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Photos and video: ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival 2017

October 20, 2017

A projection mapping show, designed by several Virginia Tech faculty, displays on the side of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exterior National Mall entrance.

A projection mapping show, designed by several Virginia Tech faculty, displays on the side of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exterior National Mall entrance.
A projection mapping show, designed by several Virginia Tech faculty, displays on the side of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History exterior National Mall entrance.

About 36,000 people passed through the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., for the three-day ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on Oct. 13 through 15.

Virginia Tech's Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation hosted the festival. It showcased connections between art, science, engineering, and design from 15 universities from the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Student performances, conversational talks, and 47 interactive exhibits featured digital humanities projects, musical performances, creative art displays, 3-D printing, robotic processes, and multimedia exhibitions, among others. Virginia Tech was well-represented at the festival by its five exhibitions, a musical performance, and others.

The original 16 Squares of Blacksburg were on display at the ACCelerate Festival.
The original 16 Squares of Blacksburg were on display at the ACCelerate Festival.
A six-axis robotic arm prints a 3-D structure at the Design Robotics: Robot-Assisted Fabrication exhibition.
A six-axis robotic arm prints a 3-D structure at the Design Robotics: Robot-Assisted Fabrication exhibition.
Cheyenne Clevenger (left), a studio art and theatre double major, discusses the Crowd-Sourced Sculpture exhibition with Matthew Wheelock of the University of Virginia.
Cheyenne Clevenger (left), a studio art and theatre double major, discusses the Crowd-Sourced Sculpture exhibition with Matthew Wheelock of the University of Virginia.

Passers by stop and listen at the Emotion in Motion exhibition, where researchers hope to understand the emotional reaction to musical excerpts.

Passers by stop and listen at the Emotion in Motion exhibition, where researchers hope to understand the emotional reaction to musical excerpts.
Passers by stop and listen at the Emotion in Motion exhibition, where researchers hope to understand the emotional reaction to musical excerpts.
At the Dense Space: Il Mobile Featuring Beyond the Dark exhibition, viewers wear 3-D glasses to view shadows cast by spheres made of epoxy-impregnated glass fiber.
At the Dense Space: Il Mobile Featuring Beyond the Dark exhibition, viewers wear 3-D glasses to view shadows cast by spheres made of epoxy-impregnated glass fiber.
An animated projection mapping show designed by Virginia Tech faculty displays a light show on the side of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
An animated projection mapping show designed by Virginia Tech faculty displays a light show on the side of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.
Four women of the Salt Marsh Suite, an arts installation and dance performance, perform at the ACCelerate Festival.
Four women of the Salt Marsh Suite, an arts installation and dance performance, perform at the ACCelerate Festival.

Photos by Olivia Coleman, Xindi Liu, and George Hardeback

Video by Olivia Coleman

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