Dan Goods is passionate about giving people experiences where they interact with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. During the day he is the “Visual Strategist” for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he develops creative ways of communicating. His work ranges from art pieces in museums, to ways of communicating to politicians. Installations for JPL include “The Hidden Light”, about finding planets around other stars, and “The Big Playground”, in which a hole drilled into a grain of sand shows the scale of the universe and the small area in which we have found hundreds of planets around other stars.

Goods co-curated a show called Data + Art: Art and Science in the Age of Information at the PMCA in Pasadena. He recently finished “Solid Smoke”, an installation using a substance called aerogel which is 99.8% air and has been used by NASA to capture dust from a comet, this was shown at the Technorama in Wintertur, Switzerland. Goods is currently developing a 108-foot data driven sculpture for the San Jose Airport and a window installation for the National Academies of Sciences Koshland Museum in Washington D.C..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.

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