The Hybrid Arts Laboratory [HAL], is an arts and technology studio directed by iARTA Professor David Stout. This interdisciplinary project space merges the activities of a traditional artist’s studio or atelier with parallel R&D activities often associated with a science or engineering laboratory. HAL serves as an umbrella for the creation of interactive video installations and interdisciplinary performance works, as well as a software development hub for advancing networked audio-visual synthesis and exhibition systems. Prof. Stout coordinates a small team of graduate students and creative research associates. This team is engaged in variety of activities including the exploration of simulation techniques as a means to create innovative works across the disciplines of cinema, music, visual and performing arts. The team examines new instrumentation for electronic media performance, novel visual display applications and sonification possibilities for implementation in museum and theatrical exhibition contexts. HAL’s location within the UNT College of Music is in keeping with the cross-fertilization between music, visual art and cinema that underlies the historic lineage of visual-music and the coevolution of extended performance techniques within electronic and electro-acoustic music. In addition to hardware and software development projects, graduate students also work with Prof. Stout to examine and rethink curatorial and exhibition practices for hybrid and interdisciplinary art-forms at the digital nexus of art, science and humanities.


HAL is a small but flexible environment equipped with a lighting grid, modular video-wall, multi-screen projection, multi-speaker sound, interactive sensor technology, real-time animation and video post-production capabilities.




Dear Colleagues and Friends of iARTA,
I would like to invite you to attend the Hybrid Arts Lab (HAL) research presentation 
 
Friday, May 3 1:00 – 2:30pm
Merrill Ellis Intermedia Theater 
College of Music (room MU 1001)
 


▲ Presentations will include the recent premiere of a virtual particle chamber installation, 
a demonstration of the nFolder audio-visual performance software, and an overview of a 
novel data sonification system based on the tenets of Knowledge Representation (KR) 
methodology. HAL research affiliate Cory Metcalf will also discuss his work with Cycling 
‘74, the software company responsible for the versatile Max/MSP/Jitter graphical 
programming environment. 
 
▲ HAL research is focused on artistic projects that suggest potential synergies across 
the arts, humanities, information and science disciplines. This is an ideal opportunity to 
learn more about iARTA and the scope of interdisciplinary arts and technology research 
at UNT.
 
HAL presenters :
 
David Stout Professor of Music Composition / Studio Art - New Media, 
Coordinator (iARTA) Initiative for Advanced Research in 
Technology and the Arts, Director, (HAL) Hybrid Arts Lab, 
University of North Texas
 
 
Cory Metcalf Instructor (EDP) Emergent Digital Practices, University of Denver 
Member of Cycling ‘74 Materials & Support Group
Research Affiliate with the iARTA Hybrid Arts Laboratory, 
University of North Texas
 
 
Stephen Lucas PhD candidate Music Composition, (CEMI) Center for 
Experimental Music, Graduate Researcher (HAL) Hybrid Arts Lab, 
University of North Texas