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DATA ARTIST: Jer Thorp, an adjunct professor at New York University's ITP program who has worked as the data artist in residence at the New York Times R&D Group, talked about data visualization, information design and opportunities to make data more useful, meaningful and accessible during an ATLAS Speaker Series event on Feb. 19. For a video of his talk, click here.

"Sensory Preservation Chamber:" Two multimedia groups performed separate sets and then collaborated as a super-group in ATLAS Black Box performances on Feb. 14-15. Sex Milk Instrument, a four-piece band using digital and analog technology, featured a rich sonic textural landscape accompanied by modified black and white video graphics of the silent movie Faust. Nano Twin produced a colorful, visually oriented experience with sound using cathode ray tube televisions. For a Flickr photoset of the performance, click here

March 2014

BLOrk features video, poet, music of Sun Ra

BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra) featured Trace Reddell producing video graphics and poet Tremaine-Maurice-Thomas (at left in photo above) performing his meditations during an ATLAS Black Box performance on March 1. BLOrk also played the music of Sun Ra (1914-1993), a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher. BLOrk, directed by CU faculty John Gunther and John Drumheller, features performers using traditional instruments blended with or modified by controllers, laptops and new technologies. For a Flickr photoset of the performance, click here.

Applications open for ATLAS master's degree program

Applications are being taken for the ATLAS Master of Science degree in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD). The two-year program offers an interdisciplinary approach to international development with hands-on experience.
The fourth semester practicum allows students to build real-world projects in an internship with organizations working in the ICTD field. Practicums provide students with international experience and often lead to full-time positions.
Application deadline: April 1.
Applicants unable to meet the April 1 deadline, but eager to begin in fall 2014, are encouraged to contact the program advisor Ruscha Cohen for special consideration.
Email her at or phone 303-492-5081.

Save the dates

Natalie Jeremijenko, a visual arts associate professor at New York University, is an artist and engineer whose background includes studies in biochemistry, physics, neuroscience and precision engineering. She will present a Department of Art and Art History Visiting Artist Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in room 1B20 of the Visual Arts Complex. The event is supported by student activity fees and is a collaboration with EcoArts Connections, Colorado Ocean Coalition and the ATLAS Institute. Jeremijenko is an active member of the movement. Her work explores the interface between society, the environment and technology.

Ann Mei Chang will speak on information communications technology for development (ICT4D): policy, practice, and practicalities at an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation at 4 p.m. Monday, March 31, in ATLAS 100. As chief innovation officer at Mercy Corps, she builds highly scalable social enterprises and leverages mobile/internet to improve the lives of the poor. Previously, at the U.S. Department of State, she served as the senior advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues.

• CU alum and renowned photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve, who recently completed an essay on drone technology for Harper’s magazine, and CU alum Stacey Clarkson, who is Harper's art director, will discuss technology, society and privacy during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation at 4:15 p.m. Monday, April 7, in ATLAS 100. Thomas wrote the essay after buying a drone on Amazon and using it to photograph landscapes. He notes that the technology of drone photography is ahead of the laws regulating it.

• ATLAS is hosting a workshop focused on how to create successful crowd funding campaigns using websites like Kickstarter. The workshop will be presented by Stu Barwick, director of marketing for Modular Robotics, a local Boulder company that designs and markets modular robotic kits that are enjoyed as toys and teaching tools. The workshop will take place from 9 a.m.-5p.m. Saturday, April 12, in Room 113 of the Roser ATLAS building. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to The workshop is free for CU students and $50 for non-students and community members. Cash or check for payment should be brought to the class.

The Pain of Becoming: This multimedia concert with dance examines the threads that connect the ego to the self. Produced by College of Music doctoral student and ATLAS fellow Hugh Lobel, the performance features six musicians, four dancers and live, real-time video. Choreography by CU MFA Chrissy Nelson. Videography by Kyle Monks. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, downstairs Black Box theater.

Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Peter Hudson, M.D., co-Founder and chief executive officer of iTriage, is a serial entrepreneur with four exits (three to public companies), a healthcare investment banker with lots of sell-side and buy-side experience, and has served as the managing partner of large emergency medical practices. 6:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, University of Colorado Law School, Room 101.

Vladislav Delay, an artist, percussionist and electronic musician who experiments with ambient, broken beat, glitch, house music and soulful vocals, will give an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation about his work at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in ATLAS 100. He will perform as part of the 2014 Communikey festival, April 10-13,

Ruth West is an interdisciplinary media artist/researcher working with emerging technologies who will give an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in ATLAS 100. West envisions a future in which art/science integration allows people to open new portals of imagination, knowledge and communication across cultures. Her work has been presented or featured in SIGGRAPH, WIRED Magazine’s NextFest, UCLA Fowler Museum, CAA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Genomics, Leonardo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, NPR's The Connection, NY Times, Genome News Network, AMINIMA and Artweek.

ATLAS Updates quarterly print newsletter now online

The quarterly print edition of ATLAS Updates is available here.

ATLAS information available on several social networks

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The ATLAS Institute (The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society), established in 1997 at CU-Boulder, is an innovative campus-wide initiative in education, research, creative work and outreach in which information and communication technology is the enabling force. ATLAS programs bring together students, educators, artists, writers, scholars and leaders from the academy, industry, non-profits and government to create a multidisciplinary environment that contributes to the understanding of the interaction of ICT and human society, and to the realization of the full potential of that interaction. More information about ATLAS and its initiatives can be found at

ATLAS programs:
- Ph.D. program in Technology, Media and Society
- Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD)
- Technology, Arts and Media (TAM) – undergraduate minor and certificate programs
- BDW – post-graduate digital communications and design programs
- Center for Media, Arts and Performance – presenter of ATLAS Black Box theater events
- K-12 outreach programs including the DigitalCUrrents summer program

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.

The ATLAS Institute is affiliated with the University of Colorado Graduate School and the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

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