May 5, 2016 |
The Please Touch Museum, which emerged debt-free from bankruptcy in March, received grant of $750,000 to be paid over two years from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Philadelphia children's museum said Wednesday. The Pew money will be used to help expand the museum's reach to children 10 and older by researching and developing ways to integrate digital technology into Please Touch's traditional hands-on learning approach. In the first phase of research, the museum will use 1,000 square feet of existing exhibit space to pilot new exhibits that incoroporate digital elements, while examining the "motivations and concerns of parents regarding the use of media as part of their children's education and entertainment experiences," Please Touch said.
December 8, 2015 |
Slipping inside a red wooden booth containing a computer tablet mounted on a wall, Rutgers-Camden students typed in their names, interests, or whatever word popped into their heads. The Typomatic returned a list of words, some with no apparent connection and others political, poignant, or just funny: STARWARS transformed to STORYLESS , FREEDOM to THUGGERY , LEBRON to LEGEND . The pairs match visually when cut in half horizontally, according to a typeface designed by an artist behind the Typomatic machine.
February 16, 2015 |
When Starnes Walker was a newly minted physicist and Navy electronic-weapons veteran in the 1970s, his job at Phillips Petroleum Corp. included finding ways to replace human oil-refinery operators, who once hand-checked miles of pipes, with digitally networked monitors and switches. "So that, now, valves are controlled by computers," Walker says, from his office in a converted Chrysler factory, where he heads the University of Delaware's new Cybersecurity Initiative. That digital technology had far-reaching results: It's part of the reason the brightly lit refineries that still line the rivers near Houston and Philadelphia now employ hundreds of workers each, not thousands.
January 4, 2013 |
The Internet and digital technology have had a huge and ongoing effect on how arts organizations reach their audiences, manage operations, determine programming, deploy resources, and raise funds, according to a new report from the Washington-based Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, released Friday. The more than 1,200 U.S. arts organizations polled agreed that technology and the Web have worked to broaden "the boundaries of what is considered art. " Many of the 1,244 organizations, drawn from recipients of funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, also said that use of websites, mobile apps, video streaming, and the like have strained resources, and they complained that funders have been slow to support tech and social media-based projects.
October 5, 2012 |
OF THE MYRIAD elements that make "West Side Story" arguably the greatest film musical of all time, the score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim ranks near or at the top. This weekend that music will take center stage (as it were) as the 1961 movie version of the groundbreaking Broadway smash is screened at the Kimmel Center. What makes this showing so special is that, thanks to the marvels of digital technology, the music will be performed live by the Philadelphia Orchestra. According to Los Angeles-based David Newman, who will conduct the orchestra, the original score was taken off a digital, high-definition version of the film, and put on a hard drive, which is how the movie can be screened without its soundtrack.
October 3, 2012 |
I WOULDN'T NORMALLY feel sorry for a man like Bernie Cohen. At 86, he's had a vibrant life. He's been married to the same sweetheart, Selma, for more than six decades and is a proud father and grandfather. Although he's long retired as a clinical psychologist, he's still a professor emeritus at West Chester University, where he taught for years. And he had a fine career in private practice and managed a bustling psychiatric clinic in Norristown. He may move a little slowly, but his wits are quick and his eyes crinkle when he delivers the punch line of a favorite joke.
February 10, 2012 |
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Picture it: Kodak is exiting the camera business. Eastman Kodak Co. said Thursday that it would stop making digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and digital picture frames in a move that marks the end of an era for the beleaguered 132-year-old company. Founded by George Eastman in 1880, Kodak was known all over the world for iconic cameras, such as the Brownie and the Instamatic. For the last few decades, however, the Rochester-based company has struggled.
June 30, 2011 |
Maryanne Porter's class was chattering away - in complete silence. It was a "Twiducation" day in her ninth-grade environmental science class at Academy Park High School, and students were furiously typing their thoughts on river pollution to an online message board interface. "It's a great equalizer," the Sharon Hill teacher said of the website, twiducate.com, finding that online interaction gives many shyer students a voice to participate more fully. Social media were among technologies featured this week at the 32d annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education, which ended Wednesday and drew an estimated 18,000 people from 70 countries to the Convention Center.
August 21, 2007 |
Praised by police, criticized by scenic conservationists and driver-safety groups, and hugely profitable for their owners, digital billboards are about to enter the Philadelphia area. ClearChannel Outdoor, the largest outdoor advertising company, announced that it would have eight 14-by-48-foot video billboards - with images or ad messages that change every eight seconds - on major highways this year from Bucks County through the city and south into Delaware County. ClearChannel did not waste time.
July 7, 2006 |
One need not necessarily understand Elizabeth Leister's video installation Every Body Is Everywhere and Nowhere to appreciate it. The piece, which occupies the walls of the Morris Gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is as enigmatic as any John Ashbery poem, but it is also oddly familiar in the way that Ashbery's poems are. In the gallery, the viewer watches Leister's daily Webcast of herself drawing and then erasing the...