The digital art + technology forum
This past semester at Austin Community College, I had the unique opportunity to create & curate a project called The Digital Art + Technology Forum, a monthly lecture and performance series that featured artists and technologists who make innovative work in various creative fields. The premise of the DATforum was to engage, empower, and inspire students, faculty, and the community by providing real-world examples of creative technologists who have found success bridging STEAM-related idealogy into their creative work. The events were held at the ACC Highland Campus and were sponsored by the ACC Library Services, with additional support from various departments within the college. Below are some images from the events, as well as links to the LiveStream archived videos of each talk/performance.
Alfred darlington (aka daedelus) "From studio to stage to studio" - 2.17.17
Like his mythological namesake, Daedelus is an inventor, a craftsman, and a constructor of sonic labyrinths. He recombines sounds from an eclectic palette into an innovative genre all his own, and has dedicated his musical career to the war against cliché. Otherwise known as Alfred Darlington, the Los Angeles-based producer has over two dozen releases on a variety of labels, and collaborates with musicians in many worlds: electronic, jazz, hip-hop, etc. Daedelus has performed over a thousand shows for audiences on five continents, everywhere from Iceland to Istanbul. He is a founding father of the L.A. "Beat Scene," often playing the storied Low End Theory club nights. Each live show is unique, employing Monome controllers and open-source software which allows for on-the-fly improvisation. Daedelus composed the soundtrack for the award-winning video game Nidhogg, has given a TEDx talk about the scientific wonders of sound, and been co-inventor of the noise maker / effect Delaydelus (along with Austin's Bleep Labs).
sarah belle reid "New Interfaces, New Sounds: Augmented Instruments and Female Innovators in Music Technology" - 3.30.17
Canadian trumpet player Sarah Belle Reid is active in the fields of performance, intermedia arts, music technology, and improvisation. She has performed throughout the world with artists including Charlie Haden, Wadada Leo Smith, and Vinny Golia, Perry Cook, David Rosenboom, and with ensembles such as the Liberation Music Orchestra, KREation Ensemble, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and the Montreal Symphony Pops Orchestra. Reid currently resides in Los Angeles where she regularly performs, tours, and records in a broad range of musical genres and settings, from new music groups like The Industry and Burnt Dot, to pop and commercial artists such as Adele and Estrella TV.
John-mike reed "building music" - 4.20.17
John-Mike Reed a.k.a. Dr. Bleep, has been designing and manufacturing analog and digital services that blink at Bleep Labs for over 10 years. Bleep Labs design and manufacture hardware noisy objects, synthesizers, drum machines, and audio effects in Austin, TX. A huge supporter and contributor to DIY electronic culture, he has held workshops and talks on synth making, soldering, circuit bending, and beyond, currently teaching for Austin's technology education company Dadageek. In addition to Bleep Labs, John-Mike has designed and built various large-scale multimedia installations for folks like SmartCar, NMASS Fest, Levitation Fest, and SXSW.