Dancers at Krannert Center, at Northern Illinois University, and in Tokyo will perform together during Timings, an Internet Dance on December 12. An “experimental dance fantasy,” the work is based in the game engine Unity—a first for a performance of this type. Real-time control of 3D avatars, live dancing, and immediate playback of those movements through newly developed motion-capture technology by University of Illinois doctoral student Tony Reimer allow for different moments in the piece to be experienced simultaneously. Live electronic music as well as recorded video help explore the role that timing plays in our lives. Doctoral students and alumni of Dance at Illinois, performers under the direction of Paula Frasz at Northern Illinois University, and butoh dancers from the Digital Hollywood University in Tokyo will create the new piece. This event from IJPAN—the Illinois Japan Performing Arts Network, which was established to use and develop technology for collaborations among Japanese and American performing artists, scholars, and audiences—and Dance at Illinois with support from eDREAM and the Harry D. Castle Fund is produced by IJPAN technical director John Toenjes, who is also an associate professor and the music director of Dance at Illinois. The free one-hour performance will be in the Dance Rehearsal Room on the second level of Krannert Center at 7:00 p.m. on December 12. Live streaming will also be available on IJPAN’s website.
November 25, 2013
The Students Pushing Innovation (SPIN) program for undergraduates through the National Center for Supercomputing Applications named four FAA students as fellows for the 2013-14 school year. Undergraduates submitted proposals for projects that would address mentors’ research areas and also allow them to explore their own creative ideas. Meet the FAA winners with intriguing interdisciplinary topics:
- Lauren Blackburn, Graphic Design—Investigating visualization techniques for analyzing precision farming data and medical information
- Austin Lin, Theatre—Exploring the convergence of technology and the performing arts
- Stacie Sansone, Graphic Design—Examining information design and interface concepts as ways to communicate complex data
- Colter Wehmeier, Architecture—Integrating virtual environments to develop new digital workspaces and presentation techniques
October 29, 2013
With a keynote address by Michael Sorkin—a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the architecture critic for The Nation—and three days of special events, the Department of Urban and Regional Planning will celebrate its centenary. Since its inception in 1913, the department has served as a leader in both education and research and today is ranked as one of the top five programs in the country. The centennial festivities include presentations, panel discussions, a dinner, tours, an indoor tailgate-style barbecue, and Sorkin’s November 7 address, The City after Now. The 2013 winner of the Design Mind Award, Sorkin is the founder of the Terreform Center for Advanced Urban Research, a distinguished professor of architecture and the director of the Graduate Urban Design Program at the City College of New York, the author or editor of more than 15 books, and the principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio.
October 29, 2013
As part of a new collaborative program, fourth-year students from the School of Architecture can spend a year at the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV) in Sant Cugat de Vallès near Barcelona, Spain. In their time abroad, students will immerse in the culture and rigorous academic training at this school affiliated with the top-ranked Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya BarcelonaTECH. ETSAV students will come to Illinois to study for a semester or two, and faculty members from both countries will also have opportunities to participate. Alejandro Lapunzina, a professor of architecture, will serve as the resident program director, and Magali Veronelli will be the program’s administrator. Illinois architecture students will study in Spain beginning in fall 2014.
October 28, 2013
Jeffrey Breslow—an alumnus, an industrial designer, the former CEO of Big Monster Toys, and a sculptor working primarily in granite and sugar maple wood—will honor his mentor Edward Zagorski at a dedication ceremony for New Day to be held in the Research Park across from the I Hotel and Conference Center at 1:30 p.m. on October 26. Weighing nearly 6,000 pounds and constructed from steel, rock, and boulders, New Day had been on display in Chicago’s Lincoln Park. Zagorski, also an alumnus, headed the Industrial Design Program from 1956 through 1988 and created the famous egg drop problem inspired by John Glenn’s 1962 five-hour orbit of Earth. Zagorski challenged students to send a raw egg 200 feet skyward to a safe splashdown in Krannert Art Museum’s reflecting pool, and the classic design puzzle has been replicated in classrooms around the world ever since. Breslow’s piece salutes the instrumental role Zagorski played in his life. The sculptor was eager to acknowledge Zagorski’s legacy of innovative instruction and share his own expertise by participating in FAA’s new Professional Mentor Program, which pairs experienced artists, scholars, performers, and designers with current students. More than 100 mentors are giving seniors in FAA insight into careers in the arts through interviews and on-the-job shadowing, and additional professionals are being recruited by Michele Plante, FAA’s Career Services coordinator.
October 19, 2013