Friday Noon Lecture Series: Spring 1994
Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks

Multimedia as Theater and Theater as Multimedia

Larry Friedlander
Professor of Theater, Stanford and Multimedia Developer, MIT's Media Lab

Designing for multimedia is more like directing a show than writing a book. It involves coordinating experts from many fields and many media who unite to realize a certain vision and to fulfill clearly defined needs. What complicates this collaborative endeavor is the presence of an active and demanding audience. Their needs and tastes must be anticipated, and they must be allowed to share in the decisions that lead to the final experience. The speaker demonstrated a series of applications that he has designed that involve the theater, from classroom tools to museum exhibits to actual interactive environments, and discussed how and why they were designed.

Larry Friedlander is a Professor of English Literature at Stanford University. For the last decade he has been active in the world of multimedia technology, designing many applications for classroom use, research, and for museums and other public spaces. He has worked at the Apple Multimedia Lab, at MIT's Media Lab, at the Laboratory for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities, and at the Mitsubishi Electronic Research Laboratory in Cambridge, MA. He is currently overseeing projects for museums in Scotland and in Paris.

Friday February 25
145 Dwinelle

co-sponsored by the School of Library and Information Studies and the School of Journalism

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