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12-07-2009

Exhibition by Clarkson University Digital Arts & Sciences Students in First Crush

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/imankhondker.jpg ]

’Translation,’ an exhibition by students from Clarkson University’s Digital Arts and Sciences program, will be on display at First Crush Wine Bistro on Market Street in downtown Potsdam until December 31.

All works on view were produced during the Algorithmic and Interactive Art class and 3D Digital Design class. Digital Arts & Sciences Project

Bridging creative approaches to new technology with chance procedures, sophomores Iman B. Khondker of Potsdam, N.Y., and Nathan J. Seymour of Rooseveltown, N.Y., and freshman Edwin A. Walter of South Lee, Mass., used the open source programming language Processing to produce applications that created generative, real-time translations of audio material and musical structures into abstract, visual patterns.

Sophomores Jonathan H. Taros of Hopkinton, Mass., Jesse S. Woodward of Spencerport, N.Y., and Mary A. Larrousse of Sterling, Mass., translated and interpreted the themes and words of various song lyrics into computer-rendered scenes using the 3D modeling application Autodesk Maya.

And sophomore Jeffrey G. Jackson of Pittsford, Vt., wrote an interactive application in Processing that created Rorschach-like inkblot images based purely on the movement of the user’s mouse. Although users were never fully in control of how their ’inkblot’ would turn out, the resulting images from this interactive process would nevertheless produce unique, uncanny artifacts that continually raise questions of interpretation, ownership and authorship.

The following works can be viewed online:

Edwin Walter, The Musical Interpretation of The Melody of Seether’s Fake It, 2009, http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/edwinwalter.jpg

Iman Khondker, Mixed Feelings, 2009, http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/imankhondker.jpg

Jeffrey Jackson, Self Exploration, 2009, http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jeffreyjackson.jpg

Jesse Woodward, Who?, 2009, http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/jessewoodward.jpg

Mary Larrousse, Amongst the Birch, 2009, http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/marylarrousse.jpg

Digital Arts & Sciences http://www.clarkson.edu/digitalarts is an interdisciplinary major, which spans the boundaries between the sciences and the arts. Students take advantage of programs in digital art, math, computer science, and communication and media.

The program’s objective is to combine the artistic and scientific skills and interests to develop creative talent, with strong technical foundation.

Graduates from this program pursue careers in media such as product design, video games, film, graphic design, animation, web design, and architecture.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Iman Khondker, Mixed Feelings, 2009. ’Translation,’ an exhibition by students from Clarkson University’s Digital Arts and Sciences Program, will be on display at First Crush Wine and Bistro in Potsdam until December 31.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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