SPEAKERS_

GUESTS

CLEMENS AND NICK PROKOP

How Technology Threatens the Arts | 9:40AM

Clemens (Head of Creative) and Nick Prokop (Head of Sound) head TYE: Shows, a Dusseldorf, Germany, based company that devises and implements arts events, corporate shows, interactive presentations, and the multimedia aspect of concerts. Their work has been featured in Bavarian State Opera and on major trade shows alike. Recently their team of designers and engineers worked, among other projects, with the London Symphony Orchestra on Sacre du Printemps; master-minded the Cathedrals of Sound in Los Angeles, with Carl St. Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra; and put on stage a 360-degrees production for Kent Nagano and the Hamburg State Opera.

HAROLD SIMMONS

Journey From the Stage to the Classroom | 3:00PM

Harold Simmons II aka Fyütch is a music artist, content creator, and teaching artist based in New York City. Born in Gary, IN, Simmons won the city-wide speech contest at age 7. His family relocated to Nashville, TN where he started a Jazz Hip-Hop band called Biscuits and Gravy and attended Belmont University's Music Business Program.  His debut album Mr. Flattop was sponsored by Vibe Magazine.  After moving to New York City, he began competing as a battle rapper, winning several competitions like Supreme Bars and End of The Weak. He started a weekly web show called Fyütchology that went viral and was featured on MTV.  He recently created Level Up Showcase, a monthly music event where youth artists perform alongside veteran artists. In his talk, he will discuss his journey as a music artist/poet and how its led him to teaching K-12 with various non-profit organizations, and how art serves as a perfect bridge to social justice education for the next generation through engaging, relatable lessons plans while utilizing new technology. 

FACULTY

ANTHONY BETRUS

E-Sports is Real Sports | 10:10AM

Anthony Betrus is a professor of Business Administration. More information about "E-Sports is Real Sports" is coming soon. 

SARA CANTWELL

Building the Future of Creative Arts Out of Our Communal Past | 11:45

Sara Cantwell is an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of English and Communication. Her talk discusses the stories embedded in our lives and how they impact us. We are intelligent designers and we are gaining agency over the evolution of our culture. She will discuss the Filigree of Syntax and what it means to listen to our history in the digital age. We can enlarge our vision of the world by embracing a deep past and letting it drive our creative works.

MELISSA DOLESE

The Beauty of Interconnection | 2:00PM

Melissa J. Dolese is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at SUNY Potsdam. She received her PhD in the Psychology subprogram of Cognition, Brain and Behavior.  Her research is in the area of empirical aesthetics. She teaches a course on that topic, as well as Sensory Psychology, Biopsychology, and Statistics. She also runs the Empirical Art and Aesthetics lab on campus. Her talk “The Beauty of Interconnection" explains how artistic communication and the construction of meaning are the foundations for creating experience.

CYNTHIA DUFAULT

Technology in Dance: On & Off Stage | 1:30PM

Cynthia Dufault is an Assistant Professor of Dance in the Department of Theater and Dance. More information about "Technology in Dance: On & Off Stage" is coming soon.

PAGE QUINTON

Dinosaurs, Asteroids, and Climate Change | 11:15AM

Page Quintonis an Assistant Professor of Geology. She teach Principles of Paleontology, Geochemistry, Climate Change: Past and Present, Historical Geology, and Geology Seminar. Her talk discusses the connections between climate change, an asteroid impact, and the extinction of dinosaurs. Predictions regarding how an asteroid changes the Earth's climate will be touched on. "Dinosaurs, Asteroids, and Climate Change" explains why these predictions have not been empirically tested and thus the need for a creative experimental approach. 

RIVKA ROCCHIO

North Country Bound: Performances on the Correctional Environment of Northern NY | 4:00PM

Rivka Rocchio is an Assistant Professor in the Theatre and Dance Department at SUNY Potsdam. This presentation will share performance from an ethnographic work-in-progress around the impact of incarceration in the North Country. Based on interviews with retired Correctional Officers, she will share short monologues that weave together a narrative of the experience of working behind bars. The future of creativity lies in the ability of artists to make a deep and resounding impact in the communities in which they are embedded. By sharing this work, rooted in an attempt to understand the unique locale of the North Country, she will share with students both an art-making process and a specific and privileged perspective related to arts in corrections.

JEROD SOMMERFELDT

Looking to the Past: The Rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer | 10:45AM

Dr. Jerod Sommerfeldt teaches music theory, composition, and electronic music at the Crane School of Music. The modular synthesizer dominated the world of electronic music in the 1960s and 70s, yet fell out of favor as the digital revolution took hold. Today, modular synthesizers are receiving an overdue renaissance, thanks in large part to a strong community of dedicated builders, artists, and fans. Enjoy a live performance in conjunction with this talk, that aims to demonstrate how the past can influence the future of creativity in electronic music. (In collaboration with Bobby Rice).

MARTIN WALKER

Exochemistry: Expanding Science Beyond "Earth Normal" | 2:30PM

Dr. Martin Walker is A professor Department Chair of Chemisty. Fundamental physical sciences such as chemistry and physics claim to study the basic properties of the universe, but in reality our work is almost exclusively tied to our living environment - "normal" temperature, pressure, gravity. As our civilization prepares to live in space, this is no longer acceptable. This presentation will seek to expand how we see scientific research, to open up completely new areas of study and creativity.

STUDENTS

ALDEN BERRY

Compose Like it is 2019…Not 1920

Alden Berry is a senior Music Business and Performance major. More information on his talk is coming soon. 

KELLY FRIEDMANN

Music Will Never Die | 4:30PM

Kelly Friedmann is a freshman at the Crane School of Music studying Music Composition and Music Education for her undergraduate degree. Her TEDx presentation, “Music Will Never Die” discusses and challenges how music adapts with our society, and how it will shape our perception of creativity in the future.

EVAN MASON

Freedom Through the Flow States of the Future | 5:00PM

Evan Mason is a graduate Music Education student at the Crane School of Music. His talk shares that through the application of the psychology of Flow States, technological advancements, and scientific discoveries, the future of creativity will be a reality in which human ingenuity will be able to flourish in an expansive, effortless and novel way.

BOBBY RICE

Looking to the Past: The Rebirth of the Modular Synthesizer | 10:45AM

Bobby Rice is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Music Education at the Crane School of Music. The modular synthesizer dominated the world of electronic music in the 1960s and 70s, yet fell out of favor as the digital revolution took hold. Today, modular synthesizers are receiving an overdue renaissance, thanks in large part to a strong community of dedicated builders, artists, and fans. Enjoy a live performance in conjunction with this talk, that aims to demonstrate how the past can influence the future of creativity in electronic music. (In collaboration with Jerod Sommerfeldt).

JEREMY WALTS

The Creativity of Artificial Intelligence

Jeremy Waltz is a fourth year Political Science and Philosophy major. This talk will show both that there is a distinction to be made between narrow and general intelligence, drawing from the work of Eliezer Yudkowsky, and that there is good reason to believe artificial intelligences, or AI’s, will one day make that leap. Therefore, it isn’t obvious to see any way in which the future of creativity doesn’t involve AI. What will society look like with creative machines? Will this change our views on what it is to be a person? 

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