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Flickr Gettr: IDIA performs at the International Annual Science and Technology Festival in India

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison travelled to Mumbai, India for the International Annual Science and Technology Festival, January 22-24, to exhibit the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts’ (IDIA) “Flickr Getter” installation. The festival, the largest of its kind in Asia, hosted more than 65,000 attendees. In addition to exhibitions such as “Flickr Getter”, the festival […]

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Calendar Reminders for Your Fitbit with Luvtaps

Luvtaps Gives You Google Calendar Reminders on Your Fitbit IDIA Lab has released a new product called Luvtaps. Luvtaps makes it easy to receive calendar reminders whenever you have an event coming up. While Google Calendar can notify you on your phone of an upcoming event, Fitbit does not allow access to its vibration. Therefore, Google Calendar cannot directly use this device. […]

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X830-D Multicopter

IDIA Lab installed new safety lights to our X830-D Multicopter in preparation for some photogrammetry shoots.

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Hadrian’s Villa – Download!

Always a great pleasure working with Bernie! Bernard Frischer We recently posted a UNITY webplayer of some of the core buildings at Hadrian’s Villa. This can be used at no cost by people around the world who want to learn more about the villa or teach it to their students. The webplayer supports avatars, chatting, […]

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IDIA Lab new technique using Head Mounted Display to examine Ground Penetrating Radar data for archeology
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Full Dome – More Coming!

IDIA Lab has been creating spherical full dome masters for planetarium experiences. First projects are based our History Channel work with Stonehenge and Roman Solar Alignments – more to come!

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Test renders for our Roman project in E-on Vue landscape software
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IDIA Lab part of Ball State University President’s Strategic Plan

IDIA Lab part of Ball State University President’s Strategic Plan: The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts continues its research and design of virtual worlds, animation, simulation, and augmented reality applications in several existing and new laboratories: the Human Computer Interface Lab (HCI Lab), creating tools and content for the exploration of next-generation input devices, electronics, […]

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Wonders of Oz is an augmented reality app

Wonders of Oz is an augmented reality application that provides users an enhanced 3D experience with the film, The Wizard of Oz. This demo app can be triggered during film (or anywhere, anytime) to deliver animated content and sound to augment the screening and share events with a live audience. Flying monkeys, the witch on […]

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CHNT 2015 Conference in Vienna, Austria

IDIA presented a paper at CHNT 2015 Conference in Vienna, Austria November 2-4, Combining Stellarium with a Terrestrial Model of an Ancient Space: Solar Alignments of the Monte Citorio Obelisk and Ara Pacis by Bernard Frischer and John Fillwalk, USA. Also presented for their CHNT Video Award was IDIA Lab’s Simulation and Visualization in Cultural […]

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Launch of Virtual Companion iOS app

Virtual Companion – custom augmented reality app employing LocusEngine, a geolocative process developed by IDIA Lab. http://idialab.org/launch-of-virtual-companion-ios-app-by-…/  

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History of Muncie gets Garfield treatment for upcoming ArtsWalk digital art event

MUNCIE, Ind. — Ball State University’s IDIA Lab in partnership with Paws, Inc. has created a special digital art event in honor of Muncie’s sesquicentennial celebration. The multimedia event will take place during Muncie’s ArtsWalk at 8 p.m., Oct. 1at the corner of East Charles and South Walnut streets in downtown Muncie. Jim Davis’ Garfield […]

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Wonders of Oz

Experience App for The Wizard of Oz Experience Moonlight Movies: The Wizard of Oz in a whole new way! On Saturday, July 11th, you can watch the film in DWNTWN at Canan Commons with an enhanced 3D experience using a new app on your phone designed locally just for this event. Flying monkeys, the witch […]

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Oculus Rift + Leap Motion controller 3D printing.

Using our MakerBot Replicator 2X 3D printer, IDIA’s Chris Harrison worked with David Rodriguez to create a family of 3 brackets with varying uses and advantages to mount a Leap Motion Controller to the front of an Oculus Rift DK2. Finding that double sided tape was not doing a very effective job of holding the Leap […]

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Photogrammetry Workshop

IDIA’s staff members Trevor Danehy and Chris Harrison presented a workshop on Photogrammetry.  

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Oculus Rift and Leap Motion Demo

The Oculus Rift allows users to be visually transported to virtual 3D worlds. When paired with the Leap Motion, users now have the ability to interact with a 3D virtual world using their own hands. The visual displays on the Oculus Rift project the user into an immersive 3D environment. The Leap Motion then allows […]

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Blue Mars Promo

Blue Mars is a 3D massively multiplayer virtual world platform developed by Hawaii-based Avatar Reality – allowing third party developers to create virtual worlds, MMOG games, simulations, businesses, entertainment venues, clothing, custom avatars, furniture, virtual homes, and other items. It consists of four main parts: the client software, the Sandbox Editor SDK suite, the website, […]

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IDIA Lab Open House at the Muncie Arts Walk

On October 2nd, 2014, the IDIA Lab participated in the Muncie Arts Walk, a tradition that is a part of the First Thursdays event put on on the first Thursday of every month. At our building on the Arts Walk we had multiple stations set up displaying a number of our interactive technological projects: When […]

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Chris Harrison CAP Lecture

Chris Harrison gave a presentation during the annual CAP (College of Architecture and Planning) Faculty and Student Symposium about the use of quadcopter and drones for use in photogrammetry. Using a quadcopter and a GoPro Hero 3 camera, he was able to capture a subject and submit the workflow into Autodesk ReCap in order to […]

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Chichen Itza

Student Fellow, Adam Kobitz, demonstrates a recreation of Chichen Itza within Unity Software. For the video, click on the link below. YouTube Video Demonstration    

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Collaboration Screens in Unity Software

David takes us through an example of using Collaboration screens within the Unity Software.   YouTube Link.    

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REDgrid: BSU Virtual World for Teaching & Learning

IDIA is pleased to announce REDgrid – a 3D virtual campus to support the educational mission of faculty, staff and students. Ball State community members can use it for free as a virtual gathering space including classroom instruction, small group meetings, presentations, panel discussions, or performances. It is a secure environment hosted and managed solely […]

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Trans|Duce Project

Trans|Duce Project Demo Video The Trans|Duce uses capacitive sensing and an Arduino to sense when a person is near it. That information is sent to MAX 5 and affects a sound and/or filter which is then sent to an amplifier which vibrates a transducer placed on the back of the metal sheet. The metal sheet […]

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EEG Device

Using electroencephalogram (EEG for short) we are developing applications to digitize analog electrical brainwaves. With this device from NeuroSky (www.neurosky.com) we are able to wear the device and control applications on electronics, such as cell phones and computers. Unlike most EEG devices on the market, this one is affordable and stylish. With using the provided […]

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Dice+

Connecting Dice+ to a Cell Phone The DicePlus (Dice+) can communicate with both iOS and Android devices and has an available SDK for Android, iOS, and Unity. It has capabilities including: return dice number rolled, control of LED’s, magnetometer and accelerometer for orientation and movement, capacitive sensor for proximity and touch, and temperature sensor for […]

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Mobile Arduino Controller

The Mobile Arduino Controller allows one to access an Arduino board via a mobile friendly website. It’s a website designed for mobile devices for a couple reasons… 1) Allows access from computers, not just smart phones. 2) Easier for the public to access the Arduino or multiple Arduinos for installations without searching for an app […]

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Unity Mobile Controller

The Unity Mobile Controller would allow us to have a Unity project running on a PC, and users would be able to download an app that turns their smart phone into the controller. This allows for the project running on the PC to show the player and the smart to display the controls and other […]

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Proserpine Captured with Autodesk ReCap

Proserpine (no shading) from IDIA-Lab on Sketchfab. Photogrammetry scan of the a marble bust by artist Hiram Powers of Proserpine, daughter of Ceres who became the goddess of the underworld when Pluto carried her away and made her his wife. IDIA Lab used Autodesk ReCap software, displayed in Sketchfab. Title Proserpine Date Made Designed 1839/1843 […]

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Integrating Virtual Worlds Within Blackboard Learn and CourseSites

Learn how 3D immersive virtual worlds can augment your students’ learning experience directly within Blackboard Learn and CourseSites. The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts [IDIA Lab] at Ball State University will demonstrate the integration of embedded multi-user virtual environments with Blackboard Learn using Unity 3D – as well as an overview of the Version 9 […]

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Elsevier Editorial Board

The Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier Publishing invited IDIA Director, John Fillwalk to join the Editorial Board of the Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Journal – an international scholarly archive of interactive 3D models of ancient art, buildings and artifacts.

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Izapa Group F Ballcourt Solar Simulation

Mayan Solar Simulator Izapa Group F Ballcourt We have applied our Virtual Solar Simulator to a simple white model build of the pre-Columbian ballcourt in Group F at the Izapa site in Chiapas, Mexico. Izapa is considered to be the birthplace of the Mayan Long Count, which ends its cycle today on December 21st, 2012 – […]

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IDIA Lab Presents at BLUR Conference

IDIA Lab presents Human Computer Interaction in the Arts in Boulder, Colorado. BLUR is the only conference that is exploring the line of interaction between computers and humans in a substantive, real-world and hands-on way. At Blur, vendors, strategists, buyers and visionaries assemble to not only discuss the larger issues of HCI, but also to […]

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BSU’S IDIA LAB INVITED TO INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

The Indian Institute of Technology in Mumbai, India has invited Ball State University’s Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts and HDT to showcase our innovation in hybrid design and technology projects. In its 14th year, this international festival is the largest of its kind in Asia with over 70,000 attendees. Invitees have included CERN, Oxford, Nissan, […]

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INTERNATIONAL TOURING EXHIBITION

John Fillwalk’s digital art work was accepted into The 24th Festival Les Instants Vidéo 2011. The exhibition will be on tour in France, Italy, Mexico City, Cuba, and India from November 2011 to December 2011.

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VIENNA ARCHEOLOGY CONFERENCE

John Fillwalk will present HDT and IDIA work in hybrid design simulations at the 16th International Conference on Cultural Heritage and New Technologies 2011. November 14th – 16th 2011, Vienna, Austria.

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BSU Summer Immersion Seminar in Animation at Heartland Film Festival

BSU Summer Immersion Seminar in Animation at Heartland Film Festival  http://bit.ly/ppCYqp

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BSU IDIA Lab Now Authorized Cryengine 3 Developers

The CryEngine® is a highly advanced development solution for the creation of games, movies, high-quality simulations and interactive applications. The third iteration of Crytek’s proprietary CryEngine® allows for delivery on multiple platforms including PC, Xbox 360™ and PlayStation®3. The IDIA under HDT will be developing cinema quality, virtual learning projects, multiuser cultural heritage simulations and […]

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Video Art at BSU Museum of Art

Renowned intermedia artist, Hans Breder, has donated a work of video art to the Ball State University Museum of Art. The work has been installed in a temporary new media gallery at the BSUMA. The reception for the exhibition was held on Thursday, September 15th and will be on display until November 27th, 2011. Breder’s […]

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HYBRID DESIGN TECHNOLOGIES AT BSU

Hybrid Design Technologies (HDT) is a new initiative through the Office of Information Technology at Ball State University, supporting the design and production of virtual, immersive and interactive environments – advancing the University’s expertise in virtual cultural heritage, museums, arts, teaching and hybrid learning. John Fillwalk serves as the Senior Director of HDT, as well […]

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Masters of Urban Design Workshop

Trevor Danehy presented at a Masters of Urban Design Workshop that is being taught by Michel Mounayar. The unit focused on a “Killer Single Still”. Trevor demonstrated how to render still images.

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IDIA Presents: Christiane Paul “New Media in the Mainstream” 3/24/11 at 4:00pm, AJ 175

IDIA Presents: Christiane Paul   “New Media in the Mainstream” 3/24/11 at 4:00pm, AJ 175 Christiane Paul New media art curator and author “New Media in the Mainstream” Thursday, March 24 4:00pm Art and Journalism Building, AJ 175 Christiane Paul will explore the challenges that new media art presents to institutions and the art market. Also discussed […]

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Microsoft Surface Museum Collection Portal: MS Surface Art Museum Portal Press Release

http://www.bsu.edu/news/article/0,1370,7273-850-65272,00.html More Information: http://www.bsu.edu/news/article/0,1370,7273-850-65272,00.html

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Microsoft Surface Museum Collection Portal: Art Museum Collection Portal Launch – Article in Local Press

http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110321/NEWS01/103210325/BSU+Museum+of+Art?+Now+there+s+an+app+for+that More Information: http://www.thestarpress.com/article/20110321/NEWS01/103210325/BSU+Museum+of+Art?+Now+there+s+an+app+for+that

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Microsoft Surface Museum Collection Portal: IDIA Presents: BSU MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION PORTAL 3/20/11 at 2:30pm BSUMA

IDIA Presents: BSU MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION PORTAL 3/20/11 at 2:30pm BSUMA BSU MUSEUM OF ART COLLECTION PORTAL Reception and Gallery Talk Sunday, March 20 @ 2:30pm, BSU Museum of Art The BSU Museum of Art Collection Portal was developed by students, faculty and industry research fellows in the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at […]

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3D Point Cloud Laser Scanning : 3D Laser-Scan Records Historic Landmarks

Faro 3D laser-scanned point cloud movie of Indianapolis Monument by IDIA capturing a precise record of historic landmarks http://bit.ly/9IcrJ1

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Virtual World Heritage Laboratory

Received an invitation to be on the international advisory board for the Virtual World Heritage Laboratory.  The laboratory is a Hadrian’s Villa simulation project funded by NSF.

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John Fillwalk Presents at !D.A.! Digital Art Festival in Milan

Fillwalk presented at the virtual art panel with Stelarc, Australia; Jeffrey Schnapp, Stanford & others at Innovation Festival in Milan. The presentation was on virtual art and Web 2.0 mashups. http://bit.ly/aYLTJ3 & http://bit.ly/aCk1kz

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U Museum Ostwall in Germany Open Intermedia Art Archive

U Museum Ostwall in Dortmund, Germany opened its doors to a 7000 person reception.  The museum is the largest in Germany. Our International Intermedia Art Archive through the Hans Breder Foundation (J. Fillwalk, President) will open at this museum in Spring 2011 http://bit.ly/aDvNwu & http://bit.ly/dAXjvL

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IDIA Connects with Avatar Reality About Blue Mars Development

IDIA had a conference call with Avatar Reality in Hawaii with their CEO, President, CTO, and CFO on IDIA development in Blue Mars. Avatar Reality president, Jim Sink is presenting IDIA simulation work (which will be launched on November 15th, 2010) to the Smithsonian Museum this week.

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IDIA Students Present Surface Project to IBM

As a follow-up to last week’s conference with IDIA Research Fellow Jeff Berg, IBM, John Fillwalk and IDIA Immersion Seminar students were invited to present our Microsoft Surface interface project to a 10 member IBM Interactive team made up of designers and programmers based in Chicago. Provost’s Immersive Learning Grant funded the pursuing commercialization of […]

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IDIA Installation featured in German Design Magazine Weave

IDIA and Bach Morris Technologies will be working on a 3D animated film and virtual world project.  For more information, please visit http://www.bsudailynews.com/ball-state-partners-with-animation-company-for-film-1.2320363, http://kokomotribune.com/local/x2009600364/Kokomo-company-to-make-animated-film

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MIT Press Publishes Article About Final Wisdom I

MIT Press. John Fillwalk work, Final Wisdom I exhibited in SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles last month is published in Leonardo: The International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology article published by The MIT Press. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/leonardo/summary/v043/43.4.fillwalk.html

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Musei Civici di Villa Paoline Bonaparte

Virtual artworks by Jesse Allison and John Fillwalk are invited into the Musei Civici di Villa Paolina Bonaparte in Viareggio, Italy from May 29 to June 13 .Curated by Nicola Domenici and Maurizio Marco Tozzi.   For more information- http://bit.ly/Musei_Bonaparte

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Holiday Heart Features in the 3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival

IDIA Immersion Seminar student’s music video, Holiday Heart by Ki Theory has been invited into the 3rd Bagasbas Beach International Eco Arts Festival in the Philippines in their Video Art Segment.  For more information, Please visit <http://marklfranz.com , http://idialab.org/news_events/22

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Spirituality in Art – IDIA in Munich

Four of IDIA Director John Fillwalk’s new media art works were screened at the Virtuality and Spirituality in Art Festival in Munich, Germany, May 13-15. This event was organized by curator Horst Konietzny.

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7th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design

John Fillwalk gave two presentations on IDIA’s hybrid interface design projects as well as a screening of his new media art at the 7th International Symposium of Interactive Media Design, ISIMD. The presentations took place on May 7 in Istanbul, Turkey at the University of Yeditepe. For more information, http://newmedia.yeditepe.edu.tr/general_info.html

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Flickr Gettr: IDIA Featured in IUPUI Intermedia Festival

Jesse Allison and John Fillwalk exhibited their interactive virtual worlds installation, Flickr Gettr at the IUPUI Intermedia Festival held on April 23-25 in Indianapolis. The festival had over 100 international performers from across the arts. For more information, Please visit, http://music.iupui.edu/intermedia/

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FARO and Gexcel Laser Scanning Training

Partnering with CAP, IDIA modeling and animation staff will be undergoing a training in March on the new FARO 3D and Gexcel Laser scanner and Gexcel software.

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IDIA Presents:The History of Interactivity in the Fine Arts

George Fifield is a new media arts curator, writer, teacher, artist and the founder of the Boston Cyberarts Festivalwww.bostoncyberarts.org. The Boston Cyberarts Festival is the first and largest festival of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America, encompassing visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. In addition, […]

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The History of Interactivity in the Fine Arts

George Fifield is a new media arts curator, writer, teacher, artist and the founder of the Boston Cyberarts Festivalwww.bostoncyberarts.org. The Boston Cyberarts Festival is the first and largest festival of artists working in new technologies in all media in North America, encompassing visual arts, dance, music, electronic literature, web art, and public art. In addition, […]

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BSU Invited to International Spy Museum in Washington DC

John Fillwalk, Director IDIA; Phil Repp, BSU CIO and Dr. Roy Weaver, BSU were invited to meet with the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. to explore a partnership in virtualizing museum exhibitions.  For more information please visit, http://www.spymuseum.org/

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Matt Owens, Visual Communications Designer, web developer and principle of VolumeOne, will be visiting Ball State November 6th

Volumeone is a design studio that brings a multi-disciplinary approach to the creation of visual solutions for print, motion and digital media. Founded in 1997 by Matt Owens, Volumeone strives to synthesize visual exploration and smart design solutions while maintaining the highest level of design expertise and freshness of approach. All design challenges involve a dialogue […]

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iDMAa 7th Annual Conference

Leading academics, professionals and artists will gather at Ball State for the International Digital Media and Art Association’s 7th annual conference to explore the frontiers of digital media and art in research, industry and higher learning. The conference will include pre-conference workshops, keynote and plenary presentations, panels, a lounge environment for ad hoc discussion, evening […]

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IDIA Presents at FH Kiel in Germany

Mixed reality event: Art & Education, the university of applied sciences Kiel and the rest of the universe. Oct 31rd, 4 pm German time, 11 AM EST, 8 AM SLT. Introduction and field report about SL projects at the university of applied sciences Kiel by Nadja Franz (associate lecturer FH Kiel, fraufranz konzept & dezign) […]

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IDIA at American Planning Association Fall Conference

IDIA Director, John Fillwalk is presenting to the American Planning Association’s Fall Conference in Fishers, IN on the value of virtual worlds in city design and urban planning   More Information: http://www.indianaplanning.org/

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interActivity: IDIA is now an Upgrade! International Node

Upgrade! is an international, emerging network of autonomous nodes united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in […]

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interActivity: IDIA at Philips HighTech Campus during Dutch Design Week

TRAVERSAL FOR EINDHOVEN during Dutch Design Week Collaboration with IDIA Lab and MAD Emergent Art Center IDIA Lab John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison MAD Emergent Art Center Rien Daamen and Réné Paré October 17-25, 2009 15-21 SLT live daily through the 25th Virtual location http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ball%20State%20University2/181/128/21 Physical location: Philips HighTech Campus and NatLab in Eindhoven, Nederlands http://www.hightechcampus.nl/ ‘Traversal for […]

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Digital Cinema Arts in the Virtual World, The Aesthetic Camera Project: IDIA presents to UCit Instructional Research Computing

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison present to the Ohio Learning Network, UCit Instructional & Research Computing at University of Cincinnati on their Blackboard / Second Life Building Block Project. More Information: http://www.oln.org/emerging_technologies/second_life.php

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Human-Computer Interaction in the Arts: HCI Class Solders up some power regulators

Matt Suever and James Richman from the Human-Computer Interface class are working up some power regulators to supply their future projects. This surface mount pc board was designed and manufactured by last year’s class to make it quicker for future students to have regulated voltages. Next up for this course – the Arduino – fun, […]

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Immersive Seminar in Virtual Worlds: IDIA Seminar Brainstorming ideas for using the MS Surface in a Museum context

The IDIA Seminar is working on integrating the Microsoft surface and mobile devices into the experience at the BSU Museum of Art. Brainstorming sessions have focused on ways to navigate the entire collection and relate to works that are on display, and techniques on pushing the information learned out into the museum to augment the […]

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interActivity: Between Two Worlds:Virtuality in Arts and Teaching

Between Two Worlds:Virtuality in Arts and Teaching John Fillwalk, Ball State University Jesse Allison, Ball State University Abstract Virtual worlds provide a platform in which to construct compelling experiences not possible within the material and temporal constraints of the physical world. The virtual realm has the potential to be united and engaged by physicality–informing and transforming the […]

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Summer Robotics and Technology Competition

Muncie’s Robotics team will be competing at the 10th annual Indiana Robotics Invitational Competition this Friday and Saturday in Indianapolis. There will be 72 teams competing from all across the country, from as far away as Florida, Arizona and California, many of whom are regional and national champions. The event will be held at Lawrence […]

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IDIA at Villaggio Fogliano Festival delle Arti 2009

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison were invited to exhibit in the Villaggio Fogliano Festival delle Arti 2009 in the cities of Rome and Latina, Italy. The festival runs from the July 25th through the 31st. The gala reception is Monday July 27th in Latina. More Information: http://xoomer.virgilio.it/villaggiofogliano/index_file/Page1902.htm#080726

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IDIA Blackboard Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds: IDIA Present Blackboard/SL Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds at Blackboard World 2009

Blackboard Greenhouse Project for Virtual Worlds: The IDIA Second Life/Blackboard Building Block Project BbWorld ’09 7/15/2009 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM National Harbor 2 Theme Expanding and Improving Online Learning, Strategic Initiatives Special Topics Featured Speaker(s), Openness and Extending Blackboard Software Speakers John Fillwalk, Director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts, Ball State University […]

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IDIA is now an official Blue Mars Developer

Blue Mars is a free to play massively multiplayer virtual world featuring stunning graphics, realistic characters, and endless social bonding activities. The Blue Mars virtual world is made up of an expanding set of independently operated cities that feature unique themes, activities, and attractions such as shopping, avatar customization, unique personal spaces, and games like […]

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Augmented Reality Demonstration

Graduate Assistant Dave Schultz presented his research on developing augmented reality applications through processing.  The Augmented Reality Toolkit is used in the design and creation of applications which allow virtual imagery to be overlaid onto streaming video and other real world applications.  The presentation took place in IDIA’s new lab located in the basement of […]

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Motion capture summer animation project by “Third Floor Studios”

Andy Beane has formed a large summer class with many students with different academic majors and skill sets to come together and make a finished animated short. IDIA’s Trevor Danehy assisted the class in creating their workflow pipeline with the integration of motion capture. The class, which named themselves ‘Third Floor Studios (on account that […]

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Hans Breder Foundation Board of Directors Meeting in Chicago

The Hans Breder Foundation Board of Directors meeting took place in Chicago on May 16th at the Drake Hotel. Board member John Fillwalk attended the annual meeting and planned activities for the upcoming year – including an exchange with the University of Dortmund. More Information: http://www.artnet.com/artist/162854/hans-breder.html

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Testing Shafer Bell Tower

Members of the IDIA spent the afternoon testing Ball State’s Shafer Tower in order to connect it to the virtual worlds.  The testing is in preparation for an upcoming outdoor event allowing people to perform the Carillon bells via Second Life.

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AM Radio: The Red and The Wild at IDIA Labs in Second Life: AM Radio’s The Red and the Wild at IDIA Labs – Reception

AM Radio’s The Red and the Wild Opening Reception Sunday, April 26th 2009 7 pm SLT IDIA is pleased to host artist AM Radio as the inaugural artist-in-residence at IDIA Labs – an exhibition and installation sim for virtual installation art and performance. IDIA hosts AM Radio’s The Red and the Wild as the inaugural […]

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Traversal: Boston Cyberarts Festival: Traversal for Boston

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison will exhibit their hybrid reality artwork, Traversal for Boston during the The Boston Cyberarts Festival. The festival is the first and largest collaboration of new media artists working in North America. More Information: http://bostoncyberarts.org/

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: John Brattin

For the final installment of the Brown Bag Lunch series thissemester, John Brattin, painter, filmmaker and installation artist will discuss the sublime and invented worlds of his work. Brattin films, in which Victorian era Gothic tales collide with disconcerting horror genre masterpieces, have screened internationally, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Mecano, […]

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IDIA Immersion Seminar Recruitment

Recruitment for IDIA Immersion Seminar in New Media Arts – Beyond the Surface CALL FOR PARTICIPATION – We are recruiting students to participate in our Immersion Seminar in New Media Arts, exploring innovative touch surface technologies and supported by the Provost’s Immersive Learning Initiative. The interdisciplinary project will engage students and faculty in a major interactive […]

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Digital Cinema Arts in the Virtual World, The Aesthetic Camera Project: IDIA Receives Institutional Excellence Award

Ball State University has won yet another real-life national honor for one of its Second Life initiatives. The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA) has earned a 2009 Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology Award from ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education. The organization will formally present the honor to […]

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Displaced Resonance v2: SEAMUS 2009 National Conference: Displaced Resonance

Michael Pounds, Jesse Allison and John Fillwalk will exhibit an interactive installation completed with assistance from students in the DFAB institute. For a complete schedule and more information about the event, visit http://seamus.sweetwater.com.

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You, Me and the Bee: An Interactive Children’s Exhibit

The students of the 2009 spring seminar at the Virginia Ball Center launched their interactive children’s exhibit at the Minnetrisa Center on April 17th. The exhibit is designed for elementary children to gain a better understanding of honeybees and the significant role they have in our world. Through the Human Computer Interface lab sponsored by […]

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Museums and the Web 2009 Conference Presentation

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison presented their paper ‘Hybrid Realities: Visiting the Virtual’ at the 2009 Museums and the Web Conference.  The conference took place on April 15-18th in Indianapolis, Indiana. Abstract: Virtual worlds provide a platform in which to construct compelling experiences not possible within the material and temporal constraints of the physical world. […]

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Robotics Award Ceremony

The Muncie Robotics team will be having an award ceremony following their victory at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition.  The ceremony will take place at the Christy Woods picnic shelter on April 4th from 3-6pm. More Information: http://muncierobots.iweb.bsu.edu/home/index.html

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Las Americas Virtual Design Studio: Las Americas Finalist for 2009 Mira Award

TechPoint Releases Nominees for 2009 Mira Awards Presented by BKD Record Number of Entries Proves Challenging for Independent Judging Panel Winners and Finalists for the 2009 Mira Awards presented by BKD will be revealed on May 16, at the awards gala, but TechPoint has released the names of 83 companies, schools and individuals from around the state nominated […]

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M.M.U.G.: First Thursday Artswalk: M.M.U.G.

First Thursday Event, April 2 at Mitchell Place Studios Part of the Downtown Muncie Arts Walk, held from 5-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month M.M.U.G. The Muncie Max Users Group is a collection of students and faculty who use MaxMSP/Jitter to create artistic mayhem. Audio processing, Live Sonic Performance, Video Tracking, Video […]

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NMC Symposium on New Media and Learning

John Fillwalk is presenting at the New Media Consortium’s 2009 Symposium on New Media and Learning.  His presentation is titled Bridging Virtual Worlds: Approaches to Hybrid-Reality with Second Life and will take place at 11:30am on March 25, 2009. Abstract: Combining the virtual and the real can affect one’s experience of both in compelling and […]

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Las Americas Virtual Design Studio: Design Communication Conference Presentation

The 2009 Design Communication Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia from March 25-28th.  This years conference theme is ‘Bridging Communication’ and featured a paper presentation from Antonieta Anguio titled “Collaborating in a Virtual Multiuser Environment: The Virtual Design Studio Populates Second Life.”  The presentation included the project Las Americas. More Information: http://designcomm.org/DCA08/IndexDCA2009.htm

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Muncie Robotics Team Wins Regional Animation Award

Muncie/Delaware Robotics PhyXTGears Team 1720 was given the Autodesk Visualization Award March 20 during the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at Purdue University for an animated film they created. For those who wish to see the winning Animation video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD-gbbC1kCc Each year, Autodesk, Inc. recognizes excellence in student animation that “clearly and creatively illustrates the spirit […]

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IDIA Members Showcase Work

Student members of the IDIA showcased their work at the annual Student Symposium.  Graduate Assistant Carrie Arnold showcase her work with the Blackboard Building block project while Jayson Homyak and Giovanni Rozzi showcased their sense exhibit, which is set to be installed at the Muncie Children Museum.

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LoVid Performance

LoVid is the New York based interdisciplinary artist duo Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Their work includes live video installation, sculptures, digital prints, patchworks, media projects, performances, and video recording. They combine many opposing elements, contrasting hard electronics and soft patchworks; handmade items and machine produced objects; and analog and digital. LoVid has performed, exhibited, […]

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Processing Workshop II

Dave Schultz, an IDIA graduate assistant, will be conducting a workshop over the programming language Processing. This workshop is the second of three presentations and will cover particle emitters and physics systems. More Information: www.processing.org

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Call for Immersion Seminar in Virtual Worlds

The Immersive Seminar in Intermedia Art is a project-based, interdisciplinary, collaborative production seminar exploring the intersection of aesthetics & emerging technology. Students from across campus are engaged in the production, research and design of both independent and collaborative projects in an interdisciplinary environment consisting of video artists, programmers, designers, animators, & composers. More Information: www.idiarts.org

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IDIA Seminar Museum Scanning Project

The IDIA Seminar has begun work on a project that involves the Ball State Museum of Art. The project will focus on scanning various sculptures and virtually recreating their original settings.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Evidence

Sound artists Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood began performing as the duo Evidence in 2001. Focusing on the universe of real-world sound, Evidence pours field recordings like water into their compositional and improvisational process, resulting in music that balances between tight organization and unregulated flow. Using recording equipment, laptops, and other electronic devices, Evidence creates […]

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Evidence Performance

February 26th On Thursday February 26, the group Evidence will be performing in Recital Hall at 7pm.  The group will then present in the Brown Bag Lunch Series at noon on February in the Atrium Studio. Who: Evidence Sound artists Stephan Moore and Scott Smallwood began performing as the duo Evidence in 2001. Focusing on […]

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Interactive Artworks Showcase at the Ball State Indianapolis Center

February 25th Interior screens: Bounding Box Jesse Allison, Interactive design John Fillwalk, Visual design Bounding Box is a live, digitally processed installation designed to be driven by public interaction and incorporates live video from the interior of the BSU Indianapolis Center. Participants’ movements in the local environment manipulate the virtual water and cause the moving […]

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Zscanner training

Jay Schaumberg, an associate of Zcorporation, will be holding an in depth session on how to use the Zscanner this Tuesday at 12:30 in the Sim Lab (AB 023).  The session will be an informal training as well as a discussion of the IDIAA seminars current museum scanning project. More Information: http://www.zcorp.com/

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Presentation at the LSU Mardi Conference 2009

John Fillwalk presented recent IDIA research in virtual worlds at the 2009 Mardi Gras Conference. Fillwalk and Allison, together with the IDIA, have been exploring hybrid-reality approaches to their work in pedagogy, performance, installation, and interface over the last several years at BSU. They have incorporated approaches to bridging worlds in such applications as streaming […]

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Las Americas Virtual Design Studio: AIArchitect: Architecture In Second Life Is a World All Its Own

The online interactive software program Second Life has become an emerging place of architecture research that ranges from a practice tool to an open-ended exploration of design context and expression. Especially in architecture schools, its immersive 3D environments allow users to conceptualize and design a space quickly, thus opening it up for investigation by other […]

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Get Animated: The 3D Animation Short Film Studio

The Digital Animated Short Film Studio is a project-based, interdisciplinary, immersive and collaborative digital studio experience.  This summer term’s class will create a short animated film to be shown in film festivals nationally and internationally.  The immersion digital studio experience is sponsored and supported by the College of Fine Arts, the Department of Art Office […]

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Processing Workshop I

Dave Schultz, an IDIA graduate assistant, will be conducting a workshop over the programming language Processing. This workshop will be the first of three presentations and will cover the basics of Processing. More Information: www.processing.org

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2nd Annual Robotics Scrimmage

High school robotics teams from all over Indiana have been invited to participate in the 2nd annual practice scrimmage Sunday, Feb. 15, from 1 – 5 p.m. at the Ball Gym, Ball State University, to see how well their robots will perform during national competitions later this year. This event is hosted by PhyXTGears, Muncie’s Robotics […]

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Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds

John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison’s virtual artwork was prominently incorporated into the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs’ publication Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds. After a year of research spanning four continents and interviews with dozens of people across the virtual world of the Internet, Carnegie Fellows Rita J. King and Joshua S. Fouts […]

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New Music Festival Performance

Jesse Allison and Nick Johnson will be performing their interactive composition ‘Bowls of Prayer’ during the 2009 New Music Festival at Ball State University’s Sursa Performance Hall.  The concert is free to the public and begins at 8:00pm.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Steven Pedersen

Steven Pedersen is an interdisciplinary artist, whose work weaves together disparate media and working practices, moving between object-orientated production, time-based media, and interactive installation. Pedersen received his BA(Hons) in Fine Art and Contemporary Critical Theory, from Goldsmiths College, London, after which he completed a two-year study period in the School of Media Arts at the […]

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M.M.U.G: MMUG Bowls of Prayer Rehearsal

Nick Johnson rehearsing for the 2009 BSU New Music Festival coming up this Friday, January 30th. He and Jesse Allison are performing an interactive MaxMSP work based on Singing Bowls.

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Under Construction

Located in the basement of the Architecture Building, the IDIA will be expanding with the construction of a new studio space.  This new space will be the central hub of the IDIAA operations and provide a valuable area to create and collaborate.

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Students win international awards for work in the digital arts

MUNCIE, Ind. – For the second year in a row, Ball State students from the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts (IDIA) Immersion Seminar in Virtual Worlds won the Student Award of Excellence for three interactive digital art projects at the 2008 International Digital Media Arts Association Conference Nov. 6-8 in Savannah, GA. Awards were given […]

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[un]wired: [un]Wired at Siggraph Asia

December 15th Siggraph Asia 2008. [un]wired is an installation that visually and sonically interprets wireless network traffic, and can be shaped by any personal electronic device including wifi, bluetooth, car key fobs and cell phones. http://www.siggraph.org/asia2008/ More than 3,200 artists, researchers, developers, gaming experts, filmmakers, and academics gathered at Suntec City over four exciting days […]

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[un]wired: SIGGRAPH Asia

On Friday, Dec 5, members of the IDIA will be traveling to Singapore to showcase the project [un]wired at the SIGGRAPH Asia Conference 2008. This four day conference will feature creative, scientific, and educational work that provokes thought and explores ideas in innovative ways.

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Las Americas Virtual Design Studio: Wish TV covers Las Americas project

On Tuesday, Dec 2nd, WISH TV will be premiering a story featuring the IDIA and its use of Second Life in the Las Americas project. The project was a collaboration with the College of Architecture and Planning as well as over 100 students from 10 countries from around the world. The story will premier during […]

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East Carolina Presentation

On Monday, Nov 10th, John Fillwalk will be presenting at the Virtual Worlds in Education Conference held by East Carolina University. His presentation, “Digital Cinema Arts in the Virtual World” will take place at 12:00pm virtually through Second Life.

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iDMAa Presentations

Members of the IDIA will be traveling to Savannah, Georgia to participate in the International Digital Media Arts Association conference which will be taking place Nov. 5-8th. The IDIAA will be presenting student work as well as a paper presentation from John Fillwalk and Jesse Allison about their work “Bridging Virtual Worlds: Approaches to Mixed […]

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Rock The Academy Presentation

On Wednesday, Nov. 5th, John Fillwalk will be presenting “The Aesthetic Camera: Virtual Learning in Cinematography via Second Life” for the NMC Rock the Academy symposium. The symposium will take place virtually through Second Life and Fillwalk will be presenting at 2:00 – 2:45 PT.

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Traversal: SCI Student National Convention Performance

On Saturday October 11th, Jesse Allison and members of the IDIA will be performing at the Society of Composers Inc. Student Nation Convention. The performance will be held in Sursa Hall at 8pm and will feature the piece ‘Traversal’ for organ, computer and Second Life.

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Traversal: Traversal Performace

Traversal for Organ, Computer, and Second Life Traversal is a composition exploring connectivity between worlds. As the name implies, it is a temporary link between the live organ in Sursa Hall and the virtual world of Second Life. “Physical” actions and events in the virtual realm compose the work in real time, and the end […]

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Motion Capture Research

This Tuesday, September 16th, the IDIA seminar will be traveling to the Biomechanics Laboratory to investigate the motion capture system. This system will provide extensive motion data which will allow students to create extremely accurate animations.

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Traversal: EM|One – Traversal Performance

The Music Technology department will be hosting an electronic music concert, EM|One, on Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00pm in Sursa Hall. The concert will feature members of the IDIAA performing music remotely through Second Life for a live audience located in Sursa Hall.

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Vision 2020 Conference

As of Thursday, August 7th, John Fillwalk will be attending the Vision 2020 conference located in Cincinnati, Ohio. The conference is focusing on the exponential growth of digital technologies and what it means to be a digital campus.

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Campus Technology Conference

On Wednesday July 29, John Fillwalk and Phil Repp will be attending the Campus Technology Conference located in Boston to accept the Campus Technology Innovators award for the IDIAA 2nd LIfe project. Fillwalk will also be presenting the project ‘UnWired’ which was a collaboration between FIllwalk, Keith Kothman and Jesse Allison.

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Blackboard World 08 Conference

The IDIA is being featured at the Blackboard World 08 Conference in Las Vegas on July 15th, with a presentation from the IDIA’s director John Fillwalk. He will be presenting the project “the Aesthetic Camera” which won the first Blackboard Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Awards.

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Maura Jasper Presentation

Ms. Maura Jasper will be interviewing and presenting on-campus Tuesday July 1st for the Video Art position in the Art Department. If you are around and would like to meet the candidate please try to attend one of the following times/events. Breakfast 8:15 – 9:00 am in the Atrium by Starbucks Lunch on campus 12 […]

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Steven Pedersen Presentation

The Department of Art will be hosting a new candidate for a video art position. Steven Pedersen will present/discuss his work on Wednesday, June 11 at 2:30 in AJ 225. There will also be a breakfast at Starbuck’s at 8 on Wednesday.

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Displaced Resonance Installation

Displaced Resonance, an interactive sound installation developed by IDIA Faculty Fellow, Dr. Mike Pounds, will be shown at Mitchell Place Studio during the Downtown Muncie Arts Walk. The Arts Walk will be on Thursday, April 3 and runs from 5-8 PM.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Trina Cooper

Trina Cooper will be presenting Friday, March 28 at noon in Mitchell Place Studio as part of IDIA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series. Trina is a professor of Animation and Motion Graphics at Ball State University

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38th Festival of New Music

Original compositions by IDIA Faculty Fellows Jesse Allison and Michael Pounds will be performed during the 38th Annual Festival of New Music at Ball State University. In addition to the performances, an installation created by Dr. Pounds will be presented both at the festival as well as within Second Life. The festival will hold concerts […]

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Digital Cinema Arts in the Virtual World, The Aesthetic Camera Project: Second Life Press Conference

A press conference will take place within Second Life to present the virtual film studios and campus developed as part of IDIA’s Online Mediated Curriculum Project. The presentation will be on Thursday, March 20th at 10 AM.

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‘Collection’ Performance

“Collection,” an original electronic composition by IDIA Faculty Fellow, Mike Pounds, will be performed at the Spark Festival in Minnesota, the SEAMUS National Conference in Utah, and the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival.

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Blackboard Grant

IDIA’s Online Mediated Curriculum Project has recently been awarded a $25,000 grant by Blackboard, Inc. The Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds was awarded to IDIA for its virtual film studio within in the realm of Second Life. The grant was awarded due to the project’s adaptive release features between Blackboard and Second Life. For more […]

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RFID-Linked 3D Media Interface: First Thursday Showcase

IDIA will be presenting an interactive 3D game developed by students participating in its Immersion Seminar this Thursday, February 7 at Mitchell Place Studios during the Downtown Muncie Arts Walk. Works created by animation and electronic arts students will be showcased as well. The Arts Walk runs from 5-8 on the first Thursday of each […]

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: Steven Pedersen

The third installation of IDIA’s Brown Bag Lunch Series will be this Friday at noon-1 at Mitchell Place Studio. Alfred University Digital Arts Research Associate Steven Mygind Pedersen will talk about his artistic practice, including a discussion on the uses and abuses of real-time video surveillance technology within contemporary art. Feel free to bring your […]

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Digital Cinema Arts in the Virtual World, The Aesthetic Camera Project: Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds

IDIA’s Online Mediated Curriculum Project has recently been awarded a $25,000 grant by Blackboard, Inc. The Greenhouse Grant for Virtual Worlds was awarded to IDIA for its virtual film studio within in the realm of Second Life. The grant was awarded due to the project’s adaptive release features between Blackboard and Second Life.

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RFID-Linked 3D Media Interface: iDMAa Conference Award

Students participating in IDIA’s Immersion Seminar were named as a winner for an Award of Excellence at the International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) 2007 National Conference. The award included a $250 cash prize and was presented to only two groups out of the twelve universities participating in the conference’s student showcase. The International […]

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