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.

Latest News

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.”

Chamber ensemble and field recording work by Chaz Underriner

iARTA Graduate Asisstant Chaz Underriner's Nocturne series: 6 is a composition for period chamber music ensemble and field recording that integrates historically reconstructed instruments with contemporary performance practice techniques. The combination of environmental sounds, field recordings and instrumental sounds seek to create a contingent environment that reinterprets the inspiration for the nocturne series as a whole: the sounds of a the dry Blanco riverbed on a summer night.

Intermedia CD/DVD release by Joseph Klein

Improbable Encounters, a collection of works by UNT faculty composer and iARTA participant Joseph Klein, will be released on the innova label in January 2014. The 2-disc album (CD and DVD) includes solo, chamber, and intermedia works composed over the past 30 years, and features performances by UNT faculty members Elizabeth McNutt, Eric Nestler, Christopher Deane, and Felix Olschofka.

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