Happenings

Events are free and open to the public except where noted. The ATLAS Black Box theater is located downstairs, lowest basement level, B2. Enter ATLAS 100, Cofrin Auditorium, from the ATLAS lobby at the main entrance. See a detailed map of parking areas on and off campus, road and lane closures, plus CU’s performing arts venues.


Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema

Discover a niche film festival dedicated to works that merge the beauty of dance with the innovations of cinematic art. Now in its 11th year. See films from 12 countries. Visit: http://sanssoucifest.org

Friday & Saturday, Sept. 5-6, ATLAS Black Box theater;
Video installation opens 7 p.m
Film screenings in Black Box begin 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a completely different film program at each screening.
See additional films at these other venues:
• Sundays, Sept. 21 & Oct. 19, afternoon screenings, Boedecker Theater, Dairy Center for the Arts, tickets: $6-11, visit: https://tickets.thedairy.org/online; call: 303-444-7328
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, Canyon Theater, Boulder Public Library, free admission

  
ATLAS Speaker Series

Michele Weslander-Quaid
Google: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Michele Weslander-Quaid

How do we create environments that encourage creativity and innovation?

Michele Weslander-Quaid will discuss Google’s culture of innovation and creativity as well as the successful approaches to complex issues that come when work environments encourage collaboration and interdisciplinary teams. She will share insights and recommendations drawing from more than 20 years of leading change and innovation in both industry and government.

Before joining Google, Weslander-Quaid’s work included 10 years in industry as an image scientist and chief engineer.
She also served in the U.S. government in various leadership roles. Read more of her bio and an article about her in Entrepreneur Magazine.
4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, ATLAS 100
 

ATLAS Speaker Series

Brian Baker
Experience Design: How do we build what people love?

Brian Baker

When designing or building a new product, how deeply do you consider the behaviors of your user?
What emotions do they experience when holding your product? How do we build in more of what users and customers love? That’s what experience design is about: creating what people love.

Brian Baker began his career leading the number-one usability firm in San Francisco in the 1990’s.
Today, he serves as the Managing Partner of the experience design and product development
company First User Group in Boulder.
4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13, ATLAS 100
 

ATLAS Speaker Series

Wendy DuBow
Really, Why Are There Fewer Women in Tech?
Mythbusting and How to Shift the Status Quo

Brian Baker

Look around your computing and engineering classes, your hi-tech startups and your tech departments. Chances are you will see very few women.

Wendy DuBow will share why many common explanations for the lack of women in techology are not true. Learn what research points to as key factors. Get a deeper understanding of the societal forces at work, information to dispel common myths, plus techniques you can use to help shift the status quo.

DuBow is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Women & Technology, NCWIT.org. Their gender diversity efforts help increase the participation of girls and women in computing.
4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10, ATLAS 100
 


Past events


SLAB – theater production

Born of the debris of Hurricane Katrina, SLAB explores the essential human need to create narrative as a means of survival and transition, honoring what we can take with us when there is nothing else to take: our story.

SLAB is a play adapted by Gleason Bauer and Emily K. Harrison from the novel by Selah Saterstrom. The production features Mark Collins, Lauren Dennis, Emily K. Harrison, Paige Lynn Larson, Hadley Mays and Cage Sebastian Pierre. The play is being produced by squareproducttheatre.org. Tickets are on sale at
http://slab.brownpapertickets.com.

8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 31-August 16

CU’s New Opera Workshop: The Master

Renowned Irish author Colm Tóibín (KAH-lum toe-BEEN), Italian composer Alberto Caruso and Ron Daniels, associate director for the Royal Shakespeare Company, will join forces at CU Opera’s New Opera Workshop, Friday-Sunday, June 13-15 in the downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater.

The trio will work with College of Music student artists on Tóibín’s adaptation of his 2006 novel, “The Master”—a finalist for the prestigious Booker Prize. The opera deals with the American author, Henry James.

“Like certain of the characters in his novels,” says Leigh Holman, co-director of CU NOW, “James was hidden and secretive. Director, Ron Daniels, calls the opera ‘an unrequited ghost/love story.’ This should translate powerfully to the operatic stage.”

On Saturday night, June 14, the performance will be recorded.

“You’ll see us with stands and mics, recording this piece live,” Holman says. “It’s a rare opportunity to observe the process of creation and to share those observations with the creators.”

Each performance will be followed by a question and answer session.

For further information, call 303-492-6576
or visit CU-Now’s current season.
7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, June 13 & 14,
2 p.m. Sunday, June 15, downstairs Black Box theater


Composer Fellows’ Concert

A part of CU Now’s Opera Workshop (see below), CU NOW’s Composer Fellows Institute is a new initiative linking select CU student-composers with composer Alberto Caruso, the CU composition faculty and the CU NOW musical and direction staff
to create new vocal works for the stage.

The 2014 Fellows include Chelsea Komschlies, Ryan Connell, Raechel Sherwood, Trevor Villwock, and Dan Cox. Their musical, theatrical scenes will be featured in this new concert.
Free and open to the public.
2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 8, downstairs Black Box theater


Fieldwork Performing Arts Showing

Enjoy the works-in-progress of local artists in dance, music, theater, film, storytelling and more – a culmination of work developed through an artist development process called FIELDWORK.

The evening will begin with a demonstration of a specific feedback process which leads into a performance of the artwork-in-progress.
A talkback with the artists will follow.

Photos of the three artists who are facilitating the evening – Sonya Smith, Chrissy Nelson and Hugh Lobel

Photos of the three artists who are facilitating the Fieldwork Performing Arts Showing (from upper left and clockwise) – Sonya Smith, Chrissy Nelson and Hugh Lobel

The evening will be facilitated by artists:

- Hugh Lobel, composer, CU-Boulder College of Music doctoral candidate and artist/producer of the April 2014 production, The Pain of Becoming.

- Chrissy Nelson, interdisciplinary dance artist and choreographer, CU-Boulder MFA in Dance and artist/producer of the April 2012 production, cLementines & cHocolate.

- Sonya Smith, aerial dance artist, CU-Boulder MFA candidate and artist/producer of the January 2014 production, Beneath the Text.

The artists’ productions listed above, like the upcoming work-in-progress Bloom, were all presented in the downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2, CU-Boulder campus.

Free and open to the public. (Check back to see whether a reservations or RSVP system is put into place to reserve your seat.)

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2


Six Groups of Students Present their Projects at the First ATLAS Expo 2014

ATLAS and engineering students from six different classes will informally exhibit their digital/physical projects, works-in-progress and interface explorations during the ATLAS Expo Spring 2014 from 5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 5, in the ATLAS Black Box theater.

Light refreshments will be served, sponsored by http://gnip.com.
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Student works from the following classes will be exhibited:
• HCC Foundations/User-Centered Design 1 (CSCI 3002)
Instructor: Clayton Lewis, Professor of Computer Science
and ATLAS Faculty Fellow
• ATLAS Physical Computing (ATLS 3519)
Instructor: Jeffrey “Jiffer” Harriman, ATLAS Ph.D. student
• ATLAS Big Data (ATLS 4519 & CSCI 4830)
Instructor: Greg Greenstreet, VP Engineering, Gnip
• Rapid Prototyping (CSCI 4830)
Instructor: Tom Yeh, Assistant Professor, Department
of Computer Science and ATLAS Faculty Fellow
• Digital Media 2 (ATLS 3020)
Instructor: Hyunjoo “Joo” Oh, ATLAS Ph.D. student
• TAM Capstone Projects (ATLS 4010)
Instructor: Ian Hales, TAM Instructor
 
The event is free and open to the public.
Light refreshments will be served, sponsored by Gnip.
5:30-7 p.m. Monday, May 5, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

 

Fleeting – Performance & Installation


Working across disciplines, artists/students in Frances Charteris’ Integrated Media Arts Program (ARTS – 4104/5104) create raw experimental and experiential pieces that explore time and space in the absence of a fourth wall. These multimedia works incorporate dance, digital and light projections, music, sound, sculpture and fabric to tease meaning from everyday practices and obsessions.
7:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) Performs Live Music for Silent Film

The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) will perform live original music for the showing of the silent film “The Call of Cthulhu.” The film is the first adaptation of the famous H.P. Lovecraft story and uses Mythoscope, a blend of vintage and modern filming techniques intended to produce the look of a 1920s-era film. BLOrk uses acoustic and electric instruments combined with laptops and software.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

 

ATLAS Speaker Series

Computational Thinking and Thinking about Computing

Jeannette M. Wing is corporate vice president at Microsoft Research. She has been on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University since 1985, where she twice served as head of the Computer Science Department.
She was the assistant director of the Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate at the National Science Foundation.
Wing received her SB, SM and PhD degrees from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
4-5 p.m. Thursday, April 17, downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2

 

ATLAS Speaker Series

Ruth West – The Integration of Art & Science

Ruth WestRuth West is an interdisciplinary media artist/researcher working with emerging technologies. She envisions a future in which art/science integration allows us 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. Learn more about Ruth West.
4 p.m. Monday, April 14, ATLAS 100

Conference on World Affairs (CWA)

Monday – Friday, April 7-11
Enjoy dozens of free panel discussions and presentations on a wide range of topics at various locations across campus, including the downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater. Learn more.

Ecdysis- Installation/Performance by Sougwen Chung

Sougwen Chung is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores transitional edges. Her artistic practice spans installation, sculpture, still image, drawing, and performance, informing her multi-faceted approach to experiential art.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions in North America, Europe and Asia. Recent venues include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland and 319 Scholes in Brooklyn, New York. Additionally, Chung has been featured in The New Yorker, Dazed and Confused, Cool Hunting and The Creators Project.

This event/installation is part of the annual Communikey (CMKY) Festival, April 10-13, 2014. The festival brings performers and artists from around the world who are focused on sound, new music, the visual arts and the innovative use of electronic technologies.

This downstairs ATLAS Black Box theater event is free and open to the public. Other CMKY events require the purchase of a festival pass and/or individual tickets. Learn more about Sougwen Chung.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, downstairs Black Box theater

ATLAS Speaker Series

Drones, War & Privacy

presented by photographer Tomas van Houtryve and Harper’s Magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson

photos of photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve and Harper's art director Stacey D. ClarksonIn the words of the Harper’s magazine art director Stacey D. Clarkson (also a CU alumna):
“Tomas’ photo essay is 16 pages long—the longest in our history—and explores questions of domestic and foreign drone policy in an elegant and creative way. photo taken by a drone of a baseball field by van HoutryveTomas made the work by attaching his camera to a drone he bought on Amazon and photographing landscapes across the US. As he explains, the technology for drone photography is ahead of the laws on it….so he has created this work in a moment when laws about drone usage are being drafted. The project is timely and forward-thinking.”
A text portion of the Harper’s Magazine article is available here.
4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, ATLAS 100

Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Peter Hudson, M.D.,
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of iTriage

Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, Kurtz Fargo LLP, and the Boulder Software Club present Peter Hudson M.D. as our featured entrepreneur. Hudson is a physician and entrepreneur with over 15 years experience founding and growing healthcare-related businesses. His focus has been on creating efficiencies within the healthcare delivery system, and empowering healthcare consumers with technology. Dr. Hudson has been 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. He was listed as one of the 12 Entrepreneurs Reinventing Healthcare in CNN Money in 2012.
6:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 8
University of Colorado Law School, Room 101

The Pain of Becoming – multimedia concert with dance

three dancersThis free performance debut 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 eight musicians, four dancers and live, real-time video. Choreography by CU MFA Chrissy Nelson. Videography by CU alumnus Kyle Monks.
Seating is limited & first-come, first-served. Reservations recommended. Reserve your seat, www.brownpapertickets.com/event/609451.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, April 4-5, downstairs Black Box theater

ATLAS master’s students discuss practicum internship semester

grad students Hawra Rabaan, Aaron Vimont and Alexis WagnonSee the interdisciplinary work of students of the ATLAS Institute Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development (MS-ICTD).
Hawra Rabaan
- worked with Dar Si-Hmad for Development, an NGO located in Southern Morocco. She helped develop a client-end monitoring application for the fog-harvesting system infrastructure implanted in the Anti-Atlas Mountains.
Aaron Vimont
- worked with the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) to develop an online interactive story. Designed as a learning tool, it focused on a middle school student who uses critical thinking and simple engineering concepts to solve problems.
Alexis Wagnon
- worked with ISET-International on communication strategies for their publications and projects. She assisted with dissemination campaigns through online outlets and showcased their projects by creating media and strategic messaging.
4 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, ATLAS 100
For a video of the presentations, click here.

ATLAS Speaker Series

Ann Mei Chang – Information Communications Technology for Development: Oasis or Mirage?

Ann Mei ChangAnn Mei Chang, an eight-year senior engineering veteran of Google, spoke on information communications technology for development (ICT4D): policy, practice, and practicalities, during an ATLAS Speaker Series presentation on March 31. 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.
There, she helped bridge the gender gap in access to mobile phones and the Internet, leveraging technology in improving the lives of female populations in developing countries and increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. At Google, she oversaw 20x growth of Google’s mobile business in just three years, delivering over $1B in annualized revenues.
For a video of her presentation, click here.

ATLAS Master’s Program Open House

Design your degree to fit your strengths, vision and passion. Increase your opportunities and skills for a sustainable, effective impact in the international development field.
Learn about the ATLAS Master of Science in Information and Communication and Technology for Development (MS-ICTD) at the Open House. Find out if this program is for you. See a video overview and get
more information.
Listen to ATLAS graduate students discuss their experience, projects, objectives and diverse backgrounds. Revi Sterling, MS-ICTD program director, will be available to answer your questions.
4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, ATLAS 229, second floor

Brakhage Center Symposium

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Guy Maddin joins JJ Murphy for the 10th Annual Brakhage Center Symposium. They will explore Maddin’s work in the context of new approaches to independent cinema production.
See the entire symposium schedule: http://brakhagecenter.com. Events take place at several locations on campus. A partial list of events located at ATLAS are below.
Downstairs Black Box theater, lowest basement level, B2
Friday, March 7
10 a.m. All-day installation of director Guy Maddin’s film Only Dream Things
Saturday, March 8
1 p.m. Stage Séance – Director Guy Maddin puts 10 actors in a trance on stage, directs them and makes a film.
3 p.m. ATLAS 100, Cofrin Auditorium, ground floor Selected shorts
with Guy Maddin and discussions with JJ Murphy

Pendulum New Music

This CU College of Music concert will feature original electro-acoustic music composed and performed by artists Jess Garrett, Sara Corry, Nathan Hall and Hugh Lobel.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, downstairs Black Box theater

The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk)

Sun Ra and BLOrk BLOrk will play the music of Sun Ra (1914-1993), a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher. The performance will feature special guests Trace Reddell producing video graphics and poet Tremaine-Maurice-Thomas performing his hip-hop meditations.
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.
Visit: http://www.colorado.edu/atlas/blork/.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1, downstairs Black Box theater

Entrepreneurs Unplugged: Larry Gold, Founder and Chairman of the Board of SomaLogic

Silicon Flatirons, ATLAS, and Kurtz Fargo LLP present Larry Gold as our featured entrepreneur. Gold is the founder and chairman of the board, and past CEO of SomaLogic. Prior to SomaLogic, he also founded NeXagen, Inc., which later became NeXstar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. In 1999, NeXstar merged with Gilead Sciences, Inc. to form a global organization committed to the discovery, development and commercialization of novel products that treat infectious diseases.
6:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, University of Colorado Law School, Room 101

ATLAS Speaker Series

Jer Thorp – Making Data Beautifully Meaningful

Jer Thorp Working at the intersection of science, art and design, Jer Thorp stretches the possibilities of infographics. He will speak about data visualization, information design and opportunities to make data more useful, meaningful and accessible. How do we dig through our increasingly vast terrain of data? How do we put data in a human context? How can data build empathy?

He is the co-founder of the Office for Creative Research and an adjunct professor at New York University’s ITP program.

From 2010 to 2012, he was the data artist in residence at the New York Times R&D Group. Learn more.
4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, ATLAS 100
For a video of his presentation, click here.

Sensory Preservation Chamber

Sex Milk Instrument and Nano Twin A multimedia double-feature that promises
to be creatively unconventional in its aesthetics, two multimedia groups will perform separate 10-15 minute sets and then collaborate as a super-group.
Sex Milk Instrument, a four-piece band using digital and analog
technology, will create a rich sonic textural landscape
accompanied by modified black and white video graphics of the
silent movie Faust.
Nano Twin will produce a colorful, visually oriented experience
with sound using cathode ray tube televisions.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 14-15, downstairs Black Box theater

Settle: Multi-media, multi-generational dance theater

Settle is a collaboration of 13 dancers of several generations, original acoustic and synthesized music plus video graphics that echo the objects and themes seen onstage. While using common symbols of domesticity and family tradition, Settle is inspired by fundamental life choices. Do we settle down with someone? Do we follow our own heart’s ambition? Click here for free tickets.
7:30 p.m. this Friday – Saturday, Jan. 17-18.

Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg, author of Dot Complicated: Untangling our Wired Lives, is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated. She was an early executive at Facebook and created and ran the social media pioneer’s marketing programs, led the company’s U.S. election and international politics strategy and created Facebook’s live streaming video capability during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration.

Get a FREE copy of her new book – Dot Complicated: Untangling our Wired Lives – FREE to the first 100 attendees.
She was nominated for an Emmy in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the 2010 mid-term elections that integrated online and TV coverage in unique formats. Since starting Zuckerberg Media, Randi has produced shows and digital experiences for BeachMint, the Clinton Global Initiative, Cirque du Soleil, Bravo and Conde Nast. She is also the sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Among the topics to be included in her talk:
• Finding the balance between one’s offline and online life.
• Social media’s future, opportunities and challenges.
• Silicon valley, tech culture and the participation of women.
• How do we manage technology’s benefits and distractions?
• Privacy, personal life and peace-of-mind.
This talk is presented in cooperation with the Air Force Reserve.

4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, ATLAS 100