Dark Frames: the art of image processing
is a series of events that reflects on the ways artists, architects, and scientists interpret images to understand the real world. In workshop, lecture, and symposium formats, the project asks: How can the visual arts use scientific models of objective image-making towards creative ends? These events were organized by Rice Architecture Assistant Professor Michelle Chang to investigate how objective and non-objective practices create different kinds of knowledge.

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Funding for Dark Frames: the art of image processing was provided by the Rice University Arts Initatives Grant and the Humanities Research Fund. In kind support was provided by the Moody Center for the Arts

6PM, Friday, Feb. 16th at the Moody Center for the Arts, Chiles Theater

Mario Carpo is an architectural historian and critic, and is the Reyner Banham Professor of Architectural History and Theory at the Bartlett, University College London. He has been a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute and at the American Academy in Rome. His research and publications focus on the relationship among architectural theory, cultural history, and the history of media and information technology. He is the author of The Second Digital Turn and The Alphabet and the Algorithm, Architecture in the Age of Printing, and other books.

6PM, Thursday, Feb. 22nd at the Moody Center for the Arts, Chiles Theater

I Need Space is a performative symposium on architectural and scientific imagery. The conversation reflects on the ways architects mine drawings and pictures for their epistemic and aesthetic values. A dialogue between Andrew Atwood (Asst. Professor at UC Berkeley), Andrew Holder (Asst. Professor at Harvard University) and Michelle Chang (Asst. Professor at Rice University) will probe each architect's use of objective and heuristic models in their practices. Andrew Holder is co-Principal of the The LADG, Andrew Atwood is co-Principal of First Office, and Michelle Chang is Director of JaJa Co.

12PM, Thursday, Mar. 22 at Anderson Hall, RAVL Computer Lab

is a digital media and fabrication workshop. It experiments with the translation of astronomical pictures to three-dimensional physical objects with the use of the Processing application and rapid prototyping machines. In a workshop by Michelle Chang, students from all departments are invited to learn methods to engage scientific image analysis with artistic modeling techniques.

6PM, Friday, Mar. 30 at the Moody Center for the Arts, Chiles Theater

is principal of Zago Architecture. He teaches at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and is a Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Zago is a recipient of both an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellowship Grant from the United States Artists organization. Notable projects include the Downtown Los Angeles offices of Arup, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and a design studio facility for Cornell University's Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.