Media Arts and Technology
The LAST festival is a symposium and expo that celebrates the confluence of art with the multiplicity of new media technologies and nascent sciences emerging from the intense cultural ecosystem of the Bay Area. This June, LAST will feature talks by some of the worlds leading innovators, and host fascinating interactive art installations that break the "Do not touch!" taboo of traditional museums. Saturday's speakers will include Google's director of research, DARPA's director of innovation, NASA's chief planetary scientist, a co-founder of Pixar, and the director of Stanford's nanotech lab. LAST is organized by Piero Scaruffi (Cultural Historian and L.A.S.E.R. founder), and produced by Adam Carlin and Erich Richter. Yuan-Yi Fan will present his interactive installation Qi-Visualizer, in which the audience can participate by uploading their pulse spectrograms using mobile biometrics.
PhD student and Robert W. Deutsch Fellow Karl Yerkes presented his paper Twykr: A Multitouch Waveform Looper, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Wright. Postdoctoral Fellow Charlie Roberts presented his paper Rapid Creation and Publication of Digital Musical Instruments, co-authored with MAT faculty members Dr. JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Dr. Tobias Höllerer and Dr. Matthew Wright. Charlie also performed as part of the Algorave Event held at Corsica Studios during the conference using his live coding environment Gibber, created as part of his doctoral research at MAT.
Recent MAT alumni Dr. Graham Wakefield and Dr. Charlie Roberts also presented the paper Collaborative Live-Coding with an Immersive Instrument, co-authored with Dr. Matthew Wright, Karl Yerkes, and Tim Wood.
"Ruckus" features a collection of work that explores themes of nature and its dialog with the body; the complexities of physical motion, including motion of sculpture, motion of the participant’s body, or both. The visual and participatory work shown at "Ruckus" incorporates robotics, bio-sensing, motion tracking and fluid cymatics. There are wings which move with the breath of the visitor, virtual trees which grow and emulate the viewer’s body pose, and liquid which creates patterns from the participant’s voice. The exhibition features work by Alan Macy, Carlos Padilla, Marco Pinter, Jonathan Smith, Ethan Turpin and Tim Wood; a collection of visual artists coming from inter-disciplinary backgrounds in the fields of fine arts, engineering, science and interactive festival art. Marco Pinter is also guest curator of the show.
The opening reception is Saturday July 12 from 2-4pm.
The award is given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area.
April 18-19, McCune Conference Room, Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), room 6020, UC Santa Barbara.
A multi-disciplinary symposium comparing methodologies from the natural sciences, humanities and the arts to interrogate questions at the heart of research methods and practices.
Topics include: The Big Picture: Visualizing Big Data, Interrogating the Methodologies of Art and Science, Citizen Science: How Does the Public Contribute to Science? Asking the Right Questions: Avoiding the Wrong Ones, How Research Evolves Inviting Artists Into the Lab and Science into the Museum Art and Science: Sources of the Great Divide.
Participants include a broad range of scientists, engineers, artists, and historians from multiple campuses (UCLA, UC Berkeley, UCSB, UCSC and others).
The conference is organized by Professor George Legrady, chair (Media Arts and Technology, UC Santa Barbara) and John Weber (Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz).
Part of the Transvergent Research Group at MAT, their work features the use of drone technology, dance / performance, audio-visual interactivity, and 3D printing.
Thursday, March 6th, 7-9pm
California NanoSystems Institute, UCLA
For more info, go to the: Total Museum of Contemporary Art.
For more info, go to the University Art Gallery at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.