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12-04-2015

Clarkson University Professor Represents Scientific Concepts Through Electronic Arts

Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Alex Lee was selected to do a residency at the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University in November.

Alex LeeLee focused on two projects during the residency: Soliloquy for Sagan and Fractals, Particles, Photons, Microwaves. Lee says his artistic practice is leading him toward the direction of scientific visualization, and Fractals, Particles, Photons, Microwaves references scientific concepts about how subatomic particles behave.

"An example of this is when cosmic rays hit the Earth's atmosphere, it sometimes will create electromagnetic particle shower -- something like the aurora borealis," Lee said. "I'm interested in visualizing these concepts with an eye toward formal experimentation."

During his residency, Lee used modular synthesizers, analog video processors and other equipment to juxtapose sound with the scientific visualizations.

For Soliloquy for Sagan, Lee utilized the IEA’s Doupfer modules and surround sound editing software to compose and process the audio component to the animation created using Maya.

For Fractals, Particles, Photons, Microwaves, he processed his video through the Dave Jones Mini Video Image Processor and mixed these edited clips into the final composition of the video.

Lee said these projects function as screener pieces that he will submit for entry into the animation festival circuit.

The IEA is dedicated to the integration of electronic media within the fine arts disciplines through a focus on art making, research, and education. In recognition of this integration, the IEA will develop working partnerships with industry and other organizations. To identify the needs of contemporary artists, IEA will support evolving electronic studio research labs, host national and international conferences, and establish artists’ residencies and workshops. The IEA will encourage and support projects that involve interactive multi-media, distance communication systems, experimental music/video environments, and publications. The IEA is dedicated to the global interactions of technological experimentation and artistic investigations.

Read more about Lee's residency at http://blogs.alfred.edu/iea/?p=1573 .

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Photo caption: Clarkson University Assistant Professor of Communication & Media Alex Lee processes Fractals, Particles, Photos, Microwaves with the Dave Jones Mini Video Image Processor during his residency at the Institute for Electronic Arts (IEA) at Alfred University. This photo is by Devin Henry, research associate of the IEA.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/alee-iea.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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