Patience, creativity and grit.
This is a graduate seminar focusing on issues facing interdisciplinary arts practices and practitioners both within and without academia. Discussions focus on individual practices by students and invited guests. There will be *.
You must attend class to succeed in this course.
This course is offered as a hybrid in-person + remote/distanced course due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will make liberal and regular use of email, Discord and WebEx to keep in touch, as well as prerecorded/asynchronous and live video streams to deliver course lecture and lab content. Ideally we do better than Pepsi Due to the distributed nature of this semester "attendance" is not necessarily required, however for live lecture broadcasts it is expected that students attend and participate as appropriate. Students who anticipate a conflict with a given class lecture should contact the professor prior to the class to receive authorization.
Collaboration between students in this course is strongly encouraged. Likewise, students are encouraged—indeed, to some extent required—to exchange ideas, opinions and information . You are also encouraged to help each other in the lab and with performance, production, and presentation of composition projects.
Plagiarism of any kind is in direct violation of University policy on Academic Dishonesty asdefined in the Rensselaer Handbook, and penalties for plagiarism can be severe. In this class you will be expected to attribute due credit to the originator of any ideas, words, sounds, or music which you incorporate substantially into your own work. This applies particularly to citation of sources for sonic "samples" included in your compositions.
Submission of any assignment that is in violation of this policy may result in a grade of F for the assignment in question. Violation of this policy will be reported, as defined in the Rensselaer Handbook
Students requiring assistance are encouraged to contact Disability Services: http://doso.rpi.edu/dss to discuss any special accommodations or needs for this course.
Jeremy Stewart is a multimedia artist and performer researching the affective potential of distributed media systems through the creation of improvisational performances, artificial intelligence (A.I.) software, and wearable hardware. His work investigates the ways that technology can affect, interact with, and alter an individual’s agency, perception, and autonomy.
Stewart is currently developing a framework for (re)thinking the artistic process/practice through the language and concepts of A.I. while exploring the creative potential of A.I. agents as performers and collaborators. CIBO, a musical live coding agent, has performed with Stewart at New York Live Arts (NYLA) Live Ideas 2019 /A.I.: Are you Brave Enough for the Brave New World?; the International Conference on Live Coding (ICLC) Madrid, 2019; and at venues around New England. SCP-079, a real-time, interactive, generative video A.I. agent, has performed as part of the Liveware project with Shawn Lawson and Michael Century in Brooklyn, NY, and at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University.
Stewart is a funded researcher developing new A.I./M.L. software for real-time musical applications. This work seeks to provide new understandings of musical form and structure through the implementation of probabilistic and neural network based architectures in the field of musical performance.
Since 2017, Stewart has been technical director on a number of projects created by the Boston-based Masary Studios, including Sound Sculpture, HDBPM, and Figuration, which have been seen at events and venues in New England and across the country including the Peabody Essex Museum, ICA/Boston, Canal Convergence (Scottsdale, AZ.), and MUTEK San Francisco.
Stewart is currently a PhD candidate in the Electronic Arts program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY