This year, an Art & Tech faculty member was awarded a National Science Foundation grant, the first in the history of Humanities/Social Sciences/Arts at Stevens. Professor H. Quynh Ding from the Department of Computer Science have been awarded an exploratory research grant of $150K over two years for their proposal entitled, "A Transderivational Search Engine for Creative Analogy Generation in Mixed-Media Design." This grant is funded through the NSF CreativeIT program which seeks "synergies between creativity and information technology, science, engineering, and design research."
The exhibition "Digital'07: Pattern-Finding," which opened at Stevens on Feb. 12 and runs through March 10, challenged artists, scientists and technologists to submit digital prints made on the computer that look at structure and pattern in the universe, whether visible or invisible to the naked eye. More specifically, the exhibition explores how today's scientific fields of systems science, chaos and string theory, fractals, nanoscience, genetics, molecular science, the wavelets or frequency of sound, mathematical data-sets, software programs, and statistical analysis, plus nature itself, are being utilized to create two-dimensional art of provocative and sumptuous pattern.
The National Endowment for the Arts is sponsoring the Art & Tech symposium entitled "Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) Revisited" which will take place April 4 + 5 at Stevens. This symposium, film screening, and exhibition examines and honors E.A.T.'s historic work and explores its influences in contemporary art and technology. E.A.T. was founded in 1966 by engineers Billy Klüver (from Bell Labs) and Fred Waldhauer, and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman, to provide artists with access to new technology and to promote collaborations between artists and engineers.
Visiting artist John Driscoll is teaching a workshop on March 25 and April 1 based on research into acoustical resonance and its various applications with architectural spaces and physical objects. Students from the Introduction to Principles of Form & Design II will work with him to create "sonic sculptures."
Faculty member and artist Joseph Nechvatal is experimenting and conducting research into viral artificial life through a collaboration with a programmer, and employs computer viruses through a custom-designed program to alter his paintings. He calls this "viractual" which strives "to create an interface between the biological and the technological."