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VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: From Simulation to Emulation

March 1, 2022 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm free


601 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
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From Simulation to Emulation: Exploring the Uncanny Intimacy of Distance

Shawn Brixey, Professor in Arts and Engineering


March 1, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm

As physical distancing, remote interaction and Zoom emerged as ubiquitous features of our daily lives during the past harrowing year, true communal intimacy and shared social experiences became uniquely vulnerable and charged with complexity. Distance shifted from an often imagined pejorative physical, temporal or emotional barrier, to sanctuary and necessity. This lecture will examine the creative research at the intersection of art, science and engineering, revealing hidden intimacy and shared connection found through distance, latency and scale. This is a virtual event. 

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Shawn Brixey is professor of arts and engineering, and former Dean of the School of the Arts at VCU. A graduate of MIT he has created commissioned art installations for Documenta, The Olympic Games, Chicago Art Institute, Smithsonian Museums, Deutscher Kunstlerbund and the European Union Capital of Culture. Working at the interface of art, science and technology, he has received a wide range of grants and awards to support his research, including Apple Computer, Adobe Inc., Intel Corporation, The National Endowment for the Arts, The National Science Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Previous lectures in this series may be viewed here