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The Universität der Künste Berlin, UdK , situated in Berlin, Germany, is the largest art school in Europe. It is a public art school, and the smallest of the four universities in the city. It was a Hochschule until November 2001.The university is known for being one of the biggest, most diversified and traditional universities of the arts world-wide. It has four colleges specialising in fine arts, architecture, media and design, music and the performing arts with around 3,600 students. Thus the UdK is one of only three universities in Germany to unite the faculties of art and music in one institution. The teaching offered at the four colleges encompasses the full spectrum of the arts and related academic studies in more than 40 courses. Having the right to confer doctorates and post-doctoral qualifications, Berlin University of the Arts is also one of Germany’s few art colleges with full university status. Outstanding professors and students at all its colleges, as well as the steady development of teaching concepts, have publicly defined the university as a high standard of artistic and art-theoretical education. Almost all the study courses at Berlin University of the Arts are part of a centuries-old tradition. Thus Berlin University of the Arts gives its students- at an early stage of rigorously selected artists and within the protected sphere of a study course- the opportunity to investigate and experiment with other art forms in order to recognise and extend the boundaries of their own discipline.Within the field of Visual Arts , the university is known for the intense competition that involves the selection of its students, and the growth of applicants worldwide has increased during the years, due to Berlin's important current role in the cultural innovation worldwide. In the same way, the University of the Arts is publicly recognized for being on the cutting edge in the areas of Visual Arts, Fashion Design, Industrial Design and Experimental Design. Annually, the university opens its doors to the public in its four colleges , offering one of the most important art fairs in Berlin due to new proposals that highlight its young artists. Wikipedia.

De Campo A.,Berlin University of the Arts
Proceedings - 40th International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2014 and 11th Sound and Music Computing Conference, SMC 2014 - Music Technology Meets Philosophy: From Digital Echos to Virtual Ethos | Year: 2014

The ideas explored here are based on questioning some common assumptions in the usual conceptual models of hybrid (NIME-style) instrument design, and thinking and playing through the implications of these alternate strategies in theory and implementation. They include: varying the mappings between controller input and changing them on the fly in performance, e.g. by gradually entangling or disentangling process parameters; recording instrument parameter state presets and control data (gesture) loops, and reusing them as flexible performance material; and creating networks of cross-influence between gestural input from multiple human players, other gestural sources, and multiple sound generating processes, which can be modified as part of the performance. In effect, this can be described as 'Lose Control, Gain Influence' (LCGI): gracefully relinquishing full control of the processes involved, in order to gain higher-order forms influence on their behavior. These heuristics may lead both to finding non-obvious but interesting mapping strategies which can be built into more traditionally well-controlled instruments, and to new concepts for playing single-person instruments or multiplayer instrument ensembles based on networks of influence. Many of these ideas can be played with using software libraries written in SuperCollider. Copyright: © 2014 Alberto de Campo et al.

Groening G.,Berlin University of the Arts
Acta Horticulturae | Year: 2012

Asian-Pacific perspectives in garden culture and open space development have only marginally been touched upon in scholarly studies. Personal experience serves to explain this deficit. A number of books which address issues of Asian- Pacific perspectives, partially at least, from a European perspective are mentioned. Some fields for further research are approached.

Bovermann T.,Berlin University of the Arts | Griffiths D.,FoAM vzw
Computer Music Journal | Year: 2014

What does computation sound like, and how can computational processing be integrated into live-coding practice along with code? This article gives insights into three years of artistic research and performance practice with Betablocker, an imaginary central processing unit architecture, specifically designed and implemented for live-coding purposes. It covers the themes of algorithmic composition, sound generation, genetic programming, and autonomous coding in the light of self-manipulating code and artistic research practice. © 2014 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Walter R.,TU Berlin | Bailly G.,TU Berlin | Muller J.,TU Berlin | Muller J.,Berlin University of the Arts
Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings | Year: 2013

We investigate how to reveal an initial mid-air gesture on interactive public displays. This initial gesture can serve as gesture registration for advanced operations. We propose three strategies to reveal the initial gesture: spatial division, temporal division, and integration. Spatial division permanently shows the gesture on a dedicated screen area. Temporal division interrupts the application to reveal the gesture. Integration embeds gesture hints directly in the application. We also propose a novel initial gesture called Teapot to illustrate our strategies. Our main findings from a laboratory and field study are: A large percentage of all users execute the gesture, especially with spatial division (56%). Users intuitively discover a gesture vocabulary by exploring variations of the Teapot gesture by themselves, as well as by imitating and extending other users' variations. Copyright © 2013 ACM.

Community gardens in Canada and the United States, allotment gardens in England, jardins familiaux in France, Kleingaerten in Germany, shimin noen in Japan, volkstuin in the Netherlands, and ogródek działkowy in Poland have many points in common. City planners, among others, have generally considered them as a temporary and unstable use of the land. However, as examples from many countries around the world show, they are neither temporary nor unstable. It is the goal of this presentation to address aspects of the long-standing struggle to include such gardens as an integral part of urban land-use planning. This struggle includes the need for effective communication via contemporary media to give kleingaerten and comparable gardens a permanent status in land-use planning. The need to organize democratically at the level of the residential neighborhood as well as at municipal, regional, national and international levels will be emphasized. The Pniowers social program to provide a city of 1 million inhabitants with gardens will be discussed as a prime example of the role of urban horticulture as part of a city-wide open-space policy. The examples presented refer mainly to kleingaerten in Germany, but will include gardens from other countries as well, such as Canada, Cuba, Japan and the United States.

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