Talks

Sharing Big Ideas on Art and Technology

Summary

I am a passionate speaker, artist, and organizer focused on the intersection of culture and technology. My diverse background in public speaking ranges from the history of digital surveillance to an examination of sound design techniques in cinema. Presentations at hacking conferences, general assemblies, and college classrooms are often accompanied by rich media assets to help illustrate provocative concepts.



Aesthetics and Narrative

Programming What Cannot Be ProgrammedDecember 2016

Location
Clojure/conj, Austin, TX
Synopsis
Declarative programming has been the style of choice for implementing countless creative applications, from "Zork" to Harold Cohen's "AARON." We'll explore why it helps to reason about machine creativity in this way and use Clojure's Overtone toolkit and clojure.spec to illustrate abstract concerns and domain intelligence.
Link
Clojure/conj

Accidentally Arming a Hacker Revolution

The Role of Commodore and Jack TramielSeptember 2016

Location
Vintage Computer Festival Midwest 11, Elk Grove, IL
Synopsis
The popularity of Commodore computers and modems hastened the spread and associated public fears of hacking. This is partially due to Jack Tramiel's ethos, which inadvertently aligned with hacker principles.
Link
Vintage Computer Festival on YouTube

Aesthetics and Narrative

Programming What Cannot Be ProgrammedMay 2017

Location
I T.A.K.E Unconference (Keynote)
Synopsis
Declarative programming has been the style of choice for implementing countless creative applications, from "Zork" to Harold Cohen's "AARON." We'll explore why it helps to reason about machine creativity in this way and use Clojure's Overtone toolkit and clojure.spec to illustrate abstract concerns and domain intelligence.
Link
I T.A.K.E Unconference profile

Teacher: Advanced Track

Basics and FunctionsJune 2017

Location
ClojureBridge New York City
Synopsis
ClojureBridge is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the Clojure community. I prepared the syllabus and all instructional materials with another facilitator. During the weekend programming intensive, I lectured and provided hands-on support for experienced female engineers seeking to learn functional programming.
Link
ClojureBridge Event Information

The Grammar of the Internet

March 2017

Location
Codes & Modes Symposium hosted by Hunter College
Synopsis
Cinematic language is robust enough to clearly depict the flow of time through a collection of shots - whether they span centuries, seconds, or instant conceptual leaps. Early experiments in hypertext and interactive media often attempted to reconcile the new mediums by adopting the rules of cinema. This talk nods to the elegance of cinematic grammar and examines an idiosyncratic path forward for interconnected, interactive, nonfiction media.
Link
Codes & Modes profile

Strategies for Interactive and Immersive Dance

A "Boderless" Case StudyFebruary 2017

Location
New York City Digital Humanities Festival
Synopsis
This workshop focuses on strategies for creating cross-domain experiences. We dive deep into visual projection, software, sound, and dance while respecting each medium's idiosyncratic strengths.
Link
NYCDH Workshop Page

Adjunct Professor

Stevens Institute of TechnologyJanuary 2017 - Present

Location
College of Arts and Letters, Hoboken, NJ
Synopsis
Computers and Society (HSS-371)

An examination of the politics and culture embodied by powerful technology. This includes internet governance (multi-stakeholderism, online communities, decentralization vs. centralization), ethical issues in computing (hacking, artificial intelligence, participatory design), privacy, intellectual property, and the global digital divide.
Link
Computers and Society class website

Harvesting Human Intelligence

Reframing the Surveillance DiscourseJuly 2015

Location
C-Base: Home of the Chaos Computer Club, Berlin, Germany
Synopsis
The power of large government and corporate surveillance systems feel like an intractable part of our everyday digital lifestyle. However, the raw intelligence of centralized computer systems pale in comparison to decentralized personal computers, each augmented by a human actor. This talk examines how the PC threatens traditional power structures and how those systems have responded.
Link
Digitalegesellschaft: Netzpolitischen Abend #38

Computers & Intimacy

The Story of the Largest Machines and the Smallest DetailsJuly 2015

Location
Pecha Kucha, Berlin, Germany
Synopsis
Our thoughts are the material of the Internet. In the midst of ever-evolving man/machine integration, I’ll use declassified documents to show how politicians have used computers to monitor these thoughts in the past, and suggest new ways of thinking about intimacy and computers in the future.
Link
Pecha Kucha Slides & Audio

Associate Professor

Illinois Institute of ArtJanuary 2006 - January 2012

Location
Department of Digital Film and Video, Chicago, IL
Synopsis
Courses: Sound Design for Film (DFV 365), Survey of Film (DFV 100), Digital Filmmaking Portfolio Preparation I (DFV 330), Digital Filmmaking Portfolio Preparation II (DFV 430), Fundamentals of Audio (DFV 120), Survey of the Music Industry (AUD 100), Music Theory (AUD 201)

Visiting Lecturer

Columbia College ChicagoOctober 2009

Location
MFA: Music Composition for the Screen, Chicago, IL
Synopsis
Hybrid Scores and Atonality

It may be that in order to make the cinematic image sound authentically, in its full diapason, music has to be abandoned.

Andrei Tarkovsky
A master class that examines the intersection between sound design and traditional notions of composing music for the screen.
Link
D. Schmüdde: "Composing for The Assassination of Chicago's Mayor"

Adjunct Faculty

International Academy of Design and TechnologyJanuary 2005 - June 2007

Location
Video and Animation Department, Chicago, IL
Synopsis
Courses: Directing and Producing, Application Design, Digital Production I, Advanced Post Production, Digital Video Editing, Audio Production, Digital Audio Editing, Senior Project for Visual Communications, Career Portfolio Development for Visual Communications, Independent Study

Moderator

"Low Budget Filmmaking"September 2009

Location
Midwest Independent Film Festival, Chicago, IL
Synopsis
A discussion of low budget filmmaking techniques for independent filmmakers.
Link
D. Schmüdde: "The Magic of Méliès: Low Budget Filmmaking"

Panelist

"Casting in Student Films"July 2008 & July 2009

Location
Chicago Actors Casting Summit, Chicago, IL
Synopsis
A discussion with actors on the benefits and concerns associated with working on student-run film sets.
Link
D. Schmüdde: "Reader Question: Student/Actor Expectations"