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Buddha Comic

Artist Statement

As an artist and uber-geek I often find myself struggling with contemporary art and technology. So rarely does our culture ask us to stop, pause, and reflect. We use our talents to create a world of distractions and diversions for ourselves. I challenged myself to make something hi-tech and cool that calms people down and even encourages us to be more aware of our surroundings and ourselves.

One illuminating day while sitting in meditation, I felt my own heartbeat. It was one simple beat. But with that beat I felt how my heart pushed and pulled blood throughout my body. I can't expect for anyone to understand how moving this was. It was a personal experience. I felt this beat not because of fear or anxiety but because of a heightened sense of relaxation and awareness. And the obvious became more obvious to me --heartbeats move us, affecting our emotions and thoughts. Hearts give us the rhythm of life. This idea seized me and the outcome is My Beating Heart.
Enjoy this creation --- Yury Gitman

Yury Gitman is a designer, inventor, and award-winning artist. He's a Adjunct Professor at The Parsons New School for Design where he teaches Interactive Toy Design and advanced concepts in digital design.
He has also exhibited at the Biennale of Electronic Arts in Perth Australia; at the Isle de France in Paris; at Ars Electronics in Austria; and at Eyebeam, among others, in New York. He remains one of the first people to use the Internet from inside the New York subway. He did this by employing a network of his Magicbikes ("wireless bicycle hotspots"). He was awarded the Ars Electronica Golden Nica for Net Vision in 2003, one of Europe's highest recognition for electronic arts. In 2005 Yury opened Banana Design Lab, a product design company focusing on lifestyle designs to entertain the soul.
He received a Masters degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunication Program and a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He has worked with non-profits such as NYCWireless, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Downtown Alliance to promote open Internet policy and New Media Art practice in New York. Yury's work has featured in local, national, and international media including BBC, New York Times, Newsweek, NPR, New York 1 TV, Tech TV, CNET, ID Magazine, Readymade, Village Voice, Bust magazine, Adbusters, Utne reader and a range of other outlets.

Yury Gitman