Food For Thought: Deirdre Loughridge & Dietmar Offenhuber

Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation

Food For Thought: Deirdre Loughridge & Dietmar Offenhuber

Tue, Apr 04, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 235 Free
Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation Tue, Apr 04, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 235 Free

Join faculty colleagues to discuss topical issues in arts, media and design. This session features brief faculty research presentations by Deirdre Loughridge (Music) and Dietmar Offenhuber (Art + Design and Public Policy) followed by open dialog between the audience, presenters and session curators. Deirdre will discuss her current research project “Sounding Human,” which looks at the history of human-technology relationships through the lens of music, and Dietmar will present “Tuning Infrastructure.”

Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activities at the nexus of research and practice.

Lunch will be Served

The colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated by Matthew McDonald, Associate Professor of Music and John Wihbey, Assistant Professor of Journalism.


Ryder Hall 235

Deirdre Loughridge

Assistant Professor, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Deirdre Loughridge is a music historian who specializes in musical cultures of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and in the history of music and technology. Her work engages with the history of science and media studies to illuminate music from material and multisensory perspectives. Loughridge is the author of Haydn’s Sunrise, Beethoven’s Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2016), a book about how proliferating optical technologies in the 18th century fueled innovations in performance, listening practices, and ways of thinking and writing about music. Her research articles and reviews have been published in the Journal of MusicologyEighteenth-Century MusicJournal of the Royal Musical AssociationCambridge Opera Journal, and other musicological journals and edited volumes.

Loughridge also writes for broad audiences, bringing a historical perspective to contemporary issues. Her essays have appeared in such publications as Even Magazine and Art or Sound (Fondazione Prada). She is also co-founder and curator, with Thomas Patteson, of the Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments, a web-based project that has been featured in the Public Domain Review, and in a gallery exhibit at the San Francisco Center for New Music.

Dietmar Offenhuber

Assistant Professor, Graduate Coordinator

Dietmar Offenhuber is an Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, a MS in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab, and a Dipl. Ing. in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna. Dietmar was Key Researcher at the Austrian Ludwig Boltzmann Institute and the Ars Electronica Futurelab, and professor in the Interface Culture program of the Art University Linz, Austria.

His research focuses on the role of new technologies and representation in urban governance and civic discourse. Dietmar led a number of research projects investigating formal and informal waste systems and has published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies, and Urban Informatics. His PhD dissertation received the Outstanding Dissertation Award 2014 from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT and his research received the Best Paper Award 2012 from the Journal of the American Planning Association.

In his artistic practice, Dietmar frequently collaborates with sound artist Markus Decker and composers Sam Auinger and Hannes Strobl under the name “stadtmusik.” His artistic work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Centre Pompidou, Sundance, the Hong Kong International Film Festival, ZKM Karlsruhe, Secession Vienna, and the Seoul International Media Art Biennale. His awards include the first prize in the NSF Visualization Challenge, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award, a Special Mention at the 12th International Media Art Biennale WRO07, and Honorary Mentions from File Festival, Ars Electronica, and Transmediale, Berlin.