Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Alan Sondheim and Azure Carter Present @ NYU Polytech

Alan and Azure Sondheim
Alan Sondheim and Azure Carter presented @ my NYU Polytech 3d graphics class.

Foofwa d.Imobilite/Neopost Ahrrrt
Musings and Involuntaries 1.6
January 21 . January 23 at 8:00pm, January 24 at 3:00pm
Post show discussion moderated by Nancy Dalva on January 21st

Friday, December 11, 2009

Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer present at NYU Polytech

Craig Freeman,Will Pappenheimer

John Craig Freeman and Will Pappenheimer presented their work to my 3d Graphics Class at NYU Polytech.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

ID Broolkyn Projects Site

id brooklyn,mark skwarek
ID Broolkyn was a project that I worked on with the good people at Citytech's Architecture Department in Brooklyn, New York. For the project I directed the creation of 3-D assets [virtual downtown Brooklyn New York]. ID Broolkyn was a historical Google Earth "like" project which allowed users to peel away the present-day architecture and look at buildings and geography which previously existed at that location. Users were able to work their way back to a time when Brooklyn was farmlands.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lily and Honglei Li presenting at my NYU Polytech class

lily and honglei li,nyu poly
Lily and Honglei Li presented there work at my NYU Polytech 3-D graphics class Monday.
Lily and Honglei Li will be presenting at Eyebeam for Performing in Second Life on
Oct 09, 2009 :::: 6:30PM-8:30PM :::: MAP

Monday, September 28, 2009

Betaville gets Rockefeller Grant!!


Betaville gets Rockefeller Grant!!

Betaville gets Rockefeller Grant!!
I worked on this project in the Spring 2009 as a BXMC [Brooklyn Experimental Media Center] Researcher in Residence 2008-2009
and have been advising over the summer.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Presenting with Ana Boa-Ventura at SLACTIONS 2009

I will be presenting with Ana Boa-Ventura at SLACTIONS 2009 -- Research Conference in the Second Life® World
Life, Imagination, & Work using Metaverse Platforms. The US conference venue will be held in Austin Texas at the Texas Advanced Computing Center. The event takes place in 7 countries and SL simultaneously.

FYI and if you're interested in attending online, the global conference program (presentations in SL) is at

Friday, August 28, 2009


Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment
Joke :P --- But I was mentioned in "Interactive Documentary: A Production Model for Nonfiction Multimedia Narratives" on page 54! hehe
Buy it here!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

COA showing @ Golden Thread Gallery, ISEA

Children of Arcadia is currently showing at ISEA in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Golden Thread Gallery
7th of August and closes on the 6th of September
Opening Times Tues - Friday: 10.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday - Sunday:10.30am - 4.00pm
Exhibition opening night 7th of August: 7 - 9pm

ISEA 2009 was curated by Kathy Rae Huffman. Huge thx to everyone that made this possible, The University of Ulster, Peter Richards, everyone from the gallery, the artists, and all the great people I met on the trip!



Brad Todd's Red TV along side COA @ the Golden Thread Gallery.

me making projector adjustments

video I took on the return from Ireland to the U.S.

Images from the Peace Wall

mark skwarek @ peace wall
I'm standing in front of the wall to give it some scale. Noticte where the the paint has been eaten away from the wall in the image to the right. This happened from flammable substances that were thrown back and forth at people on the other side.
Sadly northern Ireland is known for a period of civil strife where Protestants and Catholics where at war with one another-
Events of August 1969, forty years of political conflict. pt 1
Events of August 1969, forty years of political conflict. pt 2
Walls were constructed that were used to control the the opposing groups. I took video and pictures along the wall along with John Craig Freeman who is creating a virtual peace wall in Second Life. This will be somewhat similar to his Virtual Florida

Craig walking towards one of the only open control gates on our walk...
bonfire w british flag
a pile of palettes for a bonfire, note the British flags on top
bonfire ireland
bonfire the day after

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009


Children of Arcadia is showing at VIRUS EXHIBITION AT OASIS GALLERY in Beijing!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

mr Serial Krusher's debut album Dub Witness


Mr Krusher's first song is now available for
download on itunes, amazon, and is somehow already in the top 10
downloads on It is
called Dub Witness (2 Year Lease).
Mr Krusher's debut album will be complete in early fall and may reside on the
same label: Vermin Street records, as well as the
reconstruction of a bunch of unfinished tracks Rik Maihos left behind
when he bounced.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

COA AI may be complete ^^ !!

[some fireworks to celebrate this momentous day]
After many hard years of work it looks as though we are on the brink
of completing the AI for Children of Arcadia. Joseph Hocking worked long
And hard to produce this new version of the AI for our COA ISEA show. This is truly
a monumental day.
coa ai
[Image from Joe's testbed -- still working out a few bugs but it's almost art
by itself]
The actions of the computer generated characters [AI]
makes up half of COA on a conceptual basis. The AI system that we hope to
implement for ISEA is quite complex.

Friday, June 19, 2009

post position

mark skwarek,children of Arcadia,Joseph Hocking,post position
post position review

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

COA gets IBM runner-up award at Cyberarts

children of Arcadia_IBM award,children of Arcadia,mark skwarek,Joseph Hocking

Children of Arcadia gets IBM runner-up award and $1000 for Cyberarts 09!

Images of COA @ Cambridge Arts Council -- Cyberarts 09

cyberarts 09,children of Arcadia,Cambridge arts Council,mark skwarek,Joseph Hocking

cyberarts 09,children of Arcadia,mark skwarek,Joseph Hocking

Children of Arcadia Mark Skwarek

Here are some images from Cyberarts 2009. I can't say what an honor it was for the
COA team to be included in the show. We are extremely grateful to the Cambridge Arts Council for giving us the opportunity to show COA during Cyberarts. A special thanks goes to Jeremy Gaucher who organized the show, helped install the work, and kept it running. Also to Lillian Hsu who helped with all of my gallery access requests. Also thanks to everyone else at the Arts Council who helped keep the piece up and running throughout the show.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Problem found!

problem found

Problem found! Mark Skwaerk Sr [Mark the elder] and Forest Majors find piston damage…
Will the car be ready for Pocono !?!? photos by Forest Majors--

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

NYU Polytech Maya 3d Graphics Student work

Thomas Burns, Animation from mark skwarek on Vimeo.

Animation by my 2nd year student Thomas Burns-- this is a small clip
from an upcoming project that Tom made with Max Ong. Modeling, texturing,
rigging, lighting, and animation by Thomas Burns.


My first year students final project was to augment part of the NYU
Polytech campus. Here are some of the results.



Renders by my student Evelyn Lieu. Evelyn gave the sound NYU Poly
studio/ classroom a Rococo theme.

Laurent Hilaire

Render by my student Laurent Hilaire.

CityTech -- Maya 1st year

Edgar Ramirez

Renders by my student Edgar Ramirez

Marcin Galas

Renders by my student Marcin Galas from my 1st year Maya class at Citytech college.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Citytech 3d Max 1st Year -- Student Work

Citytech 3d Max 1st Year -- Student Work

christian delgado

christian delgado

Renders from my student Christian Delgado from my 3d Max 1st Year architecture class.
contact --- cdelgado161 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Felix Lu -- Thesis -- COA makes a guest appearance

Children of Arcadia's [COA] Federal Hall Memorial makes a guest appearance as the setting for Felix's thesis project From SVA. Felix worked on COA for our 2007 Cyberart's show with the Bell Gallery at the Brown Cave in Providence. Felix made the Federal Hall Memorial for COA. Great work Felix!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

COA in New England Journalof Artistic Research

COA in New England Journal of Artistic Research, "What to see at 2009 Cyberarts Fest"

Render by Levis Reyes

Levis Reyes

Render by Levis Reyes -- 1st year 3D Max, Citytech Dept of Architecture + my student.
scandgolden24 [at] gmail [dot] com

Monday, May 11, 2009

Dan Loudfoot @ Galapagos

dan loudfoot @ galapagos


Performance art by artist Dan Loudfoot @ Galapagos Art Space in dumbo last Thursday.
Sadly Dan is leaving NYC to Montana with his new MFA for Pratts painting dept.

CAC CyberArts Doc + Openning

CAC CyberArts Doc + Openning
The Video is alittle low rez but we have better footage coming....

show wall text



COA mentioned in Boston Pheonix

Keepin' it real . . . sort of
Virtual reality at the Boston Cyberarts Festival
By EVAN J. GARZA | April 15, 2009
Boston Pheonix

Boston Globe intervierw footage

(Boston Globe) A multimedia exhibit in Cambridge reflects the news of the day. By Bill Greene, Globe Staff

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cyberarts 09 :: Artist Reception: May 4, 2009, 6-8 pm

Children of Arcadia (COA) :::: Cyberarts 09 at the Cambridge Arts Council.
Artist Reception: May 4, 2009, 6-8 pm

cyberarts skwarek

cyberarts skwarek
The Cambridge Arts Council is only open during the week but can be viewed on the weekend by appointment.

April 24 � May 15, 2009
First Mondays @ CAC Gallery
Artist Reception: May 4, 2009, 6-8 pm

Children of Arcadia featured in a Artscope email blast

Children of Arcadia featured in a Artscope email blast! April 30th

Navigating Cyberworlds: Creative Practice in Virtual Reality :: panel discussion

I was part of a panel discussion on the project at Boston University ---
Navigating Cyberworlds: Creative Practice in Virtual Reality
Boston Cyberarts Festival 2009

Navigating Cyberworlds: Creative Practice in Virtual Reality_skwarek

Panel Discussion
Monday, April 27, 2009, 7:00 pm
Boston University
Boston University Photonics Center, room 206
8 Saint Mary's Street, Boston
in English
Admission free
Panel discussion with: Mark Skwarek (Children of Arcadia), Tamiko Thiel, HongLei, Jeff Lipsy (Filthyfluno), All virtual reality artists from the festival & George Fifield moderator.
Joseph Hocking also resently presented Children of Arcadia at Techenarte in Spain.

Boston Pheonix review--

Boston Pheonix review--


"The installation Children of Arcadia convinced me that the 2009 Boston Cyberarts Festival isn’t going to suck. I’d been worried because I’ve seen lots of local cyberart (or new-media, or tech art, or whatever you want to call it) since the previous Cyberarts Festival, in 2007, and too much of it had been disappointing."
By GREG COOK | April 28, 2009

Childern of Arcadia featured in Art and New England Magazine

The project was featured in Art and New England magazine in April.

COA accepted for ISEA 09 !!!

Children of Arcadia was also accepted for ISEA 09

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Boston -- Upgrade! // Cambridge Arts Council

fung wah
Front seat on the Fung Wah Adventure Bus !

mark and joe upgrade!
The bluescreen of death @ Upgrade!.... It all worked out in the end ^^. Mark and Joe presenting an Upgrade!


I was lucky enough to meet with the good people from the Cambridge arts Council during my trip. COA is coming to this space as a large-scale panorama April 24 for Cyberarts 2009.
mass art library view
View from the Mass Art library of Boston.