Thursday, November 1, 2018, 3:30-5:00pm
The rapidly expanding field of immersive art and design bridges the creative arts, engineering, and humanities to create and deliver experiences which actively engage the participant. At the University of Colorado Denver, in collaboration with local arts organizations, we have piloted a series of initiatives centered around immersive design which leverage the field’s inherent interdisciplinarity to expand the ways in which immersive storytelling serves to build community and connect individuals from diverse backgrounds and practices throughout the campus, city, and region.
Through a series of project case studies, our panel will frame the possibilities and challenges that characterize the current landscape of immersive art, design, and entertainment. Join us for a facilitated discussion about how we collectively envision and pursue creative and meaningful partnerships between academic institutions, arts organizations, and the community in this exciting field.
Jenny Filipetti is an electronic media artist, creative technology advocate, and assistant professor at Inworks at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Campus. Bridging data art, interaction design, and immersive installation, her work explores how through technology we might render the imperceptible material and extend human perceptual abilities. Prior to joining the faculty of Inworks, Jenny designed and oversaw a suite of creative technology support spaces for the Auraria Library, a tri-institutional urban academic library. It was there that she first encountered the power of shared space to bring people of diverse backgrounds and interests together, an opportunity towards which she continues to strive at Inworks and as co-organizer of the Denver Immersive Summit, an event drawing together regional creatives, technologists, and educators working across the many areas touched by immersive design.
Jeff Lambson is the Director and Curator of the Emmanuel Art Gallery at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to his position at CU Denver, Jeff was Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art, the most-attended university art museum in North America. He began his arts career at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson has curated many acclaimed exhibitions, including Mirror Mirror: Contemporary Portraits and the Fugitive Self; The Matter of Words; We Could Be Heroes: the Mythology of Monsters and Heroes in Contemporary Art; Work To Do; Think Flat: Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami; No Place Like Home, Gabriel Dawe: Plexus 29, and many others. Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts, and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Artforum, Sunset, PBS, and BBC’s The Culture Show. Jeff is married to Ann Lambson, Interpretive Specialist for Architecture and Design at the Denver Art Museum, and they live in Denver, Colorado with their precocious daughter.
Moderator Laurie Baefsky joined University of Colorado Denver’s College of Arts & Media as Associate Dean of Research, Collaboration, and Research in Fall 2018. As the first college in Colorado devoted exclusively to arts and entertainment, the College of Arts & Media is one of the few public institutions nationally, with program and curricula that includes 3D and Digital Animation, Digital Design, Music Business, Singer/Song Writing, Recording Arts, Film & TV and other areas that are central to the creative industries. In this role, she supports and develops faculty and student research expertise, impact and success that cuts across these sectors. She is deeply committed to emerging fields, which intersect with arts and design, demonstrate the value of the arts throughout the research university, and facilitate innovative arts partnerships. Laurie is an advocate for creative placemaking and creative venture, and is committed to the critical role arts and design play in creating healthy, resilient communities. Prior to moving to Denver, from 2014-2018 she served as executive director of ArtsEngine and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), based at the University of Michigan. Through a2ru she worked locally, nationally, and internationally to support and strengthen the arts and transdisciplinary arts endeavors in higher education. This included national initiatives in arts in health, placemaking, and STEAM. From 2016-2018, she served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s consensus report committee on the Integration of the Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine with the Arts and Humanities at the Undergraduate and Graduate Level. From 2007-11 Dr. Baefsky established the USU ArtsBridge program at Utah State University, an arts-based interdisciplinary engaged learning initiative; and in 2014, Laurie served as grants manager for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums for the State of Utah. A skilled grant writer herself, she has raised over $5 million in arts funding. Laurie began her career as a classical flutist and music educator, with degrees in flute performance from Stony Brook University, University of Michigan, and California State University, Fullerton. She has appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra, Utah Symphony, New World Symphony, and as a tenured member of the Virginia Symphony. As a chamber artist her performances have ranged from Symphony Space and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, NYC to northeastern Morocco and Umbria, Italy.
Dane Webster is an Associate Professor, Director of the Digital Animation Center, and the Associate Dean College of Arts and Media at CU-Denver. Before coming to CU-Denver, he was an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Arts (SOVA) at Virginia Tech and former Director of the MFA in Creative Technologies. He was also a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), a research center focused on the intersection of art & design with science & technology. He has taught various courses in 3D computer animation and creative coding.