Name: Casey Farina
Where I live: In central Phoenix.
What I create: I create digital media experiences from iterative algorithms. These experiences often take the form projection-mapping public art, interactive installations, and video-art sculptures. My work draws inspiration from biological and cosmic processes.
What inspired me to become an artist: I’ve been creating since high school. I went to college (ASU) for music and discovered electronic music. This led me to experimental video and animation. Over the past five years, I’ve started to apply my digital animation skills to digital fabrication (laser cutting and 3D printing). It is an exciting time to work in the digital media field.
My involvement in this year’s Canal Convergence: My projection-mapping installation, Traverse, is part of the Local Light component of 2019’s Canal Convergence. It wraps around the Canal Convergence Storefront at 7035 E. 5th Ave. in Scottsdale.
What I’m most looking forward to regarding this year’s event: I created a projection installation called “exchangeRate” for the 2018 Local Light event. I always enjoy dropping by the installation and watching how people react (or not) to the work.
Other activities I enjoy: My wonderful and supportive partner, Jen Urso, and I have an amazing 5-year-old son. Spending time with them is my main focus. I try to find time to run when possible.
If I had four hours with absolutely nothing to do on a Saturday, here’s how I would spend it: If there is any time available on the weekend, I’m usually working on my artwork in my home studio space. This usually involves pre-visualizing my work in 3D and fine-tuning the algorithms that populate the digital environments.
My No. 1 suggestion to new artists: Find your own voice. I teach in the Digital Media Arts program at Glendale Community College. Many students get wrapped up in a look or style that generates social media attention rather than working to discover what unique perspective they have to offer.
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