Tim Jenison is an inventor featured in the documentary film, Tim’s Vermeer. In the film he works to solve a mystery: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically—150 years before the invention of photography?
Jenison learned about technology and electrical equipment from his father, who ran an electrical engineering firm. At an early age, he learned to play the piano, and his keyboard talents propelled him to leave college to join a rock band. In the late 1970s, he saw the computer as the integrating medium for his various passions: electronics, music, film and video. He decided that forming a company was the best way to fuel his endeavors to create sophisticated, yet affordable video software tools that everyone could use. In 1985 Jenison founded NewTek, a hardware and software company that produces live and post-production video tools and visual imaging software for personal computers. Jenison also led the way in the development of DigiView (one of the first video digitizers for a computer), DigiPaint, and the Video Toaster®.
At this Cal Poly Science, Jenison will share his career path and his work. We’ll start with a quick game to illustrate what are sometimes invisible connections between people and disciplines, led by Pegi Marshall, assistant professor of scenic design in the Theater and Dance Department. Jenison will then screen his latest short film (10 minutes) and bring his comparator mirror for a demonstration. There will be time for Q&A.
This event will include students from across the disciplines at Cal Poly, and illustrate how a mashup of determination, talent and interdisciplinary experimentation can lead to great discoveries and inspire lifelong learning. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
There is an exhibit of Jenison’s process work in the Community Gallery. A free screening of the documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, is also open to the community.
- Exhibit: Sept. 14 – Oct. 3rd • 1st floor Community Gallery, Kennedy Library
- Free Film Screening of Tim’s Vermeer: Wednesday Sept. 30 • Time: 7pm • Spanos Theatre with a Q &A by Tim Jenison to follow
Sponsors and Collaborators: College of Liberal Arts, Theatre & Dance Department, Liberal Arts & Engineering Studies Program (LAES), Graphic Communication Department (GrC), Cal Poly Center for Expressive Technologies (CET) and Computer Science.
Join Tim Jenison and assistant professor Pegi Marshall for a mashup that brings together students from various disciplines to discover surprising connections between themselves and their disciplines. Both sessions will include a 10 minute film about Tim’s most recent painting – “Claire with the Pearl Earring”– and the comparator mirror used in his process.
Wednesday, September 30th
KTGY Gallery in building 21m Engineering West room 105. Open to all.
• 10-11:30AM: Art vs. Science
• 2:30-4:00PM: It’s about the Process, Not the Product
More info on mashups: Pegi Marshall (805) 756-1425.