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IAP 2012 Activities by Sponsor

Media Arts & Sciences

Advanced Storytelling Workshop
Kevin Brooks, Laura Packer, V. Michael Bove Jr.
Thu Jan 19, 01-04:00pm, E15-443A

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 18-Jan-2012
Limited to 10 participants.
Single session event

Storytelling is the art of triggering and managing the fervent creation of images, ideas, inspiration and understanding in the minds of an audience. This workshop focuses on how to target your audience with your story and get them to create along with you. Participants must come prepared with a 5-to-10 minute story or segment (fiction, nonfiction, personal, or work/research related) that needs honing for an upcoming presentation, performance, or thesis defense. This is not a workshop on slide presentations, but on the story foundation on which your slides or other materials would stand.

Each participant will have an opportunity to be coached by two professional storytelling instructors and coaches, while also gaining the benefit of watching others being coached.

This workshop is led by two seasoned performing storytellers. Kevin Brooks is a Media Lab alumnus and has performed stories for the stage and corporate sponsors. He is co-author of Storytelling for User Experience: Crafting Stories for Better Design. Laura Packer is a storyteller, teacher and coach, who has performed and taught at venues around the world.
Contact: Kevin Brooks, brooks@media.mit.edu

Camera Clinic
Randall Warniers
Wed Jan 25, 12-03:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 24-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

Digital photography has radically altered how images are made, perceived, delivered, and shown. We all own cameras, and we love to take pictures, but why are many of our pictures so uninteresting? This seminar, developed in the Camera Culture group in the MIT Media Lab, will describe four fundamental areas of effective digital photography: (1) understanding camera operation, (2) using natural light, (3) learning to photograph quickly, and (4) seeing good image composition. All of these are necessary and important for successful image making. The overall goal of the class is to enhance your ability to create high-quality digital photographs. Anyone interested in learning more about digital camera operation and professional shooting techniques is invited to attend. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your digital camera (large, medium, or small)!
Contact: Taya Leary, E14, 433B, taya@media.mit.edu

Camera Clinic Workshop
Randall Warniers
Fri Feb 3, 01-04:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 31-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

Digital photography has radically altered how images are made, perceived, delivered, and shown. We all own cameras, and we love to take pictures, but why are many of our pictures so uninteresting? This seminar, developed in the Camera Culture group in the MIT Media Lab, will describe four fundamental areas of effective digital photography: (1) understanding camera operation, (2) using natural light, (3) learning to photograph quickly, and (4) seeing good image composition. All of these are necessary and important for successful image making. The overall goal of the class is to enhance your ability to create high-quality digital photographs. Anyone interested in learning more about digital camera operation and professional shooting techniques is invited to attend. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your digital camera (large, medium, or small)!
Contact: Taya Leary, E14, 433B, taya@media.mit.edu

Creative Fabric Workshop
Angela Chang, Yolita Nugent, Shireen Damghani
Fri Jan 13, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Intro Fabric & Participants
Thu Jan 19, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Project advice and checkpoint
Thu Jan 26, 01-04:00pm, tba at the media lab, Studio Project Presentations

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 11-Jan-2012
Limited to 15 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Fee: 5.00 for Purchase of materials for making patterns and projects

Spend some time this winter experimenting with fabric, plushies and surface design in a three day workshop led by seasoned guides. In this workshop you will play with the basics of sewing, patterning and surface design to create unique textures, manipulated surfaces and objects of your choosing.

Come with an idea for a project, and we'll start making it at the first class. Continue 2nd class
Web: https://sites.google.com/site/creativefabricworkshop/
Contact: Angela Chang, E15-468A, x2-5674, anjchang@mit.edu

Health and Wellness Innovation 2012 - Come hack to save healthcare
John Moore MD
Tue Jan 17, 09am-06:00pm, MIT Media Lab 6th fl
Wed Jan 18 thru Thu Jan 26, 09am-06:00pm, MIT Media Lab
Fri Jan 27, 09am-06:00pm, MIT Media Lab 6th fl

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 16-Dec-2011
Limited to 60 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: software development, user experience design, hardware proto

The MIT Media Lab is proud to announce that the Health and Wellness Innovation event is back for its third year! Researchers, hackers, physicians, and industry experts, in one location, creating disruptive healthcare technologies today.

The Challenge: Healthcare is in crisis; every year we spend more and get less. At the core of the crisis is a lack of patient engagement.

Why: To learn what is working and what is not. To meet a team of hackers, researchers, physicians, and industry pros. To solve the healthcare crisis and save lives. Oh yeah and if you aren't convinced, there are $10,000 in prizes generously donated by Spark Capital.

When: Join us for two weeks from January 17th - January 27th, 2012. Together we are going to build the next generation of technologies to engage and empower patients and save healthcare.

How: Apply now: http://newmed.media.mit.edu/health-and-wellness-innovation-2012-registration

Healthcare needs you, come be part of the solution.
Web: http://newmed.media.mit.edu/health-and-wellness-innovation-2012
Contact: John Moore MD, E14-274G, (617) 452-5533, jom@mit.edu

MIT Living Labs: 3D Modelling, Computer Animation, Video Production
Kent Larson, Derek Ham, Tyrone Yang
Schedule: TBD
No limit but advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 05-Jan-2012
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: Some previous experience in 3D modelling, computer animation

This class is a hands-on workshop for students who have some previous experience in 3D modelling, computer animation, storyboarding, video compositing, video editing and wish to improve their skills. The class will conducted through a tutorial / hands-on format, and students will work closely with the instructors to develop videos related to research on urban housing, mobility and energy systems. Examples of previous videos are posted here:

http://changingplaces.mit.edu/research/videos

Email the instructors with interest. Class meetings will be Monday and Friday Jan. 9 - Jan. 27, with work to be done by students independently outside of class. Meeting times will be determined at the introductory meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2:00 pm, in E15-368. Enrollment is limited, by permission of the instructors.

Contact: Derek Ham, dham@mit.edu and Tyrone Yang tyang@mit.edu
Contact: tyang@mit.edu, E15-368b, (617) 970-8108, tyang@mit.edu

New Musical Interfaces
Angela Chang, Taras Mashtalir
Mon Jan 30, 01-03:00pm, E15-525

Enrollment limited: first come, first served
Limited to 50 participants.
Single session event
Prereq: Attendees would be encouraged to have their iPhone/iPads ava
Fee: 20.00 for Participant might buy apps for their iPad

Create music on iPhone/iPad workshop! This seminar introduces contemporary tools and methods for creating music composition and performance using iPhone/iPad for generating and modulating sound, controlling various parameters via midi and OSC, etc.
The goal is to transform complex music theoretical knowledge into an easy to use musical instrument.
Web: https://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1EezOgCqvB_Sw1V0yUmbTGzqAWEdjtlcHkGerBR3sbo8
Contact: Angela Chang, E15-468A, (617) 452-5674, anjchang@mit.edu

Paper-Based Electronics for Creative Expression
Jie Qi
Mon Jan 9, 16, 23, 30, Sat Feb 4, 01-06:00pm, E14-548

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 06-Jan-2012
Limited to 15 participants.
Participants requested to attend all sessions (non-series)
Prereq: none
Fee: 10.00 for materials fee

Come learn materials and techniques for integrating electronics with the paper medium to create expressive, interactive electronic artworks.

Not sure what this means? Check out these links:
electronic pop-up book: http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=5
self-folding paper: http://hlt.media.mit.edu/?p=996

The workshops will cover techniques from adding light and sensing to your paper artwork, to using pre-programmed microcontrollers, to making paper move with shape-memory alloys.
Contact: Jie Qi, E14-548, jieqi@media.mit.edu

Twenty Classic French Films and Why They Are Good for You
Randall Warniers
Wed Feb 1, Fri Feb 3, 12-01:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 31-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.
Repeating event. Participants welcome at any session

The French invented cinematography in the 19th century, and they have pioneered important developments in cinema ever since. This class will discuss twenty of the most successful and influential French films, from the silent era to the present day, and describe why you should see them. The class will communicate the richness, power, variety, and beauty of French cinema in all its forms, including comedies, dramas, musicals, histories, art films, gangster films, and film noir. We won't watch any of the films in class, but all are available on DVD, and every attendee will take away a list of the selected films for future reference. If you've ever been moved by the indefinable je ne sais quoi of French cinema, or you want to learn more about Jean Gabin or Catherine Deneuve, or you are looking for a good existential drama for a cold winter night, this is the class for you.
Contact: Taya Leary, E14-433B, taya@media.mit.edu

Workflow Clinic
Randall Warniers
Fri Jan 27, 12-03:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 26-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.

Establishing an effective digital workflow from image acquisition to image output is an essential part of good digital photography. This interactive Media Lab seminaróa companion to Camera Clinicówill discuss useful procedures and techniques to help you organize, optimize, and communicate your photographs. We will cover three topics: (1) archiving, naming, and backing up image files; (2) using an image editor to manipulate and improve your images; and (3) preparing images for output either in print or online. We will also discuss the importance of color management in an effective digital workflow. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your digital camera (large, medium, or small)!
Contact: Taya Leary, E14-433B, taya@media.mit.edu

Workflow Clinic workshop
Randall Warniers
Wed Feb 1, 01-04:00pm, E14-525

Enrollment limited: advance sign up required (see contact below)
Signup by: 31-Jan-2012
Limited to 25 participants.
Single session event

Establishing an effective digital workflow from image acquisition to image output is an essential part of good digital photography. This interactive Media Lab seminaróa companion to Camera Clinicówill discuss useful procedures and techniques to help you organize, optimize, and communicate your photographs. We will cover three topics: (1) archiving, naming, and backing up image files; (2) using an image editor to manipulate and improve your images; and (3) preparing images for output either in print or online. We will also discuss the importance of color management in an effective digital workflow. All levels of experience are welcome. Bring your digital camera (large, medium, or small)!
Contact: Taya Leary, E14-433B, taya@media.mit.edu


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