NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Border Crossings: BXA Intercollege Degree Programs Creates International Collaborations
By Eric Sloss, CMU News Blog, November 15, 2010

Carnegie Mellon University's BXA Intercollege Degree Programs combine science and the humanities with the arts. Alumni from the program work in various fields from television to cognitive psychology. The program now has a new international relationship with the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti of Trento, Italy that will broaden program's interdisciplinary artistic experiences.

Franco Sciannameo, director and principal faculty of BXA, will lead a series of workshops in the collaborative "Globus Multimedial International Project Intensive Program" in Trento, Italy. Sciannameo will discuss his work on Depero's puppetry ballet "Balli Plastici" created by CMU's Entertainment Technology Center.

"I find this exchange program is a European expansion of BXA and is to be considered a catalyst in the emerging culture of interdisciplinary ideas evolving now in the European Union's higher educational systems," Sciannameo said.

The "Globus Multimedial International Project Intensive Program" is a partnership between BXA and the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti of Trento and includes faculty and students from the Conservatorio di Musica F. A. Bonporti of Trento (Italy), Béla Bártok Conservatory of Music in Miskolc (Hungary), Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo (Spain), and the Universidade do Minho in Braga (Portugal).

The program will host workshops about interdisciplinary artistic projects. This year's workshops will run through Tuesday, Nov. 23, and will conclude with a viewing of "Balli Plastici" along with a live orchestra conducted by Jùlian Lombana. Sciannameo offered multidisciplinary workshops on Monday, Nov. 15 and Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Depero Futuristi, a student team at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center (ETC), re-imagined the futurist puppet ballet "Balli Plastici," or the "Plastic Dance." Using a puppeteering software toolkit called ToyBox Futuristi, the group has digitized the ballet's original marionettes while developing a means for others to create their own futurist-inspired ballets.