News 2008-2009


ACCAD on Big 10 Network ~ Friday Night Tailgate Show | November 13, 2009

ACCAD's Motion Capture Studio was highlighted on the Big 10 Network. Graduate students Brent Haley (CSE), Neelima Karanam (CSE) and Zach Maynard (Design) were each interviewed in a very entertaining + informative segment.


Steve May of PIXAR | Oct 21-22, 2009

ACCAD was pleased to welcome back Steve May, OSU/CSE/ACCAD alum and PIXAR Supervising Technical Director. Steve discussed the PIXAR production pipeline and company culture on Wednesday evening. Thursday the 22nd, Steve and PIXAR recruiting staff met with individual graduate students from both the Design and CSE departments. Steve graduated from OSU with a PhD in Computer Science and worked at ACCAD prior to joining PIXAR. Steve's animation credits include: Toy Story, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, Cars and UP.


Janie Geiser visits ACCAD | October 22-23, 2009

The Wexner Center for the Arts featured an evening of experimental animated films created by Janie Geiser. Ms. Geiser also visited ACCAD on Friday, Oct. 23rd, to meet individually with ACCAD students and provide artistic feedback on various works. Ms. Geiser is Co-Artistic Director of Automata, a Los Angeles nonprofit dedicated to the creation of experimental puppet theater, experimental film, and other contemporary art practices. Geiser is also the Director of the Cotsen Center for Puppetry and the Arts at CalArts, one of the rare programs in the US for the study of experimental object performance and installation.


Invited Guest - Concept Development Course | 2009

Invited guest, Rafael Rosado, Director/Storyboard artist met October 19, 2009 with students enrolled in Arts College 730. The course, Concept Development for Sequential Imaging is taught by Philip Garrett. Enrolled students create inspirational sketches, descriptive drawings, character and object design, storyboards and animatics as a method for developing and communicating concepts for time-based media.



Sun Dagger Explorer Wins Award | 2009

The Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA) announced the winners of the 2009 Publications Design Competition and the Technology Competition. Established in 1953, MPMA is a regional museum association that provides services to museum professionals in ten states: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

MPMA is one of six regional associations in the United States that work in conjunction with the American Association of Museums. The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico received the award in the multi-media category for Sun Dagger Explorer, Alan Price (ACCAD/Design), design and programming; Anna Sofaer, research; Matt Celeskey, exhibit designer/illustrator; Robert Ungnade, exhibit liaison; Charles Compton, IT liaison; Western Mapping, laser scanning. The project was produced with the Solstice Project and Ohio State University.


ACCAD Again Well Represented at SIGGRAPH 2009

Maria Palazzi (ACCAD) and Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance/ACCAD) were invited to present the Synchronous Objects project during the Information Aesthetics Showcase, a new focus area at the SIGGRAPH 2009 computer animation conference. SIGGRAPH was held in New Orleans, LA from August 2-7, 2009. Matthew Bain, (ACCAD alum now working at DreamWorks Animation) presented at SIGGRAPH -  See What You Feel: A Study in the Visual Extension of Music (performance and talk). This was a live performance of abstract animations of music re-rendered in Maya, 3D visualizations of music-theory structures, and real-time systems that visually react to live music. Matt discussed the music system used in this performance.

Sundagger Explorer Opens in New Mexico | May 2009

Professor Alan Price, ACCAD/Design, participated in the May 13th opening installation of his 3D interactive model of the ancient calendar site in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. The Sun Dagger Explorer is now part of the Space Frontiers Exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. Graduate student Mary Twohig (Design) has worked with Alan on the Chaco project this year.


Kalamazoo Animation Festival 2009 - Educators Conference Presentation

Maria Palazzi, Vita Berezina-Blackburn and Graduate Student Iuri Lioi traveled to Kalamazoo, MI to present Animation at the Center of Interdisciplinary Collaborations. They were invited to give this presentation two times during the KAFI Festival - Educators Conference on May 14th.


Synchronous Objects - Successfully Launched April 1, 2009

The Synchronous Objects project was recently unveiled at the Wexner Center for the Arts. In collaboration with world renowned choreographer William Forsythe, ACCAD and the Department of Dance developed an online interactive score projects for the choreographic work of Forsythe's One Flat Thing, reproduced. The team of Ohio State research faculty, graphics researchers and graduate students constructed a new way of looking at dance, one that considers both discipline-specific and cross-disciplinary ways of seeing. The final product, an interactive website, illuminates the underlying structure and mechanics of a complex choreography, exposes modes of perception and attention of both performers and audience and enables new and multiple readings of this work and consequently the viewing of dance in general.


Drums Downtown VI: ACCAD and OSU Percussion Ensemble Together Again | February 2009

Join us (Feb. 27 & 28)  for an evening of percussion, dance, and animation at the Capitol Theater, Riffe Center in downtown Columbus. Digital creations from Beth Albright, Tyler Ayres, Amber Cecil, Joshua Fry, and Fran Kalal will provide inspiration for a live, improvisational performance by the OSU Percussion Ensemble. In addition, Computer Science and Engineering PhD student, Benjamin Schroeder has created a procedural animation that will play in sync with a percussion performance of Steve Reich's piece New York Counterpoint.


ACCAD Brings Thurber Dogs to Life | January 2009

Students and Staff at Ohio State’s Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design (ACCAD) brought the beloved drawings of dogs by humorist James Thurber to life via animation. The animated illustrations were projected during a concert performed by Columbus’s ProMusica Chamber Orchestra on Jan 10—11, accompanied by Peter Schickele’s Thurber’s Dogs – Suite for Orchestra, a piece originally commissioned by ProMusica in 1994. The musical composition is based on six of Thurber’s short stories that incorporate his much-loved line drawings of dogs. The project was a collaboration with ACCAD, ProMusica and Thurber House. Nine Ohio State graduate students worked as a team to animate six sequences involving the dogs. The students built the animations around the music, tightly timing them to the piece. Using research, storyboards, 3D modeling and animation, the group spent months creating character movement that simulated hand-drawn animation and remained true to Thurber’s unique style. The project was directed by Vita Berezina-Blackburn of ACCAD. For an overview of the project, visit the website.

Alan Price - Ars Electronica Center Exhibition, Linz, Austria | 2008

Alan Price (Design | ACCAD) traveled to Linz, Austria this December 2008 to participate in the grand re-opening exhibition at the Ars Electronica Center. His work will be permanently installed in a virtual environment system called "Deep Space", which is a new addition to the center. The high resolution stereoscopic 3D projection spans a two-story high wall and floor with user interaction through touch screens and motion tracking. Price's most recent work, Empire of Sleep, has been adapted to the display system in collaboration with the Ars Electonica Futurelab team. The public opening was January 3, 2009.


ACCAD Animation Specialist Creates New Visuals for Bebe Miller's Necessary Beauty | October 2008

ACCAD's Vita Berezina-Blackburn was part of the creative team that produced the Bebe Miller Companys newest work, necessary beauty. Vita's animations were featured in short, intimate, multimedia segments. necessary beauty continues a line of investigation into dance, theater and digital technology. The work was recently performed October 1-4, 2008 at the Mershon Auditorium "black box".


RED & Blue Collects Animation Awards

Tyler Ayres, recent MFA graduate (Design) is gathering attention for his animated short RED & blue, the story of a little blue balloon dealing with a bully. Last weekend (10/3/2008) Tyler flew to Los Angeles to attend the Nicktoons Network Animation Festival award ceremony at Nickelodeon Studios. RED & blue was one of 29 finalists selected from more than 4,500 entries from around the world!  RED & blue has also been recognized for:

  • Best Student Animation and Best of the Festival award at the 4th Annual Blue Plum Animation Festival, 2008 in Johnson City, TN.
  • Honorable Mention in The 56th Columbus International Film & Video Festival, also known as the The Chris Awards. Screenings will be held at the Columbus College of Art and Design, November 11-16 2008, Columbus, OH.
  • Best Animation and tied for Best Short in the "Mid-Ohio Comic Con Film Festival", Columbus, Ohio.
  • Official Selection in The Flint Film Festival, October 18th, Flint, MI.


President Gee Cites ACCAD in 2008 End of Year Speech to the Faculty

OSU President Gordon Gee, in his annual Speech to the Faculty, held up ACCAD an exemplary Center of multidisciplinary research and collaboration. "Ohio State is the nations most comprehensive research university, and faculty and students use our breadth to great advantage. Think of the trans-institutional, multi-disciplinary work in biofuels and biomaterials. Or visual artists, choreographers, musicians, and computer scientists collaborating through the University's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design." (May 28, 2008).

The President went on to say that "Truly extraordinary work happens here every day -- in classrooms, laboratories, and studios. Indeed, the work of Ohio State’s faculty and students is taking place at every moment, around the world! Now is the time to gain broader recognition for that remarkable work. For what has been -- and what can be – realized at Ohio State. Now is precisely the moment to capitalize on that position of strength."ACCAD is proud to be a leader in this area and looks forward to working with the President to build from our reputation and excellent work.


ACCAD and Video Production Student Films Shown at the Wexner | 2008

Student film productions from ACCAD and Theatre's Video Production courses will be screened on Thursday, May 27th at 7 p.m. at the Wexner Film and Video Theatre. Following the screening, student filmmakers will be field questions from the audience about their films and process in making. The show is free and open to the public.


ACCAD 2008 Open House

Join us!...for a fun, interactive self-guided tour. You will observe state of the art and experimental computer animation, digital media performances and interactive objects. You will meet the artists and designers who created them: our graduate students, faculty and staff. ACCAD is engaged in developing new graphics technologies, evolving the art of digital storytelling, collaborating with researchers to visualize scientific discovery and more. Free and open to the public. Visitors can park in the (north) OSU lot from 4:00-7:00 p.m. without penalty.


ACCAD Students have films premiere in Wexner's Ohio Short Film and Video Showcase | 2008

Tyler Ayres (Design), Amber Cecil (Design) and Lilly Skove (Dance) have had their films selected for inclusion in the Wexner's annual Ohio Short Film an Video Showcase, on Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 pm. Tyler's animated short "Red & blue" is the story of two balloons and his thesis film. Amber's film "The First Snowmaker" was produced as a group effort in ACCAD's Procedural Animation course. Lilly's film "Dot Dance" is a playful dance of light.


Charles Csuri Featured in French Magazine | 2008

Cimaise magazine, a highly respected French quarterly journal, long associated exclusively with painting and sculpture, will feature the work of ACCAD founder Professor Emeritus Charles Csuri. The March issue will include an article about Professor Csuri and his work. The article's title Charles Csuri, dialogue avec les dieux when translated to English is "Charles Csuri, dialogue with the gods". Published for the first time fifty years ago, Cimaise is now featuring all art forms including photography, design, architecture, installations and digital design.


Horton Hears a Who! Presentation by Steve Martino - Thursday, May 1st, 2008

You are invited!!... to a special presentation by ACCAD Alumnus, Steve Martino, co-director of 20th Century Fox's "Horton Hears a Who!". Martino will show behind the scenes footage related to animation styling for the film, special effects, the design process of translating Dr. Seuss to 3D and the use of radiosity in lighting and rendering. Free and open to the public. Presentation will be located in Page Hall, Room 10 on OSU's main Campus. Also see Steve's OSU "iMix" interview


Realtime Animation Plays at Drums Downtown this Weekend | 2008

Design/ACCAD graduate student Matthew Bain will debut his realtime animation system at the OSU School of Music's Drums Downtown V in Columbus, at the Riffe center on Friday, February 29 and Saturday, March 1 at 8pm. Music Professors Joe Krygier and Susan Powell invited Matthew to create animation in real-time to one of their performance pieces. The OSU Percussion Ensemble program will spotlight new choreography including dancers from the OSU Department of Dance.


Check out ACCAD on WOSU's iMix! | 2008

This second episode features the world of motion graphics where OSU's Advanced Computing Center for the Arts & Design (ACCAD) graduate student Brent Haley takes viewers through the basics of wireless motion capture. ACCAD Director Maria Palazzi also discusses some of the projects going on at the Center.


ACCAD's collaborative project, DNA Unbound, opens as part of the Gregor Mendel "Planting the Seeds of Genetics" at COSI | 2008

As part of the project, a "DNA Workbench", DNA Unbound was developed as an interactive multi-touch display with which multiple participants can interact with the application, and with each other, to learn about complimentary base pairing of nucleotides in genetic sequencing. The DNA Unbound project team includes: Susan Fisher (College of Biological Sciences/OSU), Alan Price, (ACCAD/OSU), Vita Berezina-Blackburn (ACCAD/OSU), Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Dance/OSU), COSI (Columbus Center of Science and Industry), Matthew Bain (Graduate Associate, ACCAD/OSU), George Gantzer (Graduate Associate, ACCAD/OSU), Fran Kalal(Graduate Associate, ACCAD/OSU), and Lise Worthen-Chaudhari (Dance/OSU). The project was funded by The Battelle Endowment for Technology & Human Affairs (BETHA) program at OSU.