CHAT Festival

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 7:00pm to Friday, February 19, 2010 - 7:00pm

Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology -

The CHAT festival will take place February 16-20, 2010, on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

The festival comprises six major elements:

  • Multidisciplinary faculty projects - At the heart of the festival are our faculty working groups, which are creating multidisciplinary and collaborative arts and humanities projects using technology as a medium. Many involve inter-university teams with UNC faculty and staff collaborating with peers at RENCI, Duke and North Carolina State universities. We will showcase the projects of these working groups, formed in fall 2008 and spring 2009, throughout the festival week. These cornerstone projects highlight creative work with technology already taking place among academics in this region. Visit our Projects page for information about our exciting working groups.
  • Festival on the Hill: The Art and Culture of the DJ - In February 2010, UNC Music Professor Mark Katz is organizing Music on the Hill, a public event held biennially sponsored by UNCs music department. The music department has partnered with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the CHAT festival to put on a two-day event, February 18-19, on The Art and Culture of the DJ. It will consist of performances, scholarly presentations and discussions, and a DJ/VJ Dance Party geared toward students.
  • Carolina Performing Arts: BRAVE Collaborative Performance - BRAVE is a cross-disciplinary collaboration between New York choreographer Elizabeth Streb, founder of the innovative Streb Dance Company; composer David Van Teighem; and the MIT Media Lab. The performance will allow the collaborators to investigate physical concepts such as ways to occupy traditionally unoccupied surfacesceilings, walls and trusses; challenge gravity; and investigate high-speed vertical motion in the face of centrifugal force. BRAVE performers will incorporate experimental technologies including smart prostheses, a human sized yo-yo and personal robots.The performances are scheduled February 20-21, 2010.
  • Keynote Lectures and Panel Discussions - The Institute for the Arts and Humanities is collaborating with units across the UNC campus and plans to work with corporate sponsors to identify nationally recognized experts to invite as keynote speakers during the CHAT festival. Following each keynote lecture, the keynote speaker will moderate a panel with a mixture of local faculty and industry experts.
  • Teaching Clinics for Faculty and K-12 Teachers - As part of the CHAT festival, the Institute will offer public service and outreach by giving North Carolina public school teachers the opportunity to fulfill some of their Continuing Education credits. Cheryl Mason Bolick from the School of Education will lead the effort to bring K-12 teachers to Carolina to earn CE credits in classroom technology during the CHAT Festival. Faculty successfully using technology in the classroom will discuss their work and then, with the assistance of UNC technologists, offer hands-on training to participating teachers so that they can return to their schools with the ability to use this technology to enhance their own classroom curricula.
  • Student Projects - The Institute views student involvement in the festival as a powerful tool in recruiting future faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to UNC. Demonstrating a commitment to fostering student innovation in digital arts and humanities will help recruit top students interested in pursuing this field who might otherwise consider other programs. To that end, Joyce Rudinsky, domain scientist for the arts and humanities at RENCI, will work with faculty at UNC, Duke University and North Carolina State University to coordinate undergraduate projects for the festival that feature digital media in the arts and humanities.

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