Animators, Digital Media Artists To Speak At CCS

In the next few weeks, The College for Creative Studies (CCS) in Detroit, Mich. will host internationally renowned speakers from the world of animation and digital media, beginning with Lanfranco Aceti on Nov. 25 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Aceti is a digital artist and a Ph.D. researcher in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in London. He has been focusing on the cross-platform media as expression of the contemporary avant-garde. Aceti is particularly interested in the integrated interactive media and in the technological Bauhaus, both concepts at work in contemporary art. He has also worked on Italian art films as well as produced digital artworks.

Thom Gillespie will give an open presentation from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 2. Gillespie is a director and creator of the Masters in Immersive Mediated Environments (MIME) program at Indiana University, which has been ranked as one of the top new media programs in North America.

Dec. 9 will see a presentation by Bill Tomlinson, an animator, researcher and media artist who has collaborated on interactive installations at SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica and a number of other venues. He recently received his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab where he was a founding member of the Synthetic Characters Group. His doctoral project was an interactive installation featuring a virtual wolf pack. It has been featured on the PBS television show Scientific American Frontiers and will be displayed for six months at the ZKM Future Cinema exhibition in Karlsruhe, Germany. Tomlinson will speak 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All presentations are free and open to the public and will be held in the Wendell W. Anderson, Jr. Auditorium in the Walter B. Ford II Building, located on Frederick Douglass between John R and Brush on the CCS campus.