Past Events

Friday, Mar 24
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
ATLAS Studio Intensive: Mobile UX Design

Come to this hands-on workshop to expand your user experience (UX) thinking to portable devices with facilitator Drew Cogbill.

Thursday, Mar 23
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Eric Burke: Art Installation in North Stairwell

Stop by for pizza and conversation with artist Eric Burke, who will be installing new public art in the south stairwell of the ATLAS building this week.

Wednesday, Mar 22
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Retro Game Night

Go back to the past and enjoy your favorite retro videogames.

Tuesday, Mar 21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Advanced 3D Printing and Solving Print Issues

Tackle common 3D printing problems. Learn tips and tricks to making more robust prints. Dive deeper into G Code.

Saturday, Mar 18
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra)

Boldy going where no laptop orchestra has gone before, BLOrk explores the integration of acoustic and electronic instruments.

Wednesday, Mar 15
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Acceleration Techniques with Applications in High-Performance Graphics and Visualization of Large Datasets

Learn more about acceleration techniques using GPUs to render complex 3D environments with applications in gaming, 3D morphing, animation, and virtual reality.

Tuesday, Mar 14
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Pi-Day Open Hack Night

Bring a project or just come hang out. Eat Pi Day pie. Blow Things Up!

Tuesday, Mar 14
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Computational Design & Fabrication to Augment the Physical World

Learn more about fabrication tools, and augmenting the physical world!

Saturday, Mar 11 - Sunday, Mar 12
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Brakhage Center Symposium—Kissing Point

Dead ends, void zones and semi-porous borders fill a split-screen video, pairing inside and around West Bank tunnels with an Israeli bypass road and its surroundings.

Tuesday, Mar 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MALfunction #5: Dissent

MALfunction: A series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet. Each MALfunction features one researcher and one artist whose projects examine a similar technological theme.

Sunday, Mar 5
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mechanical Reproductions

View the latest digital photographic images created by current Technology Arts & Media students and curated by TAM instructor Kevin Hoth at an opening reception celebrating the monthlong exhibit.

Friday, Mar 3 - Saturday, Mar 4
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

This multimedia solo violin program, arranged and performed by Leslee Smucker, delves into the essence of human emotion—stated through ancient models of poetry, music and art in a modern context.

Friday, Mar 3 - Saturday, Mar 4
IRISS Symposium on Drones

A space of confluence where researchers from across academia, along with local business and policy innovators, discuss the design, development and deployment of remote and in-situ sensing systems. Moderated by Jill Dupré.

Saturday, Feb 25 - Sunday, Feb 26

Learn, build and share with other students at T9Hacks, a hackathon geared towards women as well as newbies to the hackathon world. It’s free, all food is provided, and it’s all-night long.

Wednesday, Feb 22
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Pendulum New Music Concert Series

This electro-acoustic event features Swiss-American guest composer Katharina Rosenberger, a piano solo by Hsing-ay Hsu, Pendulum director, and CU Boulder composers and performers.

Wednesday, Feb 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MALfunction #4: Consciousness

MALfunction is a series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet. Each MALfunction features one researcher and one artist whose projects examine a similar technological theme. MALfunction #4’s topic: Consciousness

Friday, Feb 10
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
TAM Workshop: Documenting Your Work

Arielle Hein shares strategies for documenting your work so it can be incorporated into an effective digital portfolio.

Thursday, Feb 9
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
ATLAS Graduate Program "Ask Me Anything"

Graduating in May? ATLAS grad programs offer unique opportunities. Enjoy free pizza, meet current students and explore (and expand) your options.

Friday, Feb 3 - Saturday, Feb 4
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Anthem for the Ancestors

Anthem for the Ancestors, a collaboration between musician and storyteller Leon Joseph Littlebird and the Carpe Diem String Quartet, tells the history of the first peoples from a Native perspective.

Wednesday, Feb 1
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Introduction to Arduino (Part 2): Buttons and Sensors

Learn more about how to interact with your Arduino!

Friday, Jan 27 - Saturday, Jan 28
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Ophelia | Leaves

An exploration into what might have happened if someone had listened to Hamlet’s Ophelia, and learned her song.

Wednesday, Jan 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Introduction to Arduino (Part 1)

Learn about basic electronics including how to program an Arduino!

Friday, Dec 16
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Winter Reception for Dec 2016 Graduates

Are you graduating in December? Please join us for a brief reception and gathering for our graduates.

Wednesday, Dec 7
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
ATLAS Expo: A Showcase of Student and Faculty Work in Creative Technology and Design

Don’t miss this rich synthesis of design and technology, amplifying innovation in engineering and the arts.

Tuesday, Dec 6
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Retro Game Night at the BTU Lab

Come play on the old Ataris and Ninetendos – retro style!

Friday, Dec 2
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
The Future of Advertising & Privacy Panel Discussion

A panel discussion on the Evolution of Advertising moderated by ATLAS’s Associate Director Jill Dupré.

Monday, Nov 28
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hack Night at the BTU Lab

Frantically hack on your homework projects as we enter the end of the semester!

Thursday, Nov 17
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Animation Presentation and Q & A with Veteran Disney Animators

Join a discussion with Disney animators Hyrum Osmond and David G. Derrick, Jr about the production Moana.

Tuesday, Nov 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MALfunction #3: Feminism

The latest in a series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet. Each MALfunction features one researcher (Maya Livio) and one artist (Ondine Geary) whose projects examine a similar technological theme.

Monday, Nov 14
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Designing Technology for the Other 5 Billion

With the advent of $50 smartphones, we can finally design software applications to fight poverty, disease and illiteracy in the developing world.

Friday, Nov 11 - Saturday, Nov 12
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hurry And Be Still

Original music, dance, video and technology from Kevin Michael Olson and Hunter Ewen

Thursday, Nov 10
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hackathon Informational Workshop

Learn what Hackathon is.

Wednesday, Nov 2
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Beginning Molding

Learn how to make plaster casts to mold physical objects with Zach Jocobson-Weaver of MomoTono Inc.

Tuesday, Nov 1
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
TAM Workshop: CSS Animations Workshop

Interested in creating cross-platform, mobile compliant animations for the web? CSS Animations are simple way to add motion and visual interest to your web designs.

Saturday, Oct 29
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Always Human Tapes: Awareness Colorado

Always Human Tapes pause their non-stop release schedule to bring you two uncompromising live A/V shows at Boulder’s Atlas Black Box Theater.

Thursday, Oct 27
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Always Human Tapes: Awareness Colorado

Always Human Tapes pause their non-stop release schedule to bring you two uncompromising live A/V shows at Boulder’s Atlas Black Box Theater.

Thursday, Oct 27
5:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Spooky Open Hack Night

Spooky Open Hack Nights. It will be very spoopy.

Monday, Oct 24
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
TAM Workshop: Git and Github Workshop

Learn the flow of using Git in the command line to keep track of your code project history and how to collaborate with others on GitHub.

Monday, Oct 24
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Technology, Arts, and Media Info Session

Interested in a TAM Major, Minor, or Certificate? Come to a TAM Info Session and learn more!

Friday, Oct 21
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Technology, Arts, and Media Info Session

Interested in a TAM Major, Minor, or Certificate? Come to a TAM Info Session and learn more!

Thursday, Oct 20
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MALfunction #2: Democratization

The second in a series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet. This week, one artist (JP Merz) and one researcher (Nathan Schneider) discuss technology.

Tuesday, Oct 18
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
TAM Workshop: Resumé Design with Joel Swanson

A hands-on workshop with TAM Assistant Professor Joel Swanson to address some common pitfalls in resumé design, and to make your resumé stand out from everyone else’s.

Friday, Oct 14
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A Panel Discussion on the Business of Creativity

Join a lively discussion on the challenges and opportunities of launching and sustaining successful creative careers.

Thursday, Oct 13
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
The Evolution of Computer Science and Its Implications

Bobby Schnabel, a co-founder of ATLAS, shares his observations on contemporary shifts in computer science as part of Computer Science Colloquium.

Wednesday, Oct 12
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
TAM Workshop: Interactive Fiction with Twine

Twine is the easy-to-use interactive fiction tool helps designers make some of the most original and interesting games around. No programming experience needed.

Saturday, Oct 8
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
CU Boulder Engineering Sampler Day

Come learn more about majors in the College of Engineering and Applied Science!

Friday, Oct 7 - Saturday, Oct 8
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
FLiGHT: Roger Reynolds and JACK Quartet

The JACK Quartet is considered by many to be the best contemporary music-focused string quartet in the world.

Friday, Oct 7
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Technology, Arts, and Media Info Session

Interested in a TAM Major, Minor, or Certificate? Come to a TAM Info Session and learn more!

Thursday, Oct 6
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Cycling '74's David Zicarelli Ask Me Anything

Cycling ’74’s David Zicarelli on software and the arts: 4:00 in the ATLAS BTU (Blow Things Up) Lab (ATLAS Room 113)

Wednesday, Oct 5
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Pizza & Questions with Sandra Fettinigis

Sandra will be holding a pizza and questions session with ATLAS students in the North stairwell during her installation of an art piece.

Friday, Sep 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Technology, Arts, and Media Info Session

Interested in a TAM Major, Minor, or Certificate? Come to a TAM Info Session and learn more!

Thursday, Sep 22
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
BTU Open Hack Night

Bring a Project! Eat Cake! Party!

Wednesday, Sep 21
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
New Venture Challenge 9 Kickoff

Join us as we kickoff the 9th year of the CU New Venture Challenge (NVC)! Come be a part of the legacy of entrepreneurship, collaboration and fun that is the NVC. Space is limited, so register now.

Friday, Sep 16 - Saturday, Sep 17
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
A Liminal Space

A Liminal Space is a transdisciplinary collaboration between artists Ana Baer, Heike Salzer and Rosely Conz. The production utilizes dance and video projections to create captivating, kinesthetic poetry.

Thursday, Sep 15
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
MALfunction #1: Mediated Intimacy

“What Can Sexting Teach Us About Consent?” and “Intimacy Idiot” are the first of a series of intimate events that question where media and society, research and practice meet.

Friday, Sep 2 - Saturday, Sep 3
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

A film extravaganza, dedicated to works that merge the beauty of dance with the innovations of cinematic art.

Saturday, May 21
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
"Calculated Mediations," Opening Reception

Explore intersections and interactions between digital and material.

Monday, May 9
Start of Maymester
Friday, May 6
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ATLAS Graduation Ceremony

Celebrating graduation with a brief ceremony and casual reception.

Wednesday, Apr 27
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
ATLAS Expo Spring 2016

A celebration of all the technological magic students have created over the semester. ATLAS invites you to see, explore and create!

Friday, Apr 8
1:00 pm
The Conference on World Affairs Presents "Origin Stories"

A multimedia exploration of nature and pattern, light and music, comes to the ATLAS Black Box studio as part of the Conference on World Affairs.

Saturday, Mar 5
7:30 pm
BLOrk Dance Party

BLOrk performs music inspired by electronic dance music and rave culture, blending acoustic and electronic instruments, as well as laptops and sound software.

Thursday, Mar 3
10:00 am - 1:45 pm
CU's Global Entrepreneur In Residence Holds Office Hours in ATLAS

Nigel Sharp, Global Entrepreneur In Residence (GEIR) at CU–Boulder, holds office hours in ATLAS.

Monday, Feb 29
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
TAM Workshop: Making Custom Laser Cut Enclosures

Learn how to design and make a customized box enclosure using a laser cutter.

Saturday, Feb 20 - Sunday, Feb 21
3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
T9Hacks—A 24-Hour Women's Hackathon

A women’s hackathon promoting gender diversity in technology.

Wednesday, Feb 17
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
TAM Workshop: Twitter Bots

Are you interested in building useful, witty or confusing internet bots? Come learn how to make a Twitter Bot with Matt Bethancourt.

Wednesday, Feb 17
10:00 am - 11:00 am
TAM Info Session

Add computing and digital technology skills to your major. Get details about declaring as a TAM major, minor or certificate student.

Friday, Feb 12 - Saturday, Feb 13
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
The Distance of the Moon

An alluring fusion of projection, dance and spoken word, The Distance of the Moon is inspired by the science-fiction story of the same name by Italo Calvino.

Thursday, Feb 11
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
TAM Workshop: Musical Robotic Instruments with Jiffer Harriman

Explore new creative approaches to making music with ATLAS PhD Candidate Jiffer Harriman.

Monday, Feb 8
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Bio-Art, Video Mapping and HCI

British artist Anna Dumitriu shares her blend of biology, microbiology and art, and Alex May discusses his creative work in digital technologies, including video mapping and interactive installations.

Wednesday, Feb 3
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Artist Kelsey Montague Installs Interactive Mural in ATLAS

Meet the artist, share pizza and celebrate public, interactive art!

Friday, Jan 29 - Saturday, Jan 30
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
New Multimedia Sound Showcase

Four CU composers present an evening of new multimedia sound works

Friday, Dec 18
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
ATLAS Graduation

Celebrating the accomplishments of three PhD candidates, two MS recipients and 40 TAM students.

Wednesday, Dec 9
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
ATLAS Expo Fall 2015

An exciting showcase of all things ATLAS, including a wide range of projects in creative technology and design.

Friday, Dec 4 - Saturday, Dec 5
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frames—Multimedia Dance Theater

Five artists of Helander Dance tell their stories using interactive video, physical theater and a musical fusion of jazz, classical, artpunk and technopop.

Wednesday, Dec 2
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CU New Venture Challenge Workshop: Developing Your Mobile Strategy

Trying to improve interactions with mobile customers? Ready to dive into the mobile app market? This workshop can help you move forward with your mobile presence.

Thursday, Nov 19
Newco at ATLAS BTU Lab

NewCo is a one-day, jam-packed schedule of over 60 in-house sessions at local companies, including CU Boulder and the ATLAS BTU Lab (2:30 p.m.). Students use discount code “GoBuffs” to get free silver passes.

Wednesday, Nov 18
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Dave DuPont, CEO, TeamSnap

Hear about the entrepreneurial journey of TeamSnap CEO Dave DuPont, including lessons learned during his 20 years in technology leadership positions.

Saturday, Nov 14
7:30 pm
A Trimpin Kinetic and Sound Sculpture at ATLAS

What can a handful of ATLAS students and “genius” kinetic sculptor and sound artist create in four days?

Tuesday, Nov 10
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Casting and Mold Making Workshop with Zack Jacobson-Weaver

Hands-on casting workshop with Zack Jacobson-Weaver.

Thursday, Nov 5
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Small Sciences from a Sheet of Paper

Tadashi Tokieda explores magic tricks, geometry, engineering and properties of random media.

Monday, Nov 2
4:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Movements in Digital Imaging

Intel Lab’s Ram Narayanswamy discusses upcoming innovations in digital photography.

Friday, Oct 30 - Saturday, Oct 31
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Convergent Forms: Between the Veils

Aerial dance, character-based performance, multimedia, interactive technology and live digital music.

Thursday, Oct 29
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ATLAS Graduate Program Open House

Get information about ATLAS graduate degree opportunities.

Monday, Oct 12
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

New York-based DJ and sound artist Lori Napoleon converts vintage telephone equipment into synthesizers and sequencers.

Saturday, Oct 10
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Clytigation: State of Exception

Award winning dancer Michelle Ellsworth performs her new, off-the-wall performance, complete with drones, a typewriter and multimedia.

Friday, Aug 7
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week—Finale Performance

Computer Music 300pxThe culmination of ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week, featuring avant-garde, experimental electronic music by some of the most respected pioneers in the field, the Finale Performance in the Black Box Studio includes works by Phillippe Manoury together with vocalist Juliana Snapper, as well as performances by Miller Puckette and pianist Eric Lindemann.

Beginning in the 1980’s Manoury, Puckette, and Lindemann worked together at IRCAM in Paris under the direction of Pierre Boulez. They are pioneers in the use of live interactive computer electronics, and their technologies and methods are used throughout the world today in music and the performing arts. This is a rare opportunity to see these musician technologists perform together. Free and open to the public.

6:30 pm    Pre-Concert Talk Back—A brief conversation and introduction by the performers, providing context and background for the works to be performed.

7:00 pm    Concert begins

Dichterliebe I-VII, X-XII Robert Schumann

Juliana Snapper, soprano
Philippe Manoury, piano

En Echo, Philippe Manoury
Juliana Snapper, soprano
Miller Puckette, computer


Illud Etiam Philippe Manoury
Juliana Snapper, soprano
Miller Puckette, computer

Four Russian Songs Igor Stravinsky
Juliana Snapper, soprano
Eric Lindemann, piano

Performing Artists

Miller_Puckette 200x250Miller Smith Puckette is the associate director of the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts and professor of music at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been since 1994. To many, Puckette is best known as the author of Max, a visual programming language for music and multimedia, which he developed while working at IRCAM in the late 1980s. He also authored Pure Data (Pd), a graphical programming language for real-time audio and video performancing, and for the creation of interactive computer music and multimedia works. After authoring the core platform, Puckette made Pd open source, allowing a global community of developers to enrich Pd with a wealth of functionality.


manoury200xPhilippe Manoury was born in Tulle and studied composition at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris . He undertook studies in computer assisted composition with Pierre Barbaud , and joined IRCAM as a composer and electronic music researcher in 1980. From 2004 until 2012, Manoury served on the composition faculty at the University of California, San Diego , where he taught composition, electronic music, and analysis. Manoury’s work is influenced by Pierre Boulez , Karlheinz Stockhausen and Iannis Xenakis, and his early work combines serial punctualism with the densely massed elements characteristic of Stockhausen and Xenakis, and the paintings of Jackson Pollock. 

snapper_opera 200x250Juliana Snapper is an opera singer, voice researcher and artist. Snapper creates performances and installations that push the physical and expressive capacities of the singing body. She combines radical vocal techniques, composition, improvisation, and intermedia dynamics alone and in collaboration. In May 2009, she collaborated with composer Andrew Infanti and costume designer Susan Matheson on the premiere of the world’s first underwater opera, You Who Will Emerge from the Flood, at the Victoria Baths in Manchester, U.K

ELindemann 200x250Eric Lindemann, longtime Boulder resident, began working with his first music synthesizer in 1970, a large analog Moog. He began designing electronic music machines in 1981. For most of this time he was frustrated by the lack of expression achievable through electronic music. In 1983 he began working with samplers, and in 1988 he experimented with physical modeling. In 1997, he returned to the problem of music synthesis, intent on creating an authentically expressive music synthesizer. The result of this work is Synful Orchestra, which launched in 2002.




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Thursday, Aug 6
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week—Miller Puckette and Juliana Snapper at Fiske Planetarium

Courtesy Noun Project, created by Yorlmar CamposComputer music researcher and ATLAS visiting faculty member Miller Puckette and visiting artist soprano Juliana Snapper present an experimental program of live electronic music and live full-dome projection. The program matches experimental electronic art music from the 1960s with contemporary performance practice.

 The Fiske Planetarium’s 8K by 8K projection system presents a new and previously unrealized opportunity for artists wishing to generate imagery for real-time projection. Rather than playing back a prepared movie, Puckette and Snapper use Fiske’s 24 dedicated computers in parallel to generate images that respond to the sound and image of Snapper performing on stage.

The performance is collaboration getween ATLAS Institute and CU Boulder Fiske Planetarium’s “Full Dome Festival.” For more information and tickets, click here.


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Thursday, Aug 6
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
ATLAS Experimental Music Week Class Demos

Join Miller S. Puckette and his experimental computer music class for a round of interactive demonstrations. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Aug 5
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week—Toasting the Future

The ATLAS Institute joins the College of Music to host a casual reception and happy hour in the ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio for an invitation-only event that brings our communities together to celebrate our guests and share ideas for blending science, technology, art and music that expand possibilities for creative expression.

Wednesday, Aug 5
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Symposium

A symposium featuring short presentations by some of the most respected pioneers working in the field of computer music.

Tuesday, Aug 4
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
ATLAS Summer Experimental Music Week—Visiting Artist Lunch and Learn

During the week of August 3-7, the ATLAS Institute is proud to host a week-long festival of avant garde experimental electronic music, featuring some of the nations most respected and adventurous pioneers of the field.

Tuesday, Jul 7
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Interactive Programming for Electronic Music, Robotics, Interactive Art and More

As part of CU-Boulder’s Faculty-In-Residence Summer Term, the ATLAS Institute offers a rare opportunity to take a class in Pure Data (Pd)—one of the most versatile and innovative digital creation tools available today—led by its creator, Miller Puckette.

2014-2015 Event Archive