Tech Talks: Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking: Technology and Arts Collaboration

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Explore the fusion of technology and fine art with this Tech Talk and workshop by Professor Erik Brunvand, a computer engineer and multidisciplinary artist. Presented by the University of Utah, School of Computing and The City Library. Following the talk, Erik will lead a Circuit Bending Workshop, where you can learn to "hack" old electronic toys to make new and interesting sounds.

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Tech Talks is a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. Topics include algorithms and bias, the science of air quality, and technology and arts collaborations. All lectures will be held in the Main Library Auditorium.

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Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking: Technology and Arts Collaboration Presented by Professor Erik Brunvand

"There seems to be an explosion of interest in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. This emerging arena for collaboration brings up a number of questions. Are fine arts and technology compatible partners? Do these disciplines support each other or flinch when they are combined like oil and water? Do collaborative efforts provide interesting insights and opportunities for students? For practitioners? In this talk I will start with some thoughts on the nature of combining arts and technology, and show some historical and contemporary examples."

About Circuit Bending

Circuit Bending is the process of modifying, or bending, a circuit to do something that it was not originally intended to do. Most often these bends are done to a circuit that makes noise, plays music, speaks, or otherwise makes sounds. Bending the circuit can allow it to make wild and wonderful sounds that it was never intended to make, and turn an innocent child’s toy into a bizarre musical instrument. In this hands-on demo following the talk we will have a variety of “bendable” circuits available that you can touch, manipulate, and modify to get just a flavor of how to bend a circuit on your own.

Join the University of Utah School of Computing and The City Library for a lecture series about the impact of computer science on our society and culture. Topics include algorithms and bias, the science of air quality, and technology and arts collaborations.



Computational Thinking Meets Design Thinking: Technology and Arts Collaboration
Presented by Professor Erik Brunvand

There seems to be an explosion of interest in exploring arts and technology connections: new media, digital media, kinetic art, new frontiers, emergent media, interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transdisciplinary are only some of the terms used to describe this fusion of disciplines. This emerging arena for collaboration brings up a number of questions. Are fine arts and technology compatible partners? Do these disciplines support each other or flinch when they are combined like oil and water? Do collaborative efforts provide interesting insights and opportunities for students? For practitioners? In this talk I will start with some thoughts on the nature of combining arts and technology, and show some historical and contemporary examples.

About the Speaker:
Erik Brunvand is an Associate Professor in the School of Computing at the University of Utah, where he's been teaching and doing research in computer engineering since 1990. His research interests are generally related to computer design and implementation. His research group is currently working on designing special-purpose computers for generating very realistic computer graphic images using a technique called ray tracing. His interest in computer hardware extends from the high-level design of the processor, to its implementation on a silicon integrated circuit.

School of Computing

Location: Main Library Auditorium

Contact Information: 801-524-8200