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Thanassis Rikakis: The Arts Have Left the Building: the evolution and maturation of cultural computing

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Thanassis Rikakis is Professor and Director of the Arts Media and Engineering (AME) Program, Arizona State University, USA.

What
  • Distinguished Lecture
When Mar 15, 2007
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where New Music Building, 527 Sherbrooke St. West, room A832 (enter via Strathcona Music Building, 555 Sherbrooke St. West)
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ABSTRACT:
The integration of computing in the everyday physical human experience is a major technological trend.  Arts expertise on the creation and communication of experiences can be of tremendous value in the evolution of experiential media and computing.  The integration of the arts in the development of such new technologies can also contribute to computing solutions that improve the human condition. At the same time, this trend offers the Arts the opportunity to expand their palette beyond stage performances, galleries shows and research in secluded Arts studios.

The talk will present research and education paradigms that connect arts expertise to the development of experiential media systems in a number of application areas: communications, learning, health, creation, culture and entertainment.  Examples of such systems will be demonstrated and discussed.

About Thanassis Rikakis:

Thanassis Rikakis is Professor and Director of the Arts Media and Engineering (AME) Program at Arizona State University (http://ame.asu.edu). . His research work and publications are in the areas of computer mediated arts and experiential systems, pitch perception, auditory feedback for rehabilitation, computer music tools for arts education, multimedia composition algorithms, and interdisciplinary graduate education. His educational background is in music composition and computer music. He has composed works for acoustic ensembles, works for computer as well as music for film, theater and television. He studied composition and computer music with Chou Wen Chung, Brad Garton, Roger Reynolds, Karel Husa and Theodore Antoniou. He attended composition seminars with Ianis Xenakis, Pierre Boulez and Olivier Messiaen. He is Principal Investigator of a recently awarded NSF IGERT grant for interdisciplinary research and education in experiential media, Co-PI of a current NSF CISE Research Infrastructure grant for motion analysis and PI for the motione project that premiered in April 2005 and has received an NEA Technology: Resources for Change grant.

http://ame2.asu.edu/faculty/thanassis/

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