Sixth Annual Digital Arts Expo Showcases Student Work

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More than 50 students will show their digital artwork at DAX 2017 on May 25.

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Attendees take in the art exhibition that was part of the 2015 Digital Arts Expo at Dartmouth. (Photo by Eli Burakian ’00)

With original digital artworks from animation to games to 3D fabrication, more than 50 undergraduate and graduate students will be showing their digital artworks at the sixth annual Digital Arts Exposition (DAX), on Thursday, May 25, at the Black Family Visual Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served throughout the evening.

“DAX is a cross-departmental showcase of original art, design, and innovation by Dartmouth students,” says Professor Michael Casey, chair of the Department of Music and faculty coordinator for DAX 2017. “Submissions represent more than 20 courses from departments across the campus, and include genres as diverse as opera and virtual reality.”

DAX highlights the creativity and innovation that happen when art and technology meet, Casey says. Other featured works include design, digital drawing, digital performance, projection, photography, architecture, interactive installation, and visualization.

“DAX is one of the few interdepartmental/cross-college arts exhibitions on campus,” says Lorie Loeb, executive director of the Digital Arts, Leadership, and Innovation (DALI) Lab, one of several DAX sponsors. “Each year we feature student work that lives at the exciting intersection of arts, technology, design, and interactivity.”

Loeb says this year’s expo “is particularly exciting, as students have begun producing work with DAX in mind. Student work in DAX was created as part of courses, as a research project, or as a passion project by a particular student or student team. The work gets better and better every year.”

Events begin at 7 p.m. with a screening of student animations in Loew Auditorium, followed by viewing of interactive installations at 7:45 p.m.

At 8:30, attendees will be treated to digital performances featuring virtual opera scenes sung by members of the Dartmouth Glee Club; music by the Dartmouth Brain Orchestra, a collaborative project of the Digital Musics Program and Thayer School of Engineering; audiovisual works by leading student digital performers; and a dance party.

In addition to DALI, DAX 2017 is sponsored by the Neukom Institute, the Department of Computer Science, and the Masters Program in Digital Musics, with faculty and staff collaborators from studio art, film and media studies, digital humanities, theater, music, engineering, physics, and computer science.

Hannah Silverstein