CCRMA Colloquium: Barry Threw - Immersive Media - What's so spatial about it?
Barry Threw is a cultural developer working to incubate emerging aesthetics in spatial media. For over a decade he has engaged the immersive and interactive arts, working internationally with institutions and artists interested in the intersection of sound, video, network, and audience experience. After receiving his MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College in Oakland, CA, he became sought after as a catalyst of forward-looking artistic projects using advanced technologies.
Threw works with a variety of organizations stationed at the crossroads of art and technology — as lead developer for Keith McMillen Instruments, developing advanced technology to bridge traditional string instruments with the computer; as lead technician and software architect with Recombinant Media Labs, presenting multichannel surround cinema at installations and festivals around the world; on the Board of Directors for the BEAM Foundation, seeking to spark a new Western classical music movement based on the technologies and aesthetics of the 21st century; and as a technical advisor with the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, a San Francisco non-profit and digital arts gallery dedicated to building social consciousness through digital culture. He works with Fabricatorz to advance projects that evolving our cultural ecosystems through freedom and sharing. Most recently he has joined the team at Obscura Digital, a cutting-edge San Francisco based company creating large scale architectural projection and interactive media experiences worldwide.