Wednesday Speaker Series: Dave Mickey

Our speaker this Wednesday is Dave Mickey. I met him at Maker Faire this year and just knew that what he and the folks at Cal Arts were up to would be of interest to us.  This Bastille day come see the “sonic maze” going to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It’s called MicePace Maze and looks a lot of fun.

Developed at the Center for Integrated Media at the California Institute of the Arts, MicePace Maze employs the mouse maze concept that scientists use to test memory. Utilizing this concept, we have created a human mouse maze with no walls. MicePace Maze players are given audio information through the use of wireless headphones creating a maze using sound as the walls and challenging players’ abilities to move through a space with only what they hear.

Dave Mickey
Through his Integrated Media Designs Mr. Mickey explores new ways to interact with art and the human form both artistically and technically. Mr. Mickey holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Mr. Mickey is an adjunct professor of Integrated Media at CalArts, and an adjunct professor of theatre sound design at Pomona College. Current projects include “MicePaceMaze”, a human mouse maze without walls, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, August 2010. “The Medea Project” opening in Greece May 2011, and recently closed “Jesus Hates Me” at South Coast Repertory.  Mr. Mickey is a co-founder of MPG Interactive Arts inc., also the Associate Sound Designer for the Chance Theater. Mr. Mickey was the 2007 winner of the Robert E. Cohen Sound Achievement Award, a national award in sound design sponsored by United States Institute of Theatre Technology. 2008/09 Garland Awards: 3 Honorable Mentions, and 3 Editor Choice Awards from Make Magazine for his project MicePaceMaze. For more information about Mr. Mickey please visit

MPG Interactive Arts explores new ways to interact with art and the human form both artistically and technically.


I make things that do stuff. The best, though, is teaching others to do the same. Founder of @crashspacela Alum of @ITP_NYU

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