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Ben Knapp

An Artist, a Designer, an Engineer, and a Scientist Walk Into a Bar: Stories of ICAT

February 27, 2014 // Lyric Theatre

Synopsis: Knapp was joined on stage by colleagues Dr. Ivica Icu Bukvic, Dr. Liesl Baum and Dr. Aki Ishida, together telling stories of their creative process with the help of the Orb, a digital sphere of integral relationships.

Bio: Ben Knapp leads Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT), a collection of collaborative studios composed of faculty, students, industrial partners, and community volunteers working together toward creating a one-of-a-kind collaborative environment for enacting change. ICAT includes five studios: IDEA, IMAGE, IMPACT, IMPLEMENT, and INTERACT. The INTERACT Studio is developing a technology of community engagement that includes working collaboratively with the Community Voices team comprised of graduate students, community members, and faculty.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Knapp has been working to create meaningful links between human-computer interaction, universal design, and various forms of creativity. His work at ICAT now includes innovative forms of creativity, such as digital storytelling, to create connections and engagement with community.