Digital Culture Film: Storm Sisters

Three sisters—Altostratus, Cumulus and Cirrus—rule the sky, each in their own domain. However, when the girls start intruding on each other’s territories, the sky is off balance and it is the land below that must pay the price.

I created this 2D animated short for my Capstone project for ASU’s Digital Culture program during the Fall 2013 semester. It is often difficult to understand how our actions impact everyone around us. Just like the weather, our emotions and relationships with one another are constantly changing. “Storm Sisters” uses nature, sibling rivalry, and chaos theory to remind us all of our influence on each other and the world around us.

“Storm Sisters” debuted on Friday, December 6, 2013 at ASU’s Digital Culture Showcase.

Student Documentary Project: The Science of Silk

Last spring, the Center for Science and the Imagination organized a project that teamed up ASU student filmmakers, scientists and engineers to create original documentaries about ambitious, solutions-oriented research going on at Arizona State University. Throughout the semester, the students researched, wrote and produced several short films documenting exciting moonshot ideas for transforming our shared future. The project is just one of CSI’s many efforts to highlight the importance of narrative and storytelling in thinking constructively and critically about science, technology and the future.

“The Science of Silk,” created by Cody Frear, Nicholas Jakob, Grayson Stanton and Janett Salas, profiles the work of Jeff Yarger, professor in ASU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and director of the Magnetic Resonance Research Center. Yarger and his team study spider silk – a material 5 times stronger than piano wire by weight – and is working to develop synthetic spider silk mimic materials that could be used to produce all kinds of amazing things, from lightweight bulletproof vests to artificial tendons.

A Design Fiction Evening at IDEO

IDEO San Francisco, October 24, 2013

Speakers: Julian Bleecker and Nick Foster of Near Future Laboratory, Cliff Kuang, senior editor at WIRED, and James Bridle, a writer, artist, publisher and technologist

We met to talk about design. And fiction. And the ways of approaching the challenge of all challenges, whatever it may be. We talked about expressing the opportunities those challenges raise as distinctly new tangible forms. As well as the essential value of mundane design. We talked about clarifying the present. We talked about designing the future. And doing both of these things with design. And fiction.

Presented by: Near Future Laboratory, IDEO and the Center for Science and the Imagination

5 Burning Questions: Bruce Sterling

In this episode of 5 Burning Questions, we talk with legendary science fiction author, design critic, editor and journalist Bruce Sterling. Bruce recorded this interview with us during his tenure as CSI’s inaugural Visionary in Residence. Among many other things, Bruce blogs for and is the de facto spiritual leader for ASU’s Emerge since its inception in 2012.

“Sick” Book Launch: October 1

Young adult author and ASU student Tom Leveen talks about his upcoming novel Sick, his first-ever science fiction novel, in which high school misfits must fend off a zombie apocalypse in the school theater. Leveen also discusses the book’s launch, which will take place at ASU’s Tempe campus on October 1. The event will feature light refreshments, a book signing, a zombie romp and a series of mini-lectures by ASU scholars. Learn more about the event and RSVP now!

Walking the Dinosaur: Building T. Rex for Jurassic Park

On September 10, 2013, Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and the Center for Science and the Imagination co-hosted “Walking the Dinosaur: Building T. Rex for Jurassic Park” at ASU’s Tempe campus. This event featured Michael Trcic, the lead special effects artist of the T. Rex for Jurassic Park. In this presentation, he discussed the journey of creation, from concept to life-size working model and the unplanned fate of the creature. Check out a sneak peek and watch the full presentation below.

Watch the full video presentation below, and stay tuned for the full-length podcast. Peter Lehman, director of the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture, introduces Michael, and the presentation begins at 10:50.

5 Burning Questions: Juan José Diaz Infante

In this episode of 5 Burning Questions, we talk with curator, photographer and poet Juan José Diaz Infante, mission director for the Mexican Space Collective. Learn more about the Mexican Space Collective and ULISES I, a nanosatellite designed as an art piece, and visit ASU’s Digital Culture blog to watch a presentation by Juan and […]