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Julia Heyward, whose work centers around the orchestration of music, image and language, and Interactive Media Research Associate Professor Perry Hoberman, will be the guest speakers at tomorrow’s Digital Studies Symposium, beginning at 6:00PM in the Ron Howard Theater in the Zemeckis Center. Sponsored by the Institute for Multimedia Literacy, the presentations will be moderated by Anne Bray, the Executive Director of LA Freewaves. More information here.
Anne, Marientina and I (along with Holly Willis and Virginia Kuhn from IML) have videos included in the grandly named HASTAC 2010 Grand Challenges and Global Innovations virtual conference that is streaming live right now. You can login and watch the videos at: http://iml.posterous.com and if you’re registered with Google Wave you can chat live with Anne, me or Marientina.
Students in last semester’s CTIN 532: Interactive Experience and World Design are featured in my video IKEA as ARG, eluding capture by the IKEA security forces. Don’t miss it.
Making Friends: Seven Days Toward Empathetic Avatars
As avatars become computer interfaces, it’s all too easy for users to act from a position of presumed superiority and condescension. Believing ourselves to be the only sentient being in a relationship – even with a virtual character – can lead to arrogance and indifference toward other beings, whether “real” or “virtual.”
Yet, emotions such as empathy are fundamental to human experience, influencing such basic human processes as cognition, perception, learning, communication and decision-making. Historically, however, designers, theorists and technologists have largely ignored the emotional register, which is notoriously difficult to predict, harness or contain.
This assignment is about creating a contract of caring between a user and a physical avatar. One way of approaching this assignment would be to create a situation or exchange that highlights the intense feelings we sometimes develop for inanimate objects. But remember, contracts represent an exchange of value: what would it take for these objects to develop intense feelings of empathy for us?
Tuesday March 30, 2010 8:30pm
251 S Main St., LA CA 90012
$5 LA3DClub members • $10 non-members • FREE with USC Student ID!
The LA3DClub presents an illustrated 3D lecture by Ray Zone along with two nWave Pictures films on the history of 3D: Encounter in the Third Dimension and Misadventures in 3D. Zone’s lecture addresses the 3D filming of the historic Lumiere brothers’ ‘actuality’ L’Arrivee du Train in its 2D (1895) and 3D (1935) versions, both of which will be screened. As one of cinema’s founding myths, the screening of the Lumiere film in 1895 at the Café Grand in Paris evoked panic in the audience. Zone reveals some hitherto unknown historic facts that shed new light on this founding myth of cinema and explains the 3D camera system that the Lumiere brothers constructed to make this seminal work of cinema.
An Evening with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 : 7:00pm
Admission is free. RSVP required.
Organized by Visions and Voices. Co-sponsored by the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the USC Roski School of Fine Arts.
The extraordinary work of internationally acclaimed electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer is engaging, provocative and beautiful. Born in Mexico City and living in Montreal, Lozano-Hemmer develops large-scale interactive installations in public space, usually deploying new technologies and custom-made physical interfaces. Using robotics, projections, sound, Internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices, his installations aim to provide, in his words, “temporary anti-monuments for alien agency.”
The IML Digital Studies Symposium tonight features Fabian Wagmister and Jeff Burke, the co-founders of the Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), which is designed to “explore new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations enabled by the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.” The pair will talk about their respective backgrounds and the potentials of civic computing projects. The Symposium is free and open to all.
Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Ron Howard Screening Room, Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts
At 6:00PM on Monday, February 22nd in SCA 209, ZdC, the graduate student organization in SCA, presents Anikó Imre, who will talk about her new book, Identity Games. In Identity Games, Imre uses the concepts of play and games as metaphorical and theoretical tools to explain the process of cultural change—inspired in part by the increasing “ludification” of the global media environment and the emerging engagement with play across scholarly disciplines. In the vision that Imre offers, political and cultural participation are seen as games whose rules are permanently open to negotiation.
Device Art in Japan Symposium and Exhibition
Feb 18 + 19, 2010
Device Art explores new ways of bridging art, design, technology, science and entertainment by using both latest innovations and everyday technology. The two day symposium will include: lectures by academia from Japan and UCLA; performances by artists Novmichi Tosa, Kazuhiko Hachiya, and others; and an exhibition of intriguing gadgets that exemplify Device Art (at EDA Bermant Gallery & Art|Sci Gallery).
Organized by Machiko Kusahara, Art|Sci Visiting Research Scholar and Waseda University, Japan
Sponsored by CREST program of Japan Science and Technology Agency, UCLA Art|Sci Center, and the UCLA Department of Design|Media Arts.
Thu, Feb. 18, Broad Art Center EDA, room 1250
5:30 – 7:00 PM Keynote speaker and lectures, Broad Art Center, EDA, Room 1250
7:00 – 8:00 PM Exhibition Opening Reception, Broad Art Center, 2nd floor patio
Symposium opening with Maywa Denki presentation by Novmichi Tosa
Friday, Feb. 19, 10 am-5 pm C(N)SI Auditorium and Art|Sci gallery
Lectures on Art, Science, and Technology. A special presentation by Novmichi Tosa, followed by afternoon lectures on Device Art, and a panel discussion.
All day parking is available in Lot 3 for the Broad Art Center and Lot 9 for C(N)SI
Exhibition at EDA runs Feb. 18-24; Art|Sci gallery Feb 19-March 4
Tonight’s Digital Studies Symposium presents Erik Loyer and Craig Dietrich, the creative team behind USC’s award-winning electronic journal Vectors. Loyer and Dietrich will talk about their work with Vectors and preview their vision of the future of database-driven electronic publication, a dynamic text and image processing environment called Scalar. The Digital Studies Symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. All events take place on Thursday evenings at 6:00PM in the Ron Howard Theater of the Robert Zemeckis Center.