Ben Knapp – February 27th

Benjamin Knapp, Director, ICAT, Center for the Arts at VTOn Thursday, February 27, Community Voices presents Ben Knapp, Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) and Professor of Computer Science at Virginia Tech. Knapp will be the kickoff speaker for the Community Voices Spring 2014 program.  His talk is titled, “An Artist, a Designer, an Engineer, and a Scientist Walk Into a Bar: Stories of ICAT” and will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in Blacksburg.

Knapp, an engineer, will be joined on stage by colleagues: an artist, a designer, and a scientist.  They will tell stories of their creative process with the help of the Orb, a digital sphere of integral relationships projected on the Lyric Theatre’s big screen. Not to be missed. They will share stories of creativity, discovery and humor in their projects on the frontline of Virginia Tech’s initiative to foster creativity.

They are developing a creative process to create new possibilities for exploration and expression through learning, discovery, and engagement.  ICAT seeks to promote research and education at the boundaries between art, design, engineering, and science.

Community Voices speakers are engaged in fostering work that strengthens community.  Their leadership includes the capacity to speak cogently and concisely about their experiences, to tell stories, sometimes using multi- media tools to perform in ways that are revealing of their work; and, to present ideas for change, ideas that matter.

Ben Knapp leads ICAT, a collection of collaborative studios composed of faculty, students, industrial partners, and community volunteers working together toward creating a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment for enacting change. ICAT includes five studios: IDEA, IMAGE, IMPACT, IMPLEMENT, and INTERACT. The INTERACT Studio is developing a technology of community engagement that includes working collaboratively with the Community Voices team comprised of graduate students, community members, and faculty.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His work at ICAT now includes innovative forms of creativity, such as digital storytelling, to create connections and engagement with community.
For additional information concerning this event or Community Voices, please contact Andy Morikawa with the Virginia Tech Institute for Policy and Governance at 540-231-6775.


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