Peter Kennard

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Peter Kennard began his involvement with digital media more than 25 years ago. After an education in Architecture and 5 years professional experience in photography, lighting and industrial design. In 1980 as the graphic design manager for The Mansfield Stock Chart Service of NYC, Mr. Kennard pioneered in the development of a client server based full color interactive graphical stock information system based on early microprocessor workstations using dialup lines. After continued work in the design field and additional study of microprocessor architectures and programming at New York University, he became one of the founding partners of Octree Software of New York in 1986. There he was chief interface architect and team manager for the Caligari 3d modeller built for the Amiga computer released in 1988. After relocating to San Francisco in 1989, Mr. Kennard joined with Jim Kent as head UI designer and architect of the Autodesk Animator Pro. animation paint box system, released by Autodesk in 1992, he then went on as lead architect and programmer to enhance the Caligari real time interactive 3d modeler to be released as TrueSpace(r) by Caligari Corporation of Mountain View in Q3 1993. As a founding partner of the aRt&D Lab of San Francisco in 1994, Mr. Kennard worked in the field of real time interactive graphics for entertainment, video game production, design and production of corporate events, performance media systems, and internet media distribution for clients including Williams enteratinment, Sega, Mindscape, and First Virtual holdings inc, during this period he developed a Java like multi-platform media distribution system and was instrumental in the early stages of the VRML effort. In 1998 Mr Kennard moved to Santa Monica Ca. to work as lead interface architect on a 3D engine project "Gel" for Ur Studios, and subsequently on interactive architectual media installations for Progress City Studios, also of Santa Monica Ca. Most recently he developed a unique multiuser interface for the Walker art Center's Dialog Interactive Table shown in their "Strangely Familiar" design exhibition of 2003 and now on display in the collection.