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CCRMA Colloquium featuring Charlie Gadeken
and Students from ME289: Interactive Art & Performance Design

May 28th, 2013 | 5:15-7pm | CCRMA Classroom, 660 Lomita Ct.

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Charles Gadeken has been working as a professional artist in the Bay Area for 20 years. His artistic practice seeks to realize the potential for unexpected magic and serendipity in everyday life. His art pulls inspiration from objects, structures and natural processes in the world around us, and transforms them into beautifully crafted sculptures that engage and surprise the viewer. His goal through this work is to instill a sense of play into the environment, taking the form of things we tend to overlook and remaking them as magical items that exist as a real life portal to our imagination.

Charlie’s work has thus far incorporated mixed metals, interactive and kinetic elements, and special effects in various forms such as fire, light, and electricity. It ranges dramatically in size and functionality, from smaller scale static sculpted metalwork to monumental sized public artwork commissioned for temporary festivals and community celebrations all over the west coast, including Coachella, Burning Man, Insomniac Events, Maker Faire, and many more.

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Meet & Greet with Felix Barrett of Punchdrunk & Sleep No More

September 25th, 2013 | 5-6pm | d.school, studio 1, 416 Escondido Mall

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Felix Barrett is artistic director of Punchdrunk and a graduate in Drama, University of Exeter. Felix has conceived, designed and directed all of Punchdrunk’s productions since founding the company in 2000. He is a Critics’ Circle Drama Award winner (Best Design, Faust, 2006) and one of the first recipients of a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Breakthrough Fund award (2008-11), which supports exceptional arts practitioners in the development of their vision. Felix directed (with Tom Morris) the Stoppard/Previn Every Good Boy Deserves Favour at the National Theatre (2009) and most recently, the acclaimed The Duchess of Malfi with the English National Opera.

Read more about Felix Barrett on The Guardian and The Indpendent

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November 6th, 2013 | 7pm | d.school, 416 Escondido Mall

Design & Technology: Past, Present & Future. Join Liu Lecture and ReDesigning Theater with President of RISD John Maeda.


John Maeda is the President of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he works to link technology and design.  He graduated from MIT where he studied computer programming and art and design and worked at the MIT Media Lab.  At RISD, Maeda is leading the “STEAM” movement–adding an “A” for Art to the education acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)–and experiencing firsthand the transformation brought by social media.

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Camille Utterback: Interactive Installations & Reactive Sculptures

February 5th, 2013 | 2pm | d.school, studio 1, 416 Escondido Mall

Camille Utterback

Camille Utterback creates interactive installations and reactive sculptures with the goal of engaging participants in discovery and play. Her work frequently is linked to human movements and explores the relevance and richness of our bodies.  She has presented work internationally at galleries, festivals, and public spaces, including The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Netherlands Institute for Media Art, the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the Sacramento Airport.

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ReDesigning Theater & Stanford d.School present: Timothy Bird of Knifedge

March 4 2013 | 7:30pm | The Knoll Stage (CCRMA)


 Timothy Bird is a Tony nominated show designer specializing in the integration of video projection into live work. Up until last week he was also a founder and director of Knifedge, a creative collective, and latterly a creative agency, which had been in operation for over 10 years, dedicated to blending art with technology, in the service of storytelling and communication. Alongside the creative side to his work, he has spent a number of years exploring the business of redesigning the financing of theatrical projects such that they can afford the ambitious technical approaches increasingly expected by audiences.

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Jeff Hull: Creative Director of Nonchelance

March 13, 2013

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Jeff Hull is Creative Director at Nonchalance, a Situational Design consultancy in San Francisco. Their mission is to provoke discovery through visceral experience and pervasive play. As creators of the Jejune Institute, an award winning immersive narrative experience, Nonchalance was successfully able to re-engineer the way audiences interact with media, the space around them, and each other. Previously as a street artist with an ambition to infuse more variability and play into the civic realm Hull created Oaklandish, a decade strong community arts organization with 20 consecutive “Best of the East Bay” Awards to it’s credit. He is also the founder of inner city playground activities such as the Urban Capture the Flag League, the Lake Merritt Radio Regatta, and the Liberation Drive-In which spawned an international movement of rogue parking lot movie screenings.

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John Edmark: Kinetic Sculptures & Transformable Objects

January 22nd, 2013 | 2pm | d.school, studio 1, 416 Escondido Mall

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John Edmark creates kinetic sculptures and transformable objects that celebrate patterns, space, nature, and growth.  In 2008, he was an Artist-in-Residence at The Exploratorium, and he is currently a Stanford Lecturer in the Department of Art & Art History.

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FROST ART EXPERIENCE: Michael Christian and Frost Art Showcase

May 9th 2013 | 6:30-8:30pm | d.school, studio 1, 416 Escondido Mall


Michael Christian is a painter and sculptor, known for his large-scale interactive sculptures.  He is best known for his large works at Coachella and Burning Man (Bone Arch, The Nebulous Entity, Orbit, & Flock).  For the 2013 Frost Music and Art Festival, Michael Christian debuted a metal sculpture called “Home.”

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Erik Kneer: Structural Engineer

February 12th, 2013 | 2pm | d.school, studio 1, 416 Escondido Mall

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Erik Kneer is a structural engineer, focusing on integrated practice and sustainable design. He is a member of numerous professional organizations and has also consulted on large-scale interactive art pieces. He graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a M.S. degree in Structural Engineering & Geomechanics.

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Ava Roy: Director, Producer, and Founder of the We Players

July 23, 2012

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As director, producer, and founder of the We Players, Ava Roy has pioneered unique partnerships with both the National Park Service and the California State Park system, creating large-scale performances at park sites throughout the Bay Area.  Her unique style of interactive, site-integrated performance aims to highlight the historical and natural treasures of the local landscape and encourage new ways of experiencing and appreciating these places.  Previous to her work with the We Players, Ava trained with Shakespeare & Company of Massachusetts and received her BA from Stanford University in a self-designed major: Ritual and Performance in Aesthetic Education, in 2003.

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ReDesigning Theater presents an Early Screening of The Institute

October 2nd 2013 | 7pm | d.school atrium, Peterson Building, 416 Escondido Mall


This documentary follows the mind-bending alternate-reality that had 10,000 people “inducted” and following a series of clues around San Francisco between 2008 and 2011.  Was it a cult?  Was it an elaborate game?  Told from the participants’ perspectives, the film examines this emergent new art form where real world and fictional narratives collide, creating unforeseen and often unsettling consequences.
For more information about the film, see theinstitutemovie.com