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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Tactical Robotics Seminar at CVAD

Tactical Robotics Symposium: Latin America Media Art at the Intersection of Pedagogy. The public lecture & Round Table Discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 1st in Room 223 from 5:30-8:30 PM.Guest speakers include internationally known artist/scholars Arcángel Constantini (México); Gustavo Crembil (Argentina/US), Guto Nóbrega (Brazil) and Mariela Yeregui (Argentina).

CIME/ICEM Festival and Conference

The annual festival/conference of the International Conferderation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME/ICEM) 2014, featuring iARTA participants Panayiotis Kokoras, Andrew May and Jon Nelson, will be held at the University of North Texas College of Music Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI). The conference will focus on the topic of acousmatic music in the age of the internet. The conference will feature afternoon presentations (papers, studio reports, panel discussions, seminars, and/or workshops) and evening concerts. The concerts will take place in Voertman Hall and in the Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater (MEIT) and will feature music, video, and installations on topics as diverse as the following:

  • What is the future of acousmatic music within the context of new and emerging technologies?
  • How do the internet and new technologies impact the production and dissemination of acousmatic art?
  • Do new technologies create new modes of listening?

Both concert spaces feature immersive surround sound systems with more than 16 channels of audio and theatrical lighting systems. The MEIT also features 270-degree wraparound video projection screens. Installations will be presented in various locations within the college, including the CEMI studios.

For a complete program of the events of the festival, go here:

David Bard-Schwarz presents work on psychoanalysis, music, and new media

UNT Music History, Theory, and Ethnomusicology Associate Professor and MOEBIUS Editor David Bard-Schwarz will be giving a keynote address in Music and Psychoanalysis next week at the University of Liverpool entitled “Music, Body, Real: Bare Life and Recent Works of New Media." Thise will be followed by a guest lecture at the University of Manchester (UK) titled “Music as Call of the Other: Bare Life and the Subject in Recent Works of New Media.”