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3/2/2017
Artist Ken Goldberg lectures at the Chace Center Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls, March 2, 7:00 pm
Ken Goldberg is an artist and professor UC Berkeley. Ken is a pioneer in internet-based robotic telepresence and Cloud-Based Robotics / Automation and has published over 200 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering; his inventions have been awarded eight US Patents. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of the African Robotics Network (AFRON), Co-Founder of the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Co-Founder and CTO of Hybrid Wisdom Labs, Co-Founder of the Moxie Institute, and Founding Director of UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series which has hosted over 150 presentations by artists and curators. Ken‘s artwork has
 been exhibited at Ars Electronica, ZKM, Centre Pompidou, ICC Biennale, Kwangju Biennale, Artists Space, The Kitchen, and the Whitney Biennial.
For details on research and art, please visit: http://goldberg.berkeley.edu
Organized by CTC and D+M,RISD
Supported by HCRI, Brown University
2/19/2017
Shona Kitchen (Dept. Head) is a featured panelist at ShiftxDesign HarvardxDesign Conference 2017

The ShiftxDesign Conference held at Harvard Business School is an annual exploration of all things design. Launched in 2012, the conference is a collaborative effort between student groups at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College – and the only cross-school event of its kind. The event brings together creative thinkers, design luminaries, experts from a variety of backgrounds, and students to engage in and reinterpret the design process.

ShiftxDesign, is centered around how shifts in design innovation can lead to social, cultural, and technological progress. From responding to natural shifts to manufacturing catalysts for change, we live in a constantly transitioning world. The conference will provide a platform for meaningful discussion around the role of design in industries varying from sustainable fashion to smart cities to the future of learning.

For tickets please click here.

2/3/2017
The Digital Workshops of the World: Software, Source Code and Skills Migration in the Global VFX Industries Dr. Leon Gurevitch visits Digital + Media, Friday Feb 3rd @ 6:00 pm

Dr. Gurevitch’s lecture will consider the effects and migration of precarious labor, as well as the ensuing implications for the future of a Global Hollywood increasingly governed by computational production pipelines. Central to this research are both quantitative and qualitative research approaches that mix interviews with Movie, Games, and Animation professionals (Pixar, Dreamworks, ILM, Weta Digital, Blizzard, Square Enix) with a big data migration visualization tool. The tool details the migration pathways of 80,000 digital image professionals — animators, coders, engineers and artists — across industry and the world over the past 30 years in order to tease out the networked relationships between software, source code, skills migration, and precarious labor in global VFX industries.

Dinner and drinks will follow the discussion, which will take place on the 4th floor of CIT.

1/19/2017
Wintersession features exciting grad taught classes! D+M students design studio electives open to the entire student body in which “the digital” is both the means and the ends of inquiry.

The relentless release of new technologies in our daily lives carries with it the nagging feeling of the ground rapidly shifting beneath our feet – of a cultural landscape undergoing around-the-clock revision. And with each new must-have device, app and productivity tool, this dizzying feeling becomes more the norm. We keep up with innovation the way we keep up with Mr. Robot: on demand and from the comfort of our living rooms.

At RISD grad students in Digital + Media interrogate this “new normal” through research and teaching that explores how technology simultaneously shapes and is shaped by historical, cultural, political and economic factors.

Through these intensive, five-week classes, students in the second year of the MFA program conceive of and develop innovative curricula that enrich their research, provide essential opportunities for professional development and deepen the department’s longstanding research agenda.

For the full article please click here.

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