Summer 2016

Art, Robotics, & Technology for Youth: 2016 Summer Workshop

We have reached capacity for this workshop.  Contact us at to be put on a waiting list.

The Art, Robotics & Technology for Youth summer robot workshop offers middle school children (10-13 years old) an amazing opportunity to learn and experiment with robot art projects! Students will create and build unique working robots which will participate in and “perform” tasks and activities. Students will be carefully supervised by Debra Burhans (Associate Prof., Canisius College) and a team of engineers and artists to encourage their growth and creativity.  The workshop will culminate in a presentation of the student robot projects on Friday at 11:00am in the lobby of Science Hall at Canisius College.

New this year for returning and more advanced students is a progressive, parallel track designed by Nils Napp (Asst. Prof., Univ. at Buffalo) and Karthik Dantu (Asst. Prof., Univ. at Buffalo) to expand and build on a student’s existing knowledge.  They can start where they left off last year and continue to explore the possibilities of robotics in art and life!


Fall 2015

Technē Trekker Solar

In collaboration with the senior design group in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Technē is pleased to announce that the Trekker will appear soon with a new permanent solar-powered electrical system. UB faculty, staff, and students interested in using the Trekker should contact the institute at


Fall 2014

Kenneth Collins
Temporary Distortion

November 10, 2014
112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Kenneth Collins will present in the Department of Art Speakers Series on November 10, 6.30-8pm, 112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus. Collins is the founding artistic director for the experimental performance group, Temporary Distortion in New York City. Temporary Distortion explores the potential tensions and overlaps found between practices in visual art, theater, cinema and music. The group works across and between disciplines to create performances, installations, films, albums and works for the stage. This event is sponsored by UB’s Art Department with additional support from the Department of Theatre & Dance.

Robert Wilson

Technē is pleased to co-sponsor a visit from internationally renowned director, designer, and artist Robert Wilson on October 9, 2014. Join us for his public lecture, “1 Have You Been Here Before / 2 No This is The First Time” / An Evening With Robert Wilson” in the Albright Knox Art Gallery auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. See here for further details.

Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr Residency

From September 29-October 10, Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, co-founders of Tissue Culture & Art Project, will be at UB as Technē Artists in Residence for 2014.  They will lead The Buffalo Incubators Workshop and deliver a public lecture as a component of the Visual Studies Lecture Series on Monday, October 6 at 6:30 PM.  The final evening of the workshop, October 8, will be open to the public from 6-9pm in the Big Orbit Gallery ( 30 Essex Street, Buffalo).

Their workshops and activities have been supported by Technē Institute, Department of Art, Department of Biology, and Emerging Practices in the Arts, a Humanities Institute research group.

Love Yer Brain: Science and Art Cabaret 14.0

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7pm
Ninth Ward@ Babeville
Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center

In Fall 2014, Technē became an official sponsor of the Science + Art Cabaret. Lead by Will Kinney (Physics, UB) and John Massier (Hallwalls), the Cabaret invites a range of leading scientists, artists, and thinkers to share their ideas in an irreverently warm setting in Hallwalls intimate 9th Ward space. Join us for future events!

From Second Life® to the Magic Lantern or A Kind of Progress: On Opera and New Media
A Presentation by Johanna Dombois
Tuesday, October 28 at 5:00 pm
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center

Internationally renowned opera director and media artist, Johanna Dombois, worked with graduate students in Theatre & Performance and Arts Management and shared her work and unusual approach to opera directly as an invited artist to the UB Arts Management program. Lead by Miriam Paeslack (Arts Management), the event was a great opportunity to see how far the digital influence extends even into some of Europe’s oldest and most traditional theatres.

Technē Institute Offers Summer Art & Tech Workshop for Youth

In July 2013, the Technē Institute offered the Art, Robots & Technology for Youth (ARTY) workshop in collaboration with colleagues across the arts and sciences at UB and in Computer Science at Canisius College. Hosted in Canisius’s Science Hall on Main Street, the workshop provided Buffalo-area students, ages 9-12, the chance to explore the intersection of art and robots through original projects. This inaugural year was a great success and we look forward to offering it again to more children in the future. For highlights, see our video from the workshop.

Technē Institute Concludes Inaugural Year with Media City 4: Media Cities

At the conclusion of its inaugural year, the Techne Institute sponsored an exhibition of new work at the international conference, Media Ctiy 4: Media Cities. Hosted by the Department of Architecture in UB’s School of Urban Planning and Architecture, the conference welcomed visitors from 10 countries on 4 continents. Among panels and talks devoted to the engagement of media technologies in urban environments, Media Cities presented new work by Techne Artist in Residence, Julian Oliver, Paolo Cirio, Stephanie Rothenberg, and Antoine Schmidt. Their projects were exhibited at a pop-up gallery on Main Street in downtown Buffalo. To see video of Julian Oliver’s Technē project, Border Bumping – Buffalo 2013, visit our Vimeo site.

UB launches Technē Institute with Media Mobilities Colloquium

In November 2012, Technē hosted its inaugural event, Media Mobilities: surveilling the intersection of art, mobile technologies, and ubiquitous computing. Presenting at the one-day colloquium were internationally recognized UB faculty, guest artists, performances, and UB students. As a keynote performance for the event, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid presented his most recent music and ideas from the The Book of Ice. Also presenting were Hasan Elahi, Jill Magid, Teri Rueb, Mark Shepard with respondents Jason Farman (University of Maryland) and Elise Morrison (Yale University). Dr. Morrison’s visit was sponsored by the UB Gender Institute.

This event was co-sponsored by the UB Gender Institute; the Office of the Provost; and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and with the participation of the Departments Media Study, Music, Theatre & Dance, and Visual Studies. Paul Miller was sponsored by Evil Twin Booking.

UB hosts top Chinese Designer, Han Lixun

Han Lixun, the chief designer for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony presented at the UB Center for the Arts Screening Room on March 9, 2013. Discussing his process for designing the spectacular ceremony, Lixun addressed his conceptualization for the Olympic games, his collaborations with architects and engineers, the development of media and lighting devices, and the intersection of arts and technology after the Games. Lixun’s visit was made possible
made possible through the Confucius Institute at the University at Buffalo and the Techne Institute for Arts and Emerging Technologies, and was part of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology’s Upstate New York Regional Section Spring Conference. Congratulations to Prof. Lynne Koscielniak (Theatre & Dance, Techne Fellow), who organized the visit.