art and entertainment
The alumni on the "Creativity, Art and Entertainment"
panel showed how boundaries have blurred in arts, fine arts and
entertainment -- Kesmai Corp. executives Kelton F. Flinn and John
R.Taylor III, (Kesmai is a video game company located in Charlottesville),
senior editor of ArtByte magazine Bennett M. Simpson (Col '94),
Disney.com head, Stephen Wadsworth (Engr '84) and Riva Krishnaswami
(Col '98), a digital music composer.
media is in every area of the sciences, of the arts, of the humanities
and across the University in education, law, public policy and
business, said Johanna R. Drucker, director of U.Va.'s Robertson
Media Center and panel moderator.
alumni and guests filled the Lower West Oval Room of the Rotunda
and overflowed into the wide entrance hallway to hear the panelists.
who works at Sacred Noise, a New York advertising agency, discussed
creating musical sounds with computers, which he learned while
a student in U.Va.'s Virginia Center for Computer Music (VCCM),
founded in 1987 by chair and professor of music Judith Shatin.
As composer and sound designer, Krishnaswami performs tasks at
his agency that previously would have taken three or four people
to produce. He warned that the danger of this new technology is
that people are unable to provide work as fast-paced as needed
to keep up with demand. "Using computers to make sound accelerates
the creative process at an absurd rate."
said when she founded VCCM, she "didn't expect to have students
doing what Riva is doing." Digital media offers a "breath
of opportunity and we don't know where it's going," Shatin