About the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
WEIRD REALITY is a project of Carnegie Mellon’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research at the intersections of arts, science, technology and culture. Founded in 1989 within the CMU College of Fine Arts, the STUDIO serves as a flexible center for new modes of arts research, production and presentation.
About the 2016 VIA Festival
WEIRD REALITY is organized in close partnership with the 2016 VIA Festival, Pittsburgh’s premier audiovisual festival and a platform for the intersection of emerging music, new media art, and technology in a wide variety of forms. Founded in 2010, VIA showcases what’s next in music, art, and technology by artists from home and around the world.
Your WEIRD REALITY Conference Hosts
Golan Levin is Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a laboratory for atypical, anti-disciplinary, and inter-institutional research across the arts, science, technology and culture. As a member of the faculty at CMU, Golan is an Associate Professor of Electronic Art, and also holds Courtesy Appointments in CMU’s School of Computer Science, School of Design, School of Architecture, and Entertainment Technology Center. Golan has spent half his life as an artist embedded within technological research environments, in places like the MIT Media Laboratory, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, and the Ars Electronica Futurelab. In 2009, Golan founded the Art && Code conference series, dedicated to the democratization of computational tools and the exploration of the cultural, critical and aesthetic potentials of emerging technologies.
Co-Founder/Director, VIA Festival
Fellow, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry
Lauren Goshinski is a curator, event producer, and artist who creates platforms for experiencing emerging music and new media art. As the co-founder/director of V
Tom Hughes is an arts management professional with over 8 years of experience assisting creative individuals and arts organizations. He is responsible for managing STUDIO programs and initiatives as well as administering the Frank-Ratchye Fund for Art @ the Frontier grant program.
Linda Hager is Business Manager of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to joining the STUDIO, Linda served for 6 years as Business Administrator with the Language Technologies Institute of CMU’s School of Computer Science. Linda is responsible for administrating all financial and other logistical matters within the STUDIO.