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Oct. 9: Carnegie Mellon Hosts Technology in the Arts Conference With Keynote Speaker Jake Barton, Oct. 12-13


Eric Sloss                           

Carnegie Mellon Hosts Technology in the Arts Conference
With Keynote Speaker Jake Barton, Oct. 12-13

PITTSBURGH — Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Arts Management and Technology will host the interdisciplinary Technology in the Arts Conference Oct. 12-13 on the Carnegie Mellon campus, where 200 arts leaders from around the country will discuss how arts organizations are using technology in the areas of artistic expression, audience development, marketing, administration and donor relations. Jake Barton, founder of the design firm Local Projects, will give the keynote address at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12.

Other lectures will focus on collaboration between arts leaders and technology experts, the Internet, digital imaging, virtual reality and copyright in the digital era. The conference will explore emerging media like podcasts and new trends in the Internet, such as RSS feeds, which provide notification of updates on a Web site.

Barton will discuss how museums and public spaces are using new media and participatory media to promote their organizations and enhance visitors' experiences. He will discuss such projects as the Carousel at Battery Park in New York City. The Carousel, which celebrates the nation's first aquarium (1896-1941), will be an aquarium-themed attraction with elements of design, music, architecture and art. The attraction is designed to get people interested in visiting the nearby New York Aquarium.   

Barton's firm is designing the National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. The firm also works with Grand Central Terminal, the National Museum of American Jewish History, the Museum of the City of New York, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.

To see a full schedule of events and to register for the conference, go to