In March 2016, we had the pleasure to have Dr. Angus Forbes as a guest at our Purdue campus to talk about Computational Aesthetics. This was our first experiment bridging Computer Graphics and Art in a public forum, reaching to a interdisciplinary body of students. The activities were:
Creative Shader Programming (GLSL). Open workshop (March 4, 2016)
Visualization: Science and Art. Lecture (March 3, 2016)
This talk presents a range of research projects and artworks that introduce current trends in the field information visualization. The projects include: interactive representations of biological pathways that enable the visual analysis of protein-protein interactions; dynamic network visualizations of the human brain connectome; and a public art installation that explores connections between photographic images and literary themes in the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ One Hundred Years of Solitude. In addition to describing details about these individual projects, the talk will explore the potential of integrating artistic and scientific approaches to research.
Dr. Angus Forbes is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he directs the Creative Coding Research Group within the Electronic Visualization Laboratory. His research investigates novel techniques for visualizing and interacting with complex scientific information; his interactive artwork has been featured at museums, galleries, and festivals throughout the world. Angus is chairing the IEEE VIS Arts Program (VISAP’16), to be held in Baltimore, Maryland in October 2016, a forum that promotes dialogue about the relation of aesthetics and design to visualization research. Additional information about Angus’s research and artwork can be found at http://creativecoding.evl.uic.edu.