Ayah Bdeir on the front page of the New York Times Magazine and Limor Fried not far behind!
Dear Digital + Media Community -- Faculty, Staff, Students, and Alumni: It is with genuine excitement about the future of the Digital + Media Department that I share with you the news of the appointment of Kelly Dobson as Associate Professor and Department Head. Many of you know Kelly through her dedicated work in the department for the past two years: first as a one-year term appointment and, this past year, as interim Department Head. Kelly brings to the department -- and now with the platform and mandate that this appointment infers -- a radiant creative practice, a distinctive set of research interests and trajectories, a demonstrated and abiding commitment to teaching and her work with D +M, as well as other, students at RISD, a dynamic approach to collaboration and innovation across fields and departments, and a developing and increasingly accomplished process of guidance and leadership. As divisional dean, I very much look forward to our continued work together. D + M is a distinctive and multi-dimensional department which serves as a dynamic and agile incubator of cultural ideas and practices, established and emergent forms of research, and strategies for genuine and sustained engagement of artists and designers in the world. Kelly possesses a particular character of commitment, creativity, independent thinking, good humor, and passion for graduate education that will make her a responsive advocate and effective agent for the department. I enjoyed the opportunity to serve in an ex officio capacity on the search committee where I was able to witness firsthand the credentials and qualifications of an impressive and international group of applicants for this position at RISD. This demonstrated interest in D + M at RISD made the search process intensive, challenging, and deeply gratifying. Members of the search committee brought complete attention and commitment to this long, unfolding process and I thank them for their remarkable work: Rafael Attias, Shawn Greenlee, Bethany Johns, Brian Smith, Dean Snyder (Chair), and Lisa Young. As we look with anticipation to the future of the department, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary work of three interim D + M Department Heads who brought leadership and commitment to our community during several years of change and transition: Teri Rueb, Daniel Peltz, and Kelly. Please join me in offering your congratulations and support -- and sharing your ideas and interests -- as Kelly begins her work as a fully vetted and deeply accomplished new Department Head of Digital +Media. Best wishes, Patti Patricia C. Phillips Dean of Graduate Studies
On April 26th, 2010, Noah Vawter, in collaboration with the MIT Electronics Research Society, presented his work to families and youngsters at the Cambridge Mini-Maker Faire in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vawter presented his work Exertion Instruments, which is a new family of electronic musical instruments which are designed with small electrical generators built-in, so that they can be played spontaneously and expressively, as traditional acoustic instruments are.
April 29th, 7PM – in room 4-370. J. Levinger will be speaking about his travels to Israel/Palestine and his work developing software tools to expose and oppose the Occupation. He will present VirtualGaza, GroundTruth, and the Boycott Toolkit. This event is part of MIT Palestine Awareness Week.
This event is not open to the general public, but Vawter, along with several other MIT students, will present work as part of a joint venture by MIT and Harvard students.
Our old blog died a fiery death in a motorcycle accident. We are working to restore from backups, but the prognosis is bleak. Posts before this one may suffer from link rot, broken images, and 404 errors.