PROFILE interactive arts & media department magazine

SPRING 2012 ISSUE

Front Cover - Vireo
Front Cover: Concept image from the Indie Team Capstone Class game, Broken,
artwork by Austin Light and Amanda Humfleet

Interviews

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE PROFILE

Quintin Puebla

Game Design / Class of 2015

"I want to design a game that will capture a player visually and stand on its own as a one-of-a-kind piece of interactive art, regardless of how complex the story or realistic the graphics." [+]

STUDENT PROFILE

Roel Sanchez

Game Design / Class of 2012

"Columbia was one of the very few places that offered a concentration in game sound with..." [+]

STUDENT PROFILE

Alice Werley

Interactive Arts and Media / Class of 2013

"The most appealing part of the IAM major is that it involves the study of a variety of media and skills..." [+]

STUDENT PROFILE

Sean Clouser

Game Design / Class of 2012

"Look for an internship you value and realize early on what you have to offer." [+]

ALUMNI PROFILE

Ben Mills

Interactive Arts and Media / Class of 2010

"The most unexpected benefit I gained by attending Columbia instead of earning a computer science degree from another college, is the design and user-experience..." [+]

ADJUNCT FACULTY PROFILE

David Noffs

"Wearing several hats keeps me busy, but I enjoy teaching what I know and..." [+]

STAFF PROFILE

Jeff Meyers

Operations Manager

"We are definitely in a post-PC era. I don't think non-computer folks will be using PCs anymore - this trend..." [+]

Features

STUDENT COMMUNITY PROJECT

Arts Alive 45

www.artsalive45.com

"... an ambitious initiative enacted by Chicago 45th Ward Alderman John Arena... The aim is to trade boarded up businesses, and broken glass for installations, murals and exhibits featuring art..." [+]

PAPER

Restinct

Independent Student Game Exhibition

"The game examines consciousness and the restraints and effects consciousness has on its character's instincts." [+]

Reviews

GAME REVIEW

Mass Effect 3

Reviewed by Tom Dowd

"Ultimately, the plot of the three games has involved protecting the known universe from invasion of civilization-killing machines..." [+]

Back Cover - Untitled
Back Cover: Concept Art for Water Aloft the Ridge
by the Large Team Game Project

IAM Updates

Adjunct faculty Sal Barry organized and curated Art of Play 5 ...
Adjunct faculty Claudia Laska participated in The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project ...
Adjunct faculty Stefan Brun, artistic director of Chicago's Prop Thtr, is opening a newly translated production ...
The Mi parque app, a mobile app developed by an all-woman team including IAM students and led by IAM Academic Manager Mindy Faber along with others, was Grand Challenge winner in the Apps for Metro Chicago contest. ...

Department Chair Annette Barbier recently received a grant of $2,500 in visual art from the Illinois Arts Council for continued work on her ecology pieces. Illinois Arts Council funds will support work-in-progress that critiques our relationship to the natural environment using natural materials (native leaves or goose feathers so far) as raw materials into which text, bar code identifiers, or images of invasive (in the case of plants) or extinct (in the case of birds) species are laser cut.

Adjunct faculty Mark Temkin works on databases, data mining and web-oriented projects using both Microsoft and open-source technologies. Notable projects have included an expert system that corrects and improves the recorded music library database for radio station, WFMT, and an online music scheduling system (schedule.wfmt.com). The music scheduler, a real-time data comparison tool, constantly looks for changes in the playlist and transforms that data into the source for the station website.

Adjunct faculty Sal Barry organized and curated Art of Play 5, the IAM department's annual art show that explores games, fun and play. The show featured a variety of work from students and faculty. He also co-developed a new blogging class, called "Blogging: Beyond the Basics." The class, which is a collaboration between the IAM and Journalism departments, will make its debut in the Fall 2012 semester.

Adjunct faculty Claudia Laska participated in The Fluxus/Visual Poetry Project, one section of the exhibition, "Write Now: Artists and Lerrerforms," which was held at the Chicago Cultural Center from January through April 2012. She also performed with Dada Machine Fluxus at the Cultural Center during the 2012 Chicago FluxFest.

Patrick Lichty was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Media Caucus. He is co-producing a documentary on the Bowery underground art scene, "Wednesdays at A's" about punk art doyenne, Arleen Schloss. He finished his first monograph, entitled "Interrogating the Net,” and is in negotiations with publishers. He has published a new issue of Intelligent Agent, covering virtual art and art as public practice, which is available on Lulu.com. Lichty has joined a research consortium on virtual learning in cooperation with Sabanci University, Istanbul. Lichty has completed a third phase of a US-Iran collaboration entitled "Your Day/My Night" as leader of the three-person American team, and will be part of a presentation of the project in Toronto in May, 2012.

Adjunct faculty Stefan Brun, artistic director of Chicago's Prop Thtr, is opening a newly translated production of Bertolt Brecht's first play: "Drumming in the Night" on March 23, 2012. Stefan has been invited by the Kennedy Center For the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. to direct one of the nationally selected new plays in their summer New Plays Showcase, July 22 to 29, 2012. The program is a collaboration between the Kennedy Center and the National New Play Network.

The Mi parque app, a mobile app developed by an all-woman team including IAM students and led by IAM Academic Manager Mindy Faber along with others, was Grand Challenge winner in the Apps for Metro Chicago contest. The app is a bilingual participatory place-making web and smartphone application that helps residents of the community contribute and share their vision for the future of Little Village’s new parks. The app has received a total $8000 in awards that will go towards app development and the community of Little Village.