing outlet and continuation of the early experiments with analog video synthesis. In the late 1980′s he began teaching at RISD in the Film Department. There he became a principal researcher for the RISD/IBM project to investigate artist workstations. It was at during this investigation he began to study 3D. He is the Head of the Film/Animation/Video Department (FAV).
Currently, his love of the electronic temporal plastic image has continued as well as periodic organic and off grid community celebrations. His current project focuses on the movement of small animals and these visualizations can tell us about autonomous collaboration. This work has been exhibited in gallery and web venues. Recent installations include The RISD Museum, Boston Mobius, The Danforth Museum, Toronto Urban Film Festival, the Front Room Gallery in Williamsburg NY, and at Emily Carr during the Interactive Futures Conference. On line postings of his work have appeared in Colossal, The Atlantic, Wired, Huffington Post, BBC Click, Computational Ecologies and Scientific American.

Providence, US
RISD
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