Collaborative User Experience (CUE) group is hosting an artist in residence

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Cambridge, MA, USA - 24 Aug 2004: CUE is hosting an artist in residence this summer as part of Artists in Residence at Technology Companies of Massachusetts (A.R.T.C.O.M). Run by Boston Cyberarts and funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, this newly launched program matches artists working in new technologies with cutting-edge, high tech companies. IBM is one of two companies participating in the first round of what Cyberarts hopes will become a model for collaborations between the arts and the high tech industry.

The artist paired with CUE is Carrie J. Bodle, a Cambridge-based installation artist who creates environments that stimulate many of the senses -- sight, sound and touch -- and allow viewers to interact with the piece of art. The picture below is taken from a piece entitled "Boltworks," in which viewers explored and reacted to the sights and sounds of an abandoned bolt factory in Maine.

A jury of five experts from Cyberarts, academia and industry, including Martin Wattenberg from CUE, chose Bodle from a pool of 25 applicants. She holds a bachelors degree in art and technology from Ohio State and is currently working toward a masters at MIT. Bodle will work on site with CUE, giving her and the researchers the chance to share ideas and stimulate new thinking in each other about how to use technology to influence an environment.

The completed works from the A.R.T.C.O.M. program will be exhibited publicly in the fall of 2004, along with detailed descriptions of the ideas behind the works and of the residency process itself. The works will also be featured in a special exhibition at the DeCordova Museum during the 2005 Boston Cyberarts Festival, an international biennial festival that brings together artists who are using computers to advance traditional artistic disciplines and to create new interactive worlds.

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