Nov. 19-Dec. 2, 1999
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Creativity, 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), head, Stephen Wadsworth (Engr '84) and Riva Krishnaswami (Col '98), a digital music composer.

"Digital 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.

Students, alumni and guests filled the Lower West Oval Room of the Rotunda and overflowed into the wide entrance hallway to hear the panelists.

Krishnaswami, 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."

Shatin 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 said.

-- Katherine Jackson


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