The Shapiro Research Symposium Spring 2015

 

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor and other locations

The Shapiro Research Symposium will highlight creative research at SAIC in order to promote new strategies that art and design can bring to research practices.


Thursday, April 2

Presentation: Matt Mehlan
"Making More When There's Already Too Much"
9:30–10:15 a.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Student Leadership Suite, 2nd floor (Coffee and bagels provided)

The independent and experimental record labels in Chicago represented a means to audience, national/international exposure, legitimacy, and (potentially) financial support for local artists—as well as an alternative community for artists, fans, and recording studios. The tools for music making have become exponentially more accessible, creating a saturated market of streaming and personal technologies. However, this model pays pennies to the "content creators." Sub-cultures continue to be melded for their marketing potential, but who holds the power to build community and legitimacy? What kinds of support exist for makers?

Presentation: Shawn Decker
“Sketchbook Brewing Co."
10:15–11:00 a.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Student Leadership Suite, 2nd floor

Sketchbook Brewing Company is a for-profit, local community-supported sustainable brewery that opened in October 2014 employing DIY strategies toward sustainable design and business planning while making a profit. Sketchbook ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising 170% of its goal of $15,000. The brewery has 300 community members, using a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model to sell small batches of beer.


Panel: The Textile Technology Research Group (Isaac Facio, Sasha de Koninck, and Melissa Leandro)
“Responsive Material, Cultural Multitudes, and Cosmic Imagery—Textile Research and Collaboration"
11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Sullivan Center, Fashion Resource Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 735

The Textile Technology Research Group (TTRG) focuses on material and technical inquiries in textile and fiber structures and the significance of their application. The TTRG will present current discoveries in their individual work: A Part of the Multitude studies interlacements between off-the-grid embroidery and a Jacquard weaving; Garments for Uncomfortable Social Situations analyzes self-awareness with responsive knitted architecture in textiles for clothing; and Fabric of the Universe, Visualizing Dark Matter with 3-Dimensional Textile Structures challenges the capabilities of digital and industrial textile manufacturing by depicting large data.


EAGER Grant Information Session
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 817 Conference Room

The Shapiro Center's Jaclyn Jacunski and Douglas Pancoast will talk about how to apply and answer questions about the EAGER Grant.


Presentation and Workshop: David Gabriele and Adelheid Mers
"How Artists Work—Musician Interview Diagram Project"
2:00–3:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor
(Coffee and snacks provided)

David Gabriele and Adelheid Mers will discuss the process of art-based-research observing how the inquiry is guided by and progresses through aesthetic choices with the goal to attempt a metadiagram for the project while allowing further aspects to emerge. They will interview Anna Friz, a Canadian sound and radio artist and media studies scholar, who recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at SAIC in the Department of Sound. Mers and Gabriele will then host a 60-minute diagram workshop in which templates will be distributed to learn how to represent artists' descriptions of their devices, procedures, systems, and methods.


Keynote Speaker: Gunalan Nadarajan
4:00–4:45 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Gunalan Nadarajan is an art theorist and curator working at the intersections of art, science, and technology. He is also the Dean of University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art and Design.


Panel: I Love Lucy (Lippard)
(Kyle Riley and David Ayala Alfonso);
Geographies of Secrecy (Alison Reilly and Matthew Coleman
)
4:45–6:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Gunalan Nadarajan moderates a discussion about the nature of collaboration during the research process:

I Love Lucy (Lippard) investigate the histories, characteristics, and impact of dematerialized curatorial practice. The experimentation that departed from the rise of conceptual art has produced a vast amount of ephemera, which is thought not only as supplements to the exhibition, but also as the exhibition itself. The relocation of the site of the exhibition to this "experimental ephemera" fosters forms and ideas that transform exhibition-making practices and dissemination.

Geographies of Secrecy will be presenting on the progress of their research, which seeks to draw connections between nuclear storage facilities, specifically the Hanford Site in eastern Washington, and the National Security Administration's Data Center in Saratoga Springs, Utah. In order to connect the two sites, they examine Spike Jonze's 2013 film Her, Timothy Morton's book Hyperobjects, and John Gerrard's simulation titled Farm (2015). They ask: In what ways are our digital devices actively affecting our world? How does storing a picture on the ephemeral "cloud" have an impact on water usage in Utah?


Conversation with Hair Club (Suzanne Gold, Kelly Lloyd, and Michal Lynn Shumate)
"
Collaborative Research"
(RSVP for dinner)
6:30–8:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

A brief presentation on Hair Club, followed by a conversation on the process of collaborative research. The student research group will discuss how inquiry on a subject can move forward in the stewardship of multiple separate minds. Topics include: documenting a dialogue, the act of archiving, synthesizing results, fostering an ongoing conversation, planning meaningful, and public-facing events. RSVP for dinner here.


Friday, April 3

Presentation: OpenLab and Kibio (Noah Coleman, Edin Cook, Brannon Dorsey, and Christopher Baker)
"Kibio Projection Mapping Research"
9:00–10:30 a.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

The Kibio research team will present an overview of their applied research and experiences in developing the Kibio projection mapping software. This presentation will cover a brief introduction to projection mapping practices and techniques as well as a summary of the two workshops that the group led at SAIC.


Presentation: Textile Technology Research Group (Erika Ray)

"Shipibo-Conibo: A Study of the Story of Lines"
9:00–10:30 a.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 903

This is the second event in which the TTRG discusses and outlines traditions of song, cosmology, patterns, and mythology.


Workshop: Hair Club (Suzanne Gold, Kelly Lloyd, and Michal Lynn Shumate)
"Hair Film Festival and Merkin-Making Workshop"
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Student Leadership Suite, 2nd floor

Hair Club will present a series of hair-related clips from the movies, Blowdry, The Reader,and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. These films feature female characters who wear merkins—a prosthetic hairpiece used in theatric and filmic settings to cover the pubic area—in daring nude scenes. While the clips play, we will make our own merkins, combining craft with lively discussion on the subject of hair portrayal in film.


Kickstarter Workshop: Pablo Garcia
(RSVP for boxed lunch)
"Adventures in Crowdfunding"
12:15–2:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Student Leadership Suite, 2nd floor

Kickstarter and other crowdfunding platforms have changed the entrepreneurial landscape in the last few years. How can your art and design project benefit from Kickstarter? What is it like to craft a direct appeal for fudning to an international crowd? What can go wrong (more than you can imagine)? Is it all worth it?RSVP for boxed lunch here.


EAGER Grant Application Review

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 817 Conference Room

The Shapiro Center's Jaclyn Jacunski and Douglas Pancoast will talk about how to apply and answer questions for the EAGER Grant.


Presentation: Anders Nereim and Katelyn Barbaria
"Zero Energy Control System for Sustainable Building"
2:00–3:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, Student Leadership Suite, 2nd floor

Anders Nereim researches architectural surfaces, working on programming behavior of a nervous system for zero-energy control systems for sustainable building envelops.


Panel: HistRE (Michelle Alletto, Keith Goad, and Hayley Jenkins), Karyn Sandlos and Rita Crocker, moderated by  Stephanie Lentz and Tocarra Mallard of be*spoke
"Community Engagement, Identity, and Storytelling"
2:30–4:15 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

HistRE will present approaches for engaging residents in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood through the rehabilitation of historic buildings. They will present on nonprofits rehabilitating historic buildings to provide affordable housing and vocation skills training to members of the surrounding community.

Karyn Sandlos and Rita Crocker will present their work on "What's the Real Deal on Power and Place?" curriculum with Scenarios USA. In fall 2013 more than 450 Chicago high school students submitted screenplays and visual-arts projects to a national competition in which they tell stories about the role of power and place in their everyday lives. The students situated their "Power and Place" stories in specific schools and neighborhoods, using storytelling to convey the emotional situations and states of mind that shape their experiences of learning.


Panel: Queering Mixed Reality Collective (Luis Mejico, Cairns Smith, and Jake Vogds;
Mentors: Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey)

Guest speaker: Baathaus performance collective
"QMRC Presents: Multinet"
2:30–4:15 p.m.
Sharp Building, Flaxman Library, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 613

A panel discussion with Joseph Varisco and queer artist collective, Baathaus, on the application of queer theory to contemporary technologies. In a time where homogeny has infected cyberspace, how can queer makers rebel against this shift toward uniformity?


Interview: Rebecca Duclos and Anke Loh
4:15–5:15 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Anke Loh will discuss her practice, showcasing her new line of led jewelry while along with her inspirations, collaboration and research with new interactive technology.


Workshop: Kibio (Noah Coleman, Edin Cook, Brannon Dorsey, and Christopher Baker)
"Projection Mapping Workshop with Kibio"
4:15–5:15 p.m.
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

The Kibio research team will lead a two-hour instructional workshop. Participants will learn and implement projection mapping basics and implement small projects. This workshop is open to the public.


Closing Speaker: Jenny Kendler
Introduced by Megan Tasha Isaac, SAIC Sustainability Coordinator
5:30–6:30 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Jenny Kendler will talk about her art, research, and experience as the first Artist–in-Residence at the Natural Resources Defense Council.