Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts

Students and faculty from the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts had the opportunity to tour Disney Imagineering with Mikhael Tara Garver as part of their trip to Los Angeles to attend the Infinity Festival-Hollywood. Courtesy photo. Emerging Media Arts students find Johnny Carson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Courtesy photo.

18 Nov 2022    

Carson Center students network in Los Angeles

Lincoln, Neb.--Twenty-one students and three faculty and staff in the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, along with Johnny Carson Endowed Director in Emerging Media Arts Megan Elliott, and Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts Dean Andy Belser, attended the Infinity Festival-Hollywood Nov. 2-5.

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Megan Elliott speaks at the dedication of the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts in 2019. Elliott is the inaugural Johnny Carson Endowed Director in Emerging Media Arts. (Justin Mohling/University Communication and Marketing) Johnny Carson. Photo courtesy of the Carson Entertainment Group.

27 Oct 2022    

Johnny Carson Foundation gives $2.5M to create endowed directorship for Carson Center

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has announced a $2.5 million gift from the Johnny Carson Foundation to create an endowed directorship for the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts.

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Pat Hazell (left) and Teresa Ganzel. Teresa Ganzel with Johnny Carson in a Tea Time Movies with Art Fern sketch on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Courtesy photo.

14 Oct 2022    By Kathe C. Andersen

Hazell, Ganzel return for Carson Lecture Series program Oct. 30

Lincoln, Neb.--The Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film’s Carson Lecture Series returns Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in the Swanson Auditorium of the Nebraska Union at 14th and R sts. on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln city campus.

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Ash Eliza Smith (left) and Kwakiutl Dreher

12 Oct 2022    

2 faculty from UNL are fellows at MIT Worlding incubator

Lincoln, Neb.—University of Nebraska–Lincoln Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts Ash Eliza Smith and Associate Professor of English Kwakiutl Dreher were fellows at the inaugural WORLDLING, a first-of-its kind research and development initiative that explores climate futures at the intersection of documentary, land-use planning, speculative modeling and game-engine technologies.

It is a partnership between Unity Software/the Unity Charitable Fund and the Co-Creation Studio at MIT Open Documentary Lab.

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Paul Vanouse

10 Oct 2022    

Interdisciplinary artist Vanouse in residence in the Carson Center

Lincoln, Neb.--Interdisciplinary artist Paul Vanouse will be in residence in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts and will present at IGNITE on Friday, Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m.

The IGNITE colloquium involves guest lectures, workshops and seminars around creative and professional development. IGNITE is free and open to the public.

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Richard Endacott

07 Oct 2022    

Endacott screenplay earns film festival honors

Lincoln, Neb.--Professor of Film Richard Endacott has earned film festival success for his screenplay “Turn Over.” 

The script has won Best Dramatic Short Script at the Cowpokes International Film Festival in Harrah, Oklahoma; Writer’s Block Award (Best Short Script) at the Snake Alley Festival of Film in Burlington, Iowa; and Best Short Script in the Copa Shorts Film Festival in Maricopa, Arizona.

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Eight emerging media arts students worked at the premiere of "Evolver" at the Tribeca Film Festival. "Evolver" is a collective virtual reality experience that drops audiences deep inside the landscape of a body. Photo by Maricel Reinhard. Trystan Nord experiences Marshmallow Laser Feast's "Evolver" in London. Photo by Wyatt Debban.

28 Sep 2022    By Kathe C. Andersen

EMA students work at VR experience at Tribeca Film Festival

Lincoln, Neb.--Eight emerging media arts students traveled to New York City to work at the premiere of Marshmallow Laser Feast’s “Evolver” at the Tribeca Film Festival’s immersive festival in June.

“Evolver” is a collective virtual reality experience that drops audiences deep inside the landscape of a body, following the flow of oxygen through our branching ecosystem, to a single “breathing” cell. It becomes clear that breath not only sparks life, but also connects us to the natural world through the cycle of respiration.

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Right: Robot and child completing a drawing transfer. Courtesy photo. Robert Twomey

28 Sep 2022    By Kathe C. Andersen

Twomey presents Three Stage Drawing Transfer research at SIGGRAPH

Lincoln, Neb.--Robert Twomey, assistant professor of emerging media arts in the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, presented his research project, “Three Stage Drawing Transfer” at SIGGRAPH in August.

SIGGRAPH is the premier conference for computer graphics and interactive techniques worldwide. The conference showcases new technologies and applications.

In addition to presenting and publishing his research, Twomey also showed Three Stage Drawing Transfer in the art gallery program at the conference.

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Students and faculty in London for the study abroad course "Story Abroad: Future Fictions, London, U.K." led by Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts Ash Eliza Smith and Carson Center Director Megan Elliott. Photo by Thea Lahey. Emerging Media Arts students demo Marshmallow Laser Feast's "Evolver" in London. Photo by Wyatt Debban.

28 Sep 2022    By Kathe C. Andersen

First EMA study abroad course takes students to London

Lincoln, Neb.--Eleven students in the Emerging Media Arts program in the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts traveled to London last May for the study abroad course, “Story Abroad: Future Fictions, London, U.K.,” led by Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts Ash Eliza Smith with Carson Center Founding Director Megan Elliott.

“We were using the city as a kind of laboratory,” Smith said. “The city is very generous with giving lots of material, stories and viewpoints of the world. It was a total immersion out in the streets of London every day.”

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"The Wilds," a groundbreaking new performance experience co-created by Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts Jesse Fleming, runs Oct. 6-15 at the Lied Center's Carson Theater. Jesse Fleming

22 Sep 2022    

Fleming co-creates groundbreaking ‘The Wilds’

Lincoln, Neb.--“I think what audiences can be sure to expect is a very engaging event that has a lot of immersive qualities; is highly experimental; is sonic, kinetic and visual; and touches upon both our most primary, innate being and our potential in an uncertain future.”

This is the description of “The Wilds” by Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Arts Jesse Fleming, who created this groundbreaking new performance experience with acclaimed choreographer Laurel Jenkins and Grammy-nominated producer/composer Lewis Pesacov.

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