Marcos Novak: “Transverging Cognition and Creativity”
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Transmedia Lab, York University (Accolade West, 103)
Novak will speak on how can we, in the 21st century, understand creativity and cognition is a way that is at once consonant with both the “sciences of the artificial” and with the “ecology of mind”? Given our accelerating advances in the understanding of mind as mechanism, and given our evident aim to imbue autonomous machines with artificial life, artificial intelligence, and artificial consciousness, and, given that the built world is always and necessarily the mirror of our choices and values, by what ethics can we guide our technics, and by what means, and to what ends?
Marcos Novak is an architect, artist, composer, and theorist who employs algorithmic techniques to design actual, virtual and hybrid intelligent environments. The self-described transarchitect is seeking to expand the definition of architecture by including electronic space, and originated the concept of liquid architectures in cyberspace and the study of a dematerialized architecture for the new, virtual public domain, the immersive virtual worlds. He is a Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is affiliated with CNSI (the California NanoSystems Institute), MAT (Media Art and Technology), and Art. He named the UCSB AlloSphere (the three-story high sphere for the creation of immersive virtual environments, the largest such facility in the world originally proposed by Dr. Kuchera-Morin) and created its first project, the AlloBrain using fMRI scans of his own brain. He is the Director of the transLAB at UCSB. A fellow of the World Technology Network, his many writings combine architecture, music, art, computation, science, and technology including the seminal paper “Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace”, “transArchitecture: Against the Collapsing Radius of Fiction”, and “Transmitting Architecture: The transPhysical City” – which became the theme of the XXIII World Congress of the UIA ((Union Internationale Des Architectes, 2008).
Marcos Novak’s talk will be presented as part of the Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces workshop and speaker series :: June 6th – June 12th, 2016
York University • School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design • Toronto, Canada
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