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. On this panel, we’re joined by Corvas Brinkerhoff, one of the founders of Meow Wolf, an organization whose commitment to community has remained a core value throughout its evolution from local Santa Fe artist collective to critically renowned multimillion dollar arts entertainment group.
Our panel will provide actionable insights from both CU Denver’s and Meow Wolf’s experiences to help others 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.
Corvas Brinkerhoff is an artist, designer, entrepreneur and co-founder of Meow Wolf, where he serves as Senior Vice President of Experience Design. Corvas is also a founding member of the Emerging Media Alliance, a network of community leaders, technology entrepreneurs, and art institutions in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Originating in 2008 as a Santa Fe artist collective, Meow Wolf opened its first permanent immersive exhibition, House of Eternal Return, in 2016, where it has since welcomed over a million visitors and received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement in Connected Immersion. A certified B-Corp public benefit corporation with a commitment to social and environmental sustainability, Meow Wolf is currently developing two new art experiences in Denver and Las Vegas, totaling over three acres of immersive space.
David Thomas blends a background in education and technology management into a focus on faculty and student success. He had directed the CU online team for the past years. He holds a PhD in architecture and planning and studies the unlikely topic, “fun”.
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.