Vizzers to unleash creativity at Viz-a-GoGo 22 May 6-9 in Bryan

Viz-a-GoGo, the annual showcase of digital wizardry conjured by graduate visualization students from the Texas A&M College of Architecture, will be staged in downtown Bryan May 6-9.

This year's show, the 22nd Viz-a-GoGo, features public screenings of time-based work, the main event, at 8 p.m. Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9 at the Palace Theater, 105 S. Main St.

The theme, “Electric Boogaloo,” will be accentuated in the show's student-produced interstitial segments skewering Hollywood’s obsession with sequels.

The exhibition of student work will be staged Wednesday, May 6 through Saturday May 9 at the Amity Building,  300 W. 26th St. This exhibit will feature multimedia installations, interactive games and still work, with special events schedule prior to the Friday and Saturday night screenings.

Additionally, Vizzer work will be showcased 5–9 p.m. at the old Parker Lumber building, 419 N. Main St., a space that students have used as a studio this semester. The schedule for this exhibit is not yet determined, but will be announced on the Viz-a-GoGo 22 website with other event highlights as plans for the show take shape.

Presented by the Texas A&M Department of Visualization, event sponsors include the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, AdventGX, the Downtown Bryan Association, BCS Modern Living, Patranella's Bakery and Cafe and the Texas A&M College of Architecture.

Visualization studies at Texas A&M

Since 1989, the Master of Science in Visualization program at Texas A&M has provided a steady stream of aspirants for the burgeoning field of digital and electronic visualization. Vizzers are true Renaissance men and women, gifted with a unique left-right-brain ambidexterity, facilitating a mastery of both art and science.

The program's graduates have achieved success as creative directors, computer animators, university professors and software designers, with the majority working in the animation, visual effects and electronic gaming industries. Aggie Vizzers can be found among the creative talent at Pixar, Blue Sky, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Industrial Light and Magic, Dreamworks Animation, Electronic Arts, Rhythm & Hues Studios, Reel FX and Sony Pictures Imageworks.

After almost a decade of outstanding achievement in visualization education in its Visualization Laboratory, the College of Architecture established the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M, and in January 2009 the undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Visualization program was introduced, followed in 2012 by Texas A&M's first graduate-level fine arts degree, the Master of Fine Arts in Visualization.

The Department of Visualization nurtures a unique, synergetic studio environment combining academic rigor with creativity, fun, camaraderie and collaborative problem solving.

posted March 13, 2015