Deiter presents 3-D digital animation at Smithsonian

Deiter presents 3-D digital animation at Smithsonian Assistant Professor Anthony Deiter of The University of South Dakota College of Fine Arts, presented Younghawk Seven, a 3-D Native American digital animation at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in October 2000.

The show, titled, Who Stole The Tepee? was in conjunction with the NMAI and Atlatl, a Native arts service organization based in Phoenix, AZ. The art venue was a collaboration of the best contemporary Native American artists in the nation held at the George Gustav Heye Center, National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY.

In addition, Deiter gave a presentation on 3-D technology titled, "Is Cyber Art Really Art?" Deiter's presentation for contemporary artists explained how 3-D technology would give a new direction and medium in regard to fine art.

His people have referred to Deiter as the "digital story teller." For example, Younghawk Seven focuses on telling the story of the Native American people from beginning to end.

"It has a difficult beginning, it bothers a lot of people, but ends with a positive message," Deiter said.

He plans to use the technology as a way to preserve Native American languages in danger of extinction. Deiter is working on a movie and website using the technology and creates the props, buildings, and virtually everything in his productions using the animation software.

"The possibilities of this technology is not only in movies, but can be used for the sciences, educational arts, architecture � your imagination is the only limitation," he said. "Because of my sculpture background it gave me the skills to see 'in the round' as we artists call it."

Deiter's areas of emphasis include 3-D computer animation, digital sculpture and digital printmaking. He has done extensive research with software such as Adobe Photoshop 5.5, Bryce 3 and 4, Ray dream 5, Rhino 3D, 3D Paint, 3D Studio Mix, Maya 2, Poser 4, Adobe Premiere 5, True Space 3, Web site Design, and Dreamweaver3.

Deiter, originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, is a member of the Cree/Saulteaux Nation. In 1994, received an associate of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1994, Sante Fe, NM, a bachelor of fine arts from Arizona State University in 1997, and his mater of fine arts degree in July of 2000 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Deiter has taught undergraduate students the fundamentals of computer animation under the directorship of Professor George Cramer at the University of Wisconsin and has demonstrated animation as a storytelling medium. He presented "Culture in a Technological Age" at the second annual CIC (Native Graduate Consortium).

In April 2001, Deiter will travel and present at the University of Iowa, for an Interdisciplinary International Conference called "Fleeting Object: New Work in the Study of Material Culture."

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