Michael Century & Shawn Larson

Michael Century & Shawn Lawson

Musician and Computational Artist @ Rensselaer / Arizona State

Michael Century (US), a musician and media arts historian, is Professor of Music and New Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He founded the Media Arts program at the Banff Centre for the Arts. His improvisational music compositions use interactive electronics to modulate and transform solo performances on piano and accordion. In 2022, the MIT Press will publish his monograph, Northern Sparks: Innovation, Technology Policy and the Arts in Canada from Expo 67 to the Internet Age.

Shawn Lawson (US) is a computational artist and researcher creating the computational sublime. He performs under the pseudonym Obi-Wan Codenobi where he live-codes real-time computer graphics with his open-source software. He has performed at NIME, Australia; Radical dB, Spain; ICLI, Portugal and UK; ICLC, UK, Canada, Mexico, Spain; ISEA, Canada; GENERATE!, Germany; Live => Coding, Brazil; CultureHub, NYC, CCRMA, and more. Shawn’s artwork has been exhibited or screened in museums, galleries, festivals, and public space in England, Denmark, Russia, Italy, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia, Iran, and Canada; locally in ACM SIGGRAPH, IEEE ProCams, ACM MM, The Art Institute of Chicago, Milwaukee Art Museum, Chelsea Art Museum, Eyebeam, Aperture Foundation Gallery, Nicholas Robinson Gallery, MIT, OSU, ASU, and LTU. Shawn is published in the proceedings of ICLC, ACM CC, ACM SIGGRAPH, ACM SIGCHI, ACM MM and the Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. Lawson studied fine arts at Carnegie Mellon University and École Nationale Supèrieure des Beaux-Arts. He received his MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. He is an Associate Professor and Animation Area Coordinator at Arizona State University and selectively consults for independent artists and commercial R&D.

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