APRIL 6, 27, AND MAY 6, 1999,
SERIES TICKETS: $27 ($12 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS WITH CURRENT ID)
SINGLE-EVENT TICKETS: $10 ($5 WALKER MEMBERS AND STUDENTS WITH CURRENT ID)
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"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
--Alan Kay, computer-science pioneer
The Walker's New Media Lecture Series presents three of the world's top technology researchers who are helping to invent the future. All events take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and May at 7 pm in the Walker Auditorium. Tickets: Series (three lectures) $27 ($12 Walker members and students with current ID); Single lecture: $10 ($5). To purchase tickets in advance by phone with a credit card, call the box office at (612) 375-7622. Click here for more information..
TUESDAY, APRIL 6
DAN SANDIN, DIRECTOR OF THE ELECTRONIC VISUALIZATION LABORATORY
SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO
Dan Sandin is an internationally recognized pioneer of electronic art and visualization. In 1973, he developed the Sandin Image Processor, a highly programmable analog computer for processing video images in real time. Working with Tom DeFanti, he combined the Image Processor with real-time computer graphics and performed visual concerts that he called Electronic Visualization Events, with synthesized musical accompaniment. In 1991, Sandin and DeFanti conceived and developed, in collaboration with graduate students, the CAVE virtual reality (VR) theater. In recent years, Sandin has been concentrating on perfecting the design of the CAVE and its derivatives, the ImmersaDesk and the Infinity Wall. Sandin's video animation Spiral PTL is in the collection of Museum of Modern Art in New York. His latest artworks involve the use of camera-based video in VR environments.
Come early or stay late. From 6 to 7 pm and following the talk, there will be demonstrations of new immersive art projects on the ImmersaDesk in the Art Lab.
TUESDAY, APRIL 27
CURTIS WONG, MANAGER, NEXT MEDIA RESEARCH, MICROSOFT RESEARCH GROUP
Curtis Wong has dedicated his career to pioneering and exploring new forms of media that merge computing and communications in business, entertainment, and education. He was formerly Director of Intel Productions, where he was responsible for the Intel/PBS collaboration that produced enhanced interactive programming for digital television, such as the recent broadcast of Ken Burns' film Frank Lloyd Wright and the children's program Zooboomafu. Wong is the creator of ArtMuseum.net, an Internet-based museum that currently features a high resolution, 3-D re-creation of the Van Gogh exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. As the founding director of Corbis Productions, Bill Gates' image company, Wong created a CD-ROM series on the history of art that garnered numerous awards from both the software and entertainment industries, including accolades by The Wall Street Journal for A Passion for Art, "the greatest CD-ROM since the multimedia revolution began." He was also an interactive-documentary producer of major feature films for Voyager Company, producing some of the premier multimedia CD-ROMs for the PC, such as Pedro Meyer's Photograph to Remember, the first interactive CD-ROM documentary broadcast on PBS in its entirety.
THURSDAY, MAY 6
MITCHEL RESNICK, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, EPISTEMOLOGY AND LEARNING GROUP, MIT MEDIA LAB
Mitchel Resnick presents a lecture entitled "Lifelong Kindergarten." He studies how new technological tools and toys can help bring about deep changes in the ways children think and learn. Resnick led the development of the "programmable bricks" used in the LEGO Mindstorms robotics construction kit, and has worked on several projects (including StarLogo software and the Virtual Fishtank museum exhibit) to help people learn about complex systems and emergent phenomena. He is cofounder of the Computer Clubhouse, a network of after-school learning centers for young people from underserved communities. In 1993, he was awarded a National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award. Resnick is author of the book Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), published by MIT Press.
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