Catalyst Conversations: Bits, Sights and Sounds
Bits, Sights and Sounds
Mary Sherman, Florian Grond and Hiroshi Ishii
Artist Mary Sherman and researcher Florian Grond have worked together over several years manifesting the conversation between painting and sound. They are joined by MIT Media Lab Tangible Bits director, Hiroshi Ishii to explore the relationship and connection of all our senses and which help us navigate and also find pleasure in our material world.
The Tangible Media Group works to seamlessly couple the dual world of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation.
Florian Grond www.grond.at is an expert in sonic interaction design and data sonification. After receiving his MSc from Karl-Franzens University in Austria, he worked for many years at the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe, Germany as a researcher and media artist. Later he continued his research at the Center for Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University in Germany where he received his doctorate with a thesis topic on data sonification.
Mary Sherman www.marysherman.org is a visual artist and an adjunct professor at Boston College and Northeastern University. In 2010, she also served as the interim Associate Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Art, Culture and Technology Program (ACT), was an artist in residence at MIT in Mechanical Engineering (from 2002-2003) and is the founding director of the artist-run, non-profit TransCultural Exchange.
Hiroshi Ishii is the Jerome B, Wiesner Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab. He joined the MIT Media Lab in October 1995, and founded the Tangible Media Group which he currently directs. Hiroshi’s research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. His team seeks to change the “painted bits” of GUIs to “tangible bits” by giving physical form to digital information.
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