Events-Integrative Design, Arts, and Technology - Carnegie Mellon University


Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Katsuhiro Otomo's Manga and Animation - Lecture by Kei Suyama of Tokyo Polytechnic University - 5:00 p.m., CFA 303

Suyama LectureThe School of Art is fortunate to have a special lecture by Kei Suyama from Tokyo Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, March 20 in CFA room 303 at 5:00 pm.

Kei Suyama is an associate professor and one of the founding faculty members of Tokyo Polytechnic University's animation department started in 2003, the first art school specializing in animation study in Japan. Her current research topics are children's literature and culture, animation history and theory, and narrative expressions in animation works. She has been sent to several countries as a specialist by Japan Foundation to promote understanding of Japanese culture and has been actively involved in international corroborative studies in the area of Japanese animation.

Lecture Title: Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and animation
Synopsis: Kei Suyama will talk about "growth," "attainment," and "development" seen in Katsuhiro Otomo's manga and animation works. Using Otomo's manga, "Doumu" and animation, "Akira," both produced in the 1980s, as the main texts, Suyama will review Otomo's epoch-making accomplishments in both genres and his great influence over the following generations.

CLOUDS Premiere - World's First 3D, Interactive, Generative Documentary - 5:00 p.m., STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CFA 111

From the press release: Carnegie Mellon University's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry has announced the Pittsburgh premiere of CLOUDS — the world's first 3D, interactive, generative, documentary film — at 5 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the STUDIO (Room CFA-111 at CMU). The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

Directed by James George and Jonathan Minard (BHA'07), CLOUDS was created during a two-year fellowship at the STUDIO. The subject of the film is the global community of new-media artists and technologists. CLOUDS premiered earlier this spring in the New Frontier showcase at the 2014 Sundance Festival and will appear in the Transmedia Storyscapes section of the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City April 16-27.

In describing CLOUDS, STUDIO Director Golan Levin said it is not a traditional film but rather "a visually groundbreaking experience that brings together documentary storytelling with the interactivity of a game-like world." Filmed using a new 3D cinema format called RGBD, CLOUDS uses a "probability-based story engine" to present an endless, ever-changing conversation about the role of computational thinking in contemporary arts and design.

The interview subjects in CLOUDS are an intergenerational community of more than 40 hacker-artists and luminary thinkers, who discuss their struggles to develop new forms of visual expression that resonate at a deeper human level. They tell the story of collaboratively inventing open-source tools that form the foundation of a global creative culture.

The project was produced by New York-based creative technologist Winslow Porter; executive producer was Golan Levin, and it was supported in part by the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier; CMU's Center for Computational Thinking; CMU's Computer Science Department; Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology; Kickstarter; Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business; Microsoft Research; the National Endowment for the Arts; NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program; Pennsylvania Council for the Arts; and YCAM Interlab.