Earth Day is an event celebrated worldwide to show support in protection of the environment and honor the Earth.

Please join us (and over 192 countries)  . Beginning April 22 we are posting on CREATIVE DISTURBANCE  a series of podcasts about our “sense

of place” on the planet Earth, discussing art-science connections from Antarctica to South Africa to the expanding deserts in the American

south west.


Listen to them on Stitcher, I Tunes, podcast addict, sound cloud  or on the Creative Disturbance Earth Day page at:
Geologist Susan Erickson, producer on the Art and Earth Science Channel on Creative Disturbance

Has been posting a series of podcasts  addressing the way artists have used the Earth as inspiration and as subject matter for millennia. The channel highlights existing projects and discuss where the geosciences and artists can collaborate to bring new insights to what happens at the boundary between the disciplines. We are particularly interested in building research agendas to support this growing field.
Some of the podcasts to date include:

Matthew Garcia discusses his desert-based art and ecology initiative – DesertArtLAB.  Desert ArtLAB seeks to inform a discourse of place in desert urban landscapes, while challenging desert residents to consider how indigenous desert ecology can inform identity, equality and resilience in our desert communities

Artist Diane Burko with student participant Emily Moore and scientist Danielle Bianchi report from the Drake Passage after a week ‘on ice’ in Antarctica.

Dr. Kathy Ellins and Dr. Susan Eriksson address the current status of art and earth science collaborations and new directions that could bolster their utility in geoscience research and education. Dr. Kathy Ellins works in the office of Outreach and Diversity in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, while Dr. Susan Eriksson is an independent consultant and a research fellow in the ArtSci Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas.
Roger Malina





Hiring a Dean and New Faculty in our new School of Art Technology and Emerging Communications at the University of Texas at Dallas


We will shortly be advertising the new position of Dean of our new School of Art, Technology and Emerging Communication

here at the University of Texas at Dallas. In the meantime I would like to bring to your attention a number of open

faculty positions:


Job Code Position Description

Assistant/Associate Professor in Game Studies

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Senior Lecturer in ATEC-Game Design and Animation

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Faculty Position in 3D Animation

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Faculty Positions – Interaction and Visual Design

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Open Rank Position in Emerging Media and Communication

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Part-time Lecturer

Arts and Technology – School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Part-time Lecturer

Emerging Media and Communication – School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

more details at
Roger Malina
Associate Director, ATEC

Virtual Africa Alert: Help create and art and technology center in Cameroons West Africa

Dear Colleague

This is to bring your attention, and solicit your crowd-funding support, for an unusual and worthwhile art/technology project in.. Cameroons Africa.

Yvan Tina, who runs our Virtual Africa channel on Creative Disturbance ( ) has

done a podcast with Al Banda who were were put in touch with through Ira Greenberg here in Texas- through the ‘processing’ computer language community.

Here is what Am Banda Tells us

The crowdfunding campaign is at:

Band says:

Our goal is to promote the value of interdisciplinary learning by combining logical thinking with art and technology. However, we have plans that go beyond growing ChessMate as a tool to this end. We want to establish a cultural innovation center in Cameroon (where the project was developed) to serve as a community hub and recreational space for volunteer programs, creative development projects and, of course, Chess

From: Al Banda <>

I’m just writing to inform you that we have just launched a crowdfunding campaign for ChessMate (the chess/digital art project) and want to use the funds to set up a cultural/innovation center here in Buea, Cameroon. I would really appreciate if you supported the campaign in anyway possible: donations, spreading the word, and providing ideas. We’re also planning to use the campaign to organize a ChessMate exhibition later this year.
This would be something great for our community back here and there would be lots of creative projects coming out. Thank you for your time and hope to hear back from you.
Best regards,

Al Banda @TribeOfLions |

​ Skype: al.banda |​

The Endgame

Our goal is to promote the value of interdisciplinary learning by combining logical thinking with art and technology. However, we have plans that go beyond growing ChessMate as a tool to this end. We want to establish a cultural innovation center in Cameroon (where the project was developed) to serve as a community hub and recreational space for volunteer programs, creative development projects and, of course, Chess. Contact us to find out more about this initiative but, most importantly, join us on this journey by taking action now.


Kaleido Hub:
home of creative projects

We believe that a great recipe for innovative projects is a mix of technology, cultural and recreational activities, and an entrepreneurial mindset. One of our pipeline projects,48 Lamps, exemplifies this by transforming kerosene lanterns into pieces of art in order to subsidize the cost of solar lamps for underprivileged communities.

We’re based in Cameroon, the melting pot of Africa, and thus a place of inspirational energy. Our pledge to ourselves is that we will always strive to find culturally contextualized solutions and never hesitate to think out of the box to make it happen.


Help on the crowdfunding campaign:
Roger Malina






As we near the end of the academic year, we would like to bring the Leonardo Abstract Service (LABS) to the attention of students and educators. Students who will be receiving an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. in a subject related to the intersection of art, science and technology are encouraged to submit an abstract of their thesis to the LABS database. The LABS database functions as a way for international artists and scholars to learn about the work of the next generation. The database is peer-reviewed, and the top-ranking authors will be invited to submit an article on their work for publication in Leonardo Journal. Additionally, abstracts ranked highest by our peer reviewers are published on Leonardo On-Line and recognized in Leonardo. Deadline to submit: 30 June 2015. For more information and to submit an abstract, contact LABS Editor-in-Chief Sheila Pinkel, at

LABS is a comprehensive database of abstracts of Ph.d, Masters and MFA theses in the emerging intersection between art, science and technology. Persons who have received advanced degress in arts (visual, sound, performing, text), computer sciences, the sciences and/or technology which in some way investigate philosophical, historical, critical or applications of science or technology to the arts are invited to submit an abstract of their thesis for publication consideration in this database.

LABS is a comprehensive database of abstracts of Ph.d, Masters and MFA theses in the emerging intersection between art, science and technology. Persons who have received advanced degress in arts (visual, sound, performing, text), computer sciences,….



What if the data sounded like heavy metal music ?



we have re activated the YASMIN discussion about the fact that most

science videos make poor use of sound and music


joing the discussion at 
or just follow it without posting at:


here is my latest post:


I thought i would inject a different line of discussion about the role
of sound or music accompanying science communications films

here is an extreme example of music composed that actually
“plays’ the data

What would LHC sound like if it was a heavy metal band

it is described as higgs boson sonification

but more seriously- in scientific data analysis visualisation is a dominant
mode of presentation and the use of other modes of perception rarely used-
now however with many scientists putting their data into game engines-many
new modes of navigation through data are possible- including using sound
as a perceptual aid or addition that helps scientists understand/look for
patterns in their data- there is a growing community of researchers working on
data sonification in general

my colleague scot gresham lancaster is the producer of the sound and data
channel on Creative Disturbance art-science podcast platform:

where he discusses with various experts aspects of data and sound

some of the motivation for all this is tied to what Eleanor Gibson termed
“perceptual learning”

On Gibson’s (1969) account, perceptual learning entails an increased
ability to extract relevant
information from a stimulus array as the result of experience. The
traditional view of perceptual
learning, dating back to Bishop Berkeley in the 1700s, is that animals
must learn to perceive; the
information at sensory receptors is impoverished and meaningless and
thus a complete percept
requires learning. In Gibson’s view, the information at receptors is
sufficient to support complete
percepts from the start, and thus animals needn’t learn to perceive;
rather, they perceive to learn
(E. J. Gibson, 1989, July). Perceptual learning is the key to
knowledge and where it all begins

the fact is that in every day cognition/perception we ‘toggle’ between
sensory modes
seamlessly as the best way to “extract information from a stimulus array”- yes
in scientific communication we use music or sound as an accompaniment rather
than as a perceptual learning tool

it seems to me this is a growing trend in scientific communication

does anyone have other examples of project that ‘play the data ‘ ?
Roger Malina



We are pleased to announce the inaugural podast in the NOISY

Hosted by Tim Perkis


A series of short (15-30min) podcasts, each one interviewing (usually) one musician or sound artist, produced by Tim Perkis. Focus of interest is largely on experimental, improvisational and improvised music, with occasional forays to whatever attracts Tim’s interest.

The inaugural podcast guest is scat-singer / nuclear physicist Lorin Benedict, of Oakland, California. Lorin’s music stretches the boundaries of traditional jazz scat-singing, with excursions into hip-hop, neo-classical fugues, and the borders of free improvisation. He also has an unusually developed ‘nonsense language’ vocabulary underlying his work.


Tim Perkis is a researcher, engineer, musician and filmmaker, who has been working primarily in the field of digital sound for decades. As a musician, he is a founder of The Hub, a pioneering group in the field of computer network music, as well as a internationally-known performer of improvised music, having worked with many of the leading figures in the field in North America, Europe and Japan. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the California College of the Arts (CCA) and has been resident artist/researcher at Mills College in Oakland California, Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center, Paul Allen’s legendary thinktank, Interval Research, and at the Mediterranean Institute of Advanced Research (IMéRA) of the University of Aix-Marseille in France. As an engineer he has designed tools, toys and software for a variety of corporate clients, including Mattel, Sony, and Sennheiser, and consulted with the San Francisco Airport and Art Commission as an expert on technology-based art. He is also producer and director of a feature-length documentary on musicians and sound artists in the San Francisco Bay area called NOISY PEOPLE (2007). His music is available on over a dozen labels, including Tzadik(USA), EMANEM(UK), and Creative Sources (Portugal). 


“Does studying music enhance higher order learning skills in undergraduate non-music majors?”

“Does studying music enhance higher order learning skills in undergraduate non-music majors?”

This paper was just accepted for presentation at the Union College conference on Engineering and the Humanities

Roger Malina

 “Does studying music enhance higher order learning skills in undergraduate non-music majors?”

Kathryn Evans, Senior Lecturer in Music, School of Arts and Humanities, Frank Dufour, Associate Professor, Rosanna Guadagno, Associate Professor  and Roger Malina, Professor, Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas


Many studies have looked at the correlation between music study and academic skills.  A review of over 11,000 studies between 1950 and 1990 conducted by Harvard Project Zero tested the claim that studying the arts leads to some form of academic improvement. Only three areas were found that demonstrated a clear causal link between education in an art form and achievement in a non-arts, academic area.  Two were in music: a medium-size causal relationship between listening to music and spatial-temporal reasoning and a large causal relationship between learning to make music and spatial-temporal reasoning. (Winner 2001).  The majority of these studies have been conducted with students in primary and secondary education, but little research has been done on students at the undergraduate college level who study music, either as a minor or for general interest.  Most pedagogical studies in music address the needs of music majors and not non-majors.


This pilot study looked at students at the University of Texas at Dallas who enrolled in music studies (either music performance, music theory or sound design) who are not majoring in music.  Many are students in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) areas.  Through phenomenological research methods, we looked at the experiences of students who study music or sound design and how they perceived it affects their academic skills in other areas. Emails for students currently enrolled in music or sound design courses in AY2014-15 were obtained from registration records and they were solicited to take an on-line survey, with an option to volunteer for an in-depth interview. Over 800 students were solicited in February 2015 and a response rate of 20% has already been obtained.  Additionally, over 30 students have volunteered for the interview.  Initial data and a preliminary analysis will be presented.


Moustakas, Clark E. Phenomenological Research Methods. No ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, 1994.

Winner, Ellen , Thalia R. Goldstein, and Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin. “Art for Art’s Sake? The Impact of Arts Education.” Centre for Education Research and Innovation – CERI. N.p., 17 Jun 2013. Web. 11 Jul 2013.
Details of the conference at:

Engineering and Liberal Arts Symposium at Union College

Union College will host the Eighth Symposium on engineering and liberal arts education on June 5 and 6th in Schenectedy, New York.  For more information and to submit an abstract, visit


For futher material on this project by Kathryn Evans see :

Curriculum Development in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities\


contact kathryn evans for further info at:



Wanna be a professor of Interaction and Visual Design ? Check out the ATEC positions at UTD


As I  announced previously, there is much excitement here at University of Texas at Dallas with the creation of our new School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication =

A number of new faculty positions are being advertised and filled-

In this case the positions are to expand our research and teaching in Interaction and Visual Design

Please circulate this to your interested colleagues !

Deadline for this position is May 1 2015

Roger Malina

School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication

Faculty Positions – Interaction and Visual Design (pac150213)

The University of Texas at Dallas seeks applications for appointment in fall 2015 to one or more tenure-system positions, rank dependent upon qualifications, in the area of interaction and/or visual design. Appointees will teach and conduct research with colleagues in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication. Professional design experience and active participation in the life of the design community is expected.

Preferred qualifications include experience with one or more of the following areas: strategic design, creative agency and/or startup experience, or university teaching experience. Qualified candidates should have an MFA, MDes, or PhD or related terminal degree, be well versed in design theory, and have at least 2 years of university-level teaching experience or professional equivalence in a closely related field.

Review of applications begins May 1, 2015, with a desired starting date of appointment being August 1, 2015. MFA, MDes, or PhD should be in hand by start date. Indication of gender and ethnicity for affirmative action statistical purposes is requested as part of the application. School hiring officials will receive notification when application materials are posted and are available for review.

To apply, applicants should submit (a) an online portfolio of work, (b) a current CV, (c) a letter of interest, including research and creative interests, (d) teaching evaluations if available (e) up to two sample syllabi if available, and (f) letters of recommendation from at least three professional references via the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM available below.

Is Engineering a Discipline ?


If you are in Dallas , Texas this Friday april 17 contact me if you would like to attend:

We have an ATEC  Watering Hole this Friday April 17 from 2-4pm, informal, come and go inA mTC 3.205

Prof David Channell ( )


The Humanities and Engineering Joined at the Hip ? Guest Prof David Channell


Prof Channell will discuss how the humanities play a crucial role in the development of technology (i.e. to argue that engineering is — or should be — a humanistic discipline)


Prof Channell’s research has focused on the relationship between science and technology. Recently he has also begun work on the relationship between science, technology and religion, and on the relationship between art and technology. Professor Channell has published three books, including:The Vital Machine: A Study of Technology and Organic Life(N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1991); The History of Engineering Science: An Annotated Bibliography (N.Y.: Garland, 1989); and Scottish Men of Science–W.J.M. Rankine (Scotland’s Cultural Heritage, 1986).


Some have argued that Engineering is not a discipline at all. Others that computer engineering, which studies

and applies understanding of information processes, digital or living, is the meta-discipline that joins the

humanities and engineering at hip


All welcome to come and engage in Bohmian Dialog !

Roger Malina

why do science communication films often have such lousy use of sound or music


We are just starting a new discussion on the YASMIN discussion list

Join the discussion at:

or follow the discussion on the blog:


Here is the first post:


As Guillermo Munoz mentioned our discussion Light is my Business
got re routed when as he says:

“Finally, our discussion has a “dramatic” ending. No because any
disturbance, just because a “naive” film, from Sun images accompanied with
music, changes our questions from the interaction between light and sound
in science popularization films.”

The film in question was the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory in the video

I made the rash statement that the video which had impressive scientific
images was ruined, in my opinion by cliched re use of music by dead
composers ( which maybe were cheap to get rights to)

I was just thinking aloud that : why is it that science agencies would
spend large
amounts of money taking the data and making a video accessible
to the public, but not invest in state of the art sound or music that
would augment
the images through a multi modal approach- why not innovative combinations
of video and sound to create really effective science engagement

a number of you didnt agree with this , and we put on hold
some of your posts which we will start re releasing

This is all a good example of how on line discussions are a poor
substitute for face to face dialogue ! Guillermo is planning a meeting
of Yasminers
at the The 2nd Art, Science, City International Conference 201 in
Valencia this coming October 22/23
which will bring the art, science and technology community together
around problematics
of the build urban environment.

Any way ; lets back to the discussion that started as a detour in the Light is
my business discussion- how should sound and music be used in
an integrated way to augment the effectiveness of science communication films

Join the discussion at:

or follow the discussion on the blog:

Roger Malina