Georgia Tech Launches Artist In Residence Program with The Open Ended Group

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Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, in collaboration with the Schools of Music, Architecture and Industrial Design, has launched an Artist-In-Residence program with renowned digital artists, The Open Ended Group.

As part of the program, artists will make periodic campus visits to develop a collaborative artistic and musical project with College of Architecture students and faculty, to be performed and showcased in a high-profile exhibition setting.  This year’s program revolves around the Drawn Together project, an immersive and interactive 3D music- and art-making drawing desk, culminating in a public performance early 2012.

 “The main goal of the project is to expose students to collaborating with leading professional artists, bringing Georgia Tech’s unique skills and experience in music technology, architecture and design into the project,” said Center for Music Technology director Gil Weinberg. “Students exploring career paths as professional music technology and digital artists will gain unparalleled experience and mind-expanding perspectives on life as a professional artist.”

“The Drawn Together project is a natural extension of Listening Machines, our annual student-produced concert that integrates interactive musical work with interactive 3D visual experiences,” he added.

The Open Ended Group is made up of artist and artificial intelligence researcher Marc Downie, digital artist Shelley Eshkar and digital artist and writer Paul Kaiser. Their works for stage, screen, gallery, print and public space have been exhibited around the world, most recently at the Lincoln Center in New York, ZKM in Karlsruhe Germany, The Museum of Moving Images in New York and the International Chekhov Festival in Moscow.

“The Open Ended Group has an aesthetic and philosophy complementary to ours—collaborative, human-machine interaction art works,” explained Weinberg.  “For future artists-in-residents, genre and media will continue to be far less important than the potential to inspire and expand the scope of the musical and artistic work happening at Georgia Tech.”


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