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Artificiel, a group based in Montreal, Canada, performs its latest project, POWEr, which uses an audio-modulated Tesla coil as a live instrument that creates spectacular electric patterns. The group performed April 17 in the ATLAS Black Box Studio as part of the Communikey Festival of Electronic Arts. This video has just been posted on ATLASCUBOULDER's YouTube channel.

         Featured Photo Amy Vanchina, a design studies major and Technology, Arts and Media student in the capstone thesis project course, created a series of artworks (excerpted above), each one a variation of a color, noting that “Isaac Newton discovered that the seven colors on the color wheel correspond to the seven notes in a major musical scale.” She entitled the series "The Color of Music."



June 2010

Donations ensure DigitalCUrrents program

Students will produce documentary about North High School

Fifteen students from North High School in Denver will create a documentary about the school's 100th anniversary this month as part of the DigitalCUrrents three-week summer program at ATLAS.
The program, hosted by ATLAS and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), is made possible this year through several generous donations:
• Xcel Energy has donated $10,000. In the photo above, ATLAS director for Outreach Programs Anthea Johnson Rooen, right, accepts the Xcel donation from Craig Eicher, Xcel Energy area manager for the Boulder region.
• Parsons Construction, which is extensively remodeling North High School, donated $4,000.
• ViaWest has donated $5,000 for the program.
• The CU Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement has contributed $2,850.
• Google, which will be hosting the students for part of the workshop as they learn the Google SketchUp computer modeling program, also is a sponsor.
Rooen noted that the program is still seeking about $5,000 in support.
She also noted that one of the featured presenters during the workshop is Jacob Melvin, a CU computer science graduate who is now technical director at Dreamworks Animation and worked on "Kung Fu Panda" and "How to Train Your Dragon." More information about Melvin is available here.

Summer classes start this week

Two ATLAS courses -- Digital Media 1 and Digital Media 2 -- are being taught this summer, from June 1-July 22
Digital Media 1 is a projects-based course that facilitates the exploration of the student's major and its intersection with technology, arts, and media through creative production.
Digital Media 2 introduces basic programming concepts and methodologies that will be applied to the creation and manipulation of information, images, animation, and sound.
More information about the Technology, Arts and Media program courses is available here.

Student projects now online

Eight videos produced by ATLAS students are now available on the ATLASCUBOULDER YouTube site at The site now has more than 60 videos of student creative works and Center for Media, Arts and Performance productions.
Descriptions of several of the student projects are available on the CU ATLAS blog at

ATLAS information available on several social networks

Several ATLAS social networking sites are accessible from the ATLAS Web site, which is located at The home page also includes a live stream of Twitter posts from ATLAS and from friends of ATLAS.
Other sites include:
A Facebook page highlighting ATLAS events and student projects. Click on the icon to visit ATLAS on Facebook. Click on the "Like" icon on the Facebook page to stay in touch with ATLAS through Facebook.
A blog, written by ATLAS staff members, about ATLAS, its programs and technologies of interest. Click on the icon and follow ATLAS on blogger.
Twitter, which is highlighting ATLAS events, news and the creative works of ATLAS students. Click on the icon and follow ATLAS on Twitter.
YouTube, which features video of student projects and Center for Media, Arts and Performance events. Click on the icon and subscribe to the ATLAS YouTube channel.
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The ATLAS Institute (The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), established in 1997 at CU-Boulder, is a campus-wide entrepreneurial catalyst and incubator for innovative interdisciplinary research and creative, educational outreach programs, made possible by information and communications technology.

ATLAS programs:
- Technology, Media and Society Ph.D.
- Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) minor
- Center for Media, Arts and Performance
- K-12 outreach programs

The ATLAS Center for Media, Arts and Performance explores:
- How artists, scholars, technologists and content creators fully engage
with the richest, broadest set of present-day possibilities.
- How to discover the artistic and creative practices of the future.

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