Learn more about the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s research and meet the faculty and students who are crossing traditional discipline boundaries to develop new possibilities for exploration, expression, and creativity during ICAT Day on Monday, May 6.

The collection of events, which are free and open to the public, showcases the work and ideas that have been generated from the institute’s faculty and students during the spring semester. The schedule of events will include:

Media Computation Student Exhibition

  • STUDIOne, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology studio
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Art meets computer science in this exhibition featuring work from students in the spring 2013 class Media Computation, which introduces them to the basic ideas of computer science while working with sounds and pictures. Students explore ways to express their creativity and curiosity by writing computer programs using the programming language Python. The class is led by Steve Harrison, associate professor of practice in the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science and head of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s IMPLEMENT Studio.

“Think Hard/Play Hard” Student Exhibition

  • STUDIOne, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology studio
  • Noon to 2:30 p.m.

Students from the in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ School of Visual Arts showcase their work from the spring 2013 semester, which includes a variety of digital and interactive media. This exhibition is coordinated by Carol Burch-Brown, professor of studio art in the School of Visual Arts and an Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology affiliated faculty member.

Video Game Festival

The Video Game Festival showcases three new video games created by an interdisciplinary team of art and computer science students. Twelve gaming consoles will be available for anyone interested in playing the games, which serve as a final project for a video game design class led by Yong Cao, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Computer Science, and Dane Webster, associate professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies’ School of Visual Arts. Cao and Webster are co-heads of the institute’s IMAGE Studio. The video below shows some highlights from last year's festival.

“Learning is Risky,” an ArtsFusion Lecture

This talk and panel discussion for students and educators of all levels is designed to identify the challenges within educational systems and explore new perspectives of learning. For example, by being attuned to students, including how they engage in the learning process, educators might find a fresh perspective for student interaction, and learn how students interact with each other and respond to the experiences provided for them in the classroom. Not a conversation about standards of learning or identifying the wrongs, rather, the purpose is to discuss how to be proactive, which could include taking a few risks to empower both students and teachers. Researchers at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology are designing experiences that allow for creative inquiry, time for design and development, and space for exploration and play across many fields of study. 

This ArtsFusion Lecture is led by Liesl Baum, head of the institute’s IDEA Studio, where research initiatives explore the merging of science and engineering with art and design, as well as the implications for teaching and learning at multiple levels. The IDEA Studio focuses on the many facets of design and its role in the learning process. The presentation will include a panel discussion looking at education from a variety of perspectives.

Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio Spring 2013 Event  

This evening of multisensory performances and experiences fits no pre-existing form or template. The event will feature a range of performers, including three guest artists: Eric Lyon, a composer, computer music researcher, and faculty member in the School of Creative Arts at Queen's University Belfast; Elizabeth Hoffman, associate professor of music at New York University; and Matthew Ostrowski, a pioneer in live electronic arts, who has worked as a composer, performer, and an installation artist. Also performing will be Virginia Tech's Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork); Wallace Easter, associate professor of music at Virginia Tech; and faculty artists and students from the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio. 

Part of the Virginia Tech Department of Music’s "Digital iD" performance series, this event is co-sponsored by the School of Performing Arts and Cinema, and spearheaded by Ivica Ico Bukvic, assistant professor of music in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, and head of the Digital Interactive Sound and Intermedia Studio and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s IMPACT Studio.