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Vibeke Sorensen: 2009 CSE Colloquium Series

New Minds

Spring 2009 CSE Colloquium SeriesVibeke Sorensen

Vibeke Sorensen

Professor and Chairperson
Department of Media Study
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Friday, April 3
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM 
1257 Anthony Hall

Host: Laura Dillon


New Minds: There is a major increase in transdisciplinary activity in universities and research centres around the world. What is the role that art can play in dialog with science and computing, and why is it important now to emphasize it? This talk discusses related philosophical, political, and esthetic issues, and introduces the Mindship, a unique art-science "think-tank" in Copenhagen, Denmark that brought together mathematicians, philosophers, evolutionary biologists, composers, writers, as well as visual and digital media artists.


Vibeke Sorensen is a professor and artist working in digital multimedia and computer animation, interactive architectural installation and visual-music performance. Her work in experimental new media spans three decades and has been published and exhibited worldwide, including in books, galleries, museums, conferences, performances, film festivals, on cable and broadcast television, and on the Internet.

From 1984-1994, she was Founding Director of the Computer Animation Laboratory in the School of Film and Video at the California Institute of the Arts, and from 1994-2005 she was Professor and Founding Chair of the Division of Animation and Digital Arts in the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California.

Sorensen is a 2001 Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Film/Video/Multimedia and the 2005 Knight Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Currently, she is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She was Chair of the 2007 ACM SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Global Eyes. For more information, please see