On April 20, 2011, the UT Dallas Conference center filled with students and community members eager to see what our fellow Art & Technology (ATEC) and EMAC students have been cooking up.
The front of the Center was lined with computers featuring interactive, ready-to-play games created in ATEC’s Game Lab (led by Dr. Monica Evans) – and they only killed the power twice! ATEC started off the show with reels featuring some of the best student projects coming out of the ATEC program; they showed off everything from 2D animation to 3D shorts and advanced 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rigging.
EMAC took the second half of the show with projects from 10 different EMAC students. Neil Garcia (pictured above) showed a short class project video about life – and FUN – in Oak Lawn and shared a little about the challenges of finding the right interview dynamic. Meagan Dahl showed her poetic, short film about living a life you don’t love, then Samuel Lo showed his short piece featuring WFAA’s Jason Whitely on the integration of social media into traditional broadcast media models.
EMAC undergrad Keith Demele (pictured below) presented a short video piece about motocross in Texas. Undergrad Meagan Buchanan‘s fabulous stop-motion cupcake-baking film was shown, and EMAC grad student Lacy Mahone (also pictured below) showed a film documenting a bicycle trip from Dallas to Austin (available online).
Tommy Truong presented on the Cameras Everywhere project, which investigated the location and status of every camera on campus, and graduate student Ben Redfield introduced the audience to a concept that connects skillful ATEC and EMAC students with people who need those skills. EMAC grad students Alex Hays and Bradley Griffith rounded out the night presenting on a twitter bot that accepted anonymous tweets to build an identity (or destroy the notion of identity completely) and a fake twitter account that manipulated the source code of tweets so they appeared to be coming from all over the world.
See you all at next year’s showcase!