Interaction designer lectures at YSU

Jakob MarsicoInteraction designer and media artist Jakob Marsico visits Youngtown State University March 23 and 25 to lecture and present hands-on workshops.

Workshops will be presented during classes on Monday, March 23, and Wednesday, March 25 in Bliss Hall Room 3000, 9 a.m. to noon. The workshop is for YSU students, but the public may observe. Marsico also presents a free public lecture 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 in the McDonough Museum of Art.

In the workshop, students will build a video camera from a Raspberry Pi minicomputer (3.37″ x 2.21″ x 0.83″) and then program a visual effect using openFrameworks, a toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation to make things with code. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a TV and a keyboard.

Marsico runs Ultra Low Res Studio, an arts-engineering firm that works with developers and architects to integrate dynamic, experiential installations with the built environment. He is an adjunct instructor at Carnegie Mellon and a member of the CoDe Lab in CMU’s School of Architecture. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from George Washington University and a master’s degree in Tangible Interaction Design from CMU.

His work, “mideast. midwest. middle class,” an interactive installation, was at the Butler Institute of American Art between in November 2011 and October 2012. It consisted of large-format photography, dmx lighting, audio, interviews, found sound and Gilderfluke automation.

For more information, email YSU Art professor Dana Sperry at