The Shapiro Center Week++ of Research Symposium, Spring 2016

 

March 14–April 16, 2016

The Shapiro Center's Week++ of Research is a collection of events that highlights creative research and collaboration at SAIC to promote new strategies that art and design can bring to research practices.

Exhibitions

Through March 24
Topographies of Defense
The LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

EAGER Group: Michael Rado, Louis Kishfy, Frances Lightbound

The exhibition examines urban design that primarily functions to discourage, rather than facilitate, human usage. Through subtle interventions of dividing, interrupting, and demarcating architectural elements within the LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, the white cube gallery space becomes a vehicle to examine spatial politics within the urban environment.

Through March 29
Textile Technology Research Group Poster Exhibition
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 8th and 7th floor

Dave Bermingham, Jenna Marie Boyles, Helen Yuanyuan Cao, Elenita Dallagnelo, Benedikt Diemer, Isaac Facio, Dylan Fish, Daniel Johnstone, Joyce Safe Lee, Heather MacKenzie, David Martinez-Moreno, Kristen Olson, Elizabeth Pope, Gustavo Silva, and Katerina Williams

The participating team will present their current research and collaboration projects in a poster session. These include in embroidery, weaving, knitting, tufting and technologies to investigate issues of identity, the interconnected histories of jacquard weaving and computer science, medical applications for improvement of the global health scene, cosmological interpretations in cloth, hydroponics and genetic modification.

April 4–21
Library Mixtape
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 5th and 6th floor vitrines

Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., 2nd floor vitrines

Shapiro Fellow Researchers of Photographic Returns: Erika Raberg and Shawn Michelle Smith

In the spirit of selecting songs for a mixtape, Erika Raberg and Shawn Michelle Smith will choose a selection of items from the Flaxman Library and the Joan Flash Artists' Book Collection. The selection will represent the content and the spirit of their research on the history of photography and the photography of history.


Events

Monday, March 14

Roundtable Discussion: Imagining Embodied Futures
1:00–3:00 p.m.
International Museum of Surgical Science, 1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.

Shapiro Fellow Researchers of ATOM-r: Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality: Mev Luna, Mark Jeffery, Judd Morrissey

ATOM-r and Collin Pressler, curator at the International Museum of Surgical Science, along with invited guests will engage the museum archives and discuss the reactivation of antiquated instruments as a means of imagining embodied futures through the past.  Participants will examine the timelessness of the technologized body and contemporary practices that construct hybrid temporalities through performance and new media. 


Tuesday, March 15

Presentation: Euclid, the Meter, and Textile Encryption
12:10 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1005

Visiting Artist: Heather MacKenzie, sponsored by the Department of Fiber and Material Studies

In her work, MacKenzie looks to the textile as a foundational piece of human technology that is sensual and material while simultaneously embedded with complex mathematical information. She examines other equally foundational systems that span the material world and the abstract one: platonic mathematics, Euclidean geometry, and standardized measurement.


Wednesday, March 16

Textile Technology Research Group Poster Reception
4:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 821

Works by Dave Bermingham, Jenna Marie Boyles, Helen Yuanyuan Cao, Elenita Dallagnelo, Benedikt Diemer, Isaac Facio, Dylan Fish, Daniel Johnstone, Joyce Safe Lee, Heather MacKenzie, David Martinez-Moreno, Kristen Olson, Elizabeth Pope, Gustavo Silva, and Katerina Williams


Thursday, March 17

Presentation: Working From Home
9:30 a.m.
Roger Brown Study Collection, 1926 N. Halsted St.

Shapiro Fellow Researchers: Aimée Beaubien, Eve Kalugin, Lisa Stone

Three artists walk into an ecosystem, a demonstration of Close Observations and Tangible Evidence by artist Aimée Beaubien, Shapiro fellow Eve Kalugin, and Roger Brown Study Collection curator Lisa Stone. Beaubien, Kalugin, and Stone will present and perform evocations of their roles in Beaubien's creative process, in creating tangible evidence of the Roger Brown Study Collection ecosystem. See Beaubien's installation Collecting Within at the Museum of Contemporary Photography.

Lecture by TextielLab and TextielMuseum
12:15 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

TextielLab and TextielMuseum's Hebe Verstappen and Errol Van de Werdt, from Tillburg, Netherlands, showcase the unique center, combining a specialized workshop for the manufacture of unique fabrics and an open studio where innovation is central. Product developers and technical experts guide national and international designers, architects, artists, and students from the lab to discover the endless possibilities of yarn, computer-controlled techniques and craftsmanship.

Sponsored by the Department of Fiber and Material Studies

Off Campus Tour:
Fragments and Wholes—Collage, Bricolage, and the Pursuit of Peace
2:00 p.m.
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Shapiro Fellow Researchers: Anna Foran and Shiben Banerji

This show-and-tell session explores how American and European architects used collage and bricolage between 1905 and 1945 to imagine a world where people of different races, nationalities, and religions could live together in peace and harmony. By looking at rare books and special collections in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, this presentation highlights the powerful creative results of combining fragments from different architectural traditions into new wholes.

Conversation: "use," "usefulness," "uselessness"
2:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Amber Ginsburg, Marissa Benedict, Sasha de Koninck, Melissa Leandro, and Heather MacKenzie, Jaclyn Jacunski

This event is an open forum that dives into a multitude of perspectives and approaches to reflect on interpretations of research with respect to art production. Jacunski, the Shapiro Center's Research Associate, will lead a conversation with emerging artists in the field: What is art, craft, and design's social function? What are conditions of criticality and discourses today?

Off Campus Tour: Money Space
3:00 p.m.
Tour begins in the LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., ends in the Student Leadership Suite 201 for discussion.

EAGER Group: The Money Place (Kevin B. Lee, Nathan Braunfeld, Bart Lewandowski)

Will the ATM go the way of the telephone booth? Personal banking is increasingly being conducted on digital devices, yet national bank branches remain among the most ubiquitous businesses in the urban environment. In this workshop we will collaboratively explore the spatial construction, unexpected uses, and possible interventions in these highly corporatized (and possibly temporary) urban spaces. This workshop will include a directed tour of ATM lobbies followed by a group discussion.

Exhibition and Panel Discussion: Topographies of Defense
4:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

EAGER Group: Topographies of Defense (Michael Rado, Louis Kishfy, Frances Lightbound)

Topographies of Defense brings together Chicago-based artists and researchers for a roundtable discussion around issues of public and private space, and the implications of defensive urban design. Stemming from the collaborative research project of the same name, led by Michael Rado, Louis Kishfy, and Frances Lightbound, this event accompanies a Student Union Galleries exhibition in the LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery (March 5–25).

Off-Campus Interview: Andrew Balster and Ann Keating—The Last Mile
6:30 p.m.
Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury St.

Shapiro Fellow Researchers of the Chicago Good City Group: Odile Compagnon, Longtan Yang

The competing forces between infrastructural inventions and the historically embedded character of evolving communities characterize Chicago's urban fabric. The Last Mile project, based in the Jefferson Park and Forest Glen neighborhoods, aims to redefine the relationship that exists between structure and agency. Andrew Balster, Director of Archeworks, and Ann Keating, Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History at North Central College, have played important roles in the research that Compagnon and Yang have led toward the design of cultural routes through the two neighborhoods on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago. The Last Mile aims to transform commutes to-and-from the train stations into healthy, enjoyable urban hikes.


Friday, March 18

Presentation: TextielLab and TextielMuseum with SAIC's Textile Technology Research Group
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Fashion Resource Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 735

TextielLab and TextielMuseum's Hebe Verstappen and Errol Van de Werdt will present on its unique knowledge center, combining a specialized workshop for the manufacture of fabrics and an open studio where innovation is central.

Sponsored by the Department of Fiber and Material Studies and Fashion Resource Center

Presentation and Discussion: Beyond the Pot—The Ceramics Archive
Lecture:
 Ceramics—Uniting the Historical and the Hapti
12:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center 37 S. Wabash Ave., Student Leadership Suite 201

Shapiro Fellow Researchers: David Siever and Ben DeMott 

David Siever and Ben DeMott will be hosting a discussion about their research surveying the breadth of ceramic books in the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and Flaxman archives, including the entire collection of the SAIC Ceramic slides. Siever will also give a lecture on his current artwork, including how this research informed his artmaking practice—focusing on the process of how one uses historical sources usually presented in two dimensions and their transformation into three-dimensional forms.

Presentation, Roundtable Discussion, and Off-Campus Tour: TextielLab and TextielMuseum with SAIC's Textile Technology Research Group
2:30 p.m.
Fashion Resource Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 735

The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Textiles Archive, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

SAIC's Textile Technology Research Group (Isaac Facio, Dave Bermingham, Dylan Fish, Joyce Safe Lee, Jenna Boyles, Katerina Williams) will give short presentations and lead a roundtable discussion with TextielLab and TextileMuseum's Hebe Verstappen and Errol Van de Werdt to learn more about the collaborations with designers, architects, and artists. The program will end with a tour of the Art Institute of Chicago's Textile archive.

Sponsored by the Department of Fiber and Material Studies and Fashion Resource Center

Panel: House: Museum
4:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Student Leadership Suite 201

EAGER Group, Art-as-Home (Haley Jung and Livia Xie)

Organized by Art-as-Home, Haley Jung and Livia Xie will present research that examines the role and concepts of a "house museum" and its growing significance in institutional and artistic contexts.

Presentation: Leap into Spring
4:30 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor conference room

Shapiro Fellow Researchers: Katrin Schnabl, and Saumitra Chandratreya

The presentation will focus on the collaboration between the Katrin Schnabl's studio and DanceWorks Chicago and the unconventional way for a fashion studio and a dance company to mutually support each other's visions. Schnabl will present her process book along with sharing an opportunity to go watch DanceWorks perform. The process book highlights the role of research in the collaboration while showcasing inspirational styling, the cohesiveness of the group, style guides, fittings, as well as stepping stones like photo shoots, live studio events and planning a future European tour.


Saturday, March 19

Workshop: Aromatherapy with Ted Neenan
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S. Cornell Ave.

Shapiro Research Fellow of Outside Design: Joey Asal

Neenan is a local, certified aromatherapist who will be hosting an aromatherapy workshop with Emmanuel Pratt from the  Sweetwater  Foundation's Urban Oasis Program, an apprenticeship and outreach program supporting youth education . This workshop will be available to Chicago Public School students as well as members of the community. It will also be available to SAIC students in conjunction with Olfaction, a new SAIC student organization. Contact Joey Asal for more information to get involved.

Workshop: Getting Hands On With Soft Circuits
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 315

Chris Baker, Jenna Boyles, and Sasha de Koninck

This workshop will serve as an introduction to wearable technology. Learn to construct a soft circuit of your own design. Materials provided. No experience necessary. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to bring additional material to incorporate into their project. Limited to 20 people. Contact Sasha de Koninck to sign up by March 16.


Sunday, March 20

Performance: Trio A Pressured: Horticultural Fragment
4:00 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 2M rehearsal space

EAGER Group, A Program for Plants (Joshi Radin, Brian Morrison John, Linda Tegg) and Trio Acustodian, Linda K. Johnson

A Program for Plants will present a performance working in collaboration with Trio A custodian, Linda K Johnson. The performance expands on previous research that considered SAIC's Video Data Bank archive from a phytocentric perspective. It was found that documentation of Yvonne Rainer's Trio A, a well-known dance sequence first presented in 1966, was the most stimulating to plants. Having screened Trio A for a plant audience, A Program for Plants will now conduct a workshop where over three days participants will learn a fragment of Trio A and perform it for a plant audience.

Linda K. Johnson will perform the entirety of Trio A for a human audience at 4:00 p.m., open to the SAIC community.


Saturday, April 16

Program: You Heard Me?
1:30–4:30 p.m.

Nichols Tower, 906 S. Homan Ave., 12th floor

EAGER Group, You Heard Me? (Ryan Blocker, Xinqi Tao, Olivia Junell)  

You Heard Me? presents a full afternoon of programming exploring cross-cultural communication through hip-hop. The event will include two film screenings presenting perspectives on hip-hop from America and China; live dance performances; and an interactive discussion.