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Thesis Awards for 2017 announced! Congratulations to Kourtnie Aileru, Yakun Chen, Evan Daniel, Yolanda Lam, and Stephanie Muscat!

Digital + Media is proud to present Kourtnie Aileru, Yakun Chen and Evan Daniel with the Thesis Award for their final projects in Graduate Thesis Exhibition.

Yolanda Lam + Stephanie Muscat also received awards for their Digital + Media Written Thesis Books.


Mimi Cabell Presents Contributors Inc. in Helsinki


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 (DM Faculty) performance at Anchorage Museum Planetarium


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.”

Exploring Tech in Remote Landscapes

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.