Ph.D. Colloquium Presentation: Tiffany Holmes, "Greenmedia Futures: Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability"

Ph.D. Colloquium Presentation: Tiffany Holmes, "Greenmedia Futures: Art and Technology to Promote Sustainability"

West Hall Room 112, RPI Campus

April 22, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

There are no easy solutions and no clear paths toward collaboratively addressing the complicated issues of resource conservation as linked to global warming.  That said, the question here becomes: what are artists and designers doing to promote a green agenda using innovative technology? New creative projects that incorporate technology offer new ways to dynamically visualize hidden environmental information such as power usage or pollution data. The overall goal of such projects is to promote sustainable modes of living and environmental stewardship.  The purpose of this colloquium is to invite artists and researchers to discuss the potential and future of "greentech" to raise awareness about ecological issues in the 21st century.

About the Artist:

Tiffany Holmes
Holmes' installation work explores the potential of technology to promote positive environmental stewardship. Recent work includes a commission for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications where sequences of experimental animations visualize real time energy loads.

Her paper detailing this work, "Eco-visualization: Combining art and technology to reduce energy consumption," won a Best Paper award at Creativity and Cognition 2007.  She lectures and exhibits worldwide in these venues: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Digital Salon '99, Viper in Switzerland, Next 1.0 in Sweden, Siggraph 2000, World@rt in Denmark, Interaction '01 in Japan, ISEA Nagoya.  A recipient of the Michigan Society of Fellows research fellowship in 1998, Holmes has earned an Illinois Arts Council grant and an Artists-in-Labs residency award in Switzerland.  Holmes is Associate Professor, and Chair of the Department of Art and Technology at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she teaches courses in interactivity and the history and theory of electronic media.


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