IMPACT Studio

"Understanding the continuum between the body, computation, and imagination."

The newfound Integrative Mind & Performance through the Arts, Creativity, and Technology Studio aims to change our understanding of human mind and body through the exploration of emerging interactive technologies, creativity, integrative health, and their synergistic impact on human well-being. We seek seamless integration of artistic creativity into everyday living and explore its quantifiable impact on the society's overall quality of life.

IMPACT's areas of interest include:

  • Independent preventative health practice (empowering individuals to engage autonomously in preventative care)
  • Mind & body, promoting integrative health approaches and preventative practices through the use of creative technologies
  • Mindfulness, arts and meditation
  • Sonification and its impact on mind/comprehension/health
  • Art and space (intelligent spaces, interactive architecture)
  • Arts & education
  • Music education, composition, and/or performance
  • Study of creativity
  • The development and assessment of new technologies targeting one or more of the topics above

L2Ork Grows Its Satellite K12 Laptop Orchestra Network

March 7, 2013 4:00PM @ DISIS

Following the successes with the Boys & Girls Club of Roanoke, VA Satellite Linux Laptop Orchestra, L2Ork has inspired a number of new orchestras around the country based on its ultra-affordable design and focus on open source solutions. Most recently, new locations include Shawnee State (Ohio), Stetson University (Florida), and Santa Clara University (California). On March 7th, 2013, L2Ork will be hosting guest artist Dr. Michael Barnhart from Shawnee State who will participate in L2Ork's rehearsal to learn more about the L2Ork infrastructure and setup in hope of replicating it at Shawnee State. As part of his visit, Dr. Barnhart will also give a lecture on his work at DISIS Computer Music & Multimedia Design course at 4pm in DISIS. Refer to directions to DISIS here.


Raspberry Pi Maker Workshop

March 4, 2013  5:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ ICAT STUDIOne

The Raspberry Pi MAKEr Workshop is led by Joe Deken, PhD, of New Blankets, Inc., a non-profit organization that develops new technologies and new participation mechanisms. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV or a keyboard. It's a capable little PC that can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing, and games. It also plays high-definition video. This workshop will instruct participants how to install software on the Raspberry Pi. Participants will leave with a working prototype.


To join the IMPACT email list, please send your request to the Studio Head - Ivica Ico Bukvic (ico@vt.edu)