New and Independent Visions for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
October 6-9, 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh • Organized by the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, in association with the 2016 VIA Festival
The Robot Film Festival is an annual celebration of robots on screen and in performance. The event features screenings of invited films and juried selections from open-call submissions, live performances by robot entertainers, and a red-carpet awards ceremony.
The first and only event of its kind, the Robot Film Festival was founded in 2011 to inject both artistry and playfulness into traditional robotic engineering and to explore the frontiers of the human-machine relationship. Bi-coastal and in its fourth year, the Festival is more than an annual event—through its online video archives and traveling screenings at select venues around the country, the team behind the Robot Film Festival is nurturing a community of creatives and engineers who explore, document, and invent the imaginative world of robotics.
A focused and thoughtfully curated series, the VIA Festival is dedicated to presenting artists who are pushing the boundaries of their fields and introduces emerging talent to Pittsburgh while also honoring already beloved and internationally renowned acts.
2015 Program: VIA2015’s program reflects the natural diversity of its intersecting local and global scenes, with more than 70% of programming showcasing female-identified artists, lgbtq artists, and artists of color. With dozens of individual partners and vendors, the festival not only supports local businesses and economy, but also promotes the Pittsburgh arts community as a whole. In addition to its musical offerings, VIA2015 features a wide array of other activities for all ages to easily enjoy across 10 days and 15 events. showcase forward-thinking music, live visuals, exhibitions, film, indie games, interactive art, lectures, workshops, and more.
Open Engagement is an international conference and platform to support socially engaged art.
The March 5 Biophilia: Pittsburgh meeting will feature Robert Ferry and Elizabeth Monoian, Founding Directors of the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI), who will introduce the discussion topic, “Powering Places: The Aesthetics of Renewable Energy.”
Robert and Elizabeth will discuss how the LAGI project is a part of a global conversation on the shifting aesthetics of sustainable infrastructure. The presentation will show how interdisciplinary collaboration is playing an important role in defining the design influence of renewable energy on our constructed environments and point out the reciprocal role of society in defining the aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure itself. Several submissions from past LAGI design competitions held for sites in Dubai, NYC, and Copenhagen will be shown as case studies of how renewable energy technologies can be integrated into artworks as a way to create sustainable and educational urban parks. Learn more about the LAGI project at www.landartgenerator.org.