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April 16, 7pm
 

Digital Technologies in the Arts Presentation

Carroll University welcomes Dr. Kia Ng, director and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

Ng will present "ART:CODE: Exploring Digital Technologies in the Visual and Performing Arts." His talk begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A panel discussion on the role of digital technologies in the arts will follow, featuring Ng, Philip Krejcarek, professor of art and chair of the Department of Visual & Performing Arts; Mike Konemann, associate professor of computer science; Dr. Joel Matthys, visiting lecturer in music; and moderated by Dr. Terri Johnson, director of the Center for Educational Technology and Innovation (CETI).

In conjunction with Ng's visit, three artists will present interactive multimedia works in the Campus Center lobby. Christopher Burns, a composer, multimedia artist and teacher of music composition and technology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will show "Audiopaint," an audio-driven interactive animation system designed to create a dialogue between music and animation. Benny Martinson, a New York-based composer, programmer and vocalist, presents "Torrent," which uses a 3D camera to allow observers to play a virtual piano. Matthys's "Tectonic Shift" uses a webcam to generate a kaleidoscope of images and sounds.

These events are sponsored by the Carroll University Music Program, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and CETI. All are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, April 17, Ng will meet with students in the Music Technology and Digital Music Production courses. Both classes will demonstrate their electronic compositions and he will provide insight and instruction.

Ng is involved in several research domains, including interactive multimedia, human/technology interface, computer vision and computer music, in collaboration with many European and international organizations and individuals in the field. He is the project coordinator of i-Maestro, a computer program that helps people improve music performance and theory training, and is the principle investigator of several projects, including AXMEDIS, a framework of tools, models, test cases, documents, etc. supporting the production and distribution of cross-media content; CASPAR – Cultural, Artistic and Scientific knowledge for Preservation, Access and Retrieval, which provides access to and preservation of cultural and scientific resources; and the Ruskin Rocks project to develop a 21st century percussion instrument in collaboration with Dame Evelyn Glennie, with research funding totaling more than 20 million Euro.

BBC and SkyTV have featuredNg's Music via Motion system that allows users real-time control of musical sound and visualization using their physical movement. Ng has presented keynotes and invited lectures in more than 30 countries. He is a chartered scientist, and a fellow of the British Computer Society, Institute of Directors, and a life fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

For more information, visit www.kcng.org, contact Johnson at 262.951.3026 or tljohnso@carrollu.edu, or Matthys at 262.524.7185 or jmatthys@carrollu.edu.


 
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