Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
One rule is not to waste the limited slots on American plays, but some rules are made to be broken, or the Post-Gazette Critic's Choice theater tour group would have missed one of the crispest, funniest plays in London -- Kevin Spacey and Jeff Goldblum in David Mamet's 'Speed-the-Plow,' which is as American as it gets. At least its address is impeccably British, the Old Vic Theatre."
And if it does return, auds won't see exactly the same show they saw in the '60s -- a decision blessed by the creatives but decried by its original Rialto producer."
Saturday, March 29, 2008
During the design and construction, HUSS Park Attractions GmbH commissioned the Rexroth Dutch subsidiary in Boxtel with the delivery of the entire hydraulic and electric drive and control technology."
Do you like art of all kinds?
Do you like fried oreos?
Well, then do I have the job for you...
The Three Rivers Arts Festival is looking for crew this summer. The hours are good, the pay is great and the work is a lot of fun. The dates are mid-May through the end of June, so if you are working for Pre-college or looking for some time off, this is a great way to make some money and still be done by July. Work duties include art installation, artist support, festival operations, stagehand, carpentry, construction, and weekly water battles (mandatory). This year, the festival will be in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. Some long hours, late nights, good pay, lots and lots of fun, all the cheese balls you can eat, and then you have the rest of the summer off. There are also other potential work opportunities that may come from your involvement with this project. If you are interested or looking for more details, please contact Jen Owen at email@example.com.
WHEN and WHERE:
Carnegie Science Center (transportation will be provided from Main Campus)
ABOUT THE INDUCTION CEREMONY:
The 2008 Induction Ceremony celebrates the coming together of the entertainment community and the robotics and community to honor the robots that inspire both in reality and on screen. Here's your chance to see the star of NBC's Heroes, Zack Quinto ("Sylar" on Heroes and "Spock" in the new Star Trek movie) and Anthony Daniels, the man inside C-3PO (He calls him "See Threepio")
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU:
You get a free ticket to the biggest party in town! Hundreds of people will be at this gala affair, including professionals from the entertainment industry, computers and robotics industry, and business professionals. We're taking over the entire science center. It is a fully catered affair, and the food will be free. After the party, you get to watch the Induction Ceremony LIVE. You'll also get a FREE PASS to a movie at the Southside Works Cinema.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
As a awards ceremony, we're seeking to have a "red carpet entrance" with paparazzi. This is where you come in! You'll be cheering and shouting for the stars and dignataries as they come in! We also hope you'll bring your digital camera's and take pictures!
HOW TO WIN EVEN MORE:
We will also be giving away TWO $20 Starbucks GIFT cards. These will go to:
1. The person who takes the BEST picture of the night.
2. The person who takes the MOST pictures of the night.
(You just have to send the pictures to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible)
HOW TO GET A TICKET:
RSVP right now! to me at email@example.com for your reservation.
1. A bus will be provided from CMU Main Campus Circle to and from the event.
2. If you want, you can park at the Carnegie Science Center (you have to mention that in your RSVP)
3. You can't come unless you get on "the list" by RSVPing to me and getting a confirmation back.
4. This offer is going out to the public shortly! Act now!
The International Relations Program
Stuart J.D. Schwartzsein
"Iraq: Blood and Oil"
Monday, April 7, 2008
4:30 to 6, Doherty Hall A 310
Stuart J. D. Schwartzstein has worked as a foreign-affairs professional for more than 30 years, having served in the Defense and State Departments in a wide range of capacities, including as a diplomat, an analyst, negotiator, advisor and planner. He has also held positions in several think-tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in
While at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (1992-96), he did a good deal of work on
Mr Schwartzstein is currently an independent consultant based in
4:30pm Adamson Wing Auditorium, 136A Baker Hall
Elizabeth W. Jones, Schwerz University Professor and Head, Biological Sciences
MAKING IT UP AS I (WE) WENT ALONG
I joined the faculty ranks just before the movement to include women in faculties was initiated. This meant that I was often the only woman in the room at various functions. It also meant that when the movement began, units like NIH study sections were desperate to find women to appoint, providing me with the opportunity for lots of service at the national level and a wide scientific acquaintanceship early in my career. When I left the faculty at Case Western Reserve University and came to Carnegie Mellon, I joined a department that was in its infancy. Thus in both my personal/scientific life and my professional life I had few models and had to make it up as I went along. Fortunately, Carnegie Mellon proved to be a fairly forgiving environment for learning on the job.
The goal of Chicago Children's Theatre is to produce meaningful, enlightened and imaginative year-round programming for both children and families. We are looking for applicants interested in aiding Chicago Childrens Theatres mission to enrich our community through diverse theatrical programming that engages and inspires the child in all of us.
Chicago Children's Theatre offers both internships and fellowships. Internships are generally no less then 15 hours a week and are available for college credit. Fellowships are generally 35-40 hours a week and are compensated through a stipend or hourly wage. See position descriptions for more information. All interns must have exceptional interpersonal, organizational, and writing skills along with a working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel required; Powerpoint preferred). To apply, please see the attached application form and instructions.
Fall internships will begin September 1 and conclude on December 15, 2008. The application deadline is July 31, 2008. All dates are flexible based on availability. Further, a few internships are project-specific and follow different schedules than our regular cycles. Please refer to the attached descriptions for details.
Additional information can be found on our website, www.chicagochildrenstheatre.org. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or email. Thank you!
A showcase of PSO talent in OUR neighborhood! Carnegie Mellon students may purchase discounted tickets for only $10! (CFA student tickets: $7) Staff and faculty tickets only $13. Order on campus from the box located at the information desk in the University Center or on-line at http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/cmutix Student Rush tickets will be sold at the door 2 hours prior to the performance for $12.
CONCERT PROGRAM: Albinoni: Concerto for Trumpet in B-flat, Op. 7, No. 3 Charles Lirette, Trumpet
Corigliano: Voyage Damian Bursill-Hall, Flute
Corigliano: Symphony No. 2 for String Orchestra
Balada: Caprichos No. 4 (Quasi Jazz) for Solo Contrabass & Chamber Orchestra Jeffrey Turner, Contrabass
Brahms: Sextet No. 1 in B-flat, Op. 18 Andrs Crdenes, Violin Jennifer Ross, Violin Tatjana Mead Chamis, Viola Marylene Gingras-Roy, Viola Anne Martindale Williams, Cello Michael Lipman, Cello
Leonardo Baladas Jazz-Inflected Caprichos No. 4 To Be Premiered by Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra
Composer Leonardo Balada, who in 1970 joined the School of Music faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, continues a busy year as the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra under Andrs Crdenes premieres Caprichos No.4 Quasi Jazz, for bass and chamber orchestra. The concert, featuring Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Bassist Jeffrey Turner in Caprichos, is Thursday, March 27 at 8 p.m. at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland.
The four-movement Caprichos No. 4 is a modernistic composition in which traditional jazz gestures are paired with avant-garde textures, harmonies and devices. Caprichos No. 4 is a continuation of Baladas successful collaboration with the Pittsburgh Symphony Chamber Orchestra; Caprichos No. 3 for violin and chamber orchestra was premiered by Crdenes and the orchestra in 2005.
Also, on March 25, Naxos releases an eighth disc of Baladas music, on which Baladas 2001 cantata Dionisio In Memoriam and the 1969 symphonic tragedy Maria Sabina are performed by Jos Ramn Encinar and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Comunidad de Madrid. Dionisio is based on writings from the Spanish poet and politician Dionisio Ridruejo. In Maria Sabina, the tale of the Mexican Indian priestess, Balada collaborated with Nobel Literature Laureate Camilo Jose Cela. Program notes by Balada and the CD are at www.naxos.com/catalogue/item.asp?item_code=8.570425#
Regina Gouger Miller Gallery___________________________
The 2008 Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, A Moratorium on Make-Believe opened March 21 and runs through April 20 at the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University. School of Art Head John Carson says the six graduate students featured in the exhibition are restless and are always looking for new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.
The six students featured in the exhibition are Chris Beauregard, Michelle Fried, Ben Kinsley, Eileen Maxson, John Pea and Ally Reeves.
Chris Beauregard offers unhurried glimpses of a parallel world where everything is slightly and worryingly off kilter. These worlds are fantastic, hinting at a happier place than what we call reality. He contributes Lazy Barricade, a sculpture of a police do not cross line that would be quite easy to cross.
For the exhibition, Michelle Fried starred in a self-produced video, Stomach Trouble. The video follows Michelles comical adventure to cure herself, at the same time dealing with the chatter of her talking stomach and the charlatan Dr. Wolmuth, a stomach detachment and rerouting specialist. Visit www.michellefried.com
Ben Kinsley stages mischievous theatrical performances that border on anarchy in unexpected places. One such project occurred outside the Mattress Factory, where medieval knights fought for three hours while a metal band played. Visit www.bkinsley.com
Eileen Maxson, whose videos have been shown in Los Angeles, Dallas and New York, is simultaneously enthralled and repulsed by television. In her videos, she pokes fun at the medias version of reality through made-up characters and scenes. See some of Maxsons videos at www.eileenmaxson.com
John Pea will display graphite on paper drawings. Pea explores the role of art in the social landscape and tries to find the poetry and wonder in the everyday and the commonplace. Visit www.johnpena.net
Ally Reeves takes her art into the community and tries to brighten the day of all she encounters. In the mobile museum project, Reeves biked around Pittsburgh, with a small cabinet of strange and exotic objects in tow. Visit www.allyreeves.com
The Regina Gouger Miller Gallery is located on the Carnegie Mellon campus. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m.5 p.m. TuesdaySunday. Visitor parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage, located on Forbes Avenue just east of the Morewood Avenue intersection.
For more information about the Master of Fine Arts student exhibition, contact the Regina Gouger Miller Gallery at 412-268-3618. For more information on the College of Fine Arts, contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PGH Events _________________________________________________________________
Down, Dirty and Back for its Third Year: Attack Theatres The Dirty Ball Returns!
Who: Attack Theatre
What: The Dirty Ball An evening of salacious sounds, luscious libations, and flirty dirty dancing, featuring interactive multimedia installations and special performances by Attack Theatre and the world premiere of Dirty Burt's Traveling Western Revue.
When: Saturday, April 12, 2007 The Dirty Ball 8:00pm midnight Dirty Donor Reception 6:30pm 8pm
Where: 2501 Smallman Street (25th and Smallman Streets, Strip District) The Pennsylvania Macaroni Company Warehouse
Tickets: $45 (pre-sale), $50 (at the door) Call 412-394-3353 or visit www.proartstickets.org
Title: Director of Technical Production
Duties: Serve as Technical Director for an active undergraduate NAST/NASD accredited theatre and dance program. Working with faculty and guest designers, she/he will supervise the technical execution of scenery and props, with shared responsibility for sound and lighting for all school productions. Supervise paid and volunteer student assistants, as well as jobbed-in personnel in a well-equipped shop. Limited instructional duties will be expected in areas of expertise. Some design opportunities may be available if qualifications and the technical schedule permits.
Qualifications: M.F.A. in technical theatre with professional experience. Demonstrated leadership skills in production management, planning, budgeting and personnel administration. Strong skills in theatrical carpentry, welding, CAD, rigging, management, electrics and sound are required.
Salary: Dependent upon qualification with full state benefits.
The School of Theatre and Dance is involved in the construction of an eighty-five million dollar performing arts facility, scheduled to open in 2010. The Director of Technical Production will play an important role in the planning, staffing and transition in to this space, as well as curricular innovation and revision.
To apply please go to http://JobLink.jmu.edu
In the past 15 years, most branches of showbiz have undergone a high-tech revolution, as digital technology has changed everything from a film's visual effects to the way a music album is sold.
Now theater, the last holdout, seems to have lowered its resistance and is embracing the changes.
Only a few seasons ago, audiences complained of migraines induced by the computer-animated sets of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Woman in White" and critics yawned over the prosaic projections in the failed Johnny Cash musical, "Ring of Fire."
Before it came to Broadway, Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia" trilogy experimented with electronic design, yielding an ambivalent response in London and a decision to opt for more traditional stage design in the New York production.
But this season, everything from Shakespeare to Mel Brooks, from Sondheim to the Rockettes are wiggling their digitals. .
Theater creators initially appeared wary of digital input, fearing it was a gimmick, that it upstaged the actors, or that it was an attempt to turn theater into cinema. But the technology is now capable of creating dazzling stage effects that are a far cry from the old-fashioned film projections used in "multimedia shows" since the 1960s.
Instead of a movie theater-style projection from the back of the house with a beam over the audience's heads, digital projections are generated by a computer attached to the sound and lighting board. The impact of this technology and its increasingly sophisticated effects on theatercraft is only just beginning to be felt.
Last winter, for instance, the 75th anniversary staging of "The Radio City Christmas Spectacular" dropped the Rockettes into a computerized version of Santa's workshop. And the audience went on a virtual sleigh ride, during which 3-D polar bears and penguins lobbed snowballs at them.
In the current "Sunday in the Park With George," painter Georges Seurat's dog, sketched with a few brushstrokes on canvas, suddenly comes to life, wagging its tail. In addition to a computer grid in the theater, "Sunday" also utilizes a backstage projector that transmits images onto a mirror, which then bounces them onto the rear stage wall.
In the Broadway-bound revival of "Macbeth," starring Patrick Stewart and beginning perfs March 29, Banquo's ghost appears out of an industrial elevator as bloody tendrils spread like ivy vines across the back wall.
The glowingly reviewed tuner "The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island," which just closed at the Vineyard, integrated live actors with animated sets and props.
These are just a handful of the highest-profile projection-heavy works that have recently clicked with mainstream auds and critics. Their successes may help secure broader acceptance for virtual stagecraft.
To understand what has changed, it helps to remember the negative connotations of projected scenery.
For one thing, the use of onstage projections has long been interpreted as a symbolic statement.
"At first, people were using video to represent the evils of technology," says Jim Findlay, who designed the animation for "Slug Bearers" and has created video for avant-garde companies for more than six years. "Like any other innovation, it took a while to use it without detracting from the show."
Now, Findlay adds, with video effects appearing even at business meetings, people are becoming accustomed to them. "The audience can just accept it as another element of the show, instead of wondering what the technology itself is supposed to represent," he explains.
The other assumption has been that projections dehumanize a live performance.
"You can't have two shows going on, the cinematic show and the actors trying to get attention in front of it," says David Farley, set and costume designer on "Sunday." "That gives you a backdrop with no dynamic. To me, that was the problem with 'The Woman in White.' "
The current revival of "Sunday" moved from London's theatrical fringe to the West End, and from there to Broadway in January. The production, which began at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2005, has been praised for cleverly blending animation with flesh-and-blood elements.
If computerized sets feel divorced from the production around them, they also risk making theatergoers feel cheated. Audiences might grumble they are seeing cheap, cinematic imitations of the the three-dimensional experience only live theater can provide.
Farley addressed that concern by incorporating tangible props in "Sunday" that double as projection screens. For instance, an actual drooping curtain in Seurat's studio gets hit with video and is transformed into a tree in a park. "Tangible details make the experience real," he says. "It keeps everything connected with the performers on the stage."
Similar touches enhance "Young Frankenstein," which blends video and set pieces to give depth to the trees in an eerie Transylvanian forest. That integrated approach, folding traditional 3-D and digital elements together into one seamless setting, still may be the most viable route for new technology in theater. Going all-digital remains trickier, generally requiring projections that complement a show's "real world" and are vital to the plot.
"If they can unlock an element of the text that wouldn't be better in any other way, then they're valuable," says "Sunday" director Sam Buntrock. "Otherwise, there's no point."
Even leaders in the field are judicious about working in legit. "More often than not, I say, 'Don't do it,' " says Timothy Bird, whose firm Knifedge handled the animation in "Sunday." "If (projections) are just a gimmick, they have no impact."
Buntrock has frequently said he brought digital sets to "Sunday" because the tuner celebrates the creative process. As Seurat conceives a work, we can see it take shape all around him, with animated lines evolving into finished images.
Meanwhile, the projections in "Slug Bearers" echo its theme of being connected to (or distanced from) one's environment. Cartoonist-playwright Ben Katchor hand-drew every sketch that was animated for the production.
"Drawings are an extension of your body," he says. "They transform the set into a personality onstage with the actors."
But even with a solid concept, digital scenery can't succeed unless the creatives are in sync.
"The interaction between departments -- the human element -- is actually the most challenging bit," says Bird. "We're learning a new language, whether that's jargon or ways of working. At first, there's always a question of getting people to communicate."
Active collaboration is the obvious solution. Bird says the Broadway incarnation of "Sunday" was the easiest to plan because the creatives were granted extensive time to storyboard each moment of the show together, addressing each other's needs as they went along.
Technological advances also made that collaboration possible. "Even in the last three years, the methods for creating and delivering content have become incredibly streamlined," says Buntrock, who also has a background in animation. "Now you can be experimental with technology almost as easily a you can with lights or scenery."
In other words, until recently, it was almost impossible to change digital elements on the fly. If an animated boat was moving too quickly, it might take a week to slow it down, forcing artists to halt their process or simply accept unsatisfactory material. Now, the change can be made in about a day, allowing projection designers more involvement in a show's ongoing development.
That could soothe technophobic legiters. Other good news: The technology has gotten cheaper. Findlay says a projector that would have cost $45,000 six years ago will now run around $10,000. "If you look at the scale of what sets cost, computers are going down," he adds.
As much as anything, price slashing could cement the future of digital design. Observes Buntrock: "The switch in the producer's head that said 'technology means money' has now, rightly, been turned off."
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Monday, March 31st
4:30pm – Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall
Elizabeth W. Jones, Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon
JOURNEYSMAKING IT UP AS I (WE) WENT ALONG
*** PAKISTAN AWARENESS WEEK ***
*** March 31st - April 4th ***
Mayur-SASA(South Asian Students Association) presents a week of events that capture the essence of Pakistani culture, politics and society to better understand a country dominating international headlines. Join us as we explore the country through debate, cinema, fashion, education, food and music!
Pakistan Today: Islamism, Activism, Performance
A lecture by Dr. Fawzia Khan
Mellon Auditorium, 4.30pm
Fashion with a Story
Witness the underrated beauty of traditional garment in an untraditional way
The Cut, All Day
Khuda ke Liye
A trend setting and record breaking film focusing on the divide between Muslims in a post 9/11 world
Giant Eagle Auditorium, 7.30pm
Music of Pakistan
Explore a unique international genre with live performances and free food.
Kirr Commons, 4.30 pm
Pakistan, the Future
Debate Democracy and be a part of the controversy in an open forum. Free food will be available.
Kirr Commons, 4.30pm :: Sponsored in part by UC Fridays
Funded in part by your Students Activities Fee, UC Fridays and Student Affairs
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The thought escapes the uncensored lips of Joy Zinoman as she banters with five guys seated with her at a conference table in the industrially chic, bullpen-style office space of Studio Theatre. The men are Zinoman's floating brain trust, longtime colleagues and shorter-term employees with whom Studio's founding artistic director frequently bats around ideas."
Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center Hosts Future of Interactive Technology for Peace Conference, April 2-3
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
"I’m a huge fan of heat maps, and here recently I’ve started to think about productivity in terms of heat maps, as well. The above picture is a heat map of my daily productive capacity."
Here's why: A resume is an excuse to reject you. Once you send me your resume, I can say, 'oh, they're missing this or they're missing that,' and boom, you're out.
Having a resume begs for you to go into that big machine that looks for relevant keywords, and begs for you to get a job as a cog in a giant machine. Just more fodder for the corporate behemoth. That might be fine for average folks looking for an average job, but is that what you deserve?
If you don't have a resume, what do you have?"
In that post, I gushed about how much I loved the tool because its tiny headless fasteners leave behind holes so small they don't need patching with putty.
Well, I heard from a quite a few fellow tool enthusiasts who questioned just how undetectable the holes really were.
Now you can decide for yourself."
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Refusing to exit silently, Marti Maraden says her resignation as co-artistic director 12 days ago was the result of creative interference and an agenda imposed by general director Antoni Cimolino despite earlier assurances that the unusual triumvirate arrangement that was put in place 21 months ago would work as a partnership."
But the Dallas Symphony Association is protesting that amplified music in the artist square will be audible and distracting inside the Meyerson, and it has repeatedly raised the question since 2004. The Dallas Wind Symphony, which also performs in the Meyerson, has also sent a letter of concern to City Manager Mary Suhm."
Monday, March 24, 2008
March 27 - 30, 2008
Heinz Hall, Downtown Pittsburgh
Bebe Neuwirth joins your PNC Pittsburgh Symphony Pops for a concert of breathtaking Broadway hits! Hear your favorites from Chicago, Cabaret and more!
Best known for her Emmy award-winning role as Lilith, Frasier's wife, on the popular TV show Cheers, Ms. Neuwirth's other television appearances include Law and Order-Trial by Jury and guest work on Star Trek, the Next Generation. Ms. Neuwirth is also a seasoned Broadway actress with two Tony awards to her name for her leads in Sweet Charity and Chicago. In addition to her work on Broadway and television, she has graced the silver screen as a cast member in such films and Summer of Sam, Jumanji, Green Card and Bugsy.
Don't miss this concert of Broadway show-stoppers with the sensational Bebe Neuwirth!
Carnegie Mellon University students may purchase tickets in advance for only $12 by visiting: http://www.pittsburghsymphony.org/cmutix
Faculty and Staff tickets are only $17 in advance. You may also make your reservation at the UC Info Desk.
Student Rush tickets will be available at the door beginning 2 hours prior to the performance for $17.
Little Lake Theatre Company is currently seeking a Technical Director for the upcoming 60th season. Little Lake Theatre Company is a highly regarded community theatre in the Pittsburgh area that utilizes and supports volunteers in all areas of performance and production and also has both full-time and part-time paid staff members and contracted designers and directors. The season runs May-December, 2008, staging 11 mainstage productions; 3 productions for young audiences; and 2 family matinee productions. The auditorium is intimate, arena stage with flexible seating for 150.
Responsibilities for this position will include serving as a lighting design assistant to the Resident Designer; board operation; participation/supervision of load-in of all lighting instruments; basic set construction and sound design; supervision of crew volunteers; and acquisition and maintenance of lighting and technical equipment.
The ideal candidate would be motivated to work in a theater environment that is busy, supportive, creative, and encourages artistic integrity and ingenuity. This candidate would benefit from the opportunity to work with 8-10 different production directors on 16 productions of varying styles and production requirements, and have his/her artistic contributions valued and encouraged.
Little Lake Theatre Company will give preferential consideration to candidates who can be contracted through mid-December, but may consider a May through August contractual agreement as well.
Resumes or introductory correspondence may be submitted to:
Robert Fitchett, Managing Director
Little Lake Theatre Company
449 Mapleton Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
An Indian Classical Music Concert
Sensational Sitar Virtuoso
A revolutionary musician who has enchanted audiences in over 30 countries.
Irshad Khan featured on Sitar and Surbahar (Bass Sitar)
Table accompaniment: Nitin Mitta
"Scintillating performance" - Boston Globe
"The Mozart of Indian music" - Isthmus, Milwaukee
"Feast of music for the hungry" - The Times, London.
"Best contemporary sitar and surbahar player … musical magic by himself" - Times of India, Bangalore
Where: Bellefield Hall
315 S. Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh
Time: 6 PM (Doors open at 5:15PM)
Student discount (with valid ID): $5 off on all levels
Under 5 yrs - FREE
For tickets: http://pittsburgh.aidindia.org
Online ticketing provided by Sulekha.com
Tickets also on sale at:
University Center, CMU
Kohli's Indian Imports (S. Craig Street)
Symposium and Arcade
March 31 + April 1
Can video games be art?
That will be the topic of exploration when the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) host The Art of Play Symposium and Arcade, a two-day event on March 31 and April 1 exploring games as a unique expressive medium. The Symposium brings together a diverse group of researchers, artists and game developers to survey the games that can inspire us with their unique creative vision, and to frame the medium moving forward.
++ A two-day exhibition in which attendees can check out groundbreaking art, independent, and commercial games. The arcade is curated by Kokoromi, a Montreal-based group that creates and promotes experimental gameplay.
++ DAY 1: guests can see presentations by Heather Kelley of Kokoromi, Randy Smith of Electronic Arts LA, Jason Rohrer of Arthouse Games and Jesse Schell, a professor in the ETC.
++ DAY 2: features Game Arcade, the Poetics of Gameplay Master Class, in which 12 Carnegie Mellon students will present games and receive feedback from the symposium guests. The symposium finishes with a panel discussion and an after party. There will also be tours of the ETC.
++ PLUS: EXTRA LIFE AFTERPARTY
brillobox / penn & main / lawrenceville
all-ages, cmu private party, 7-10pm
21+ open dance party, 10-2am
with djs: hoof & beek (pgh) gemini radio (la)
dynamic light: megamu (pgh)
All events are held in the College of Fine Arts or Margaret Morrison-Carnegie Hall on the Oakland campus. Shuttles will be provided for transportation to the off-campus ETC.
For a primer on the size of the video game industry, the process of producing games and the “are video games art?” question, listen to a LAB A6 podcast with Kelley, Rod Humble of Electronic Arts and computer science student Gregory Peng at http://www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html.
Over recent months, work done by designers has been disappearing from the hallways. Just last night a large model box that was constructed from many, many student hours evaporated. During Christmas, models with similar investments of work and creativity vanished. Before spring break, two beautiful student paintings were plucked off of the walls of a third floor hallway.
Why would someone take this work? What possible value, other than their intrinsic beauty, can these pieces have for you? Disappearing ipods, laptops and cell phones are bad enough, but how can anyone justify stealing Art, which is a physical embodiment of someone's creative life, or some would even say, soul.
If you were the person who stole this work, unless your motivation was jealously or destructiveness, I trust that your conscience will compel you to return the work. I dare you. Return it in the middle of the night if that's easier: it can't ever really belong to you.
Game Designers Discuss Video Games as Art
Host Marge Myers, associate director, STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Guests Heather Kelley, adjunct faculty, Entertainment Technology Center Rod Humble, senior vice president, Electronic Arts Gregory Peng, senior, School of Computer Science
Heather Kelley, Rod Humble and Gregory Peng all experienced game designers give a look into the process, people and resources involved in creating a video game. Aside from a game's plot, art and music, they argue that game developers offer an artistic statement in controlling, through "rules," the way a player interacts with the game's environment, characters, and what they have to do to win.
The Art of Play Symposium and Arcade March 31 to April 1
Can video games be art? That will be the topic of exploration when the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and the Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) host The Art of Play Symposium and Arcade, a two-day event from March 31 to April 1 exploring games as a unique expressive medium. The Symposium brings together a diverse group of researchers, artists and game developers to survey the games that can inspire us with their unique creative vision, and to frame the medium moving forward.
Events include the Art of Play Arcade, a two-day exhibition in which attendees can check out and of course play groundbreaking art, independent, and commercial games. The arcade is curated by Kokoromi, a Montreal-based group that creates and promotes experimental gameplay. On Day 1, guests can also see presentations by Heather Kelley of Kokoromi, Randy Smith of Electronic Arts LA, Jason Rohrer of Arthouse Games and Jesse Schell, a professor in the ETC.
Day 2 features the Poetics of Gameplay Master Class, in which 12 Carnegie Mellon students will present games and receive feedback from the symposium guests. The symposium finishes with a panel discussion and an after party. There will also be tours of the ETC.
A complete schedule of events along with speaker biographies can be found at http://www.theartofplay.com/. For more information, call 412-268-2409 or e-mail email@example.com. All events are held in the College of Fine Arts or Margaret Morrison-Carnegie Hall on the Oakland campus. Shuttles will be provided for transportation to the off-campus ETC.
For a primer on the size of the video game industry, the process of producing games and the are video games art? question, listen to a podcast with Kelley, Rod Humble of Electronic Arts and computer science student Gregory Peng at www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html
Future of Interactive Technology for Peace Conference April 2-3
Do video games have the potential to assist the peacemaking process? If so, how do game creators incorporate social values into games? These and other provocative topics will be the focus of the Future of Interactive Technology for Peace Conference, April 2-3 at Carnegie Mellon Universitys Entertainment Technology Center (ETC). This first-of-its-kind conference provides a forum for discussing the impact and the potential that interactive technology holds for peace and peacemaking.
Featured speakers include Lucas Welch, president and founder of Soliya, a non-profit organization that uses new media technologies to help college students with productive discussions of cultural and social differences; Eric Brown and Asi Burak, social entrepreneurs and creators of the video game PeaceMaker; Carnegie Mellon Computer Scientist and MacArthur Fellow Luis Von Ahn; and Jesse Schell, Carnegie Mellon faculty member and former creative director of Disneys Virtual Reality Studio.
Brown and Buraks work on PeaceMaker while at Carnegie Mellon initiated the discussion about the potential for using interactive technologies to educate people about peacemaking. In PeaceMaker players act as the Israeli prime minister or Palestinian president and try to establish a stable resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The conference, sponsored by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, which focuses on peacemaking and diplomacy, will also include many other speakers who will explore applying interactive technology to conflict resolution and international affairs. A full list of workshops and speakers is available at www.etc.cmu.edu/peace2008/.
The conference brings together 200 professionals, professors and students to collaborate in workshops including Peace Pitch and Values at Play: Integrating Human Values into Games. In the Values at Play workshop, conference attendees will work with members of the Tiltfactor Lab, the first social activist game lab in the country, to incorporate social messages into games.
Our hope is that this will be the first of many conferences which explore the application of technology to pressing social issues, said Brenda Harger, co-chair of the conference and an ETC faculty member.
The ETC is interested in exploring how media and technology can have positive impact and effect social change, said Drew Davidson, director of the ETC-Pittsburgh. We're excited to host this conference with Lounsbery's support that will bring together influential and inspirational people to share ideas and strategize about the future of technology and peace.
Registration for the conference is required. Media inquiries are welcome. For more information, contact Anne Humphreys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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THE MYTHS OF INNOVATION
Much of what we know about innovation is wrong. That's the bet this talk takes, as it romps through the history of innovation and creative thinking, dispelling the mythologies we've constructed about how we got here. This fun, interactive talk, loosely based on the best selling book, will help you recognize the myths, understand their popularity (even if you don't believe in them), and explore how to apply lessons from true innovation history in your own work today.
BIO: Scott Berkun (H&SS '94) worked at Microsoft from 1994-2003, mostly as a program manager on Internet Explorer versions 1.0 to 5.0. He works now as a writer and public speaker, teaches creative thinking at the
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4:30pm – Adamson Wing Auditorium, 136A Baker Hall
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Wednesday, April 2nd, - Thursday, April 3rd
THE FUTURE OF INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PEACE (REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED)
On behalf of the
The theme of the conference is exploration of the impact that interactive technology has on peace, peacemaking, and diplomacy. The conference will bring together professionals from the entertainment industry, academia (faculty and students), and government and foundation personnel.
This conference will provide an opportunity for participants to learn, share and discuss what the future holds for the use of interactive technology in peace and peacemaking. Key aims of the conference it to hear from researchers and professionals in the field on the opportunities for how interactive technology can impact education and training in the areas of diplomacy and peace and increase participants'
awareness of the role that technology has for peacemaking.
Conference speakers and workshop leaders include:
Lucas Welch, President and Founder, Soliya Luis Von Ahn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon Mary Flanagan, Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, Hunter College Jesse Schell, Faculty, Entertainment Technology Center and Founder and CEO, Schell Games
As you can see, we have a wonderful line-up of speakers and workshop leaders! Please join us April 2 & 3, 2008. For additional questions and comments, please send email to Anne Humphreys at email@example.com.