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'Listening Post' and Beyond


Mark Hansen
Department of Statistics and
(by courtesy) Design|Media Arts
University of California, Los Angeles
and Ben Rubin
EAR Studio

Thursday, April 22, 2004
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Seminar

3-120 MCB Building

Statistician Mark Hansen and artist Ben Rubin first met as participants in the inspired (albeit short-lived) Arts in Multimedia program organized by Brooklyn Academy of Music and Lucent Technologies in 1999-2000, which brought together artists and scientists, in a reprise of the 1960s E.A.T. (Experiments in Art and Technology) projects. From that serendipitous meeting came their first joint project, "Listening Post", an exquisitely elegant installation that visualizes and vocalizes the myriad ongoing conversations in thousands of Internet Chat Rooms. First shown at B.A.M., then at the Whitney Museum in 2002-2003, it is on show in "Son et Lumiere" at MIT's List Visual Arts Center, from February 12 through April 4, 2004. Ben, a sound designer and multimedia artist, is the founder of EAR Studio, New York, and is currently working on two public art projects for Minneapolis: with artists Ann Hamilton and David Small, for the exterior of the U's new Molecular Biology building; and for the new downtown Central Library. Mark, for many years a scientist in the Statistics and Data Mining Research Department at Bell Labs in New Jersey, moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to become associate professor of statistics and design|media arts at UCLA. Mark and Ben will discuss their seamless collaboration in the design and display of dynamic data, from "Listening Post" to a forthcoming installation at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, in partnership with architects Diller + Scofidio, to exciting new projects in the pipeline. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Humanities Institute and the Digital Technology Center and with in-kind support from the Institute for New Media Studies. Thanks to UMHI Interim Director Robert Gambone, DTC Director Andrew Odlyzko and INMS Director Nora Paul.