Computer Science Talk: Arts and Technology: Strange Bedfellows or Congenial Colleagues?
Erik Brunvand from the University of Utah talks about the fine arts and technology
Apr 01, 2013
from 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
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Arts and Technology: Strange Bedfellows or Congenial Colleagues?
Are fine arts and technology compatible partners? Do these disciplines support each other or flinch when they are combined like oil and water? Do collaborative efforts provide interesting insights and opportunities for students? For practitioners? There seems to be an explosion of interest in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. One aspect that I find fascinating about this connection is that benefits seem to flow in both directions.
In this talk I will start with some thoughts on the nature of combining arts and technology, and show some historical and contemporary examples specifically relating to kinetic art. I will then describe an ongoing collaborative course that involves Computer Science and Art students working together to design and create computer-controlled kinetic art. Students in the course explore interfacing of embedded computer systems with sensors and actuators of all sorts. They also explore physical and conceptual aspects of machine-making as a fine-art sculpture process. Our goal is to enhance the educational experience of both groups of students. We believe that both student groups gain significant and unusual benefits that they can apply in a variety of ways in their respective disciplines.
Erik Brunvand is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. His research and teaching interests include the design of application-specific computers, graphics processors, ray tracing hardware and software, asynchronous systems, and VLSI. He and his students are currently designing a many-core computer architecture targeted at real-time graphics rendering using ray tracing.
Professor Brunvand has a strong interest as an educator in arts/technology collaborations. Starting in 2009 he has co-developed and taught a collaborative course with a colleague in the Art department at the University of Utah. This course, Embedded Systems and Kinetic Art, pairs computer science and art students into teams to design and build collaborative computer-controlled kinetic artworks. As an artist he is a printmaker, co-founder of Saltgrass Printmakers (non-profit studio in Salt Lake City), and also works in mixed-media computer-controlled kinetic arts.