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Campus Currents May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Honoring Holocaust Victims Across Time and Space

It was morning in San Diego and evening in Israel as researchers and artists at UC San Diego participated in a live, mid-January event with their counterparts in Jerusalem. “Expressions” was performed to mark the official United Nations commemoration honoring the victims of the Holocaust, and the musicians in Calit2’s Atkinson Hall and at Beit Avi Chai in Israel were linked via broadband Internet video and audio. This allowed some artists to perform on the same piece simultaneously, even though they were over 7,500 miles apart.

Shlomo Dubnov, a UCSD music professor, hosted the event at Calit2, where he directs the new Center for Research in Entertainment and Learning (CREL). The center is promoting crossover art-science research, with a focus on grassroots creativity and learning. CREL is searching for ways to make people more creative and to make more informed decisions in educational as well as entertainment environments. For the event, CREL allowed audience members at both locations to use their laptops or cell phones to input descriptions of artworks created by victims of the Holocaust, and those descriptions were then beamed to the screens at both venues.

—Doug Ramsey