The Giraffe and the Harpsichord: Modelling the Museumtalk Thu 12 Jul 2018, 17:30 – 19:30
Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Exeter EX4 3RX
- Free entry - please register in advance
How is a giraffe like a harpsichord? This question might remind you of the Mad Hatter’s riddle to Alice in her adventures in Wonderland. The hatter asks Alice “Why is a raven like a writing desk?”. When visiting RAMM, you will come across Gerald the Giraffe towering over a harpsichord. The harpsichord is a musical instrument that predated the piano. Is the question answerable? I will give an overview of modelling where we will explore how Gerald and the harpsichord are connected. Modelling is an activity we loved as children, and is a defining aspect of being human. We will explore modelling to connect ideas and objects.
Professor Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods. Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Members of the public interested in culture, academics, museum staff, Exeter Council Staff, Exeter City Futures staff are all welcome to attend this event.
Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Gallery no. 20, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3RX. Please visit the RAMM webpages for directions.
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