Events Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 20:29
Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai, India

The Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India has invited Ball State University’s Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts from Upgrade! Indiana to showcase our hybrid reality and human computer interface artworks. This year we are exhibiting a work by John Fillwalk and IDIA Lab which is an interactive virtual installation using Unity 3D and a MS Kinect as gestural input. In its 14th year, this international festival is the largest of its kind in Asia with over 70,000 attendees. Invitees have included CERN, Oxford, Nissan, Airbus and Google in this important emerging technology showcase. The Festival is January 6-8th 2012 in Mumbai.

Events Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 20:16
Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

John Fillwalk and IDIA Lab from Upgrade! Indiana has been commissioned to design artworks and build a virtual presence for the upcoming Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. The physical Museum in East Lansing Michigan, designed by architect Zaha Hadid, is slated to finish construction in Spring 2012. Museum Director Michael Rush commissioned Fillwalk and the IDIA to envision and curate a dynamic program of exhibitions and events including virtual installations, visiting artists, lectures and even artist studio space for the Virtual Broad Art Museum project (VBAM). Fillwalk’s works in collaboration with IDIA will be exhibited in the inaugural premiere of the VBAM project in early 2012. The physical museum opens in April 2012. The Institute is also working with project co-director and IDIA Lab fellow Adam Brown, MSU to virtualize one of his current works to be included in the VBAM program. IDIA is developing the project in the game engine of Unity 3D which will allow the virtual world to be experienced entirely within a web browser. Next steps include augmented reality and mobile art applications for future VBAM projects.

Events Monday, March 21st, 2011 at 17:25
2000 W University Ave. Muncie, IN

IDIA Presents: Christiane Paul “New Media in the Mainstream” 3/24/11 at 4:00pm, AJ 175
Christiane Paul
New media art curator and author

“New Media in the Mainstream”
Thursday, March 24 4:00pm

Art and Journalism Building, AJ 175

Christiane Paul will explore the challenges that new media art presents to institutions and the art market. Also discussed will be museum exhibitions-media and traditional- that responded to technological culture, as well as the historical roots of the complex relationship between new media and the mainstream art world.

Over the past decade, contemporary art has increasingly been shaped by concepts of participation, collaboration, social connectivity, performativity, and ‘relational’ aspects. One could argue that art responded to contemporary culture, which is shaped by digital and other new technologies and the changes they have brought about. While art institutions and organizations now commonly use digital technologies in their infrastructure—“connecting” and distributing through their websites, facebook pages, YouTube channels, and Twitter tours—they still place emphasis on exhibiting more traditional art forms that reference technological culture rather than art that uses these technologies as a medium. The talk explores the complexities behind this “state of the art world,” including the challenges that new media present to institutions and the art market. Also discussed will be museum exhibitions—media and traditional—that responded to technological culture, as well as the historical roots of the complex relationship between new media and the mainstream art world.

Christiane Paul is the Director of the Media Studies Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NY, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. An expanded new edition of her book Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, UK, 2003), as well as her edited anthology New Media in the White Cube and Beyond – Curatorial Models for Digital Art (UC Press) were published in 2008. At the Whitney Museum, she is responsible for artport, the museum’s online portal to Internet art and curated the shows Profiling (2007), Data Dynamics” (2001), and the net art selection for the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Other recent curatorial work includes the Incheon Digital Art Festival (Korea, 2009); “Scalable Relations” (Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA; gallery@CalIT2, San Diego, CA; CN(S)I, University of California Los Angeles; MAT University of California Santa Barbara, 2008-09); SOS 4.8 festival (Murcia, Spain, 2008); and Feedback (co-curated with Jemima Rellie and Charlie Gere; LABoral Art Center, Gijon, Spain, 2007). Dr. Paul has previously taught in the MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York (1999-2008); the Digital+Media Department of the Rhode Island School of Design (2005-08); the San Francisco Art Institute and the Center of New Media at the University of California at Berkeley (2008).


Events Exhibitions Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at 16:17
1201 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90015

Upgrade! Indiana’s John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison are exhibiting an interactive installation at SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles. Final Wisdom I is an interactive installation engaging viewers in a sensory exploration of temporal and spatialized poetry. Participants manipulate imagery, sound and language through their gesture, touch and proximity. The work is engaged through a framework of cameras and sensors that react to heat, position, and capacitance – presenting a shifting environment of reactive media and haptics. Final Wisdom I is the work of artists Hans Breder and John Fillwalk, poetry by critic Donald Kuspit, music by composers Carlos Cuellar Brown and Jesse Allison. This project is produced through the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University in collaboration with the Institute for Digital Fabrication.


Conferences Events Exhibitions Saturday, July 17th, 2010 at 16:13
Yeditepe Ünv., Istanbul Province, Turkey


IDIA’s director, John Fillwalk presented the institutes art and design work in hybrid realities at the 7th Annual International Symposium of Interactive Media Design held at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. Fillwalk’s video work was also screened during the conference.

Events Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 at 15:24
N McKinley Ave. Muncie, IN

Upgrade! Indiana and the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts


At Ball State University

IDIA Presents:

The History of Interactivity in the Fine Arts

A lecture by new media curator George Fifield.

Wednesday, March 17 at 4:00pm

Ball State University

Art and Journalism Building

Atrium Auditorium, AJ 175

George Fifield is a new media arts curator, writer, teacher, artist and the founder of the Boston Cyberarts Festival The Boston Cyberarts Festival is the first and largest festival of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America, encompassing visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. In addition, Fifield has written on a variety of media, technology and art topics for Artbyte, Bomb, Communication Arts, Digital Fine Arts and The Independent Film and Video Monthly among others. More recently he curated Act React: Interactive Installation Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

This lecture will examine the path artists took in the 20th century, which blurs the distinction between the reader/viewer and the author. The interactive artist has voluntarily relinquished a degree of control over the viewer’s experience in a way that the linear artist has not. In digital literature, web art, interactive installations, even in the popular art form of computer gaming, the audience had the ability to control their experience within the work. Visitors to a work of interactive art choose the path they take through it, giving them a hand in determining their own experience. New environments grow from simple and branching hyperlinked structures to become complex dynamic systems, virtual worlds in which people engage with their surroundings and with one another.

Meet George Fifield today between 11:30am and 12:30pm at the Atrium Studio for an informal lunch to sit and talk with the artist.

The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts

At Ball State University

Events Exhibitions Monday, January 11th, 2010 at 18:13
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Powai, Mumbai

January 22-24: John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison were invited to the Techtronix International Annual Science and Technology Festival in Mumbai, India for an exhibition and performance of their hybrid art. It is the largest festival of its kind in Asia with over 65,000 attendees. IDIA will exhibit Flickr Gettr, an installation that bridges the virtual world to the rich shared image community of Flickr, providing an immersive sonic and visual experience of the collective image resource. Participants in this immersive media installation can surround themselves in an interactive three-dimensional cloud of user-searched images from the Flickr webservice.

Events Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 16:35
R. do Sacramento, 230 - São Bernardo do Campo - SP
El 16, 17 y 18 Noviembre de este año la Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie sera sede del XIII Congreso de la Sociedad Iberoamericana de Grafica Digital, ofreciendo una gran oportunidad de debate internacional respecto a los desafios que nos impone la utilización de la tecnologia digital en la producción de arquitectura, ingeniería, urbanismo, diseño industrial y artes en general.
Conociendo su interés y la calidad de su producción académica, nos gustaría invitarlo a participar de este importante evento enviando un resumen hasta el  15 Abril a el sitio
El tema de este año es “Del Moderno al Digital: desafíos de una transición”. Buscamos establecer un contrapunto entre estos dos tiempos y sus respectivas visiones de mundo y formas de producción en nuestra área de actuación.

Events Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 at 16:35
Av. Venceslau Brás, 71 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22290-140, Brazil‎

Nesta quinta, dia 12, às 14:30, o Programa de Pós-Graduação em Urbanismo (Prourb) da Faculdade de Arquitetura e Urbanismo (FAU/UFRJ) realiza as palestras “Mundos híbridos: estrutura interativa em ambientes virtuais”, ministrada pelo professor norte-americano John Fillwalk, diretor do Instituto de Artes Digitais da Universidade de Ball State, no estado de Indiana, Estados Unidos, e “Explorando efeitos em materiais e o instituto para fabricação digital”, apresentada por Kevin R. Klinger, diretor do Instituto de Fabricação Digital da Ball State.

Events Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 16:38
2000 W University Ave, Muncie, IN

Loud Objects and Lesley Flanigan at Ball State Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts

Monday, November 9, 2009
4:00PM, Free
Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA)
Ball State University
Recital Hall (AR 217)
2000 W. University Ave
Muncie, IN 47306

New York electronic noise group the Loud Objects and Lesley Flanigan team up this Fall for a series of unique electronic music performances across the United States. The Loud Objects’ live circuit constructions and Flanigan’s Amplifications (for voice and speaker electronics) explore the viscerality of electronic music. Mixing primitive sounds from their own hand-constructed instruments, each choreographs intersections between acoustic and electric sound.

From art galleries to noise venues, the Loud Objects and Flanigan stage their physical approaches to the construction of sound. Regular staples of the New York City experimental scene, they create music that spans electroacoustic, improvisation and noise.

Artist/vocalist Lesley Flanigan’s tour of Amplifications introduces her first solo album for speaker electronics and voice. Moving among a cluster of wires and microphones, she builds compositional frameworks that grow and break apart. Her speaker instruments, employing a built-in microphone, create pulsing tones through their own feedback, which Flanigan samples and weaves into her own vocal patterns. The result is music that hovers somewhere between noise experiments and lyrical song, resonating with organic transparency.

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