Art – Science – Engineering Workshop, 15th June 10-12am

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Open workshop, prior registration by 8th June requested by email to

Art – Science – Engineering Workshop: June 15th 2012, 10:00-12:00
Attenborough Centre Creativity Zone, Pevensey III, 307

Guest speaker Johannes Goebel 

Director of EMPAC – Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center
Professor, Arts Department and School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Member of Attenborough Centre International Advisory Group

Workshop convened and moderated by Sally Jane Norman

Director of the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Professor of Performance Technologies , University of Sussex

Art, science, and engineering are regularly convened under the seductive banner of transdisciplinary research. Yet vital differences across this spectrum of activities are often glossed and lost by discourse in praise of “innovation”. This session will look at the goals and values underpinning these respective domains, and at how their convergence might be organized more thoughtfully and productively.

Biography for Johannes Goebel (

As Founding Director of EMPAC, and Professor in the Arts Department and School of Architecture at RPI, Johannes Goebel’s engagement with transdisciplinary challenges involves regularly producing and supporting a wide range of creative work. In 2011 he organised a workshop co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, focused on the intellectual, infrastructural and managerial requirements of an institutional network to support researchers, engineers, and artists in collaborations situated at the intersection of Arts, Science, and Technology.

Johannes’s art and technology experience commenced in the seventies when, as recipient of a DAAD German Academic Exchange grant, he joined Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. He has since upheld strong links with CCRMA, bridging Silicon Valley and contemporary European culture, developing research and pedagogical activities as a composer, teacher, instrument designer, curator and musician. In the eighties, as Founding Director of the Institute for Music and Acoustics at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, Johannes established the ZKM as a leading international music and technology hub, commissioning work which included compositions with live and interactive electronics, sound synthesis, interactive operas and radio plays, sound installations, ballet music, and music films with live orchestras, and ensuring a continuous programme of performances and festival co-productions. Throughcollaboration between Stanford (notably with Max Mathews) and the ZKM, Johannes helped create the first digital archive of electronic music, now used in libraries and music institutes worldwide. As consultant to the major publishing house Schott Musik International, he led the transition from traditional music engraving to electronic music printing, and with the German avant-garde label Wergo produced pioneering Audio CD collections devoted to Digital Music andDigital Sound Synthesis.


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