Santa Barbara, CA
George Legrady is a digital media and installation artist. Born in Hungary and raised in Montreal, Legrady lives in California where he is a professor of Interactive Media at UC Santa Barbara. His solo exhibitions have been presented at the Centre Pompidou in Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels; and the National Gallery of Canada. Legrady was awarded a grant in 2000 from the Daniel Langlois Foundation, a 1995 NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, and several Computer Integrated Media Awards from the Canada Council. He has lectured on digital media and related topics at museums and universities across the United States, Canada, and Europe, and he holds an MFA degree from the San Francisco Art Institute.
From the Journal
- George Legrady’s 1973 Photographs of the Cree People Are Now Online September 19, 2016
Speaking/Sensing Space is a digitally created abstract media environment in which visual imagery, sound, and text are generated through the movement of viewers within a public space. Consisting of a large projection screen and a six-channel surround sound system, the work interacts with viewers via a custom camera tracking system operated by original software. The projections consist of textural images that are repeatedly covered and recovered by “white noise” made up of random letters of the alphabet; this white noise can be “wiped away” by the viewer’s movement within the space. Once a certain level of action is reached, a second visual image is revealed, consisting of a green, blurred surface from which readable texts are drawn to the fore through additional interaction. Ultimately, the focus is on the relationship of the audience’s presence in relation to the environment.