Nerd Nite Brighton 23: Brighton Digital Festival Special

This month is a Brighton Digital Festival Nerd Nite Special! Our digital themed talks are:

1. Music from Code: Code as Music – Dr Thor Magnusson
Thor will discuss work in composition, performance and the development of audiovisual software – from small instrumental applications to software for live coding. He will introduce two live coding systems both of which are examples of considerations of visual design in live coding performance systems. The presentation will include some musical improvisation.

Thor is a lecturer in Music at the University of Sussex. His work focusses on the impact digital technologies have on musical creativity and practice, explored through software development, composition and performance. He is the co-founder of ixi audio, and has developed audio software, systems of generative music composition, written computer music tutorials and created two musical live coding environments. Further information:

2. STEAM-Punk in Education – Prof Avril Loveless

Avril’s talk will raise questions about how to nurture ‘beautiful engineering’ in a digital age. She will argue that we need conceptual depth (knowing your stuff in a field); contextual scope (knowing why it matters to being human in our times); and pedagogical reach (knowing how to make it come alive for learners young and old). Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) play a role in ‘super-fusion’ of ways of knowing.

Avril Loveless is a Professor of Education at the University of Brighton. Her research interests include the use of digital tools for teaching and learning, particularly in fostering creativity. She has worked with artists and teachers in schools and was the chair of the ‘Creating Spaces’ network that promoted the creative use of ICT in education.

3. 3D User Interfaces – Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia

In 1965, Ivan Sutherland proposed his vision of the ‘ultimate display’. Such a display would create virtual objects that were totally undistinguishable from their real counterparts. This vision was the seed for research in the fields of 3D displays, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). Diego will summarize his research on developing formats for non intrusive VR. He will describe several systems created to support 3D interaction and collaboration and explain how displays can be created that do not preclude eye-contact and social interaction with other people, using substances such as fog.

Dr Diego Martinez Plasencia is a newly appointed Lecturer in Interactive Graphics in the Department of Informatics Creative Technology Group at the University of Sussex. Prior to joining Sussex, Diego was a researcher at the University of Bristol Interaction and Graphics Group, where he focussed on interface that provide the benefits of collaborative VR worlds, but in formats that can be integrated into our day to day lives.
Cakes, quizzing, music and the usual revelry – see you there!

It’s also very exciting for us to be hosted at the Rialto Theatre this month. We’re also on a WEDNESDAY rather than the usual third Thursday.

Tickets directly through the Rialto Box Office.

See you then!

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