Mimi Cabell (Assistant Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) in collaboration with Phoebe Stubbs (MFA Glass ’11) will be presenting Contributors Inc., a project that uses the contents pages of magazines of art and design to reveal the biases in art’s critical history and canon, at the International Conference on Artistic Research at University of Arts Helsinki on April 28-29th.
Shawn Greenlee (Associate Professor, Experimental and Foundation Studies) recently gave a multi-channel audio performance at the Anchorage Museum Planetarium as part of the new Live at the Planetarium program, which will feature stars of the experimental music world through spring and summer 2017.
The Alaska News Dispatch called Greenlee’s performance a “amazing audiovisual monster.” Greenlee was quoted as saying of his performance “There’s a bit of a sense of wonder about where the sounds are coming from and how they’re being transformed,” he said. “It’s almost like an orchestra. Rather than independent players, each loudspeaker becomes like a member of the orchestra.”
Over spring break, five grad students in Digital + Media joined their TA and two instructors in conducting research at various desert sites in Nevada and California. Among them was the abandoned mining town of Rhyolite, NV, where Xiaohan Li MFA 18 DM experimented with sound and space in a variety of natural and industrial environments (above) and the Turquoise Peak Communication Site in California (below) – a former US military facility that was used for secure ground-to-air transmissions.
The weeklong excursion supported ongoing work in the Technological Landscapes research studio, co-taught by Department Head Shona Kitchen and Critic Aly Ogasian MFA 15 DM. Through an emphasis on collaboration and field research, students in the course are encouraged to consider how advancements in technology alter physical spaces and create virtual ones.
While in the desert the researchers used an assortment of high- and low-tech tools – including a modification of the familiar cup-and-string relay device – to manipulate the travel of sound waves across across one of the two massive trenches that make up Double Negative (below), one of the first “earthworks” by pioneering land artist Michael Heizer.
Students also traveled to Badwater Basin in Death Valley, CA – which, at 282 feet below sea level, is the lowest point in North America. With the help of a high pole device, they gathered video and photographic documentation of the landscape and conducted experiments with a remote device created by Adi Azulay MID 17. Pairs of students “spoke” by relaying morse code-like LED patterns to one another across vast distances, demonstrating the human instinct to improvise various means of communication.
Laura Swanson (DM11) is featured in Dave Hopper’s “The Creative Process” podcast by WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
The podcast can be found here on the WAMC website: https://wamcpodcasts.org/podcast/episode-08-laura-swanson-artist/ or on iTunes here: http://apple.co/2ox25af
Laura Swanson is an artist examining the behavior of looking at physical difference, working across various media including drawing, installation, photography, and sculpture. Born in Minneapolis, she received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011 and BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2008. Recent solo exhibitions include “Resistance”, presented at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery in New York in 2016. Her work will be featured on the cover and within “Anti-Portraiture: Challenging the Limits of the Portrait”, published by I.B. Tauris in October 2017. An upcoming solo exhibition of new and recent work will be hosted by the Attenborough Arts Centre in the United Kingdom, opening September 2017. Her awards include grants and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship program, and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation. She lives and works in New York, NY.