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ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-violent Live Action Cinema - a lecture with Ali Momeni '97
Start Date: 4/19/2017Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 4/19/2017End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description:
A lecture with Ali Momeni '97 on
"ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-Violent Live Action Cinema"

Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni is currently an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and directs CMU ArtFab, teaches in CMU’s IDEATE, Music Technology and Masters in Tangible Interaction Design degrees. Momeni’s current research interests include performative applications of robotics, playful urban interventions, interactive projection performance, machine learning for artists and designers, interactive tools for storytelling and experiential learning, mobile and hybrid musical instruments, and the intersection of sound, music and health.

In addition to this lecture, Ali Momeni '97 and artist Davey Steinman will lead a workshop/demo (reservations required) on 4/20 in Kohlberg Language Center. The workshop will guide students in participatory outdoor projection intervention. Building on Momeni's Manual for Urban Projection, Momeni will introduce attendees to a range of methodologies, and software/hardware tools for urban projection and the work will culminate in a digitally projected performance in a collectively chosen outdoor space on 4/21 at 8PM

Some examples of Ali's work include: 
Statuevision: 7-9 year old students form use live mobile projection to teach audience members about the significants of historical american figures
Dranimate Brooklyn: People draw, our magic tools transform the drawings into large-scale animated projections of their drawings
Exquisite Corpse/Lavish Martyr: Students from University of Minnesota collaborate with Iranian Artists in exile to explore the meaning of Martyrdom with playful animations and "exquisite corpse" drawings
Battle of Everyouth: Students form Washburn high-school explore the topic of global youth-violence using live video capture and projection instruments and an animated miniature city
Location Information:
*Swarthmore College - Science Center
Room: Science Center 101 - Chang Hou Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Tara Webb
Phone: 610-328-8260
Event Sponsors
The Cooper Serendipity Fund, Kohlberg Language Center, Dept. of Theater, and Dept. of Music and Dance
Open To
The Public
Additional Information
Free and open to the public without reservation. Seating is first come, first served. Workshop participants are required to register.

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