Nov 292011
 

Beatriz da Costa is an interdisciplinary artist who works at the intersection of contemporary art, science, engineering and politics. Her work takes the form of public participatory interventions, locative media, conceptual tool building and critical writing. Issues addressed in previous work include the politics of transgenic organisms, and the social repercussions of ubiquitous surveillance technologies. Through her work da Costa examines the role of the artist as a political actor engaged in technoscientific discourses.

da Costa is a co-founder of Preemptive Media, an arts, activism and technology group, and a former collaborator of Critical Art Ensemble (2000-2005). Media coverage of her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Reuters, CBS Evening News, BBC, CBC and the New Scientist. She has received an Honorary Mention from the Adobe Emergent Artists Award, an Honorary Mention at the Prix Ars Electronica and been nominated twice for the Rockefeller New Media Arts grant. Together with Preemptive Media she received the Social Sculpture Commission from Eyebeam and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, as well as funding from Franklin Furnace, Turbulence, the Experimental Television Center and the Beall Center for Art and Technology.

da Costa will join the Symposium to speak about her recent efforts in creating an installation which confronts visitors with the reality of British species threatened with extinction. The talk begins at 7:00 in SCA 112 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About the Symposium
The Digital Studies Symposium is both a course (IML 466) and a public forum designed to introduce participants to diverse examples of scholarly media-based projects and practices. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites, games and augmented reality experiments. The presentations are moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

Oct 252011
 

Eve Marson is a documentary film producer, and has worked on both feature films and a series of highly effective web-based videos. Over the past years she has worked on a variety of feature documentaries, including Bigger, Stronger, Faster, and television programming, including Discovery Channel’s The Joy of Lex. Eve also served as producer on an informational web series for GOOD Video’s 2008 election coverage.

Most recently Eve spent a grueling year studying genocide and filming on site around the world as associate producer for the PBS feature documentary Worse Than War. She also is producing the documentary film Craigslist Joe, an exploration and social experiment surrounding the online market community. At the symposium, Eve will discuss tactics for creating highly effective web videos.

The talk begins at 7:00 in SCA 112 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About the Symposium
The Digital Studies Symposium is both a course (IML 466) and a public forum designed to introduce participants to diverse examples of scholarly media-based projects and practices. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites, games and augmented reality experiments. The presentations are moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

Oct 182011
 

Event Schedule and Locations:

Lecture and Screening: 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 17, 2011
SCA 112, George Lucas Building
School of Cinematic Arts
900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Workshop: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 21, 2011
Blue Lab
Institute for Multimedia Literacy
746 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90089

About the Event

Computational Aesthetics, funded by USC’s Visions & Voices Arts and Humanities Initiative, combines a lecture, screening and workshop designed to explore computational aesthetics broadly. The lecture by Chandler McWilliams, co-author of the recently published Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture, will describe computational aesthetics and provide a context, and show specific examples of code as visual expression.

The 50-minute screening consists of short-form videos works that ask how the computational capacity of the computer has impacted our most basic conceptions of image, sound and storytelling.

The workshop will focus on the relationship between code (computer programs) and visual form. The event is centered around six themes, Designing with Numbers, Repetition, Parameterization, Visualization, Transformation and Simulation. Using these themes, we will discuss procedural and algorithmic work from architecture, design, and fine art and use these examples as jumping off points to introduce the basics of computer programming with particular emphasis on creating software for the screen. Each participant will have the opportunity to work with sample programs relevant to each of the six themes.

About Chandler McWilliams

Chandler B. McWilliams is an artist, programmer and writer. He has studied film, photography and political science, and completed graduate work in philosophy at The New School for Social Research in New York City. McWilliams is the co-author of Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). He lives in Los Angeles where he teaches in the department of Design Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. His current work focuses on themes of affect, repetition, computation and epistemology.

Oct 112011
 

“As the world move faster each day, it is necessary to communicate your message in a quick, clear and engaging way that sets it apart from the noise.”

This message, displayed on the home page of Column Five Media, is a brief declaration of their company’s purpose – to develop creative, poignant and effective strategies of communicating information, whether through infographics, data visualization or interactive experiences. Some of Column Five’s clients include GOOD Magazine, MySpace, GE, Nokia, Mint.com, PlayStation and Travelocity.

Two of Column Five’s co-founders, Jason Lankow and Ross Crooks, will come and talk about information visualization generally, and the expertise of their company in particular.

The talk begins at 7:00 in SCA 112 and is free and open to students, faculty, and the general public.

About the Symposium
The Digital Studies Symposium is both a course (IML 466) and a public forum designed to introduce participants to diverse examples of scholarly media-based projects and practices. The speakers in this series are artists, programmers, scholars and designers, and their projects include cutting edge gestural interfaces, mobile media experiments, innovative websites, games and augmented reality experiments. The presentations are moderated by Holly Willis, the IML’s Director of Academic Programs.

Oct 092011
 

Instructor: David Lopez
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Taper Lab – Yellow (B4)

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 create incredibly detailed photographs you don’t simply view, but explore. Using standard megapixel cameras and free software, attendees will learn the basics of framing, shooting, assembling and sharing a gigapixel image.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the USC Visions and Voices website.

Oct 092011
 

Instructor: Gabriel Peters-Lazaro
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Taper Lab – Red (B6)

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 popular workshop shows participants how to get great shots with inexpensive video 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. This year’s workshop adds green screen compositing techniques.

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the USC Visions and Voices website.

Oct 092011
 

Instructor: Stacy Patterson
9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Taper Lab – Yellow (B4)

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.

We all have a story to tell, a thought to share, a personal connection to make. However, in this fast-paced world, we often find ourselves with only moments to captivate our listeners and engage them to participate. This workshop will provide the tools and exercises to tell your story, albeit a very short story, one with three spoken sentences and only three still images that you will choose and put together in the lab. Think of it as a multi-media “elevator pitch.”

For more information and to make a reservation, visit the USC Visions and Voices website.

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.