Acclaimed music video director James Frost will present his work at the first IML 466: Digital Studies Symposium on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m. in SCA 110. Frost is known for his innovative work for artists such as Coldplay, Norah Jones and The Beta Band, as well as for his creative and technical collaborations resulting in groundbreaking visuals. Frost directed the award-winning video for Radiohead’s “House of Cards,” for example, which did not make use of any cameras or lights to show lead singer Thom Yorke. Instead, Frost and his team used “geometric informatics,” scanning, and lasers to capture 3-D information which was transformed into the ghostly images of the singer and the landscapes depicted in the video. More recently, Frost created a short spot for IMB titled “Data Anthem,” a fast-paced rendition of data using painterly imagery to capture abstract concepts of information. Frost is also a co-leader of Blip Boutique, an LA-based collective devoted to creating innovative visual material in the realms of music, fashion and the arts. The talk begins at 7:00 PM in SCA 110 and is free and open to SCA students and faculty. Students who are interested in digital studies should also consider registering for the 4-unit course IML 466
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Later this week, we’ll be migrating to a new website with fresh graphic design and a sturdy WordPress backend. The upgraded site will be easier to use and will offer features that students and faculty have suggested and requested, including tools for sharing social media feeds, a more streamlined and flexible posting interface, and a simpler navigation scheme.
Over the next few days, your blog posts will be transferred to the new site and you will be sent an email containing a link that will enable you to activate your account. Once activated, you can start posting to the new blog. As soon as we make the switch, we’ll post an FAQ to help you get started.
If you’re thinking of making a blog post right now via Movable Type, you might want to hold off until the new site appears. Once we migrate, we will no longer import new posts made to the old blogs. The old blogs will eventually be deleted once the transition is complete and appropriate redirects have been implemented.
We’ll be keeping the new site in “beta” for a few months as we iron out the inevitable bugs and implement several additional features, including an integrated Backchannel system, OpenID support, and custom interfaces for mobile devices.
The new site is intended to make it as easy as possible to share and discover ideas. Building on your suggestions, we’ve put the emphasis on content and usability. For example, we have replaced the old multi-blog design with a profile-driven system that emphasizes communication instead of graphical customization, enabling users to share content both by posting to various sections of the site itself and by displaying feeds from external blogs and social media services on their profile pages.
Many of the core ideas behind the development of the new site began as suggestions brought forward by students and faculty over the past few months. We would like to thank everyone who participated for your energy and insight.
IMD Website Team
Hey, game designers who are in LA for the summer: wanna make something? Join us this weekend for an informal game jam. We’re going to be thinking about how devices like the Apple iPad can be used for tabletop gaming, and then designing board games that could be adapted to them. We’d love to have you there, too! We’ll be meeting on Friday evening to get started, and working on our games over the weekend. Come to the XML on the first floor of the Zemeckis building, and bring your friends! RSVP to Sean at email@example.com for more information, or keep an eye on our Facebook event at http://bit.ly/cBGDaA.
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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