Stevens Institute of Technology’s Division of Technology and the Arts Announces Annual MINDFARM

End-of-year showcase features original work by Art & Technology and Music & Technology students

4/6/2011

Hoboken, NJ – Originally designed as an exhibition of Art & Technology senior capstone projects, MindFarm has transformed over the years into an exciting exhibition of Division of Technology & the Arts student work and musical performances. This year, MindFarm has further evolved into a uniquely creative, multimedia gallery of analog and digital art, in which student work will be exhibited and speakers from different disciplines within the arts will present discussions.
Hosted by the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at Stevens, this year’s MindFarm will begin on Wednesday, April 13th and run through Friday, April 15th. Special guest speakers include John Poppo, a platinum music producer and engineer, and Mike Baldassari, lighting designer for the stage and screen. A panel discussion and techno class dance party will round out Thursday’s exciting line-up of events.
 
The student gallery will be open all three days to showcase original work in both music and art:
 
Wednesday April 13th
4:00 pm - Gallery Opening: Analog and Digital Art
6:00 pm - Keynote speaker: John Poppo - Multi-Platinum Producer/Engineer for *NSync, Michael Jackson, and Annie Lennox
7:30 pm - Musical Performances: Student Ensembles
 
Thursday April 14th
10:00 am - Gallery Opening
11:00 am - Mike Baldassari: Lighting Designer for Cabaret (stage), Sex and the City 2 (screen), and Neil Young (concert)
12:00 pm - Brown Bag Lunch with musical performance by ACE: Alternative Controller Ensemble with special guest Peter Cafasso
2:00 pm - David Kalmus: Bell Labs Engineer
4:00 pm - Panel Discussion: “Why Art is so Dangerous: Censorship & Freedom of Expression.”
Moderator: Professor Michael Steinmann 
Professors Lisa Dolling, Anthony Pennino, and Yu Tao
Students Thomas Dabay and Nicholas Rusak
6:00 pm - Surround Sound Presentation
7:00 pm - Techno Class Dance Party
 
Friday April 15th 
10:00 am - Gallery Opening
11:00 am - Thomas Dabay Student Speaker: “Subversive Enlightenment: Camus and Pynchon as Examples of the Power and Danger Possible through Art.”
 
“The Stevens student who chooses a degree within the Division of Technology and the Arts is held to the same rigorous academic standards as the engineers on campus,” said Robert Harari, Affiliate Associate Professor of Music & Technology for CAL at Stevens. “We have thinkers who apply their technical skills towards artistic creativity. Ultimately our students have the technical savvy to realize their artistic passion in the most cutting-edge environment.”
 
About the Division of Technology and the Arts
The Division of Technology and the Arts within the College of Arts and Letters is composed of three disciplines: Music and Technology, Art and Technology and Theater and Technology. The curriculum is specifically designed to explore the traditional tenets of these disciplines through the lens of technology with a focus on future innovation.  
 
About the College of Arts & Letters
The mission of the College of Arts and Letters (CAL) is to study and teach the humanities, social sciences and the arts. What makes CAL unique is that it approaches the traditional humanities taking science and technology studies as points of departure. CAL believes that considerations of science and technology can and ought to be infused into the traditional disciplines of the humanities and arts.
 
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research.  The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.

Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts.  Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,350 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students with almost 450 faculty. Stevens’ graduate programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world.  Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news