Spring 2019 Steiner Lectures in Creative Inquiry

The Sylvia and David Steiner Speaker Series was established to bring leaders in creative industries to Carnegie Mellon. The STUDIO is thrilled to announce the schedule for the Steiner Series for Spring 2019:


Saturday · January 26 · 11:00 AM
Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh Art Department · Presented as part of Pittsburgh Processing Community Day

Hannah Davis (@ahandvanish) is a generative musician and researcher based in NYC. Her work investigates creative applications of of music generation, data sonification, artificial intelligence, and sentiment analysis. Through her work on emotions in AI, she’s become particularly interested in the idea of “subjective data”. Hannah is currently working on creating unique datasets for art and machine learning, and is also working on a project to generatively score films. Davis is a 2017 AI Grant recipient; a former scholar at OpenAI; and currently teaches generative music at NYU’s ITP program.


Thursday · January 31 · 5:00 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111

Dr. Laine Nooney (@Sierra_OffLine) is a media scholar and historian of video games and personal computing. Her current book project is a history of the computer game industry, told through a case study of the home entertainment software producer Sierra On-Line. Nooney holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Stony Brook University, and serves as Assistant Professor of Media and Information Industries in NYU’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication.


Monday · February 4 · 6:30 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111
Co-Presented with the Miller Institute for Contemporary Art

Stephanie Dinkins (@stephdink) is is a transdisciplinary artist who creates platforms for dialog about artificial intelligence as it intersects race, gender, and our future histories. Her art employs lens-based practices, the manipulation of space, and technology to grapple with notions of consciousness, agency, perception, and social equity. Dinkins is a 2018/19 Soros Equality Fellow, 2018/19 Data and Society Research Institute Fellow, 2018 Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab Fellow and 2018/2019 Artist in Residence at Nokia Bell Labs. She teaches time-based practices and emerging media at Stony Brook University.


Monday · March 4 · 5:00 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111

Kamal Sinclair (@KamalSinclair) serves as the Director of the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Labs Program, which supports artists working at the convergence of film, art, media and technology; as a Consultant to the Ford Foundation’s JustFilms program; and as artist and producer on Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia art project. At New Frontier, Sinclair develops and supports landmark projects in the evolution of story, including experiments with VR, AR, and data as storytelling media. She was recently profiled by NY Magazine as a leading figure in the VR industry.


Lecture: Thursday · March 21 · 5:00 PM
Workshop: FRIDAY · March 22 · Noon – 5:00 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111

Kyle Machulis (@qDot) has been called the world’s leading authority on open-source teledildonics. He has worked as both designer and reverse-engineer on a wide range of interactive technologies, including sex toys, erotic furniture, personal health devices, self driving cars, electrostimulation systems, and biometric monitors. Machulis is the founder of Buttplug.io, a project to design, develop and promote open-source standards and software libraries for the control of intimate hardware.


Thursday · April 4 · 5:00 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111

Dr. Elizabeth Hénaff (@elizabethhenaff) is a computational biologist and designer. At the center of her research is a fascination with the way living beings interact with their environment. This inquiry has produced a body of work that ranges from scientific journal articles, to projects with landscape architects, to metagenomic artworks. Hénaff holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and a Master’s in Plant Biology (both from UT Austin), and a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Barcelona; she is currently Assistant Professor in the Integrated Digital Media department at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in New York City.


Wednesday · April 17 · 5:00 PM
Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, CMU CFA-111

Dr. Sandy Stone is an academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is currently Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Advanced Communication Technologies Laboratory (ACTLab) and the New Media Initiative at the University of Texas at Austin. She has worked in and written about film, music, experimental neurology, writing, engineering, and computer programming. Stone is considered a founder of the academic discipline of transgender studies, and has been profiled in ArtForum, Wired, and Mondo 2000.