ACT Festival 2015, Gwangju / South Korea – Workshops

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Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Art and Technology at the University of Oregon, US
Austin’s School For Expressive Technology, US
Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, The Netherlands
Berlin University of the Arts, Germany
Bilkent University, Department of Communication and Design, Ankara
BTK University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
Campus de la Fonderie de l’Image, Paris, France
Career Tech High School, Piqua, Ohio, US
Carnegie Mellon University, US
Central Connecticut State University, US
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
Confetti ICT, Nottingham Trent University, UK
De Montfort University, Leicester, UK
Design Academy Berlin, Germany
DeTao Masters Academy (Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts) in Shanghai China
Digital Media Department / The school of Art&Design / Xiamen University TKK College, China
Diplome Supérieur d’Arts Appliqués, Villefontaine, France
Duke University, North Carolina, US
École cantonale d’art de Lausanne / ECAL, Switzerland
Eikon, Vocational School in Applied Arts, Switzerland
Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel
ESA Pyrénées, Pau, France
Federal University of Goias, Brazil
FH Joanneum University Of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria
Fine Art School of Reunion Island, France
Gallaudet University
General Assembly in London, UK
Glasgow School of Art, Scotland
Goldsmiths, London, UK
Gray Area Foundation for the Arts
Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt
HfG School of Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, Germany
Hochschule für Künste Bremen, Germany
IED Istituto Europeo di Design in Rome, Italy
Interactive Media Arts Program, New York University, Shanghai, China
KABK – Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands
Le Havre/Rouen Art School, Paris, France
London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK
Lund University, Sweden
Manchester School of Art, UK
Maryland Institute Collage of Art, US
MassArt, Boston, US
Massey University College of Creative Arts, New Zealand
Miami University, US
Mississippi State University, US
Montserrat College of Art
National Institute of Design, India
National University of Arts George Enescu Iasi, Romania
New Mexico School for the Arts, US
New School, US
OCAD University
Paju Typography Institute, Korea
PUC-Lab University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Quinnipiac University, Game Design and Development, US
Ravensburg University of Cooperative Education, Germany
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, The Netherlands
RMIT university in Melbourne, Australia
Royal College of Art, London, UK
School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe, Berlin, Germany
School of the Art Institute of Chicago, US
School of the Arts of the Portuguese Catholic University
School of Visual Arts, US
Shenkar College Tel Aviv, Israel
State Academy of Art, Stuttgart, Germany
Stuttgart State Academy of Arts and Design
The College of New Jersey, USA
The Danish School of Media and Journalism
TU Braunschweig University
Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia, US
UCL, Bartlett School of Architecture, London, UK
UCLA Suprastudio, US
Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
University College Cork, Ireland
University of Akron, US
University of Alberta Department of Music, CA
University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
University of Colorado, Denver, US
University of Edinburgh, UK
University of Gloucestershire, UK
University of Minho, Portugal
University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, CA
University of Washington, US
University of Westminster, London, UK
UNSW, Australia
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Washington University in St. Louis, US
Wellington Institute of Technology in New Zealand
Western Academy of Beijing, China
Woodbury University in San Diego, US
Xiamen University, China
Yasar University, Bornova/İzmir, Turkey
YuanZu University, Taiwan

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GIF Weaponry, Kid VR, RGB Fossils and Candy Clouds at the Digital Media Bremen

At the Di­gi­tal Me­dia stu­dy pro­gram in University of/the Arts Bremen, com­pu­ter sci­ence meets de­sign, whi­le en­gi­nee­ring and na­tu­ral sci­en­ces in­ter­con­nect with the arts. We present you four recent “semester” projects exploring topics ranging from VR, popular media to digital nature.


Unhanded – A symposium about ‘making’ under the influence of digitalism

Unhanded was a symposium about ‘making under the influence of digitalism’ that took place in Ottawa last September. CAN was on hand to facilitate one of the discussions, and to mark the publication of the videos online we offer some highlights and thoughts on the proceedings.


Performing Pedagogy –  A Conversation with Ruairi Glynn

Interactive Architecture Lab founder Ruairi Glynn chats with CAN about the freshly-launched Design for Performance & Interaction (DfPI) programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.


School for Poetic Computation – Fall 2016 Final Showcase

In the final week of the last year’s fall 10-week program at the School for Poetic Computation (SFPC), students presented their work in progress and its underly ideas in a public showcase. Here is a selection of projects that were presented.


After Urban Screens – Dave Colangelo on Massive Media

Dave Colangelo, a researcher and artist focused on the role media plays in the city. An Assistant Professor at the Portland State University in the School of Theatre + Film, and a member of the Public Visualization Studio, Colangelo chatted with CAN about media façades, public art, and Pokémon Go.