Curtis Bahn is a composer and improviser who specializes in live interactive electronic performance. Currently he is Associate Professor of Computer Music Composition/ Performance, and Director of the Integrated Electronic Arts (iEAR) Studios at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy New York. He received his Ph.D. in music composition from Princeton University. From 1986-1993 he was the Technical Director of the Center for Computer Music of the City University of New York working with composer Charles Dodge. His music has been presented internationally at venues including Lincoln Center, India International Centre - Delhi, Sadler's Wells - London, Palais Garnier - Paris, Grand Theatre de la Ville - Luxembourg, as well as numerous festivals, conferences and clubs. Curtis was the composer for a major residency project entitled "Motione," in interactive dance and graphics with Choreographer Trisha Brown and Visual Artists Paul Kaiser, Marc Downey and Shelly Eshkar hosted by the ASU Arts Media and Engineering Program. He released a solo recording of live electronic performance on his extended string bass entitled "R!g," on the EMF label, a duo recording entitled "./swank" with Dan Trueman on the cycling 74 label, and a DVD with Pauline Oliveros and Tomie Hahn on the Deep Listening label.
Audrey Grace Bennett is a tenured associate professor in the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication. She teaches courses in design theory, research and practice and conducts research on collaborative and participatory design as methods for cross-cultural communication.
Bennett is editor of "Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design" published by Princeton Architectural Press that chronicles historical and contemporary efforts of designers to broaden the scope of the profession of graphic design to include user research.
Her current research--funded by Rensselaer, the Society for Technical Communication, and the National Science Foundation--includes the development of a theory of interactive aesthetics (IA) that democratizes the design process and places designers in virtual collaboration with lay audiences. IA facilitates the participation of remote participants in various stages of the design process through the use of new or existing communication technologies.
Her papers are published in the Journal of Design Research, Visible Language, Design Issues, The Journal of Graphic Design and various international design research conference proceedings. More information about her research can be found via “BaoHouse”—a virtual design studio that she directs.
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