The Media & Arts Speaker Series at Duke Kunshan University is a bi-weekly event that invites leading practitioners in media and arts to speak about their work and practice and engage with our DKU community.
The fourth miniseries of talks looks at the concept of the lab, both as a philosophy and a methodology to see how these innovative approaches have impacted and transformed the production of culture, art and society.
The lecture scheduled on Friday April 9th, 2021 at 6pm China Central time features artist, photojournalist and co-founder of Sensorium Matthew Niederhauser. He will share with us his insights in the emerging area of XR technology and its creative potential and introduce some of his works in this area. This series is organized and hosted by Prof. Benjamin Bacon and Prof. Vivian and supported by Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Research Center at Duke Kunshan University. This event is open to the public.
Location: Duke Kunshan Innovation Building 1042
Matthew Niederhauser will introduce and break down emerging creative possibilities of emerging XR technologies and how they shaped projects from Sensorium, an experiential studio he cofounded in New York. Matthew’s artistic practice draws from a diverse range of influences, including journalism, cinema, theater, and game design, all of which pushed his expanded sense of experimentation and how he integrates concepts across both digital and physical spaces. He believes that such an interdisciplinary focus is now needed to take immersive storytelling to new imaginative and communicative potentials.
About the Speakers:
Matthew Niederhauser is an artist, photojournalist, and educator. He studied anthropology at Columbia University before working on long term documentary projects while based out Beijing. During this time, his work appeared in publications such as Wired, The New Yorker, Atlantic CityLab , The New York Times, Bloomberg Magazine, and The New Republic. Upon returning to New York, Matthew earned his MFA in Art Practice from SVA while also acting as a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism, Visiting Artist at the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology (CAST), and a member of New Inc. At New Inc, he cofounded Sensorium, an experiential studio working at the forefront of immersive storytelling. Now, when not focusing on projects that have premiered at Sundance New Frontier, Tribeca Storyscapes, and IDFA DocLab, he teaches at NYU ITP and Johns Hopkins’ ISET. He is also a Studio Fellow at ONX, a workspace and gallery for XR art in midtown Manhattan.