They aren’t cosplayers who took a wrong turn on their way to a comic book convention. They’re students. And the handmade cardboard suits they’ve donned are being graded.
sound installation was created by graduate students and faculty in the Arts and Technology program at the University of Texas at Dallas
, in collaboration with undergraduate students in the School of Information and Communication and Media Engineering at the Université du Sud Toulon-Var (USTV)
, in Toulon, France
. The project began in September 2009 with several planning meetings between UT Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art focusing on exhibition themes and artworks, as well as technological possibilities. UT Dallas faculty and students presented a proof of concept demonstration in December 2009 for the multilayer sound design and use of hyperdirectional speakers. In January 2010, under the direction of UT Dallas professor Dr. Frank Dufour, students selected works of art in the Coastlines
exhibition and began composing sonic interpretations for these works. Lead graduate students Michael Austin and Jason Barnett also began work on the conceptual and technical development of the overall multilayer sound design.
The sound design project is the most ambitious in the history of UT Dallas’ collaboration with the DMA. The students’ work responds to the coastal landscape paintings and other artworks on display, with the audio creations conceived to support the immersive qualities—intellectual, psychological and sensorial—of the exhibition itself.
When the Perot Museum of Nature and Science
opens this weekend, the state-of-the-art facility will feature the work of Arts and Technology
students from The University of Texas at Dallas.
The students worked closely with Dufour and Roxanne Minnish, a UT Dallas sound design instructor, composer and project manager, and with museum officials to refine their designs throughout the semester.
The students of Roxanne Minnish’s Design II class took to the runway Saturday for an outdoor fashion showcase of their already popular cardboard wearables. Constructed primarily — if not completely — from recycled cardboard, the student-designed costumes ran the gamut from medieval warriors to a cascade of roses to Spongebob Squarepants. Immediately afterwards, the attending students paraded along the street so that all in attendance could admire their craftwork.