Edward Shanken to speak at Institute for Systems Biology, April 28

April 21 2014

DXARTS professor Edward Shanken will speak at the Systems Biology + Systems Art symposium hosted by the Insitute for Systems Biology on April 28 in Seattle.  His talk is entitled, “The History and Future of the Lab: Collaborative Research at the Intersections  of Art, Science, and Technology."  The symposium honors visiting Chinese artist, Xiao Dong Feng.

Online Announcement

Schedule 3:15-5pm:

  • Opening Remarks from Lee Hood, MD, PhD and President of Institute for Systems Biology
  • Xiao Dong Feng, distinguished artist and guest from China
  • Allison Kudla, PhD (DXARTS, 2011) and Communications Designer, Institute for Systems Biology.  “Biological Systems Art”
  • Edward Shanken, PhD and Visiting Associate Professor at UW, DXARTS. “The History and Future of the Lab: Collaborative Research at the Intersections  of Art, Science, and Technology"
  • Moira Scott Payne, Provost and VP for Academic Affairs, Cornish College of the Arts. "Chaos, Strings and Material Things"

Open to the public. .

Artist Gary Hill to visit DXARTS Thursday, April 24

April 17 2014

DXARTS is pleased to welcome Gary Hill as a guest to the Spring 2014 Video Foundations course led by visiting artist Yolande Harris on Thursday, April 24.  Participation is limited to DXARTS students due to limited available seating space.

Thursday April 24th
9:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Room 205, Raitt Hall

Gary is an internationally recognized artist often "viewed as one of the foundational artists in video art, based on the single-channel work and video- and sound-based installations of the 1970s and 1980s." His longtime work with intermedia explores an array of issues ranging from the physicality of language, synesthesia and perceptual conundrums to ontological space and viewer interactivity

Learn more about Gary Hill at his website, and see examples of Gary Hill's work on his Vimeo channel.

Music of Today: Experimental Improvised Music in 3D performance on Thursday, April 17

April 08 2014

Music of Today / DXARTS: Experimental Improvised Music in 3D

Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.

Meany Hall, UW Seattle Campus (map)



The University of Washington School of Music and The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) co-sponsor this concert featuring an evening of improvised experimental music in 3D, with Richard Karpen (piano), Stuart Dempster (trombone), Cuong Vu (trumpet), Ted Poor (drums), Greg Sinibaldi (saxophone), Luke Bergman (bass), Juan Pampin and Joseph Anderson (3D electronics). In this unique concert, the audience will be seated on the stage of Meany Hall surrounded by the musicians and a 3D audio system will be deployed to create a full 3D immersive experience.


Please note that seating will be limited to 300 people for this event and there is no late seating.



Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM



Meany Hall for the Performing Arts, UW Campus (map)



$20 general, $12 student/senior

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DXARTS receives inaugural Bergstrom Award

April 04 2014

   DXARTS has been chosen as the inaugural recipient for the College of Arts & Sciences Bergstrom Award.  The award will fund the creation of a new "Art & the Brain Lab" to be housed at DXARTS and intended to foster artistic collaborations arising from investigations at the intersection of neuroscience and digital art.  

   The Bergstrom Award for Art and Science was established for the purpose of supporting projects or activities at the UW that enhance the student experience and bridge the intersection between art and science.

   The idea for the DXARTS proposal arose from a successful Fall 2013 DXARTS interdisciplinary seminar course entitled Art and the Brain, which joined art practice (Professor James Coupe), neuroscience (Professor Eberhard Fetz), and the history and theory of art-science collaboration (Professor Edward Shanken).  For a more in-depth look at the course, see the Arts & Sciences Perspectives article "This is Your Brain on Art."  Image credit: Isaiah Brookshire

   The course generated a range of proposals for art-science research projects that students and faculty wished to pursue, but that needed specialized equipment in order to develop further. Examples of possible projects included: musical performances that change according to neural data gathered from their audience, dream-machines that learn neural sleep patterns and  attempt to predict and visualize future dreams, and interactive video art installations that are responsive to the unique brain activity of each viewer.

   The Art and the Brain Lab will fill a need, demonstrated in the seminar class, to conduct hands-on research at the intersection of art and neuroscience, as well as attract students with natural science backgrounds to collaborate in art-science research.  The first phase of development will allow the lab to acquire core equipment enabling faculty and students to build EEG data-driven responsive artworks and environments.  These interactive systems will consist of feedback loops between neural activity in users and variations in multimedia output. Changes in specific parameters of a user's brain activity will determine changes in the artwork and, conversely, changes in the artwork may also trigger changes in the user's brain activity.  By studying such interactive systems, the lab hopes to facilitate research with the potential for expanding artistic creation, interaction design, human-computer interface development, and neuroscientific knowledge.

image: Professors Edward Shanken, James Coupe, and Eberhard Fetz.  Photo credit: Isaiah Brookshire