Renovated and rebranded center will foster interdisciplinary collaborations

A group of people in a production lab at the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media.
The newly named Center for Collaborative Arts and Media features such amenities as an integrated motion-capture analysis lab and dance performance studio, a new media art gallery, media fabrication and production studios, and several spaces for Augmented and Virtual-Reality research.

This year marks an important new epoch for arts collaborations at Yale with the launch of the newly reimagined Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. The center, formerly known as the Digital Media Center for the Arts, has been renovated and rebranded to embody its interdisciplinary arts research mission, serving both graduate and undergraduate students from all areas of the university. The new facilities reopened on Aug. 28, and numerous open house festivities are planned throughout the fall 2017 semester.

Rebranding signals an exciting and momentous turning point for the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media,” says its director, Johannes DeYoung. “It’s a return to the center’s core mission and values, refocusing its emphasis on interdisciplinary arts research and collaborations made possible through the center’s programs and resources.” These developments follow several recent innovations at the center, including the formation of an interdisciplinary faculty advisory committee and a popular visiting artist program. DeYoung continues, “The center sits at the intersection of traditional arts media, computer science, performance, moving-image, music, and design. It’s one of a kind at Yale, and there couldn't be a more thrilling time to be a part of the university’s interdisciplinary arts community.”

Renovation planning commenced in Fall 2015, as a principal project of the center’s faculty advisory committee. An initial program review and concept design was drafted by School of Architecture faculty member John Eberhart, who currently serves as chair of the center’s advisory committee. In fall 2016, David Thompson Architects took helm of design and developed the project. The newly reopened center features many new amenities unlike anywhere else at Yale, including an integrated motion-capture analysis lab and dance performance studio, a new media art gallery, revitalized media fabrication and production studios, and several spaces fully equipped for Augmented- and Virtual-Reality research.

Open house festivities are planned to commence on Sept. 1 and proceed throughout the fall semester, with a grand reopening planned for late October 2017. The center will host a wide variety of events, workshops, and research activities throughout the coming academic year, including numerous visiting artists with interdisciplinary appeal. In addition to its renovation, the center is launching in early September a new website, where more information will be posted about upcoming events.

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