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The James and Anne Duderstadt Center

2020 Media & Studio Arts Symposium

  Symposium Poster


A diverse community of presenters representing students, faculty and industry professionals will be sharing their expertise, experience and collaborations.  Join our community as we embark on this exploration of the creative process, exploring the tools and techniques that can make your vision a reality!

The third annual Media & Studio Arts Symposium is hosted by the Duderstadt Center, the nexus of interdisciplinary innovation, research and discovery for media creation and performance technologies at the University of Michigan.  The Symposium will take place in the Duderstadt Center’s state-of-the-art Video Studio, showcasing the latest in Video, Audio, Interactive and Projection Technology. 


Open to all.  Students, staff, faculty and public are welcome.  

Seating is limited, so first come, first seated. 

For faculty bringing classes, please let us know in advance if possible. 


Thursday, February 20, 4-10 pm


Special Event, 4:00-5:00 pm: 'Women in Media Technology' Panel Discussion

Panelists: Piper Payne, Brandie Lane, Connie Huang, Dr. Leah N. Claiborne D.M.A.

Moderator: Deb Mexicotte, Managing Director, ArtsEngine, Duderstadt Center


5:15-6:15 pm: Mastering in the Moment

Piper Payne, Mastering Engineer, University of Michigan Alum 


6:30-7:30 pm: Hybrid Audio: Mixing Virtual and Acoustic Instruments for Media Presentations

Brandie Lane, United States Army Sergeant First Class and non-commissioned officer-in-charge of Audio Section with the West Point Band, United States Military Academy 


7:45-8:45 pm: Filmmaker Working in New York City

Connie Huang, Professional Camera Assistant for such films as 'The Goldfinch', 'The Greatest Showman', 'Bridge of Spies', 'The Post' and 'West Side Story', University of Michigan Alum


9:00-10:00 pm: Shaping Musical Identity (Through Research, Performance, and Service)

Dr. Leah N. Claiborne, D.M.A, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies and teaches History of African American Music at the University of District of Columbia, University of Michigan Alum

 Dr. Carlos Simon, Award winning composer of 'My Ancestor's Gift', University of Michigan Alum 


Friday, February 21, 5-10 pm


5:15-6:15 pm: The making of 'Momentum Portraits of Women in Motion'

Ellen Rowe, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan

 David Greenspan, Managing Producer, Audio Studios, Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan


6:30-7:30 pm: Technologies for Social Change: Theatre, Media, and Representation 

(Using new media and technology to take your storytelling in a digital direction)

José Casas, Playwright and Assistant Professor heading the Playwriting Minor in the Department of Theatre & Drama at the University of Michigan

David Forsee, Senior BFA InterArts Performance Major, University of Michigan 


7:45-8:45 pm: Integrating QLab Video into Your Live Performance

Jeromy Hopgood, Professor of Entertainment Design & Technology at Eastern Michigan University. Author of  'QLab 4: Projects in Video, Audio, & Lighting Control', 'Dance Production: Design & Technology', and the forthcoming 'Digital Media Designer’s Toolkit'. 


9:00-10:00 pm: Creating integrated visuals and audio for a large-scale orchestral/choral performance, 'Peacemakers: A Filmic Oratorio' 

Mike Halerz, Co-Founder of TeraPixel, University of Michigan Alum

‘Peacemakers’, to be screened in its entirety Sunday, February 23, 4:00-6:00 pm at Stamps Auditorium


Saturday, February 22, 1-8 pm


1:15-2:15 pm: 21st Century Hammond Organ

Multi-Disciplinary Design Program Student Project Team, 

Kyle P. Snyder, Assistant Audio Studios Manager, Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan

David Greenspan, Managing Producer, Audio Studios, Duderstadt Center, University of Michigan


2:30-3:30 pm: Geomagnetic Storm Visualization

Conner Darling, artist in residence in the Magnetometer Lab at the Space Research Center, University of Michigan, University of Michigan Alum

Sindhu Giri, artist in residence in the Magnetometer Lab at the Space Research Center, University of Michigan, University of Michigan Alum  


3:45-4:45 pm: Creating 'Press Play' - a Visual Audio Experience

Paul "Willie Green" Womack, Brooklyn-based record producer and audio engineer, and a mainstay of the independent Hip-Hop scene


5:00-6:00 pm: TouchDesigner - a Versatile Professional Tool for Making Interactive Art

Greg Hermanovic, Co-Founder of Derivative and creator of TouchDesigner. Two-time Academy Award Winner for the advancement of procedural visual effects tools in the film industry.

Isabelle Rousset, Derivative


Special Event, 6:00-8:00 pm: TouchDesigner Community Event

Greg Hermanovic & Isabelle Rousset

Location: Design Studio


Sunday, February 23, 4-6 pm


4:00-6:00 pm: Special Event, Screening of 'Peacemakers: A Filmic Oratorio'

Mike Halerz

Location: Stamps Auditorium




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 Highlights from the 2019 Media & Studio Arts Symposium