Dennis Miller is a pro­fessor of music in the Col­lege of Arts, Media and Design, but his latest artistic achieve­ment uses ani­ma­tion instead of sound, opening a new wave of pos­si­bil­i­ties for com­mu­ni­cating con­cepts and themes.

Sev­eral of Miller’s pieces are on dis­play on the 80-​​foot-​​tall mul­ti­screen LED out­side the Boston Con­ven­tion & Exhi­bi­tion Center as part of a public media art exhibit titled “Art on the Mar­quee.” Pre­sented by Boston Cyber­arts and the Mass­a­chu­setts Con­ven­tion Center Authority, the exhibit fea­tures video art by six Mass­a­chu­setts artists, whose work is viewed by some 10,000 vis­i­tors each day.

Dennis Miller’s art is on dis­play on the 80-​​foot screen out­side the Boston Con­ven­tion and Exhi­bi­tion Center. Photo by Dennis Miller.

[media-​​credit id=19 align=“alignright” width=“200”][/media-credit]Miller’s work fea­tures bold colors and geo­metric shapes, which evolve and dis­tort over time without fol­lowing a nar­ra­tive structure.

His career at North­eastern began 32 years ago with a focus on com­posing tra­di­tional acoustic music. Only later did he shift toward elec­tronic music and animation.

It’s been a dif­ferent way to approach the work,” Miller said of his foray into ani­ma­tion. “Whichever way the nar­ra­tive develops has to be purely visual. It’s a chal­lenge, but it’s a fun challenge.

The biggest rev­e­la­tion to me when I moved into imagery was the mas­sive scope of what became pos­sible,” he added. “It was not out of the ques­tion that some­thing like a film fes­tival would be inter­ested in my work. It cre­ated a lot more oppor­tu­ni­ties than just music provided.”

Part of the artistic tran­si­tion was guided by pure logis­tics: Adopting a new medium allowed Miller to dis­play his work in a variety of new set­tings, from film fes­ti­vals to public spaces. But it has also allowed him to push beyond the tra­di­tional con­fines of music and explore the fur­thest edges of his field.

Miller’s process of using ani­ma­tion to visu­ally convey themes and con­cepts is sim­ilar to his process of com­posing music, which is incor­po­rated into the majority of his work.

What I’m doing is devel­oping and orga­nizing the images the same way you might in a musical com­po­si­tion,” Miller said. “Because I’m using abstract imagery, I will often let the music guide the imagery. There’s no text, there’s no story — there’s just imagery.”

Boston, he said, has become a hotspot for dig­ital music and art, with North­eastern leading the charge. Snell Library, for example, has a bur­geoning dig­ital music and art archive, and stu­dents from across dis­ci­plines are embracing ani­ma­tion and new media classes.

It’s not some­thing you’ll find in too many other areas of Boston, so we’re becoming known for it,” Miller said.

Later this year, Miller’s art­work will be on dis­play at a Wheaton Col­lege exhi­bi­tion and at fes­ti­vals in Ger­many and else­where in Europe and Asia.

The art­work con­tinues to change as Miller con­tinues to per­fect his craft. “Large public spaces are an exciting venue for an artist, and though I’ll con­tinue to look for new oppor­tu­ni­ties, I’m always open to what­ever chal­lenges the next phone call will bring,” he said.