Carnegie Mellon University


Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology

April 23, 2018

Mimi Onuoha + SNOOZEFEST + BXA Kaleidoscope + Experimental Sound Synthesis at Phipps + Animate an Opera for Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

Mimi Onuoha (@thistimeitsmimi) will be giving a talk this Tuesday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. in the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (CFA 111). Onuoha is an artist and researcher examining the implications of data collection and computational categorization. Her work uses code, writing, and sculpture to explore missing data and the ways in which people are abstracted, represented, and classified. More info is available at

All are welcome to join the BXA Intercollege Degree Programs on April 27th, 4 - 7 p.m. in CFA 214 for Kaleidoscope XX, the 20th anniversary of exhibiting creative student work. BXA students have prepared a diverse array of visual work for the community to view—VR experiences, video installations, 2D and 3D art, digital pieces, photography, zines and many other creative projects. BXA seminars II and III will also display their final course projects. Come and enjoy entertainment and giveaways including DJ and acapella performances, poetry readings, a selfie-photo booth, swag and refreshments! More info is available on Facebook.

BYOSB (Bring Your Own Sleeping Bag) and sleep amidst giant inflatable artworks at SNOOZEFEST, an all-night, subtonal, subconscious experience! Carnegie Mellon's Exploded Ensemble and the Inflatables & Soft Sculpture course take the night shift for a midnight-to-sunrise concert on Saturday, April 28th in the College of Fine Arts Alumni Concert Hall, featuring experimental electronic musicians Lesley Flanigan and R. Luke DuBois. For more information,

The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble is in need of animators to help with their summer production of the opera Gray Cat and Flounder. Note! This is a paid opportunity! For more information, contact BHA student Joshua Brown or PNME Artistic Director Kevin Noe.

On Thursday, May 3rd, at 3:00 p.m. in IDeATe Studio A ETC/IDeATe professor Ralph Vituccio and Andres Tapia will host a screening of the documentary that their students produced this semester in the English/IDeATe class 76-374 Cuban Interactive Documentary. Over spring break, the students visited Camaguey, Cuba and spent the week documenting the many various cultural aspects of the city ranging from working artists, street life, dance, and music. The students shot, edited, and translated the videos, created the UX/UI Design and all art assets, and programmed the interactive 360 video touch-points. Come see the results of this unique, creative challenge and transformative cultural experience!

Pittsburgh Glass Center and Pittsburgh Filmmakers offer classes available to Carnegie Mellon students via the CFA Interdisciplinary (62-xxx) courses. The Glass Center courses are 8 weeks long and cover topics like Beginner Beadmaking and Marble Madness. Filmmakers courses are full-semester, 9 unit courses in topics like Super-8 and 16mm Film Production. Spaces are limited and registration is first-come, first-served. For a full-list of courses and to register, interested students can contact Svenja Drouven in the CFA Dean's Office.

dSHARP (digital Science, Humanities, and Arts: Research and Publication) is offering an experimental digital research and publishing seminar class in the fall: 66-224 dSHARP Seminar: Evolution of AI and Ethics of Creation. The course will use digital publishing tools and digital humanities techniques including text analysis and data visualization to explore the evolution of AI and the ethics involved in its creation in contemporary science fiction and American culture. Students will use digital research tools to analyze materials and digital publishing platforms to produce and share their scholarship. For more information, contact Jessica Otis.

Beginning in the late April, the Serpentine Room at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden will feature a sound installation from students in the School of Music IDeATe course Experimental Sound Synthesis. This winding room will be the temporary home for a lush plantation in vibrant array of colors, where one might also spot the forest giants emerging from the earth to join the spectacle. As you walk through the space, you will also find yourself immersed by hundreds of sounds coming from all directions, generated by tiny computers hidden among the foliage to guide, invoke, illuminate, and accompany your experience in this space. For more information, visit