CHAT - A digital arts and humanities festival - begins next week

February 11, 2010

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities (IAH), part of the College of Arts and Sciences, will present CHAT (Collaborations: Humanities, Arts & Technology), a digital arts and humanities festival open to the public Feb. 16-20, 2010 on the UNC campus. The School of Information and Library Science is a partner supporting the festival that comprises four major elements:

  • Discussions
  • Performances
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Workshops

Festival highlights include:

• Keynote speech by Robbie Bach, president of Entertainment and Devices, Microsoft (responsible for Xbox 360, Zune and Windows Mobile)
• Keynote speech by Kansas State University anthropologist Michael Wesch, "From Knowledge to Knowledge-able"
• Experts who will discuss if size matters with digital devices - how small is too small?
• New media laws and their impact on the future of music
• Local entrepreneurs who will discuss the impact of technology on collaboration
• The latest research and faculty projects on the confluence between technology, art and humanities at exhibits across the UNC campus
• And MUCH, much more!!!

(Click here for the full schedule.)

$15 for admission to the full week (usually $35 but Partners of the Festival get a discount!)

WANT ADMISSION FOR FREE? Follow CHAT2010 on Facebook before the end of day on Friday, February 12th when 10 free tickets to 10 random fans will be given away! Follow the festival on Facebook.

SILS faculty members, Paul Jones, Barbara Wildemuth and Philip Edwards, as well as graduate students Mike Nutt, Adam Miller and Luke Rogers will also participate in the program. Information about their events follows. Of special note, Paul Jones is a founding member of the CHAT Festival. He's been involved with the planning for the past two years.

User Driven: Does Size Matter?
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall

Until recently, devices for consuming visual digital media had mostly evolved from the office and desktop metaphor or the broadcast TV context. Devices like smartphones, netbooks and tablet computers are moving media creation and consumption to smaller and more mobile contexts, and at the same time networked computing devices are being connected to big high-definition screens for display and interactive use in the living room or public spaces. How are the affordances of these different devices and contexts changing the way we create, organize, communicate and consume media? Are there lessons we can learn from past transitions in writing and reading, or is this all new territory?

  • Paolo Mangiafico (moderator), director of digital information strategy at Duke University
  • Paul Jones, founder iBiblio and UNC faculty in the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Russ Pitts, editor-in-chief The Escapist online gaming magazine
  • William Shaw, technical editor of the William Blake Archive and doctoral student in Digital Humanities and 19th Century British Literature at UNC
  • Ross White, editor of Inch, a magazine of short poems and microfiction, and the publisher of Bull City Press

Panel: Changing Forms of Publication
Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Auditorium

Scholars across the disciplines have begun to explore the affordances that emerging technologies offer for producing and sharing their work. These authorial and creative choices raise questions about the ways in which we communicate, write, record, distribute, interact with, evaluate and preserve this work, topics with which this panel will engage through lively discussion.

  • Phillip Edwards (moderator), UNC School of Information and Library Science faculty
  • Jonathan Cox, external and internal marketing communications manager for self-publishing firm Lulu
  • Shelby Shanks, N.C. State Libraries lawyer librarian and director of the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center
  • Mark Simpson-Vos, UNC Press acquisitions editor
  • Markus Wust, N.C. State Libraries digital collections and preservation librarian at the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Center

Humanities in Touch
An interactive project led by Joyce Rudinsky, UNC communication studies, RENCI domain scientist for the arts and humanities.

Wilson Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Tuesday, February 16, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 17, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Collaborators include:

  • Patrick Fitzgerald, Advanced Media Lab, North Carolina State University
  • Michael Shoffner, RENCI
  • Shelly Crisp, North Carolina Humanities Council
  • Luke Miller, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Science
  • Michael Nutt, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
  • Barbara Wildemuth, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
  • Nick Graham, UNC, North Carolina Digital Heritage Center program coordinator

Student Exhibitions
Student projects for exhibition were selected by a jury of faculty from Carolina, Duke and NC State. These projects will be on display at the James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial in the Kresge Foundation room at the following times:

Tuesday: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.
Creator: Mike Nutt (UNC, SILS Graduate Student)
Medium: HD Video

Disestablishmentarianism is a short experimental video. In it, the artist performs a reading of a text by cultural theorist Larry Grossberg. In the background is a collage comprised of various documentary elements – including artifacts from the artist’s own life and video appropriated from the works of surrealist underwater filmmaker Jean Painleve and a piece by videographer Helen Kearns (which itself was a manipulation of several ethnographic films). The soundtrack is comprised mostly of noise music recorded live at performances by the groups Boyzone and Macronypha, but also includes part of a sound composition by the artist that was created from a single half-second long sample.

Festival on the Hill
Adam Miller and Luke Rogers will participate in the Festival on the Hill: DJ/VJ Dance Party on Thursday, from 9:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at Gerrard Hall. The event is free and open to the public

Wear your dancing shoes! Student, local and visiting DJs will perform from the balconies in this historic building while VJs, or video jockeys, project videos on screens around dancers on the main floor. The Bathysphere, a project described in the program’s exhibition information, runs during the party, allowing participants the chance to interact with motion capture technology during the evening.

There's much more to take advantage of during the festival. For more information about the many events and opportunities during the CHAT Festival, please visit the site.

A full list of festival partners is available.