DXArts Capstone Digital Arts Tools
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The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXArts) has
over the past two years created an extensive range of production,
post-production, and presentation tools. This proposal will act as
a capstone for these tools, and provide a complete range of tools
to develope and display works for virtually any venue. The proposal
will also provide a uniform set of software tools for the computers
in the new million dollar lab space renovation in Raitt Hall.
Divisional Dean of Computing
The Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXArts) is a
competely new program begun in 2001. It will begin offering BFA and
PhD degrees starting in Fall 2004. In advance of that time the
program is already teaching many courses and supporting independent
projects for those students and other from across campus. This
program builds on the work done at the Center for Advanced Research
Technology in the Arts and Humanities. Over the past several years
DXArts/CARTAH has assembled and developed a wide range of
professional production, post-production, and presentation tools
that have allowed students to create award winning works in audio,
video, and installation art works. This proposal has two goals. The
first is to act as a capstone to our current production and
presentation tools, giving students a complete range of tools for
the production and presentation of world class works of digital
art. The second is to prepare for our move into the remodeled Raitt
Hall, and to expand on our current work in student initiated
projects in audio and video.
Thanks in part to the generosity of the Student Technology Fee, the
partnership between DXArts and CARTAH is an extraordinary success.
Through CARTAH, students have complete access the the full range of
resources from the new DXArts program, and through DXArts, students
are learning to work with and create whole new technologies for
art, music, theater, and film. This proposal will give students at
the University of Washington a complete range of tools that will
allow them to produce and present works of art for virtualy any
The capstone items, in conjuction with existing equipment, will
allow students to produce and present works that would be
prohibitively expensive otherwise. The Sanyo PLC-UF10 is a 7700
Lumens video and data projector designed for large venues such as
theaters. Over the years student projects have become more
ambitious and more professional. This projector, in conjuction with
existing audio systems, will give students the abilty to create
works for virtually any venue. The Cinewave RT realtime video suite
will be integrated into our already extensive video production
facilities, and will allow students to create and present works
using both standard definition video and later High Definition
The additional items will supplement our current production
resources, filling in areas of most need and replacing several
items that been in such high demand over the past several years
that they have literally worn out. Most of the items are software
tools that will be used to populate our new computer labs that are
part of the Raitt Hall renovation, expected to be finished by Fall
2003. Some additional video production equipment is requested to
supplement existing equipment, and replace equipment worn by many
years of heavy use.
All items from this proposal, like all of DXArts resources, are
availible to the general student population through approved CARTAH
projects. Proposals are made through CARTAH's web site
(www.washington.edu/ cartah) and CARTAH accepts virtually all
student initiated proposals. In addition, these items will be
availible to students taking DXArts classes and those entering the
new DXArts program. DXArts classes will have departmentally funded
equipment and software, but some items in this proposal will be
used to suplement this equipment. Class use will be kept well below
the 50% threshhold. DXArts, including CARTAH, is currrently housed
in the basement of Thomson Hall, and the basement of the Music
Building. It is hoped that by Fall 2003 we will complete the
multi-million dollar state-of-the-art renovation of our new
integrated home in Raitt Hall. All equipment is availible during
our regular office hours, and much of the production and
presentation equipment will be availible for checkout.
DXArts has three full time technical support staff members, four
faculty members, and numerous graduate student assistants and
teaching assistants, who are all availible as consultants for any
DXArts or CARTAH project. DXArts has an annual supplies budget of
over $25,000, which will be used in part to maintain and upgrade
current and proposed equipment. DXArts has an extensive array of
production, post-production, and presentation equipment including
professional grade digital video and digital audio capture
equipment, lighting, sound, and production equipment, video editing
suites, portable video projectors, and portable and large venue
audio presentation equipment.
The proposed items will be purchased and integrated into DXArts
existing tools as soon as funds become availible.
- Departmental Endorsement:
DXArts is a new program, but is a direct outgrowth of the work done
at CARTAH. This proposal is supported by Richard Karpen, the
Director of both DXArts and CARTAH, and was produced in direct
consultation with all the faculty and staff of these programs.
- Student Endorsement:
DXArts has already begun offering courses in digital arts, and in
Fall 2004 will begin accepting students into the degree program.
DXArts will also be offering undergraduate and introduction
courses. This equipment will be crucial in helping us provide
support for independent projects by students in this program, as
well as by students outside the program who are interested in
pursuing work in digital media.
CARTAH continues to provide access to this equipment to the general
student body, with over 200 current student based projects, most of
them digital video or digital audio based. Below is a sample of
current CARTAH projects that would benefit from this proposal. A
complete list of CARTAH projects can be found at our web site
Brian Byrd, Pre-Arts & Sciences Major Contact
firstname.lastname@example.org 24-Hr Movie A team of student film makers
takes human subjects from the street and analyzes the effect of the
camera on those individuals analyzing a facet of their life and
documenting it . The project correlates with current psychologoy
Gregory Terry, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Contact
LLGT@u.washington.edu 358854 Daddy's Dead
A short video dealing with the pyschological effects between father
and sons, upon learning their father is dying. The short will deal
with the three stages of emotions: Denial, Anger, and Remorse. This
project is being over seen by Dr. David Stewart of the Department
of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science. The project will be viewed at
different Film Festivals.
Robert Tynes, Communication Contact email@example.com 353740
'the hip' is a formalist look at dance. using text and looped
imagery, 'the hip' explores movement, the male gaze, and the false
sense of authority surrounding the medium of video. 'the hip' is a
colaborative piece with dancers/choregraphers/teachers Maria
Simpson and Peter Schmitz.
Aubrey Benasa, School of Art Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Liminality: a threshold or doorway, used in psychology to refer to
the threshold between conscious and unconscious levels of
experience. A mixed media project researching, exploring and
integrating this idea of liminality as well similar in-between
states. Will be using digital video and projections as tools for
research, experimentation and presentation.
- Additional Files:
|Sanyo PLC-UF10 UXGA 7700 Lumens large venue
||This will provide a unique resource. Currently
students who present works in large venues must rent this class of
projector at prohibitively high prices
|Pinnacle Cinewave RT, real time video editing suite.
Cinewave integrates with Final Cut Pro, and can be expanded to
support High Definition video sources.
||Cinewave is fast becoming the standard RT video
editing tool. It will provide students with real world experience
and allow for on site real time video editing for theater and art
|Waves Gold Bundle Noise Reduction Software.
||One of the most requested software packages. Noise
reduction and recording restoration plug-in suite. Advanced tools
for restoring archival recordings (removal of hum, clicks,
crackle). Also will provide high-quality noise reduction for field
recordings gathered for composition, research, and sound-effects
purposes.video and film, multimedia sound, and recordings for CD
|Waves Gold Bundle, Professional quality audio
processing software for existing stereo and multi-track digital
||These plug-ins will be used in editing and
mastering computer music compositions, soundtracks for video and
film, multimedia sound, and recordings for CD publication.
|Macintosh Common Lisp 5.0, lisp programming
language, unlimited campus site license.
||Common Lisp is used in a vast array of scientific
and academic fields, and is an an essential programming language
for developing digital audio. A campus wide site license is the
cheapest way to provide the 25 licenses need for the new DXArts
labs in Raitt Hall. As an added benifit DXArts will manage the
license, and provide the software for free to any campus units or
labs that request it.
|Macintosh Common Lisp site license renwals.
||Two MCL site license renewals for a total of a
three year UW campus wide site license
|Peak 3.1, 5 seat license, two channel audio editing
||Four 5-seat license (20 total). A simple and easy
to use audio editing suite that integrates well with Final Cut Pro,
and can access a wide range of industry standard plug-ins,
including the requested Wave plug-ins. It is ideal for beginning
|Finale Music Notation Software.
||Finale is the industry standard music notation
software, used to create muical scores.
|MOTU Digital Performer, 5-seat license, multi track
audio editing software
||Digital Performer is multi track audio mixing and
editing tool used to edit and mix complex multi-channel audio for
performance, CD, and DVD.
|Glidecam V-8 video stablization system, including
vest, camera mount, and low mode mount.
||Our most reqested hardware item! The glidecam
system is similar to the stedicam, and gives extremely stable 'hand
held' video shots. This will replace our existing Stedicam Jr, a
much less capable device nearing the end of it's useful
|Final Cut Pro 3.0 lab licenses
||This will expand our current video editing capacity
by allowing us to install FCP on all of our lab Macintoshes.
|Final Cut Pro Cinema Tools lab license
||This FCP add on will allow editing of 24p and HD
video sources. Cameras like our new Panasonic DVX100 can shoot
video at the same frame rate as film (24fps progressive) . This
gives video a very professional film look, and is one of the most
exciting advancements in digital video.
|Final Cut Pro Cinema Tools Media Kit.
||This kit provides the CD and documentation for the
lab licenses of Cinema Tools
|Bogen 540ART 2 Stage Tripod with Fluid Head and case
||This professional grade tripod uses a smoth panning
fluid head, supports our latest full size 20lb DV camcorders, and
can be used with optional dollys and cranes.
|Gitzo G1552 Carbon Fiber Microphone Boom
||This is to replace existing and extensively used
microphone boom poles.
The Student Technology Fee Committee has completed reviewing
proposals for its first proposal cycle this year. The Committee
considered more than 60 proposals during this cycle.
The Committee has decided to fund your proposal for the full amount
of $124,511. We wish you success in the installation of the new