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Digital Stories Explored in April 10 Friends of Textiles Lecture

Professor Anne Sullivan to Present

MELBOURNE, FLA. — At 11 a.m. on March 27, exclusively for Florida Tech students and faculty, Congdon will lead a free gallery tour of her work now on display as part of the Coded Couture exhibition at the Ruth Funk In the second lecture of Florida Institute of Technology’s Friends of Textiles Lecture Series, Anne Sullivan will offer, “Computational Craft: Digital Stories in Physical Spaces” starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in the Denius Student Center’s second-floor Hartley Room on the Florida Tech campus. The lecture will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m.

Sullivan is an assistant professor of digital media in the School of Visual Arts & Design at the University of Central Florida. She received her Ph.D. in computer science from University of California Santa Cruz and was a co-founder of Play Crafts, a company that designed online tools for crafters.

Sullivan is the concept designer and producer of Loominary, a collaborative game system that uses a tabletop loom as the controller. As the player progresses through the game, the player’s choices for the characters are literally woven into a personalized, tangible artifact of the player’s gaming session. The system is part of a research agenda with projects that focus on creating frameworks to support new storytelling experiences from underrepresented perspectives.

For the Friends of Textiles lecture, the Ruth Funk Center will remain open until 5 p.m., one hour later than normal.

British designer Amy Congdon kicked off the lecture series on March 27 with, “Tissue Engineered Textiles.”

The cost for the April 10 lecture is $10 each for the general public and free for Friends of Textiles members and full-time Florida Tech students, faculty and staff with Florida Tech ID. Reservations are not necessary but encouraged. Guests may call 321-674-6129 or email textiles@fit.edu.

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