12.0556 performances; IT fluency report

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 556.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (118)
Subject: Two New York City performances: April 20, May 8

[2] From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org> (142)
Subject: New CSTB Report: "Being Fluent with Information

Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 20:52:33 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Two New York City performances: April 20, May 8

April 14, 1999

Bernd Alois Zimmermann, Requiem for a Young Poet
April 20, 1999, Carnegie Hall, New York City

Modern-Day Leonardo in Performance: Jaron Lanier
May 8, 1999, Cooper Union, New York City

Departing from custom, I am posting two announcements of performances, as I
thought they would interest readers of this list.

David Green

>From: Carnegie Hall <launch@carnegiehall.revnetexpress.net>
>> Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 11:47:31 -0500

In conjunction with the U. S. Premiere of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's
monumental "Requiem for a Young Poet" (1967 - 69) on April 20th at Carnegie

Requiem for a Young Poet
produced in collaboration with Vivian Selbo

To introduce this complex work, with its use of multi-media and layering of
texts, we've created a special area on our site with bios, program notes, a
synopsis, and the complete libretto. We've also commissioned a unique art
project, the "requiem animations."

Using ascii art and fragments of text and sound clips from the original,
the requiem animations adapt Zimmermann's work for the web, playfully
echoing its concern with language, layering, and juxtaposition. Zimmermann
called his Requiem a "lingual," with reference to Wittgenstein, placing not
only singing and speaking on the same plane, but also sound, music, and the
images and ideas evoked by them.

Steeped in the panoramic literary, political, and historical influences of
the 1960s, Zimmermann's Requiem features sources as varied as recordings of
Alexander Dubcek and Joseph Stalin, texts by Mao and Mayakovsky, and
musical quotations -- both live and on tape -- ranging from Beethoven to
the Beatles.

The April 20th performance, with the Southwest Radio Symphony Orchestra
Freiburg led by conductor Michael Gielen, calls for three choirs, two vocal
soloists, two speakers, a jazz combo, an orchestra without violins, and
loudspeakers distributed around the auditorium. Zimmermann's aim was to
place the listener in the center of a thought-provoking setting that would
highlight the world in all its complexity.

To purchase specially discounted tickets, please call CarnegieCharge at
(212) 247-7800, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and tell them you saw the offer online
(balcony tickets excluded).
For ticket info and availability, visit the concert calendar at:
Tune to National Public Radio's Morning Edition on Friday, April 16 for a
special feature on Zimmermann's Requiem (check your local NPR station for
program times). In the New York area, that's 93.9 WNYC FM , where you can
also hear the feature on New Sounds with John Schaefer, Thursday, April 15
at 11:00 PM - midnight.

X->Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 19:25:11 -0400
> To: asci@asci.org
> From: "Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)" <asci@asci.org>
> Subject: Modern-Day Leonardo in Performance... in NYC on May 8th !

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cynthia Pannucci /ASCI

Modern-Day Leonardo in Performance
May 8, 1999 at 8pm
The Great Hall at Cooper Union, NYC
7 E. 7th Street @3rd Ave.
(tickets $20 @ door: 6-8pm)

Jaron Lanier, the musician and scientist who coined the term "Virtual
Reality" brings two loves of his life, music and technology, together in a
new form of live performance. This benefit event for Art & Science
Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI), a New York-based, international non-profit
organization, will take place in the Great Hall at The Cooper Union,
Saturday, May 8 at 8pm. (tickets on sale from 6-8pm)

Although he is a composer and musician rather than a sculptor like
Leonardo, as a scientist, he pioneered the development of Virtual Reality.
In his current research work at Advanced Network & Services in Armonk, NY,
he acts as a catalyst bringing together recognized experts in virtual
reality and networking to identify the issues and develop plans to build a
national tele-immersive research infrastructure. With the goal of
accelerating the development of better tools for research and educational
collaboration, this plan will be woven into the fabric of many of the Next
Generation Internet applications. http://www.advanced.org/teleimmersion.html

"Echoes of Chromatophoria," combines deep use of virtual worlds with a
multicultural aesthetic. What "deep" means is that the use of Virtual
Reality isn't just a gimmick. In this multimedia performance work, virtual
musical instruments that couldn't exist in reality are played, and "real"
instruments become sophisticated interfaces to the exotic 3-D images of his
virtual world.

In this performance, Jaron will make use of Virtual Worlds developed for
last year's appearance by his group Chromatophoria at the Montreux Jazz
Festival in Switzerland. He will play a variety of instruments, including
the Ba Wu, Seljeflote, Gu Zheng, Khaen, and Disklavier piano. A variety of
sensors connect these to Silicon Graphics-based 3-D images that are
projected real-time on a large-screen video display.

About the name: "Chromatophoria" comes form Jaron's love and admiration of
the Giant Cuttlefish, creatures that communicate by displaying luminous,
quickly changing, colorful images all over their bodies. Chromatophores
are the color-changing cells found in the Cuttlefish's skin that act as

Jaron on the web: http://www.advanced.org/jaron
This event is produced by ASCI and Cooper Union Adult Education and with
the additional support of: YAMAHA, Theatrical Services & Supplies/PROXIMA,
Silicon Graphics, and A's Wave.

Cynthia Pannucci
Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)
****Celebrating its 11th Year****

David L. Green
Executive Director
21 Dupont Circle, NW
Washington DC 20036
202/296-5346 202/872-0886 fax

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Date: Thu, 15 Apr 1999 20:53:12 +0100
From: NINCH-ANNOUNCE <david@ninch.org>
Subject: New CSTB Report: "Being Fluent with Information Technology."

April 14, 1999

New Computer Science & Telecommunications Board Report

A new report from the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB)
of the National Research Council interestingly addresses the importance of
our moving beyond encouraging computer literacy to enabling "computer
fluency." This should be of importance for us in thinking about our

David Green

>Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1999 09:19:31 -0400
>From: Kevin Taglang <kevint@BENTON.ORG>

The Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) of the National
Research Council is pleased to announce the public release of a new report
entitled "Being Fluent with Information Technology." Seeking to
understand what is necessary for people to use information technology
effectively today and to adapt to changes in information technology
tomorrow, the authoring committee (listed at the end of this note)
decided that "literacy in information technology" was too limited a
term, as it is usually limited in the information technology context to
the ability to use a few applications like a spreadsheet program or a
word processor.

The new report approaches the problem of understanding information
technology from the standpoint of fluency. Fluency requires a deeper
understanding of how computers work and mastery of technology for
information processing, communication, and problem solving. Developing
fluency is a life-long learning process that requires people to
continually build on their knowledge of information technology to apply
it more effectively in their lives. Fluency is also characterized by
different levels of sophistication in a person's understanding and use
of technology.

The report articulates an intellectual framework for fluency with
information technology using three essential and interrelated components
for using information technology effectively.

* Intellectual capabilities -- the application and interpretation of
computer concepts and skills used in problem solving. Examples include
the ability to define and clarify a problem and know when it is solved;
to understand the advantages and disadvantages of apparent solutions to
problems; to cope with unexpected consequences, as when a computer
system does not work as intended; and to detect and correct faults, as
when a computer shuts down unexpectedly.

* Concepts -- the fundamental ideas and processes that support
information technology, such as an algorithm; how information is
represented digitally; and the limitations of information technology.
Understanding basic concepts is important, the report says, because
technology changes rapidly and can render skills obsolete. A basic
understanding also helps in quickly upgrading skills and exploiting new
opportunities offered by technology.

* Skills -- abilities that are associated with particular hardware
and software systems. Skills requirements will change as technology
advances, but currently they include using word processors, e-mail, the
Internet, and other appropriate information technology tools
effectively. An individual fluent with information technology will
always be acquiring new skills and adapting other skills to a changing

Although the committee also believed that most people regardless of
grade level or experience can achieve some level of fluency, the
report's implementational focus is on college students because
institutions of higher learning have the most experience developing
courses about computers and related information systems. Colleges also
serve a large constituency with a broad range of interests and
specializations to which information technology can be applied.

The study was funded by the National Science Foundation.

The pre-publication version of this report (subject to further
editorial correction) is available on the Web at
http://www2.nas.edu/cstbweb/ (after 4:00 pm on April 9), and the final
version will be available at this address as well. Hard copy of the
pre-publication version of this report is available on request. The
final version will be available in book form by mid-May through the
National Academy Press (800-624-6242 , or http://www.nap.edu/).

Also, CSTB welcomes opportunities to brief this report to
interested organizations and parties. If you are interested in
arranging such a briefing, please contact Herb Lin (hlin@nas.edu,

Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications
Computer Science and Telecommunications Board

Committee on Information Technology Literacy

Lawrence Snyder (chair)
Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Washington

Alfred V. Aho *)
Associate Research Vice President
Communications Science Research Division
Bell Laboratories
Lucent Technologies
Holmdel, N.J.

Marcia C. Linn
Professor of Education, and
Director, Instructional Technology Program
Graduate School of Education
University of California

Arnold H. Packer
Senior Fellow
Institute for Policy Studies
Johns Hopkins University

Allen B. Tucker Jr.
Professor of Computer Science
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Bowdoin College
Brunswick, Maine

Jeffrey D. Ullman(superscript: *)
Stanford W. Ascherman Professor of Engineering
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University
Stanford, Calif.

Andries van Dam(superscript: *)
Thomas J. Watson Jr. University Professor of Technology and Education, and
Professor of Computer Science
Department of Computer Science
Brown University
Providence, R.I.

*) Member, National Academy of Engineering


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