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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) andwarsintheworld.com.

The Future was commissioned by fineacts.co 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: 

https://medium.com/ted-fellows/these-206-light-bulbs-illuminate-the-state-of-world-peace-and-the-future-isn-t-yet-bright-7827845466f7 

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: http://www.jamesthurman.com/lattice-structures.html

Digital Fabrication Research Symposium - Nov 5

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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.

iARTA Symposium

Feb 13, 2015 1:00 – 4:30 PM | UNT College of Music - Rm. 1001 - MEIT

Join the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts for the iARTA in-House Symposium, featuring a wide spectrum of mini-lectures and demonstrations of Art and Technology from across the University of North Texas campus. Presenters include faculty and grad students from Music, Visual Art, Dance, Physics, Engineering and more.
Visit the event page for more details or Download the full schedule with abstracts


BioMediation

BioMediation was produced by iARTA in collaboration with CEMI, College of Music (Composition Studies Division) and College of Visual Art and Design (Studio Art / New Media). The BioMediation concert takes its name from the evening’s featured work presented by João Beira and Yago de Quay, two Portuguese artists currently completing their doctoral work in digital media at U.T. Austin . The event highlighted a variety of live approaches exploring a range of electronic performance possibilities including gestural and brainwave input, image to sound transcoding, optical-sonic feedback systems and hybrid human-digital-analog network interactions. Participating iARTA faculty and affiliates included, Copulative Signules: Prolixitic Light Chamber (2014), composed and performed by Martin Back (Studio Art). Aludel of the Dawn Albedo (2014), Created by David Stout (Composition Studies & Studio Art / New Media) and Cory Metcalf (iARTA affiliate, University of Denver), with music composed and performed by Trio KAZE and NoiseFold (Stout & Metcalf). Sonic Synergies V (2014), composed and performed by Panayiotis Kokoras (Assistant Professor, Composition Studies).

BioMediation was produced by iARTA in collaboration with CEMI, College of Music 
(Composition Studies Division) and College of Visual Art and Design (Studio Art / 
New Media). The BioMediation concert takes its name from the evening’s featured 
work presented by João Beira and Yago de Quay, two Portuguese artists currently 
completing their doctoral work in digital media at U.T. Austin . The event 
highlighted a variety of live approaches exploring a range of electronic performance 
possibilities including gestural and brainwave input, image to sound transcoding, 
optical-sonic feedback systems and hybrid human-digital-analog network 
interactions. Participating iARTA faculty and affiliates included, Copulative 
Signules: Prolixitic Light Chamber (2014), composed and performed by Martin 
Back (Studio Art). Aludel of the Dawn Albedo (2014), Created by David Stout 
(Composition Studies & Studio Art / New Media) and Cory Metcalf (iARTA affiliate, 
University of Denver), with music composed and performed by Trio KAZE and 
NoiseFold (Stout & Metcalf). Sonic Synergies V (2014), composed and performed 
by Panayiotis Kokoras (Assistant Professor, Composition Studies).

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Music and Metals Collaboration

iARTA associated faculty James Thurman (Assistant Professor of Studio Art) and Panayiotis Kokoras (Assistant Professor of Music Composition) have brought together two separate courses in metalsmithing and composition for a collaborative project. In this project, the students in the senior-level metalsmithing studio class have to create a metal object that the music composition students use to make music. In Kokoras' composition class, the students have learned to make hybrid acoustic/electronic instruments using arduino controllers and other techinques. This cooperative instrumental design project challenges the aesthetics and techniques of both the metalsmithing and music students. "The ending product [for the metalsmithing students] may not have significantly changed, but the process will be very different due to the context." Thurman said.

According to Thurman, this change in context also challenges the presuppositions of design culture in which the idea of the lone artist prevails over the potential of working together with others. "Within craft and design, there's a lot more reluctance for collaboration. The culture of the disciplines, oddly and incorrectly, promotes the idea of the lone artist doing their thing. But in my practice, both inside and outside of academia, I can't do anything without other people. There's always some kind of exchange, negotiation, and collaboration, particularly in the most successful projects." 

The overall emphasis of the project, in addition to documenting the student work as both a performance and an art-object, is to teach students to articulate their ideas and needs within a group. "The point is to eventually find the right team and stick with it," Kokoras said, "so the more you know how to cope with [collaborating in a group] the better results you can have." 

All in all, both Thurman and Kokoras seem pleased at the possibilities of the current project and potential future projects, "It's one of the richest semesters that I can imagine," Thurman said, "having both this collaboration project and the visiting artists we've had." 

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: http://cimefestival2014.wordpress.com/program/

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.”
http://musicandpsychoanalysis.wordpress.com/programme/

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.