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Tue, 6 Jan 1998 17:14:25 -0800
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An ITA Conference on Entertainment Design, Narrative Architecture, and
Virtual Environments
Saturday, April 18th, 1998 | 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM |Ahmanson Auditorium
Art Center College of Design | 1700 Lida Street | Pasadena, CA 91103
Art Center's Institute for Technology and Aesthetics (ITA) hosts SCRIPTED
SPACES, a discussion about how space can be designed to tell a story,
moving from malls (think Universal City Walk) to theme parks (Disneyland as
the granddaddy of them all), from special effect-driven blockbusters to the
latest in computer games like Riven. Panelists include Rocket Science Games
co-founder MICHAEL BACKES, Academy Award winning visual effects supervisor
JOHN DYKSTRA, Disney Imagineer BRAN FERREN, architects CRAIG HODGETTS and
MING FUNG, cultural critic NORMAN KLEIN, architectural historian SYLVIA
LAVIN, new media theorist PETER LUNENFELD, interactive artist MICHAEL
NAIMARK, and Virtual Reality Modeling Language co-creator MARK PESCE.
For reservations contact: [log in to unmask] or 626.568.4710
By post: Scripted Spaces c/o Peter Lunenfeld
Art Center College of Design | 1700 Lida Street | Pasadena, CA 91103
The SCRIPTED SPACES conference is a one day, single track event, but it is
part of the  larger SCRIPTED WEEKEND. On Friday night, April 17, Norman
Klein, the Chair of Scripted Spaces, and Peter Lunenfeld, the Director of
the ITA, will present SCRIPTED SCREENS, a selection of film clips,
animations, VRML sites, virtual environments, computer games, and other
screen-based scripted spaces. All day Saturday, E.D./A.C., a show of
Entertainment Design projects by Art Center students will be open in
studios and galleries around campus. On Sunday afternoon, April 19th, Klein
will lead SCRIPTED SITES, a bus trip to four scripted spaces in Southern
California. SCRIPTED SPACES, SCRIPTED SCREENS and E.D./A.C. are free of
charge, but require registration by email, phone, or post [please send full
contact information]. Seats on the SCRIPTED SITES bus must be ordered in
advance by mail: checks for $20.00 payable to "Art Center/Scripted Spaces"
at the address listed above [the 35 seats are available on a first come,
first served basis].
* Friday, April 17:  SCRIPTED SCREENS | 7:30-9:00 | Ahmanson Auditorium *
An illustrated lecture by NORMAN KLEIN and PETER LUNENFELD
* Saturday, April 18: SCRIPTED SPACES | 9:30-6:30 | Ahmanson Auditorium *
9:30-12:30 | Morning Session
A welcome from DAVID BROWN, President of Art Center College of Design
NORMAN KLEIN, Chair, Scripted Spaces Conference
CRAIG HODGETTS and MING FUNG, Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates
MICHAEL BACKES, Games Designer and Visual Effects Supervisor
BRAN FERREN, Walt Disney Imagineering
12:30-2:30 | LUNCH | Art Center Cafeteria
2:30-5:30 | Afternoon Session
SYLVIA LAVIN, Architecture and Urban Planning, UCLA
MICHAEL NAIMARK, Interval Corporation
JOHN DYKSTRA, Visual Effects Supervisor
MARK PESCE, blitcom
5:30-6:30 | Open Forum
E.D./A.C. | 9:00 AM-7:00 PM | Studios and Galleries
A show of Entertainment Design projects by Art Center students.
* Sunday, April 19: SCRIPTED SITES | 11:00-5:00 *
NORMAN KLEIN's bus tour leaves from and returns to the Art Center Student
Parking Lot
MICHAEL BACKES, Computer Games Entrepreneur and Cinematic Polymath
Backes co-founded Rocket Science Games, co-authored the script for Rising
Sun (1993), was associate producer of Congo (1995), display graphics
supervisor on Jurassic Park (1993), and visual effects supervisor for The
Peacemaker (1997).
JOHN DYKSTRA, Visual Effects Supervisor
A legend in the field of special effects and winner of two Academy Awards,
Dykstra's career stretches from Star Wars (1977) to Batman Forever (1995)
and Batman and Robin (1997).
BRAN FERREN, Executive VP, Walt Disney Imagineering
Ferren believes that it is the art and technology of storytelling that
creates engaging and  memorable experiences. He is responsible for Research
& Development for The Walt Disney Company and runs the Creative Technology
group at Walt Disney Imagineering (Disney's theme park master planning,
design and development group), and is known for establishing a brain trust
at Disney that includes Danny Hillis, Allen Kay, and Marvin Minsky.
CRAIG HODGETTS and MING FUNG, Hodgetts + Fung Design Associates
Hodgetts and Fung are innovative and award winning exhibit designers and
architects. Recent projects include the Eames exhibit at the Vitra Museum
and redesign of the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood for the American
NORMAN KLEIN, Chair, Scripted Spaces Conference
A member of the faculty at CalArts, Klein is a far ranging cultural critic
and historian, and the author of numerous books, including Seven Minutes:
The Life and Death of the American Animated Cartoon (Verso, 1993) and The
History of Forgetting: The Erasure of Memory in Los Angeles (Verso, 1997).
SYLVIA LAVIN, Chair, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Lavin is an architectural historian with an expertise in modernism. She is
the author of Quatremere de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language
of Architecture (MIT, 1992).
PETER LUNENFELD, Director, Institute for Technology & Aesthetics (ITA)
A new media theorist, Lunenfeld is one of the coordinators of Art Center's
Graduate Program in Communication & New Media Design. He is the editor of
The Digital Dialectic: New Essays on New Media (MIT, 1998)
MICHAEL NAIMARK, Media Artist, Interval Corporation
Naimark spent twelve years as an independent media artist before joining
Interval Research Corporation in 1992.  He was instrumental in making the
first interactive laserdiscs in the late 1970s at MIT and has worked
extensively with projection and immersive virtual environments. His current
project can be found at <>.
MARK PESCE, President, blitcom
Pesce is the visionary computer programmer who co-created VRML, the Virtual
Reality Modeling Language that offers the first truly interactive,
networked, world wide three dimensional environment. blitcom is the first
network to use VRML to create narrative entertainment.
"SCRIPTED SPACES: An ITA Conference on Entertainment Design, Narrative
Architecture, and Virtual Environments" is supported by the Graduate
Programs at Art Center. Other support from the Office of the Vice President
for Institutional Advancement, and the Departments of Illustration,
Environmental Design, and Product Design. All speakers, times and venues
subject to change without notice.
Screen-L is sponsored by the Telecommunication & Film Dept., the
University of Alabama.