Presentation 1

Thursday, November 5th, 2009 
Carnegie Institute of Washington, 1530 P Street, NW, Washington, DC

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How and where do art and science – two seemingly disparate disciplines of intellectual inquiry – overlap? And, at that confluence, what can practitioners of both disciplines learn to expand their unique fields of knowledge and to affect consciousness?

SOFAlab’s keynote speaker, Tod Machover – Professor of Music and Media at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, the inventor of Hyperinstruments, a trained-Juilliard musician, and, the man Los Angeles Times deemed, “America’s Most Wired Composer” – will bring his boundless knowledge of creative technology to the discussion. With each of Machover’s innovations, such as his Hyperinstruments, Hyperscore, Brain Opera, Toy Symphony and MMH (Music, Mind and Health), he has intentionally explored the space where science and art collide and in doing so challenged traditional perceptions of both fields.

Expanding the discussion further, SOFAlab’s panelists will include Maria Barbosa, Professor of Biology and a DC-based installation artist, Ernesto Barreto, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University, and Brandon Morse, Professor of Digital Media at the University of Maryland and a DC-based video installation artist specializing in 3-D environments and animation software.

Funding was provided by the Center for Consciousness and Transformation, George Mason University, with support from Hamiltonian Artists, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, and the School of Art, George Mason University.