Creating inspiration through innovation by combining artistry with technology in a unique installation.

Capital One and students and faculty of The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas (ATEC) are bringing a new element to Plano Artfest this year: the Technicolor Experience. The installation will explore 3D image mapping, display work from UTD's Public Interactive Reasearch Lab (PIRL), and host a panel discussion about artificial intelligence.



event1013 || Fri. 5 - 9 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 1 PM

The space will be activated with multi-projection mapped video content produced by the ATEC program's current spring semester studio classes.


ArtCentre of Plano || Friday & Saturday

Multiple interactive works will be on display, including pieces related to the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The Magic Story Table will include location-specific stories from Plano.


Cox Playhouse || Friday, 6-7 PM

The topic of the panel discussion is artificial intelligence, a theme explored in Black Flag Theatre Company’s regional premiere of “Uncanny Valley” by Thomas Gibbons.


Attendees at the Technicolor Experience panel discussion will be able to interact with and ask questions to the panelists. The panelists have a wide variety of backgrounds but are all experts in their fields. They are:



Dean Terry is an experimental transmedia artist whose areas of creative work and research include emerging technologies, AI, sound, and performance. He is the Creative Director of Therefore Art & Performance Group, who are debuting "The Alexa Dialogues," a show with live interactions with Amazon Alexa devices, at the Winspear Opera House this May. 

Terry is also speaking on creativity and artificial intelligence at SXSW in 2018. He was a founding faculty member of ATEC at the University of Texas at Dallas and was the founder and former Director of The Emerging Media and Communication (EMAC) program. His research labs have been supported by Alcatel-Lucent, Texas Instruments, Ericsson, Samsung, and Apple. Before academic life, Terry founded, managed, and ran a Los Angeles based creative agency which was acquired by AtomFilms, and subsequently sold to MTV/Viacom. His creative work has been covered internationally on CNN, ABC News, NPR, BBC, Los Angeles Times, Vice, Mashable, and shown at SXSW, ISEA, and other conferences. He is currently researching and writing a book on the creative process and emerging technologies.


Thomas Gibbons is currently the playwright-in-residence at InterAct Theatre in Philadelphia. InterAct Theatre has produced eight of his plays, including: Pretending to America, 6221, Axis Sally, Black Russian, Bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection, A House With No Walls, and Silverhill. 

His plays have been seen at the National Playwrights Conference at Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center, and off-off Broadway at Blue Heron Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Actors Express, Florida Stage, Unicorn Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Arizona Theatre Company, Center Stage, New Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theatre, Roundhouse Theatre, and many others.

Thomas Gibbons is the recipient of seven playwriting fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a Roger L. Stevens Award from the Fund for New American Plays, a Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwrighting Award, an NAACP Theatre Award, two Barrymore Awards for outstanding new play, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.



Hugh Lehman is an actor, director, fight choreographer and musician. He has enjoyed performing and directing at various professional theatres across the US, including Oxford Shakespeare Repertory, Atlanta Classical Theatre, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, Opera Memphis, Galaxy Music Theatre, Twilight Theatre and the Granbury Opera House to name a few.

Prior to becoming a Texan, Hugh served as the Patron Services Manager for the Atlanta Coalition of Performing Arts. He is the Executive Director of Black Flag Theatre Company at the Cox Playhouse in Downtown Plano, and a founding member of Wu-Hu Productions. Hugh is currently directing "Uncanny Valleys."



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Jason Hoover is a Director of Software Engineering for Capital One, leading Financial Services Tech Innovation R&D work. He is currently focused on multiple AI initiatives, and recently completed a computer vision and augmented reality app that is releasing later this year. Prior to Capital One, Jason was involved in creating various inference engines for large corporations, as well venturing in to mobile app development with his wife. 

Jason is also on the board of UTD’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he helps advise on efforts to grow and improve UTD’s footprint in the startup space. He is on the board at DFW’s Xperience Driven Leadership Alliance, which is dedicated to recognizing and connecting industry thought leaders to utilize customer experience driven initiatives for success. Jason has spoken twice at SXSW, focusing the future marketplaces that will be created by self driving cars, and what the future of interfaces look like once we move beyond 2d touch interfaces.