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AIC Seminar Series

Social Immersive Media

Scott SnibbeSona Research / Snibbe Interactive, Inc.[Home Page]

Notice:  Hosted by Richard Waldinger. Note the non-usual weekday (Tuesday)

Date:  Tuesday, June 22nd 2010 at 4:00pm

Location:  EJ228 (SRI E building). slides via WebEx from 3:45pm on, sound at 1-888-355-1249, 749045  (Directions)


Based on fifteen years’ experience developing interactive camera/projector systems for art, science, and culture museums, Snibbe will discuss a distinct form of augmented reality focused on social interaction: social immersive media. His work builds on the language of cinema, casting users as actors within simulated narrative models. He will discuss design principles and interaction techniques to create strong emotional responses and social engagement through visceral interaction. He will also describe approaches to clearly communicate cultural and scientific ideas through the medium, and to promote specific distinct social behaviors in users.

   Bio for Scott Snibbe

Scott Snibbe is a media artist, entrepreneur, and researcher in social interactivity. Whether on mobile devices or in large public spaces, his interactive art spurs people to participate socially, emotionally, and physically. His works are strongly influenced by cinema: particularly animation, silent, and surrealist film; and sometimes mix actors’ filmed performances with real-time audience interaction. His artwork is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and The Museum of Modern Art (New York). His work has been shown in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions since 1989, including the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), the Berkeley Art Museum (California), the InterCommunications Center (Tokyo), and Ars Electronica (Austria). He has received grants and awards from the National Science Foundation, Renew Media, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Prix Ars Electronica, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the founder of two organizations: Snibbe Interactive, Inc., which distributes social interactive media; and Sona Research, which engages in educational and cultural research. Snibbe was born in 1969 in New York City. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Fine Art, and a Master’s in Computer Science from Brown University. Snibbe studied experimental animation at the Rhode Island School of Design and his films have been widely shown internationally. He has taught media art and experimental film at Brown University, The San Francisco Art Institute, The California Institute of the Arts, The Rhode Island School of Design, and U.C. Berkeley. Earlier in his career, Snibbe worked at Adobe Systems as a Computer Scientist, where he made substantial contributions to the special effects software Adobe After Effects, and research projects at Adobe Research. Snibbe also worked at Interval Research, performing basic research in haptics, computer vision, and interactive cinema. As a researcher, Snibbe has published numerous articles and academic papers, and is an inventor on over a dozen patents.

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