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    iARTA Art-Tec Speakers Series, Denton, Texas, US

The Initiative for Advanced Research and Technology in the Arts (iARTA) at the University of North Texas presents the ArtTec Speakers Series —four evenings with leading interdisciplinary artists, curators and scholars. Members of iARTA’s newly formed advisory board will speak in groups of two in these public conversations, moderated by UNT faculty members. The discussions will serve as an informative introduction to the field and delve into some of the ideas redefining artistic practice in light of 21st century challenges and innovations. For information, visit
**The ArtTec series is free and open to the public.
Rethinking the Exhibition & Curating Communities
8 p.m. Feb. 3 (Thursday)
Recital Hall, Music Building, southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street.
Moderator: Shane Mecklenburger, assistant professor of new media art at UNT
Steve Dietz: Leading new media curator, director of the biennial 01SJ Global Festival of Art on the Edge and guest editor of Public At Review on the topic of “Public Art 2.0 –Media, Technology and Community in the Interactive City.”
Amanda McDonald Crowley: Executive director of Eyebeam art and technology center in New York City, a cultural worker, curator and facilitator who specializes in creating new media and contemporary art events.
Dancing with Wires
8 p.m. Feb. 17 (Thursday)
Recital Hall, Music Building
Moderator: David Bithell, assistant professor of music at UNT
Norah Zuniga Shaw: Director for dance & technology at the Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design at Ohio State University. Recent projects include work William Forsythe on his acclaimed Synchronous Objects.
Paul Kaiser: Artist, writer and member of the OpenEnded Group, an artists’ cooperative whose works span dance, music, installation, film, and public art. Luminary collaborators have included Robert Wilson, Merce Cunningham and Bill T. Jones.
Art and Science Intersect
8 p.m. March 3 (Thursday)
Recital Hall, Music Building
Moderator: David Stout, iARTA professor at UNT
Robert Zwijnenberg: Professor of art history at Universiteit Leiden in The Netherlands; an expert on the intersection of art and science; and a founding director of The Arts and Genomics Centre, which initiates collaborative exchange between international artists and genomics researchers.
Timothy Weaver: Associate professor of eMAD and Digital Media Studies in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver; an artist and former life scientist whose application of media technologies explores the restoration of ecological memory.
Sound, Art and Environment
8 p.m. March. 24 (Thursday)
Recital Hall, Music Building
Moderator: David Schwarz, associate professor of music at UNT
David Dunn: Composer and pioneer in the fields of acoustic ecology, bioacoustics, interspecies communication, and scientific sonification. Dunn is visionary figure whose practice suggests a radical rethinking of the role of art and artist.
Paul DeMarinis: Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University and an acclaimed electronic media artist and among the first innovators to use computers in performance. His recent work concerns the overlap between human communication and technology.