iARTA News

February 13, 2015

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.

January 27, 2015

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).

Click here for Photos from the event

October 01, 2014

The artists will present their work and participate in a public lecture and roundtable discussion from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 1 (Wednesday) at the Art Building, Room 223. They also will conduct workshops with students from the College of Visual Arts and Design on Oct. 2 (Thursday).

Presenters include:

  • Arcángel Constantini, México, independent New Media artist and curator
  • Gustavo Crembil, Argentina/United States, assistant professor of architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Guto Nóbrega, Brazil, director, Nucleous of Art and New Organisms (NANO LAB) at the School of Fine Arts, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
  • Mariela Yeregui, Argentina, director of Master in Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Arts, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero

The symposium is a collaboration between the New Media Art and Art Education programs. The event is sponsored by UNT-Incentives for Global Research Opportunities (IRGO), jointly sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development, UNT-International, the College of Visual Arts and Design, and CVAD's Visiting Artist and Scholar Series, the Department of Art Education and Art History, the Department of Studio Art, the New Media Art Program and the CVAD dean's office.

October 01, 2014

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/

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.”

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.

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.

More information is available at http://www.innova.mu/albums/joseph-klein/improbable-encounters.  

iARTA participant and UNT Faculty Composer Andrew May recently collaborated with violinist Julia Ogrydziak to transform his 1991 work "Singing Boxes" into an interactive work for violin and computer that Julia performs live with dance choreographed by Jodi Lomask of CAPACITOR in the work "Flock." RJ Muna collaborated with Jodi, Julia, and dancers Ismael Alvarez Acosta, Marlowe Bassett, Jamielyn Duggan, Sarah Griffin, Emily Kerr, Kristina Lind, and Micah Walters to create a dance film of the piece, filmed at the historic 16th Street Station in Oakland, California.

March 26, 2013

The UNT College of Visual Art and Design in collaboration with the iARTAresearch initiative recently hosted a lecture and follow up round-tablediscussion with UCI arts professor, Simon Penny.

Penny was appointed Professor of Arts and Engineering at University ofCalifornia Irvine (a specially-created joint appointment between the HenrySamueli School of Engineering and the Claire Trevor School of Arts) in2001 (with an appointment also in Information and Computer Science).He was architect and founding director of the interdisciplinary graduateprogram in Arts, Computation and Engineering, established 2003 (ACE,see www.ace.uci.edu). He is ‘humanist at large’ for the University ofCalifornia Council on Research. Prof. Penny was previously an AssociateProfessor of Art and Robotics at Carnegie Mellon University (a jointappointment between the College of Fine Arts and the Robotics Institute);1993-2001. During 2000-01 he was European Professor of InteractiveEnvironments at the University of Portsmouth and the Merz Akademie,Stuttgart, and a member of the central committee of the EU ESPRITproject CIRCUS. He established the Electronic Intermedia Program atthe University of Florida 1989-93. Prior to his arrival in the US, he helda range of academic positions in Australia. He is a guest professor forthe Interdisciplinary Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media(CSIM), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2008, and 2009.

iARTA Participant Ruth West gave a keynote talk for the iConference 2013, held in Fort Worth, February 12 - 15, 2013.

In her keynote talk for the iConference 2013, Ruth West discussed art work that interrogates the challenges of the digital age within cross-disciplinary collaborations to create new kinds of engagement, insight, and cultural forms through hybrid research that blurs boundaries between disciplines in purposeful and productive ways:

"Whether generated by terrestrial observatories, automated genomic sequencing, social media, high-resolution sub-cellular imaging, surveillance video, financial transactions, or the emerging 'quantified self' movement 'big data,' is here to stay. The richness of these massive repositories is such that we can generate an enormous amount of interpretations to address human concerns spanning the personal to the global over an equally wide range of disciplines. Yet the abstraction of nature and culture into vast and abstract data present challenges for the articulation and representation of linkages between the invisible and the visible - the immaterial scale of digital artifacts and the physical scales and dynamic states they represent. We face a crisis of representation."