Project Description

Animators around the globe have collaborated to create a two-minute original film called "Spiritus Mundi" to celebrate our "shared humanity" through animation. ATEC Assistant Professor Christine Veras was part of this production that premiered online on October 28, the International Animation Day. More information about the piece is available here:

ATEC Assistant Professor Christine Veras was the guest speaker at “Curso de Cinema e Audiovisual” in Animation at Centro Universitário UNA, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She gave a talk about “The History and Legacy of Experimental Animation.”

The ArtSciLab in ATEC is delighted to announce that ATEC ArtSciLab High School Intern Kylee Hong's IRB application has been approved by UTDallas Office of Research Integrity and Outreach. Hong's study is titled Integrating Domestic, Physical, and Virtual Spaces through Design (DPV.SI). The study seeks to address the problem that physical spaces, including homes, work-places and on-line virtual spaces, have been poorly designed for the post pandemic condition. Kylee Hong is a high school intern from Hockaday School. She will be doing the project in collaboration with ArtSciLab Physics Coordinator Ayen Deng, and ATEC Professor Roger F. Malina. We look forward to Hong's recommendations on how to design virtual and online spaces in an integrated way. Little did Hong realize how timely and urgent this project would be. These recommendations exemplify the ideas of "Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work" by ATEC Dean Anne Balsamo.

On June 22, Glasstire announced a new initiative by Dallas’ Talley Dunn Gallery. ATEC MA Student Nitashia Johnson was one of the first fellows named to the Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship. As a recipient of the Equity in the Arts Fellowship, Johnson will receive a $1000 stipend, plus mentorship and resources such as writing CVs, navigating galleries and collector relationships, studio visits (post-COVID), quarterly check-ins, and featured spots on the gallery’s website, social media and newsletter.

ATEC PhD student Mohammed Mizanur Rashid presented “Invisible South-Asian Queer Histories: Reclaiming Bengali Queer Identities through Digital Platform Narratives” at the Global Fusion Conference 2020, hosted jointly this year by Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale and SIU Edwardsville.

ATEC Alum Chelsea Brtis (MFA in ATEC '19) was a finalist for IndieCade's Jamming the Curve game jam for her entry Together. Congratulations, Chelsea! Jamming the Curve is a game jam focused on addressing covid-19. Chelsea was also featured in a Los Angeles Times article about Jamming the Curve.

As part of ATEC's celebration for International Animation Day 2020, ATEC Assistant Professors Josef Nguyen, Ann Wu, and Christine Veras organized an online roundtable discussion with industry professionals on the topic of "Representation and Inclusion in Animation and Games" on Wednesday, 21 October 2020. Guest speakers from the industry offered insightful and inspiring encouragement to our students, emphasizing the importance of collaboration across disciplines. This event gathered more than 100 participants, and it raised awareness for ATEC’s Social Justice Initiatives across UTD and external communities.

In a discussion that included the project, "A Kitchen of One's Own," ATEC Professor xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman participated in a roundtable event "Working with Datasets," hosted by The Photographers' Gallery, London on October 15, 2020.

ATEC Assistant Professor Juan Llamas-Rodriguez published a chapter in "Pandemic Media," an open access collection that brings together scholars from around the world to reflect on the ways the current COVID-19 pandemic has affected media forms, usages, and locations. Dr. Llamas-Rodriguez's article analyzes how a recent animated short from India about the plight of migrant workers during the nation's lockdown also found resonance with audiences across Latin America.

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