I was the producer and editor of the video, composer and performer of the original music and one of the B-Camera shooters for this production that appeared on the April 2013 episode of WHYY-TV's original arts and culture program, FRIDAY ARTS.
The ExCITe Center, at Drexel University, seems an odd jumble of upper and lower case letters. The ExCITe Center is an acronym for "Expressive-Creative-Interactive-Technology" center as Dr. Youngmoo Kim, director of the center, explains it. A university-wide center, Dr. Kim hopes to build on the work he is doing at his own lab and attract participants from artistic and technical disciplines from within Drexel and the surrounding Philadelphia area to explore the intersection between art and technology. The center has produced attachments for pianos that allow a pianist to control magnetic fields that work in tandem with finger movements to generate otherworldly sounds with the lightest of touches. Additionally, they are also working with the largest collection of humanoid robots in the United States (they are called HUBO's and are on loan to the center from Korea), to explore what it means to be "creatively expressive". In this segment, we see what it takes to make humanoid robots dance and magnetic pianos play, and how humans and machines work together to make art.
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