All posts by Robert

Culture Report: Data Culture

Digital Humanities Is the Field You Didn’t Know You Needed

What can data science, the arts, and humanities teach one another towards realizing a more just, informed, and culturally-rich future?

Appreciate the chance to think through these issues with Erin Glass  and Julia Dixon Evans for Voice of San Diego.

stay tuned for the #cultureddata symposium in february!

cultureddata.net

https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/arts/culture-report-digital-humanities-is-the-field-you-didnt-know-you-needed/

Talk at E.A.T. / Nokia Bell Labs

I gave a talk, “Embedded Computing in the Intimate Everyday” at Nokia Bell Labs Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T). It was great to share my work with the researchers at Nokia Bell, and spend time brainstorming on art and empathy.

The Clarke Center team had a two day visit at Nokia Bell Labs Murray Hill, NJ headqaruters. What an awesome experience! I got to play the voder, one of the original speech synthesis technologies developed at Bell. Many amazing projects came out of E.A.T.’s arts and engineering collaboration in the 60s. I’m excited to develop new work with the Nokia Bell engineers.

Playing the Replica Voder
One of the world’s largest anechoic chambers. Has an equal volume above and below the ears.
Original, signed poster from 9 Evenings

Research in the Arts Grant: Art and Empathy

My collaborator Ying Wu (from the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience) and I are thrilled to have received a grant from the California Arts Council to study empathy and attention in the experience of art. I can’t wait to start work on the project this summer!

With support of the California Arts Council, the Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UCSD will combine state-of-the-art wearable biosensors and machine perception to study individual and culturally-mediated variation in aesthetic engagement during real-world exploration of visual art at the San Diego Museum of Art. This work will examine neurocognitive and physiological correlates of empathy, attention, and emotion in order to explore how art museums can cultivate empathic understanding.

Full announcement: https://www.cac.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1819/CurrentGrantees/FY18-19_Project_Descriptions_RIA.pdf