The Future of Storytelling: How Emerging Technologies Can Serve Expressive and Social Goals
How can storytellers and other artists not only respond to new technologies, but shape them? How can they capitalize on ever-faster advances to engage their audiences in new ways? Hear from Jeff Burke about how research at UCLA REMAP supported by Google, the National Science Foundation, and others, is pioneering new enriching cultural forms and empowering social situations through the thoughtful interweaving of engineering, the arts and community development.
About Jeff Burke:
Jeff Burke is assistant dean, technology and innovation at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT).
Burke is a three-time UCLA alumnus (B.S., M.S., Electrical Engineering; M.F.A., Film, Television and Digital Media) who has produced, managed, programmed and designed experimental performances, short films, new genre art installations and new facility construction internationally for more than 15 years. Burke has been a faculty member since 2001 and today, in addition to his role developing technology and innovation strategy at UCLA TFT, is co-PI and application team lead for the Named Data Networking project, a multi-campus effort supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and an international 25-member consortium to develop a future Internet architecture.
In 2004, Burke co-founded UCLA TFT’s Center for Research in Engineering, Media and Performance (REMAP), a collaboration with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, which combines research, artistic production and community engagement. At REMAP, Burke’s research has been supported by the NSF and NEA, Intel, Cisco, Google, Trust for Mutual Understanding and the MacArthur Foundation, among others. From 2006-2012, he was area lead for participatory sensing at the NSF Center for Embedded Networked Sensing, helping to define a new application arena for mobile devices. In 2014, he received a three-year Google Focused Award on the “Future of Storytelling,” for work that will explore the intersection of storytelling and coding through research and production of original, interdisciplinary digital media works at UCLA TFT.