News 2016-2017

2017:

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2016:

Eddo Stern, Director of UCLA Game Lab Gives Workshop

November 2016, Professor Stern gave a public lecture then spent 1-1/2 days at ACCAD leading a workshop for graduate students in Art and Design. Director Stern works on the disputed borderlands between fantasy and reality, exploring the uneasy and otherwise unconscious connections between physical existence and electronic simulation. He works in various media including computer software, hardware and game design, kinetic sculpture, performance, film and video production.

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Mark Osborne Visit - October 2016
Academy Award–nominated Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne gave a behind-the-scenes look at his enchanting stop-motion, computer-animated adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novella The Little Prince (1943). He also met with a small group of Design graduate students to discuss his career.

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Isla Hansen - New Faculty Member

Autumn of 2016, ACCAD was pleased to welcome new joint Art/ACCAD Faculty Member, Isla Hansen. Professor Hansen's work reenacts forms of popular media, play, and systems of production, recreating ways in which bodies connect to technologies in the world around us. Recently, she has focused on the way in which camera and robotic systems in the gaming, medicine, food, and sports industries have developed by tracking and positioning the human body as analogue. Hansen's absurd systems reinterpret and complicate the relationship between the human body and technological progress.

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Marc Ainger's Windswept Premiered at National Sawdust

Professor Marc Ainger's musical work, Windswept premiered at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY as part of 2016s New York Philharmonic Biennial. Windswept was developed in part using the facilities in ACCAD’s Motion Capture Lab. Like much of Ainger’s work, it explores the use of the computer to transform the sounds of instruments in performance, extending the possibilities of the instruments without physically modifying them. In particular, the work plays with the ensemble’s instruments’ pitch and timbre, delaying, overlapping and displacing harmonic spectra in time and space. Windswept is also one of the works for which Marc Ainger was awarded an Individual Excellence Award in Composition from the Ohio Arts Council.

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ACCAD Alums Join Design Faculty
ACCAD alums, Kyoung Lee Swearingen and Scott Swearingen returned to OSU as new faculty in the Design department autumn semester 2016. Both return to Ohio State with extensive experience in the animation (Kyoung) and gaming industry (Scott) and both will be teaching Design courses. Kyoung will be teaching within for the Moving Image Production major slated to start autumn 2017. Scott is working on new game design curriculum.

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Voxel Bay Presented at SIGGRAPH 2016

Jeremy Patterson, long-time ACCAD instructor and Nationwide Children's Hospital staff member along with graduate students, Alice Grishchenko (Design) and John Luna (Dance) attended the 2016 SIGGRAPH Conference in July in Anaheim, CA. They presented their research on the Nationwide Children's Hospital/ACCAD research collaboration.  See Voxel Bay research page.

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Cool Tech Girls 2016 - Columbus Metro High School
Spring semester 2016, Alice Grishchenko, a 3rd year MFA candidate in Design spent Thursday after school hours with young women at the Columbus Metro High School. Alice was been teaching them to create their own computer art using the software program, ProcessingProcessing comes with a little piece of software that will run code in a java app window.  Alice added that she's benefited from seeing the girls positive reception to software coding. Funding for the after school program was awarded by "The Women's Fund of Central Ohio."

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Alan Price - International Sabbatical
Alan Price Alan Price has been busy during his sabbatical year, traveling to and presenting workshops and lectures on his work in Real Time Animation at:  Nanyang Technological University, School of Art, Design and Media in Singapore, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea, The Digital Art and New Media program at USC, Santa Cruz, CA and next to Sydney, Australia.

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New Art | ACCAD Faculty Hire

ACCAD and the Department of Art hired Isla Hansen, Digital New Media Faculty member. The position is a joint appointment. The search was initiated early spring 2016 for an artist creatively and critically engaged in the practices and discourses of New Media art. Isla will begin her faculty appointment autumn semester 2016.

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Mark Coniglio Visit - Jan 26 & 27
Mark Coniglio, co-founder of Troika Ranch creates large-scale performance works that integrate music, dance, theatre and interactive media. His writings about new media in performance have appeared in numerous books and journals including New Visions in Performance, La Scena Digitale: Nuovi Media Per La Danza and Movement Research Journal. Coniglio is currently based in Berlin, Germany.

He presented a public lecture on Tuesday, January 26th in Sullivant Hall, offering a reflection on past practice in the field of media-inetnsive dance. He challenged his audience to consider ways in which computer technology will significantly impact creative practice in new, future directions.

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PIXAR In A Box - Launched with the Help of Fran Kalal, OSU | Design Alum

As Fran explained, "We've just launched Pixar in a Box our collaboration with the Khan Academy. We've made videos and tutorials to help students and life-long learners see how math can be used to make animated films." Pixar in a Box will post a library of video clips introducing in-house Pixar staff members who explain their expertise in storyboarding, modeling, rigging, surfacing, lighting, etc..Another video introduces Fran to Pixar in a Box subscribers. The interview highlights various steps that led Fran into a 3D animation career.

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Katie Whitlock Memorial Fellowship Fund Created

The Department of Theatre at The Ohio State University announced The Katie Whitlock Memorial Fellowship for Graduate Student International Travel. Katie Whitlock (1970-2015) earned her PhD at The Ohio State University in theatre history, literature, and criticism in 2004. Katie focused her research on theatre and technology. In 2003 she was key to the success of the first Department of Theatre collaboration with the Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD). She worked closely with a team from both Theatre and ACCAD, serving as the liaison between their disciplinary needs. The resulting production—Adrienne Kennedy’s Sleep Deprivation Chamber—used digital animations, video imagery, and real-time projections.

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