Past News


  • Three members of the MAT community are exhibiting their work at ZKM Globale: Infosphere exhibition at Karlsruhe, Germany from September 4th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016.
  • Professor George Legrady - We Are Stardust
    Yoon Chung Han (Phd Student) - Digiti Sonus
    Sterling Crispin (MAT alumnus) - Data-Masks


    We Are Stardust

    We Are Stardust is a two-screen projection installation that maps the sequence of the 45000 sky observations of the Spitzer Infrared telescope satellite mission from 2003 to 2009. The installation includes a military grade infrared camera by which visitors to the gallery are visually rendered according to their heat values. Software engineering by MAT alumni Javier Villegas and Andres Burbano.


    Digiti Sonus

    Digiti Sonus is an interactive fingerprint sonification or interactive sound installation that transforms human's fingerprints into musical sound. The idea is to allow audience to explore their own identities through unique sound generated by their fingerprint patterns based on algorithmic computing and a physical device. The captured sound is looped and harmonized with other fingerprint sound so that the result is a real time experimental music as a representation of integrated human identities and societal communication.



    Data-masks are face masks which were created by reverse engineering facial recognition and detection algorithms. These algorithms were used to guide an evolving system toward the production of human-like faces. These evolved faces were then 3D printed as masks, shadows of human beings as seen by the minds-eye of the machine-organism. This exposes the way the machine, and the surveillance state, view human identity and this makes aspects of these invisible power structures visible.

  • The Media Arts and Technology Program sent a large contingent of people to the 15th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME). May 31 - June 3, Louisiana State University.

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    Ensemble Feedback - by the CREATE Ensemble, directed by Matt Wright, with Fernando Estrada, Anis Haron, Charlie Roberts, Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli, Hannen (Hannah) Wolfe, Tim Wood and Karl Yerkes.

    Blinky Gibberings - by Charlie Roberts.

    Art Installations

    Conducting Studies - by MAT alumni Marco Pinter and Ava Ansari.

    Paper Presentations

    Ensemble Feedback Instruments - Muhammad Hafiz Wan Rosli, Karl Yerkes, Matthew Wright, Timothy Wood, Hannen (Hannah) Wolfe, Charlie Roberts, Anis Haron and Fernando Rincon Estrada.

    Beyond Editing: Extended Interaction with Textual Code Fragments - Charlie Roberts, Matthew Wright and JoAnn Kuchera-Morin.

    Poster Presentations

    Tibetan Singing Prayer Wheel: A Hybrid Musical-Spiritual Instrument Using Gestural Control - J. Cecilia Wu, Yoo Hsiu Yeh (Stanford University), Romain Michon (Stanford Universtiy), Nathan Weitzner, Jonathan Abel (Stanford University) and Matthew Wright.

    The Bistable Resonator Cymbal: An Actuated Acoustic Instrument Displaying Physical Audio Effects - Andrew Piepenbrink (Santa Barbara City College) and Matthew Wright.

    The International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression gathers researchers and musicians from all over the world to share their knowledge and late-breaking work on new musical interface design.

  • MAT Professor Theodore Kim will give a talk at the UCSB Physics Colloquium titled "Equations + Algorithms = Movies".
  • Date:  Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
    Time:  4pm.
    Location:  Broida Hall, room 1640.



    A handful of physics equations, backed by an arsenal of numerical algorithms, are used to generate many of the computer graphics images we see at the movies today. These include the Navier-Stokes equations, the non-linear oscillator, and a specialized form of radiative transfer that we call "the rendering equation". Our jobs would be very easy if we could use off-the-shelf computational physics algorithms to solve these equations, but unfortunately, this is usually not the case. In this talk, I will discuss how we arrived at these particular equations, our preferred methods for solving them, and why various alternatives were discarded.

  • An Exchange Program has been established between Media Arts and Technology, CREATE, and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design.
  • Thanks to a generous grant from the Baden-Württemberg Foundation in Germany, qualified students from the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) and the Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program at UCSB can study and realize spatial audio projects in the Spatial Audio Group at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG), which is affiliated with the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM). Students from Karlsruhe will also travel to Santa Barbara for similar purposes. As a conclusion to these activities, a conference on spatial audio titled InSonic is being held in Karlsruhe 26-28 November 2015, which will be attended by students and faculty from both places as well as other international participants.