HAL Participants


HAL director David Stout is a visual artist, composer, performer and video director exploring cross-media synthesis and interdisciplinary approaches to new genres bridging the arts, design and sciences. He holds an inter-arts MFA from the California Institute of the Arts where he studied with Ed Emshwiller, Jim Pomeroy, Bill Viola and Gene Youngblood. Since 2002 he has worked closely with HAL research associate, Cory Metcalf to examine the aesthetic possibilities for evolutionary generative systems, artificial life networks and simulation environments. Website

UNT faculty member Jon Christopher Nelson acts as a research advisor for HAL personnel. His individual research focuses on acousmatic music, including work in physical modeling, granular synthesis, sound diffusion, and digital signal processing. His compositions have been performed widely throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. He has been honored with numerous awards including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright Commission. He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and recently was recognized as the recipient of the International Computer Music Association's 2013 Americas Regional Award. Website

Cory Metcalf is a a moving image and sound artist who collaborates with other HAL researchers to develop advanced multimedia software. In 2002, Metcalf joined David Stout, then director of the interactive performance group, i2O, where he developed dynamic diffusion sound designs for live acoustics and video performance instruments. Further collaboration between Stout and Metcalf led to the use of real-time 3D data visualization and complex data feedback programs to model synthetic ecologies based on genetic and behavioral processses found in living systems. Website

Stephen Lucas has primary interests in electronics, cybernetics, and metaphysics, leading him to develop interactive hardware/software solutions for HAL projects. His primary tasks at HAL have been to incorporate widely available controllers (such as the Keith McMillen SoftStep, the Akai LPD8, and the Microsoft Kinect Camera) into functional modules for large multimedia structures. Stephen also assists in maintaining the primary operating equipment for HAL. Website

Andrew Blanton is a composer and media artist. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver (2008) and is currently completing a Masters of Fine Arts in New Media Art at the University of North Texas, where he has been a principal member of the MOEBIUS Journal production effort. Andrew frequently performs his percussion and audio environments works around Dallas and Denver and will be participating in a STEIM residency in Amsterdam (summer 2013). His current work focuses on the emergent potential between cross-disciplinary arts and technology, building sound environments through software development, and writing music for those environments. Website

Chaz Underriner is a composer and guitarist based in Denton, Texas. Most of Chaz’s work revolves around the notions of landscape and portraiture in the context of experimental music and multimedia. His primary work at HAL has been curation/production of events such as the Intermedia Performance Art class and the ex mus concert series. Website

Filip Celander is an MFA candidate in the RTVF Documentary graduate program. He is currently working on a comprehensive documentary on the pioneer media artists Steina and Woody Vasulka. In addition to his work as a documentary artist, Filip is also a digital cinematographer exploring emerging videographic techniques including advanced HDR time-lapse photography. Filip serves as a board member for the Currents International New Media Festival, which takes place annually in Santa Fe, NM. Filip’s work with the Hybrid Arts Laboratory includes media archiving and documentation, advanced video system architectures and outreach to regional and international arts organizations.

Morehshin Allahyari is a new media artist and an art activist. Her creative and research interest encompasses experimental 3D animation, digital filmmaking, installation, performance and extensive activity as a curator and producer. Coming from a social science background, the topics of her practice include political and social art, creative writing, art activism, community building and collaborative art. This expertise makes her a primary associate of public interaction and curation for HAL projects. Website

Reiner Kramer is a researcher in computer music, sound synthesis, and algorthmic composition. His primary work at HAL is to develop software modules that allow for flexible sound synthesis for low computational power. This was combined with work on the sonification of a complex 3D particle system, which required large quantities of active elements to be represented. His experience in algorithmic composition also helps combine these systems into multimedia technology with emergent behaviors. Website

Ben Johansen is a multimedia composer that collaborated on early HAL work. His main projects were modified joystick controllers, IR sensor clusters and mounts, ergonomically functional potentiometer installations, and modular digital port data capturing. He also facilitated work on HAL related art exhibitions, including a video monitor wall installation. Website

Ilya Y. Rostovtsev is a composer of electroacoustic and chamber music and a multimedia technology developer. His primary project at HAL was to develop methods for using the Microsoft Xbox gaming console as a multimedia performance/installation platform. His artistic work focuses on cheating narratives with the abstract medium of musical expression. Website