News 2016-2017


2017:

 

Of Land and Dreams Project
The exhibition for the Of Land and Dreams interactive project opened April 21st at Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota. The exhibition highlights a 2 year collaboration between media artists Teri Reub and Alan Price (Design/ACCAD), along with community members, students and faculty from Aberdeen. Based on the recent debate about land, water and natural resources, the project encourages people to submit their own images, video clips or audio recordings to create a locally driven portrait of the region. The group keeps expanding with every contribution using a mobile app.

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Ohio State/ACCAD Ranked Highly for Game Design

Ohio State was named one of the "Top 25 graduate schools to study game design in 2017", by the Princeton Review. The article specifically named The Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) in its ranking. Students studying game design at ACCAD are primarily taught by faculty from the Department of Design. The Princeton Review's publishing partner, PC Gamer, will include an article on the rankings in its May 2017 issue.

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Science Sunday Guest Speaker - Cara Malek
Cara Malek presented the April 2017 Science Sunday presentation before a packed auditorium. With 10-years rigging experience at DreamWorks Animation, Cara explained how it’s done. Cara Malek directed rigging on numerous studio productions as part of the Character Technology team. Her credits include, How to Train Your DragonKung Fu Panda 2 & 3. She trained at ACCAD, earning an MFA in digital animation from Ohio State’s design department.

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Independent Animator Tess Martin Workshop April 2017
Award Winning Independent Animator - Tess Martin gave an artist talk on Thursday, April 13th as an invited guest of the ACCAD /OSU Animation Club. The talk was free and open to the public. On Friday April 14th, she lead a full-day workshop for OSU animation students via limited | reserved seating only.

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Humane Technologies Guest Artist Jennifer Monson Visit
As part of the ongoing Humane Technologies investigation at ACCAD / Ohio State, guest artist Jennifer Monson presented a Lecture the evening of April 11th. Monson is creative director of iLAND and professor at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Monson also lead an experiential "dawn walk" the same morning on the OSU Oval.

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Ohad Fishof & Noa Zuk Hosted by Humane Technologies Project
Interdisciplinary artists based in Tel Aviv, Ohad Fishof and Noa Zuk joined the Humane Technologies team of collaborators at OSU in arts-driven research investigating 21st century life and livability. Zuk & Fishof have collaborated for over a decade and work in a diverse range of fields including Dance, sound performance video and installation. In February, they participated in group discussions and gave an artists talk.

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Guest Artist Rosalie Yu Visits Feb. 2017
Visiting artist and scholar Rosalie Yu conducted a hands-on workshop on depth photography and photogrammetry, and how capturing the depth axis can further unfold the real world and create new perspectives. Rosalie Yu, is a creative technologist from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Ms. Yu's visit was sponsored by the Humane Technologies Project, of the Humanities and Arts Discovery Themes at The Ohio State University, Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD).

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Demolition One Installed at CMOA
January 28 & 29, Demolition One, was installed at the Columbus Museum of Art. Created by Assistant Professor, Isla Hansen, the virtual pinata game allows players to crush a dark and mysterious animated cadillac limo by interacting with a plush physical toy version of the car. Professor Hansen employed : Interactive 3D animation of the presidential limo, nylon, foam, polyfil, wood, microcontroller, (custom code with unity game engine and arduino).

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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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2016 Summer Mentoring Program Featured on WOSU's Broad & High
ACCAD welcomed 15 young women (grades 6-8) to attend the Digital Animation: A Technology Mentoring Program for Young Women. During the two week experience, the award winning Broad & High creative team documented multiple aspects of the program and produced an outstanding overview of the young women's experience. Broad & High explores the character and creativity of Columbus and beyond on WOSU TV. See the "YouTube" video.

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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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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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