I had the great fortune of being a respondent at the Parsons MFA DT Symposium this year in Arnhold Hall on New School’s campus. The panel was “Experiential”, and there were some outstanding projects. You can see the panel presentations and discussion with me in its entirety here:
I’m extremely excited to be showing my piece, She Surrounds Us, in the exhibit, Earlids. Including works such as 60×60 and performances from the arts organization, Wave Farm, the exhibit asks how can listening and an open ear help us to think through interdisciplinary work in art, philosophy, media, and beyond?
Kevin T. Allen, Lauren Kelly, Derek Baron, Christoffer, Laursen Hald, Nicholas Campbell, Peter McQuillan, Daniel Creahan, Diane Moser, Steven Dale, Phuong Nguyen, Diane Dwyer, Brittany Paris, Benjamin Fausch, Themistoklis Pellas, Dane Filipczak, Nerina Penzhorn, Fantastic Futures, Ryan Raffa, Alexandra Gilwit, Barbara Siegel, Rory Solomon, Josephine Holtzman, Tessie Word, Melissa Grey, Sound Matters, and Andrea Kannes.
I also took part in the Conversation at 2 West 13th Street where participants engage sonically with a specific image from the building. You can hear/see all of the compositions as well as get info about the project here. My pieces are on images 07 and 10, and you can listen to them here:
Last week, my Integrative Studio class did an exercise that I thought might be useful for other folks. I presented it at our Parsons Integrative Studio faculty “brown bag lunch” meeting as well, and here’s a brief description:
Goal: Researching the visual components of a story and how that can impact the narrative.
Exercise: We started the exercise with a simple scaffolding exercise. The students were asked to document found typography for a week (one photo per day). We then looked at a few images and made a collection of words that described each of the images. You can see that full exercise here.
As part of their seminar class, the students have been iterating on linear and non-linear narratives based on decision trees and their partners journey to Parsons. I asked each student to take their non-linear, somewhat biographical decision-tree narrative and choose a single word to describe each portion of the story.
The students were then given an hour to go to the library and find images that best represented the words they chose. They needed to return to class with color or black/white images representing each of their words, and then pin these images up on the pin boards in class and arrange them as they would in their narrative. I brought some different colored string so they could illustrate the many connections/paths the narratives could take. The students went to the library orientation in their seminar class, so I felt comfortable letting them loose on Gimbel.
After each student created their visual narratives, I placed small pieces of paper next to each of the students’ images, and we all wrote down words we felt could be associated to the images.
Outcome: Students experimented with their non-linear narratives. Some made some discoveries about how iterating an idea from text to image and back to text can alter or change the original story or narrative. Also, that iteration process can reveal alternative perspectives of a narrative. Some made the connection of visual imagery creation and writing as a form of research.
You can see a full set of images here.
Last week I gave a talk titled “Sound As Research” at Mozilla’s San Francisco office. The talk was part of their Air Mozilla series, and you can watch the talk here: