Professor Schwartz to Give TEDx Talk in Buffalo Today

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 10:45am

Jeremy Speed Schwartz, assistant professor of Digital Media & Animation, will be delivering a talk as part of TEDxBuffalo, an independently organized TED event, on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 11:24 a.m. at Canisius College’s Montante Cultural Center. Professor Speed Schwartz will be discussing experiments and collaborations in science and art. Alfred State will also be broadcasting the event live on its own campus in the Student Leadership Center’s small event space.

Speed Schwartz’s talk, titled "Imaginary Science: Experiments and Collaborations in Science/Art," is a presentation of some of his work with the League of Imaginary Scientists, an interdisciplinary art group focused on collaboration with scientists in various fields. Their work combines video, interactive media, animation, sculpture, and performance. “In the past, we've worked with biologists at MIT, NASA geophysicists, and most recently scientists at the Memphis Ground Water Institute,” Speed Schwartz says. “The focus of the talk is the benefits we as artists gain from working with people who have radically different methodologies. This includes how we might use their research as a jumping-off point to explore new ideas and how we might incorporate their strategies into our conceptualization and production. I will also be discussing what these scientists gain from working with us.”

In the spirit of the original TED talks, TEDx is a series of local, self-organized events intended to bring various people together to share in a TED-like experience. TEDxBuffalo has taken place each October since 2011. The event is free thanks to numerous donations and is organized and hosted by volunteers. The event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4:06 p.m. and includes an after-party.