3rd 01SJ Biennial September 2010

A global festival of art on the edge

Piotr Szyhalski

Piotr Szyhalski (Poland/US)
b. 1967, Kalisz, Poland; lives Minneapolis, MN
If/Then, 2008

Multimedia artist and designer Piotr Szyhalski came to United States in 1990 from his native Poland to teach at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During the following decade, he has maintained a furious pace teaching, lecturing, and performing. Moving between fine arts (painting, photography, drawing, installation) and design, Szyhalski began producing art on the Internet in 1995, and his award-winning net art and multimedia works “The Spleen” (spleen.mcad.edu), “Ding an sich (The Canon Series)” (www.walkerart.org/gallery9/szyhalski/), “Electric Posters”, and “Die Zeitstücke” have been featured in national and international exhibitions at such venues as the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the New York Expo Film Festival, the International Center of Photography in New York City, Siggraph 2000 in New Orleans, and ISEA 2000 in Paris. Of “Ding an sich,” the New York Times says “Szyhalski’s user-controlled creation is deeply involving and richly allusive. It is one of the most accomplished pieces of art on the Web.” His work has also been featured in Wired, I.D. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Public Art Review, Details Magazine, and others. In addition to Internet-specific works, and gallery exhibitions, Szyhalski develops multimedia stage projects. His stage commissions include an interactive video installations produced for Vaughan Williams’ “Sea Symphony,” which premiered in November 2001 at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as well as “Nobel Symphony” by Steve Heitzeg performed on April 18, 2004, at the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra Hall. Szyhalski is a Professor in the Media Arts Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he mentors graduate students and teaches a variety of undergraduate courses with an emphasis on interactive and multimedia art.