Month: February 2019

STEM-Focused Summer Programs For Ambitious High School Students

Original Article: Here

UConn Pre-College Summer Courses – Storrs, Connecticut

While not technically a summer camp, the University of Connecticut holds a unique opportunity for high school students, offering Pre-College Summer courses. Strictly for rising juniors and seniors, the programs all consist of four week-long sessions for each class. In addition to the courses you select, there are exploratory workshops throughout each session on resume building, writing college essays, selecting a major and developing professional communication skills.

The diversity of class options through this program are remarkable for any student pursuing a major in a STEM field. For the technology-minded considering developing their own app to impress a future college, there are courses in Game Design, Programming, and Web Design. The Engineering courses include Global Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and a unique Makerspace design class among others. Pre-med majors will appreciate a wide variety of medical classes, from Pharmacy, Neuroscience, Medical Anthropology, and Sports Medicine. For all majors, the course in Creative Writing allows students to hone their writing skills before tackling college applications.

The courses are all taught by the universities’ top professors, allowing for early connections to be formed in the field.  The program requires an online application, which includes the submission of short-answer questions, transcripts, attendance records, and a reference. The cost of one session is listed as $2050. There is an Early Bird discount of $150 off for students applying before April 1, 2019, with a hard deadline of June 23, 2019.

Christie Spyder X80 used for UConn projection mapping

(Original Article can be found on the Christie Digital Systems USA website)

PHOENIX, Ariz.​ – (February 20, 2019) – Students at the University of Connecticut’s (UConn’s) Digital Media & Design program had a big canvas to fill for their final projection mapping project. ATD Audio Visual, a full-service event production and rental company in the Bronx, New York, served as technical partner, selected the Christie Spyder X80 multi-window processor to facilitate mapping the students’ digital content onto the façade of The Bushnell Performing Arts Center in Hartford.

The beautiful neoclassical walls, columns and pediment in the courtyard at The Bushnell lent themselves to the dynamic and colorful graphics and animations created by the UConn students. The Bushnell has been a gathering place for arts, education and community activities in Greater Hartford for almost 90 years.

“The Bushnell’s façade was ideal for projection mapping,” says Or Israel, president, ATD. “It has many 3D elements – columns, brick walls, and lions’ heads supporting the portico – which made an interesting surface to display the 1920 x 1920-resolution content. The façade had been scanned and content specs supplied to the students who built their projects on templates of the projection surface.” Favorite Color, a New York City-based design studio and production company, also created content for the show.

“It was exciting to work with ATD on this pilot for a program we hope to continue,” says Ryan Glista, Project Manager at The Bushnell’s Digital Institute and a recent UConn graduate. “This was the first partnership between The Bushnell and UConn. Seven students were completing an introduction to projection mapping course; they are all juniors and seniors with a strong background in animation. They had done projection mapping on small objects in class, but their final project was on a much bigger scale.”

ATD provided two 20,000 lumen projectors with short-throw lenses, mounted under the glass portico of the courtyard façade; a media server; and a Christie Spyder X80 multi-screen windowing processor. The project was the first projection mapping assignment for the new Spyder X80, which ATD acquired last November. In addition, Israel shared his expertise with students by teaching a two-hour class on basic projection mapping and 3D mapping at UConn.

“Or told me about the Spyder X80, and I was as excited as he was to see it in action at The Bushnell,” says Glista.

“We knew if we used the X80 it would be a stress-free show,” says Israel, who acted as project manager. “With the Spyder X80 we connect the system and everything works. I feel free to mingle with the client; without it I have to be behind the technicians making sure nothing goes wrong. Even though the X80’s success rate is extremely high, we also had the security of Spyder’s built-in redundancy; we knew the still store would step in if there were any failures.”

Glista notes that, “the show was initially supposed to be a two-day test, but when the CEO of The Bushnell saw it he was so impressed by it and what it could mean for the theater that we installed it for the three-week, sold-out run of ‘Hamilton.’ That meant thousands of people saw the projection mapping every night – how amazing for the students!”

Israel notes that ATD used the X80 on five shows in just two months. “Since we took delivery of the Spyder it’s done a number of live shows for high-end clients, including a corporate event in Manhattan with six 4K outputs and a total of 60 million pixels.”

At ATD, Riley Irving was the Spyder X80 operator for The Bushnell project and Kevin Gomez the AV Technician. At UConn, the department head was Heather Elliott-Famularo and the professor was Kevin Richetelli. The students whose work was shown were Ian D’Arcangelo, Nick Donati, Eric Fritz, Orly Mobilio, Jasmine Rajavadee, Morgan Rossi and Renoj Varghese.

About ATD Audio Visual
ATD provides AV Services for a variety of events, including presentations, conferences, meetings and trade shows. With decades of technology and programming experience, ATD offers a variety of services backed by industry-leading expertise. By guiding clients through the entire process, ATD acts as a full-service consultant providing insights, advice and unique solutions to meet specific requirements.

About Christie®
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UConn DMD Faculty Member Sue Huang in Art and Activism Show at Franklin Street Works

Franklin Street Works, a non-profit contemporary art space in Stamford, Conn., presents “Collective Action Archive: Redux,” an exhibition exploring the intersections between art and activism, featuring materials from dozens of U.S. artist/activist collectives.The exhibition expands on the 2013 show, “Collective Action Archive,” which was curated collaboratively by Franklin Street Works with Purchase College, SUNY and then was accessioned into the college’s library archive. The updated group exhibition features materials from the Library’s archive along with new items from collectives who were not included in or had not yet formed at the time of the 2013 show. In the spirit of a living archive, new contributions will be added throughout the exhibition’s run.It is on view at Franklin Street Works February 9 through September 8, 2019 and launches with with a free, public reception on Saturday, February 9, 5-8pm.Curated by Franklin Street Works creative director Terri C Smith, “Collective Action Archive: Redux” is rooted in  two past exhibitions curated by the Stamford art space. The first, “Working Alternatives: Breaking Bread, Art Broadcasting and Collective Action,” included a 2012 call to more than 90 artist/activist collectives. For the show, the materials were presented in archive boxes with only a portion on display. The second, the 2013 “Collective Action Archive,” at Purchase College Passage Gallery, opened the archive boxes to create a vibrant exhibition. Co-curated by Smith and her FSW colleague Sandrine Milet in collaboration with students and faculty from the Media Studies Department at Purchase College, it featured materials gathered from artist/activist collectives. When the exhibition closed, its contents were accessioned into the Purchase College Library archive, becoming a resource for students and scholars. That archive along with new, borrowed materials will form the 2019 exhibition “Collective Action Archive: Redux.”Photos, videos, artworks, pamphlets and texts by more than 3-dozen artist/activist collectives from across the United States will be on view, including contributions from longtime collectives such as ABC No Rio, the Guerrilla Girls, Paper Tiger TV, subRosa, and Temporary Services. Programming for “Collective Action Archive: Redux” will include: talks by exhibiting collectives, informal presentations by regional activist organizations, and discussion groups about the often contradictory relationship between social activism and the arts.Exhibiting artist/activist collectives include: ABC No Rio, Artists Against Apartheid, Big Tent, Codify Art, Conflict Kitchen, Critical Making, fierce pussy, Floating Lab Collective, Futurefarmers, Ghana ThinkTank, Guerrilla Girls, Guffey Hollow, Howling Mob Society, Illegal Art, Just Seeds, Kitchen Sink, Knifeandfork, Lucky Pierre, M12 Collective, Meme Rider Media Team, National Bitter Melon Council, Okay Mountain Collective, Paper Tiger TV, Philly Stake, Preemptive Media, Publication Studio, RAGGA, Regional Relationships, Second Front, Students of the African Diaspora, subRosa, Temporary Services, The Pinky Show, W.A.G.E., and Work Progress Collective.

Saturday, March 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Knifeandfork: Brian House and Sue Huang in Conversation
Brian House and Sue Huang of the internationally exhibiting media arts collaborative Knifeandfork will discuss their practice. Sponsored by Stamford Community Arts Partnership Program (CAPP) grant.

About Franklin Street Works
Franklin Street Works is a not-for- profit contemporary art space whose mission is to manifest contemporary art in a professional and welcoming setting. Franklin Street Works aims to broaden community participation in the arts, contribute to a larger arts dialogue, and cultivate emerging artists. To date, the organization has exhibited the work of more than 350 artists, curated 30 original exhibitions, and organized approximately 150 programs, including talks, tours, and performances. Their work has received national and regional support, including two multi-year grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as well as regional grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, Connecticut Office of the Arts, New Canaan Community Foundation, among others. Exhibitions have been recognized with positive reviews in major publications such as Artforum online, Art in America online, Art Papers, The Brooklyn Rail, Huffington Post, Hyperallergic, Art New England, Modern Painters and Two Coats of Paint.

Getting There:
Franklin Street Works is located at 41 Franklin Street in downtown Stamford, Connecticut. Click here for more on directions and parking: http://www.franklinstreetworks.org/visit/

Accessibility:
Franklin Street Works has an ADA compliant ramp to our back door on the first floor and is accessible from Franklin St. Once inside there is an elevator and bathrooms are spacious but do not have grab bars.