Dec 012010
 

Doreen Nelson, recognized by The New York Times as one of the thirty most innovative educators in the United States, pioneered Design-Based Learning over 35 years ago with a method that produces dramatic improvement in K-12 student achievement. It reverses the emphasis from traditional rote learning to engaging students in thinking at the highest level by building physical artifacts that represent concepts in the curriculum.

Nelson’s method of Design-Based Learning is used by teachers worldwide. The diverse K-12 settings include classes for students expelled from California high schools, and classrooms in China, Finland and Japan. Her university-level work includes courses and projects conducted at UCLA, the University of Southern California, Stanford University, Harvard University, the Royal College of Art in London and the Smithsonian Institution.

Creator of the nation’s first M.A. degree in Design-Based Learning, Nelson is a professor at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona—in the College of Education and Integrative Studies and the College of Environmental Design—and at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. There, she oversees the Design-Based Learning Laboratory.

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.

Nov 242010
 

Rachel Mayeri is a video and installation artist whose work often deals with the intersection of science, art, and society. Her previous video work includes The Anatomical Theater of Peter the Great (1999), animations for Biospheria: An Environmental Opera (2001), and The Electropathic Sanitarium (1992). Mayeri’s work has been screened nationally and internationally, including Pacific Film Archive, P.S.1/MOMA and ZKM. She has received grants from Creative Capital, the Getty Institute, and the California Council on the Humanities. She is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Harvey Mudd College and curates art and media events in Los Angeles.

Mayeri is also the founder of Soft Science, a collection of video-curiosities created by artists and scientists. Artists have been mining science for years – in diverse experiments with icky substances, authority figures, and the ever-elusive idea of Reason. This unique program includes digital movies by biologists alongside contemporary video art.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.

Nov 172010
 

Anne Bray is a leading curator, media artist and educator, and has played a prominent role supporting alternative media in Los Angeles for two decades.  She is also the founder of the 21-year-old media arts festival LA Freewaves, an international, decentralized hub for experimental media art. Bray has exhibited her own artwork at gas stations, malls and movie theaters, as well as on TV, in department stores, on billboards and inside art venues, combining personal and social positions via video, audio and 3-d screens.

Bray will talk about the rise of urban screens in general, and her recently funded project “MetroVoice: About/In/By Los Angeles,” in which youth will collaboratively write and produce geo-coded videos, TV screen banners and messages that will be transmitted to TV screens on the LA Metro buses that travel throughout the city, transforming the buses into mobile learning labs.

.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.

Nov 102010
 

Natalie Bookchin’s video installations address conditions of global connectivity and the impact of everyday uses of new technologies on the stories we tell about ourselves and the world. Her work is exhibited widely, including at LACMA, PS1, Mass MOCA, the Generali Foundation, the Walker Art Center, the Pompidou Centre, MOCA Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum, the Tate, and Creative Time. She has received numerous grants and awards, including from Creative Capital, California Arts Council, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Durfee Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, California Community Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts, Daniel Langlois Foundation, a COLA Artist Fellowship and most recently an Artistic Innovation Award from Center for Cultural Innovation. Bookchin studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Independent Study Program, and SUNY Purchase. In 1999-2000 Bookchin organized , an eight month series of lectures and workshops on art, activism and the Internet at CalArts, MOCA in LA, and Laboratorio Cinematek in Tijuana . She lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is co-Director of the Photography & Media Program in the Art School at CalArts.

Bookchin joins the Digital Studies Symposium to talk about a series of projects centered on the documentary potential of YouTube videos. In her recent installation titled Mass Ornament, for example, Bookchin gathered hundreds of dance videos, studied them, and then arranged them to create a portrait that captures a particular statement about contemporary culture. Bookchin will show her work, talk about her process, and consider new notions of documentary practice and research.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.

Nov 032010
 

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.

Oct 202010
 

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.

Oct 132010
 

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.

Oct 102010
 

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

Oct 102010
 

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

Oct 102010
 

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