Digital Studies Symposium: The Network of Ecology Panel Discussion

Technologists often discuss ecologies – relationships between technology and people with technology – foregrounding the social impacts and future possibilities of networks. This panel flips the disciplinary coin, asking working ecologists to discuss their views on technology, and about the relationships among people and technology, society, and the future. Participants include Jake de Grazia, founder of The Carrot Project, Darren Butler, LA master gardener, landscape consultant, and presenter; Ricky Smith of Urban Green | On Spring local food caterer and USC partner; and Ronan Hallowell, New Roads School. The discussion will be moderated by IML faculty member Craig Dietrich. The talk begins at 7:00 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About Darren Butler

C. Darren Butler is an Ecological Landscape Designer, Consulting Arborist, Greywater & Irrigation Designer, Landscape and Garden Consultant, and Teacher. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and events throughout California. From 2007 – 2009 he served on statewide Advisory and Steering Committees for all University of California Master Gardener programs. He offers an apprenticeship program and workshops, courses, and retreats to the general public on topics related to gardening, landscaping, trees, irrigation, permaculture, and sustainability. He consults, designs, speaks, and teaches throughout Southern California and beyond. See www.EcoWorkshops.com.

About Jake de Grazia

Jake de Grazia is Director of Education for the iMatter Campaign. He is working with climate change activist Alec Loorz, the campaign’s 16 year-old founder, to organize a million kid march. The goal of the march – and the whole campaign – is to unite young people in support of a sustainable world culture. Jake’s background is in Chinese, microfinance, and dot com startup adventuring. He blogs about sustainability and metaphors.

About Ronan Hallowell

Ronan Hallowell, MA is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator concerned with a wide range of global change issues. He writes and speaks on topics related to media, education, philosophy, cognitive science and intercultural communication. Since 2005 he has served as a core member of the social science and history faculty at New Roads High School in Santa Monica where he teaches media literacy, ethics and honors U.S. history. His research is focused on helping society develop effective global change amelioration strategies for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants and the prosperity of future generations. Ronan is inspired by fourteen years of participation in and study of the Lakota Sun Dance, a tradition rooted in a love for the land (topophilia) and a respect for interdependence.

About the Symposium

The Digital Studies Symposium is designed to introduce participants to diverse scholarly media-based production. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites and augmented reality pieces. The presentations will be moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

For further information, please contact the IML at 213.743.4421, or visit the symposium Web site.

Digital Studies Symposium: Peter Samis

For more than 20 years, Peter Samis has been a leading innovator in the uses of technologies to support education. In 1993, he served as art historian for the first CD-ROM on modern art, and then spearheaded development of the Interactive Educational Technologies (IET) program at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Since then, programs produced by the IET team have received wide recognition from sources as diverse as the American Association of Museums, the Webbys, Communication Arts, and I.D. Magazine.

Samis is a founding professor in the master’s program for Technology-enhanced Communication for Cultural Heritage (TEC-CH) at the University of Lugano. Together with his team, he continues to produce innovative content for SFMOMA’s galleries, website, podcasts, mobile apps, and Koret Visitor Education Center. As Associate Curator of Interpretation at SFMOMA, he joins the Digital Studies Symposium to talk about new directions in public engagement, including websites, podcasts, mobile devices, interactive kiosks and more.The talk begins at 7:00 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About the Symposium

The Digital Studies Symposium is designed to introduce participants to diverse scholarly media-based production. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites and augmented reality pieces. The presentations will be moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

For further information, please contact the IML at 213.743.4421, or visit the symposium Web site.

Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts – Interactive Video Design

Sunday, October 10, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Taper Labs, Taper Hall Basement, B-6

The USC arts schools, including the School of Architecture, the School of Cinematic Arts, the Roski School of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre, will come together to present a dynamic daylong festival featuring unique opportunities to get your hands dirty with the arts. They will present a diverse array of hands-on workshops, from salsa dancing to ceramics to digital media-making. So get your hands dirty and experience the creativity and thrill of making art firsthand with USC’s distinguished faculty.

New forms of storytelling, both fictional and documentary, are appearing all around us, including interactive narratives that allow users to choose their own paths through a story. In this workshop, participants will use an easy-to-learn tool called the Korsakow System to create an interactive story or documentary video.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/gyhd

Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts – DIY Cinematography

Sunday, October 10, 2010
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Taper Labs, Taper Hall Basement, B-4

The USC arts schools, including the School of Architecture, the School of Cinematic Arts, the Roski School of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre, will come together to present a dynamic daylong festival featuring unique opportunities to get your hands dirty with the arts. They will present a diverse array of hands-on workshops, from salsa dancing to ceramics to digital media-making. So get your hands dirty and experience the creativity and thrill of making art firsthand with USC’s distinguished faculty.

This workshop will show participants how to get great shots with inexpensive cameras and available light. Learn the fundamentals of digital cinematography, and then gain a tool-set of simple tricks and techniques you can use for real world situations. Your Facebook friends will “like.”

For more information and to make a reservation, visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/gyhd

Get Your Hands Dirty with the Arts – Digital Mural Workshop

Sunday, October 10, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Taper Labs, Taper Hall Basement, B-4

The USC arts schools, including the School of Architecture, the School of Cinematic Arts, the Roski School of Fine Arts and the School of Theatre, will come together to present a dynamic daylong festival featuring unique opportunities to get your hands dirty with the arts. They will present a diverse array of hands-on workshops, from salsa dancing to ceramics to digital media-making. So get your hands dirty and experience the creativity and thrill of making art firsthand with USC’s distinguished faculty.

Learn how to produce interactive murals for the web with an easy-to-use online tool called Vuvox. This workshop will cover the basic visual design principals for creating a mural, with an emphasis on collage and image composition. Participants will be given time to develop their own murals, incorporating image, video, text and sound in a computer lab setting with guidance from the instructor and assistants. Before the workshop conclusion, instruction will be given on ways for showcasing completed projects on personal social media sites for sharing with friends and family.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit http://www.usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices/gyhd