Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts

Exploring emerging technologies and new media for novel interactions between the arts, engineering and sciences


Technology and the arts come together in this innovative research cluster. Faculty across the arts, engineering and sciences explore new media applications based on shared expertise and evolving technologies. Concepts from diverse disciplines partner to create compelling expressions: dancers wired with sensors perform an interactive concert; media artists incorporate robotics and surveillance hardware in a social context; musicians compose complex scores based on math equations; computer-artists animate visual models from biological data. Experimental process and inquiry energize research and lead to new frontiers. The use of new technologies in art often acts as a laboratory for subsequent industrial and commercial applications. iARTA's affiliate journal, Moebius, gives critical insight to these emerging interdisciplinary practices in an international context.

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The Future - Alicia Eggert & Safwat Saleem

The Future, 2015

Alicia Eggert & Safwat Saleem

44” x 156” x 10”

light bulbs, laser engraved light bulb bases, electrical wire, wood, latex paint, data about international peace and conflict to determine each bulb’s on/off state

The Future is a data-driven sculpture that illuminates the overall state of peace or conflict around the world. The sculpture is composed of 206 light bulbs that collectively spell out the word “FUTURE,” with each individual light bulb representing one of the world's sovereign states. The base of each light bulb has been laser-engraved with the name of the sovereign state it represents, and the states are organized alphabetically from left to right. Bulbs representing states at peace are lit, while bulbs representing states in conflict are unlit. Determinations regarding the peace or conflict status of individual sovereign states are made on a weekly basis using data culled from various online sources, including the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP)

The Future was commissioned by and has been exhibited at TED2015 in Vancouver and the Cartagena Data Festival in Colombia.

You can read an interview about the work on Medium here: 

Collaboration on 3D-Printed Lattice Structures

 UNT Professors James Thurman (Digital Fabrication) and Dr. Jaehyung Ju collaborate on 3D-Printed Lattice Structures. Professor Thurman describes the project, 

"Since 2013, I have been working with Dr. Jaehyung Ju and his graduate students from UNT’s College of Engineering.  Doctoral student Jiwon Mun has been very involved in the hands-on aspects of the project.  Dr. Ju’s research involves the creation of lattice structures with a wide range of applications.  These lattice structures are 3D printed in wax from digital models and then we have been working together to analyze the lost wax casting of them.  Investing and casting has been especially challenging because most of the wax thicknesses are less than 1mm and many lattices include tubes.  Personally, I have been amazed at our success rate.  I look forward to continuing our experiments as we push the boundaries of what I thought possible with lost-wax casting."
More information about the project can be found here:

Digital Fabrication Research Symposium - Nov 5


The North Texas Digital Fabrication Group will be hosting a Digital Fabrication Research Symposium at UNT Willis Library’s The Factory on 
Thursday, November 5. The group was formed to facilitate the free exchange of information amount members of the group. Group members are from North Texas area universities (University of North Texas, Texas Women's University, and University of Texas Dallas) and engaged in some aspect of digital fabrication.

Through the support of a faculty mentoring grant from UNT, the group has conected faculty of all academic levels to facilitate mentoring through shared research interests.