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RealTechSupport—Providing the Support Technology Really Needs!

Marc Böhlen

4:00 PM — Computer Science 432

This lecture is part of the Hybrid Media Lecture Series which is organized by the Art Computation Engineering (ACE) Graduate Program at the University of California, Irvine in collaboration with the Media Arts Layer of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Calit2.

The series is sponsored by The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, Cal-(IT)2 and the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.

MARC BÖHLEN: Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo in the Department of Media Study.

4:00 PM, *NEW VENUE: Computer Science 432* Reception to follow.

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ABSTRACT: Problem solving in the engineering sciences is very different from problem solving in the arts. In my work, I employ the problem solving methods of the engineering sciences within culturally complex domains. I add to accepted engineering design goals (such as reliability and robustness) parameters of cultural agency, and give them all the same valency. As such, I understand my practice as a form of technology support. It delivers practical and theoretical materials for an expanded notion of engineering. Residues of the realtechsupport initiative take on a variety of forms, including artist talks, experimental installations, technical presentations, and advising services for government agencies.

In particular I will discuss the ideas of long-term interaction, human-animal-machine interaction and selective data analysis in the context of three installations: “A Nature Interpretation Center with Second Thoughts (Unseen) – 2002/2003”, “The Open Biometrics Project and its Keeper – 2001/2002 “, and “The Universal Whistling Machine – 2003/2004.”

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ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Marc Böhlen is trained as a stone mason, art historian and electrical engineer. He worked as technical research staff at IBM Research Laboratories in Zürich for several years. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Fine Arts and Robotics. He is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Buffalo in the Department of Media Study where he directs the MediaRobotics Lab. Marc Böhlen has exhibited nationally and internationally including at the New York Digital Salon, the Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, ARCO Madrid, iMAGES Toronto, and SIGGRAPH Los Angeles, amongst others. He has presented papers at AAAI, CHI, ACM, IEEE and AISB. He has been an invited speaker at Harvard, Cornell, the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and the Banff New Media Institute, amongst others. “UWM”, the most recent work, received the 2004 Artificial Life / VIDA7.0 Prize.

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