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Exhibitions

A HISTORY OF NEW. Should Artists Embrace New Technologies?

Contribute (online or in person) to our Art and Technology timeline. Add your favorite artwork or technological advance that caused a shift in artmaking. Timeline is projected on the wall in the CANVAS gallery.

Opening: Feb 8 2007. Informal discussion with Michael Rush. Performance by Bailey at 7:30pm-8:30pm.

 


Jennings / Duffy TREES project underway.

John Jennings / Damian Duffy have designed a spiral graphical narrative that converts space to time. Click here to see more images...


KAMScript beta RELEASED!

Thursday, June 8 2006 - KAMScript is a free, open-source program that allows you to place JPG images, OBJ models, and MP3 sounds in a three dimensional scene, using a simple text file. This creates a virtual scene for the CANVAS. The software runs on PCs (a mac version is coming soon) and is available at
http://www.isl.uiuc.edu/canvas/110805_canvas_website/www/KAMScript/.

ICAF2006 Paper Accepted

John Jennings (Prof. Art & Design) and Damian Duffy will be presenting their paper entitled "Virtual Unreality and the Shape of Time: Virtual comics, postmodern self-referentiality, and the fourth dimension" at the International Comic Arts Festival 2006.

 


Past Events

Learn how to create Artwork for the CANVAS! Thursday Sept 14th 7-8pm.

How to create Art for the CANVAS without knowing how to program a computer. Attend our 1-hour workshop Thursday Sept 14 7-8pm in the CANVAS Gallery. No signups necessary - just drop in!


 

Evening of Mathematical Art

THURSDAY MAY 4 2006: How can you tell that it's mathematical art? You are cordially invited to come to the Krannert Art Museum on Thursday, 4 May 2006, for an Evening of Mathematical Art.

From 7pm the curators and contributors of Calcul*rt will guide, explain and demonstrate items in the show.

At 8pm the audience is invited to join show contributors Donna Cox, George Francis, Hank Kaczmarski, Rose Marshack and Rick Powers in a free flowing discussion on the subject of Mathematical Art.

21st Century Tools For Artists

THURSDAY APRIL 20 7-9pm at the CANVAS Gallery, a very special HANDS-ON lecture/demo will occur. Individuals interested in digital video,camera and movement-tracking devices for performance, Physical Computing sensors, Max/MSP and other programming environments for non-programmers, Virtual Worlds, games that incorporate art, and virtual environments that cross the boundaries into real life should attend!

John Toenjes, Asst. Prof. and Music Director of the Department of Dance, Rick Valentin, Graduate student in Narrative Media and Roger Cheng, Grad student in Electrical Engineering, will present their explorations and research into motion-tracking and sensor control of
performance spaces. They will demonstrate ways to use Max/MSP/Jitter, Isadora and various hardware sensors to control and activate video projections and audio streams in real-time.

Guy Garnett, Professor of Music, will present work done in Second Life, an online 3D virtual environment which blurs lines between gaming, artwork, commerce, and virtual world vs. reality!

SEE PODCAST SECTION FOR COMPLETE COVERAGE OF EVENT.

 



 


Past Exhibitions and Events

ICONS: Sept - Dec 31 06.

A parallel thought to the current Krannert Art Museum exhibition "A Saint In The City: Sufi Arts of Urban Senegal," we ask the question, "What is an icon?" Containing works from artists including Andrea Robbins / Max Becher, and Jim Campbell, and other 3D works created using our open-source virtual-worlds creating software (KAMScript), this exhibition presents some interpretations of icon.

 

J Bully (Robi Roberts, Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Practice, Duke University) performed at the CANVAS MiXTAPEStry Event. (vodcast soon).

J Bully's myspace page at www.myspace.com/bullycity

MiXTAPEStry Sept 28-30 Event

COLLABORATIVE PERFORMANCE: SEPT 28th 2-4pm

WEBSITE: http://vis.duke.edu/Research/mixtapestry/

On September 28 2006 CANVAS will host a special event in conjunction with the Katrina Summit. This will be a collaborative hip-hop mix event taking place between University of Illinois and Duke University. UIUC: John Jennings (Prof. Art&Design), Allison Clark (Seedbed), Nicholas Duchnowski (Math), Abby Watt (Art Education) DUKE: Rachael Brady (see website for more acknowledgements).

 

March 2 2006 until July 31st 2006.

Features an array of media exploring the boundaries between mathematics and art, from the 3D wonders of the CANVAS which displays new math-driven processes, to internet-driven art pieces developed by collaborations between Mathematics, Art +Design, and English departments, to art works featuring holographic images by Ellen Sandor, a pioneer in the use of digital media, and Donna Cox of the NCSA, as well as a variety of sculptures, created using everything from mathematics to computer-generated 3-D imaging to old-fashioned wood. Historic math-art videos such as Edwin Abbott's Flatland and Charles and Ray Eames' Powers of 10 are also on display. This installation is a joint effort between the Beckman Institute, Mathematics, the School of Art + Design, and the Krannert Art Museum.

Visit the calcul*rt website.
Read the Beckman Institute's press release for this event.

 

Podcasts

21st Century Tools For Artists: John Toenjes on Activated Performance Spaces and Guy Garnett on Second Life as an Artistic Environment.

  • John Toenjes: Activated Performance Spaces
  • Guy Garnett: Second Life as Gallery
    • Part 1
    • Part 2

 

CANVAS is a collaborative effort between THE BECKMAN INSTITUTE, THE SCHOOL OF ART AND DESIGN, and THE KRANNERT ART MUSEUM at the UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, URBANA CHAMPAIGN.

The ILLINOIS SIMULATOR LABORATORY (ISL) at the Beckman Institute created and provides technical support for the CANVAS.

The CANVAS group is committed to the development of TOOLS to enable artists to create new media installations. See our support section for more information.

CANVAS ART+TECHNOLOGY STEERING COMMITTEE
Hank Kaczmarski
Kathleen Harleman
David Akins
Nan Goggin
Joseph Squier