WMU News

Integrating technology and the fine arts

April 25, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Apple Computer Inc. and Western Michigan University's College of Fine Arts are sponsoring "Digital Bridges: Integrating Technology Across the Fine Arts," a two-day conference, Friday and Saturday, April 29-30, on the university's main campus in Kalamazoo.

Conference presenters are coming from colleges and universities throughout Michigan and neighboring states and will include several technical representatives from Apple Computer.

Sessions include eight major presentations on cutting-edge approaches to art, dance, music, theatre and interdisciplinary technologies as well as a cross-disciplinary keynote panel on "Integrating Technology Across The Arts: The Technology/Curriculum Schism." The latter will be followed by an open forum discussion with conference participants.

Also included are eight two-hour Saturday morning workshops and demonstrations on dance technology, graphic design, and Apple's new iLife and Keynote applications. There will be two comprehensive demos for Apple Motion and Storage and Server Solutions for online portfolios.

Another highlight of Saturday's offerings is a "live performance" of "A DVD Sonata," an interdisciplinary work based on Dante's "Inferno," blending video, electronics, tuba and trombone, featuring Stephen Rush and Michael Rodemer of the University of Michigan and Phil Sinder and Ava Ordman from Michigan State University.

The conference is open to the public. A two-day conference pass for all events and workshops is $20 for students and $30 for all others. A one-day pass is $10 for students and $15 for all others.

Most of the conference's sessions will be held in various rooms in the Dalton Center. One session will be held the Department of Theatre Design Lab in the nearby Gilmore Theatre Complex. Both buildings are served by ample nearby parking at Miller Auditorium.

More information on the conference and all sessions and a PDF registration form are available online at www.wmich.edu/cfa/techconf05/info.html.

For questions about registration, contact Kris Kenz, registration coordinator at (269) 387-5810 or kris.kenz@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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