Upcoming ATEC Faculty Candidate Presentations, March 19-23

Students, staff and faculty are invited to candidate presentations for various faculty positions in Arts and Technology. Candidates will offer a presentation based upon their individual research interests.

The following candidates are slated to present for the week of March 19-23, 2012.

Maximilian Schich, PhD
Candidate for Tenure-Track Position in Arts and Technology

Dr. Schich will give a lecture on Monday, March 19 at 3 p.m. in ATEC 1.606 entitled Visualizing the Ecology of Complex Networks in the Arts and Humanities.

Across several centuries the arts and humanities have accumulated large amounts of structured data, in the form of indices, inventories, catalogs, and databases. In addition more and more such structured data is published in places such as the Linked Open Data cloud or Freebase.com; extracted from unstructured sources such as Google Books or JSTOR; or accumulated by crowds in services such as Flickr or Facebook.

Meanwhile the multidisciplinary fields of complexity science in general, and complex network research in particular, provide more and more methods and tools that allow us to explore these data beyond the traditional limits of reference catalogs, printed books, or database interfaces. As a consequence, we are presented with an extraordinary chance to make significant progress in a key mission of the arts and humanities, namely to uncover the morphology, ecology and evolution of cultural artifacts, understanding meso- as well as global-scale phenomena that characterize the complex system of culture.

Making use of this situation, my talk analyzes, visualizes and explains structured data collections ranging from simple bibliographies to complicated research databases as networks of complex networks between objects, persons, locations, time ranges and events. Introducing a quantitative hermeneutics approach the presented work complements and bridges both traditional arts and humanities scholarship as well as modelling and simulation in complexity science.

Maximilian Schich is an art historian currently working as a Visiting Research Scientist at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University in Boston. In 2007, he received his Ph.D. with a thesis on ‘Reception and Visual Citation as Complex Networks’. Besides, Maximilian looks back at over a decade of consulting experience, working with (graph) data in art research – within Projekt Dyabola, Bibliotheca Hertziana (Max-Planck-Institute for Art History), the Glyptothek, and Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.

His ongoing post-doctoral work on ‘Complex Networks in Art History and Archaeology’ has been funded by the Special Innovation Fund of the President of Max-Planck-Society and Prof. Albert-László Barabási in 2008, and since April 2009 by German Research Foundation DFG. Maximilian is an Editorial Advisor at Leonardo Journal (MIT-Press).

Dehlia Hannah
Candidate for Assistant Professor in History and Philosophy of Technology

Ms. Hannah will present a lecture on Monday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. in ATEC 1.606 entitled Performative Experiments: Aesthetic Interventions in the Philosophy of Scientific Instruments.

Dehlia Hannah is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Columbia University completing a dissertation titled Performative Experiments: Contemporary Art and the Aesthetics of Scientific Experimentation. She is a graduate of Smith College, where she studied philosophy and chemistry, and holds a Certificate in Feminist Inquiry from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University. Her dissertation brings together the philosophies of art, science and technology to examine the scientific experiment as a formal practice in contemporary art and the use of scientific technologies and materials as new artistic media.

Meredith Drum, MFA
Candidate for Assistant Professor in Media Based Visual Arts

Ms. Drum will present a lecture on Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. in ATEC 1.606 entitled Documentary in the Age of New Media.

Meredith Drum creates cinema projects as linear screenings, interactive exhibitions and mobile media walking tours. Her work has recently exhibited at a range of venues including the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Anthology Film Archives; Participant Inc.; Shelia C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons; Fales Library at NYU; Artport Projects at Focus 09 during Art Basel; Cinema Planeta Environmental Film Festival, Mexico City, Mexico; and Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración y la Modernidad, Valencia, Spain.

Additionally, her work has been published online on the New York Times magazine and Good Magazine. Recent grants and residencies from the NY State Council on the Arts and Free103point9; the Experimental Television Center; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts; HASTAC; and ISSUE Project Room have provided support for her practice.

Paul A. Fishwick, Ph.D.
Candidate for Endowed Chair for Serious Gaming, Modeling and Simulation

Dr. Fishwick will present a lecture entitled Building Digital Worlds: Explorations in Modeling and Simulation on Thursday, March 22 at 3 p.m. in ECSS 2.102, Texas Instruments Auditorium.

To understand the world around us, we build models. At one time, these models were made of wood, plastic, and metal and then we progressed into a digital era where our models became computer programs. Interestingly, though, the vestiges of the older analog models are still with us, except that they exist in the human-computer interface to a lower-level digital substrate. I’ll cover research in model design and execution in our laboratory, and emphasize the importance of treating simulation models as language artifacts. When treated as such, models take on a variety of forms usable by scientists, engineers, artists, and educators. I’ll also cover the relevance of modeling and simulation within our Digital Arts and  Sciences programs, the field of Aesthetic Computing, and the State of Florida’s Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology.

Paul Fishwick is Florida Blue Key Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs at the University of Florida.  Fishwick obtained the PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986, and has delivered fifteen international keynote addresses. He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation (SCS), and has over 200 refereed technical publications.