Michael Century

Twin Horizons of Interdisciplinarity in Art-Science

March 12, 2009, 2:00 pm   » 

Location: Broad Art Center, Auditorium 2160E

This talk starts by presenting two perspectives on the present: one in relation to the Renaissance, seen as a period of turbulence and decompartmentalization similar to our own, and the second, analyzing briefly the sequence of waves of technological revolutions since the industrial age began in the late 18th century, highlighting the rise and fall of density of innovation in each. This then leads to a speculation about a coming next wave "after" information technology, based in life sciences and putting into question the very idea of art as a distinct field

MICHAEL CENTURY is Professor of New media and Music in the Arts Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he joined in August, 2002. Long associated with The Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, Century founded the Centre's Media Arts Division in 1988. As a producer in the field of new media art, he initiated The Art and Virtual Environments project (1991-94), one of the first large-scale and sustained investigations of virtual reality technologies as a new medium for artists. Century has composed a series of works for piano and computer-processed voice that have been performed at music festivals in Canada and the U.S., and broadcast nationally on the CBC.

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