Conversations on Art and Science: Anna Von Mertens


Anna Von Mertens, Midnight until the first sighting of land, October 12, 1492, six miles off the coast of current day San Salvador Island, Bahamas (detail), 
2006, hand-stitched cotton, 41" x 97.5",
courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Photo: Don Tuttle

 

Thursday, August 28, 12:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.


Anna Von Mertens translates data from odd avenues of knowledge on to textiles with stitching to define time intervals around low points in American history, such as the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination, and the bombing of Baghdad. Her translations are mapped out with the aid of a computer program and then hand-stitched to become celestial time-lapsed tapestries that are sized in wide-screen dimensions. Each piece accurately reproduces the rotation of the stars and planets as they would have been viewed from earth at the location and time of a particular event. Von Mertens received a United States Artists Simon Fellowship in 2010 and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Award in 2007.

Image: Anna Von Mertens, Midnight until the first sighting of land, October 12, 1492, six miles off the coast of current day San Salvador Island, Bahamas (detail), 2006, hand-stitched cotton, 41" x 97.5", courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery. Photo: Don Tuttle


Conversations on Art and Science:
Multiverse: Facts, Fictions, and Fantasies

Thursday, August 28, 6:00 p.m.
The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

SAIC's Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration presents an evening of cosmology in collaboration with COSMO 2014 and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. The "multiverse" theory posits that our universe is but one of an enormous number of separate and distinct universes. Artist Anna Von Mertens will discuss her textile compositions that use computer programs to accurately map out the rotation of the stars and planets; SAIC Professor Kathryn Schaffer will discuss projects and insights that bring together cutting-edge cosmological science and art and design students; and Julie R. Amrany and scientist Emil Martinec will discuss their collaborative work based on black holes. University of Chicago's Michael S. Turner will moderate a provocative discussion on the multiverse with panelists: Raphael Bousso, a theoretical physicist at University of California, Berkeley, Eva Silverstein, a MacArthur Fellow at Stanford University, Jeff Harvey, a string theorist at the University of Chicago, and 2014 Kavli Prize winner Andrei Linde from Stanford University.


Prairie Avenue Live: Brendan Albano, Margaret Grady, and Haley Shonkwiler

 

Opens Monday, June 30
Arts Incubator, 301 E. Garfield Blvd.
Accessible via the building exterior

Closing reception: Thursday, July 31, 5:00–7:30 p.m.


The soundscapes of Prairie Avenue and the Arts Incubator collide to create an interactive installation. Microphones are placed in rooms throughout the Arts Incubator and on the façade of the building, picking up the noises of everyday life. These sounds are remapped through organic pulses of light that grow, interact, and linger even after the sounds themselves have stopped. Make some noise to change the map.

This project was made possible by SAIC's Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research & Collaboration, the Deptment of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects, and Arts Incubator.


2014 EAGER Student-Led Research Grant

The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration and the Office of the Provost are pleased to announce EAGER (Early concept grants for exploratory research) for student research groups.

Three grants of $2,500 will be issued for the 2014–15 academic year, one each to three student groups. The Shapiro Center will provide a separate $1,000 honorarium to the faculty mentor of each group to support the coordination of their research. The purpose of the EAGER Student Research Groups is to promote collaboration among students who want engage, create, and share new knowledge from research in their practices. The research groups are intended to bring greater attention to student research in art and design.

EAGER Grants for Student Research Groups [PDF]

Slideroom application

Contact:
Jaclyn Jacunski, jjacun@saic.edu
312.899.1291
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday

Deadline: Friday, May 23, 2014.


Douglas Pancoast has been appointed as the Director for the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration.

Douglas, a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, has a long history of leadership in SAIC's work with our collaborative partners, faculty, and students. He spearheaded the school's current involvement in the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network. Funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant, this collaboration with SAIC, the University of Chicago, and Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill, examines how urban data collected by the City of Chicago and other sources can help make a more livable city. This work has helped Douglas develop curriculum geared toward making architecture more sustainable, useful, and usable.Douglas has also worked as a researcher on sensing and data projects with Argonne National Laboratories and on multiple curricular initiatives funded by Motorola through the SAIC's GFRY studio among many other ambitious and civic-minded projects. Moreover, he has been an important member of the Shapiro Center since its inception. Douglashas served on the advisory board, and he was instrumental in helping faculty and staff visualize the potential of the Shapiro Center.

Douglas will begin his new role on January 22, 2014, during which time he will continue to teach classes in AIADO. Jaclyn Jacunski will be supporting him in her role as Research Associate to the Shapiro Center. With our new director and administrative refinement, the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration will continue its trajectory as an innovative and integrated resource for SAIC.


CAA panel: Stamps School of Art and Design + School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Friday, February 14, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.
Open to the public

Sponsored through the Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at SAIC, faculty from both the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan and from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will partner in presenting a panel on Friday, February 14 to coincide with the annual CAA conference being held in Chicago from February 12–15, 2014.

The proposed panel event is intended to bring together artists, designers, and cultural practitioners from each of the two schools who have an interest in further articulating the particular research cultures that emerge and evolve in relation to contemporary art and design practices. With the burgeoning contemporary international discourse concerning the role of research in the art and design fields, particularly as support grows for funded research projects in the humanities and aesthetic practice continues to be academicised through the creation of doctoral degree programs, it is important to create opportunities to engage in discussion and debate on the particular methods, modes, and means of research used by cultural professionals. By focusing on practitioners’ own definitions and interrogations of the individualized, academic and para-academic strategies they employ, the panel discussion hopes to broaden and question the definitions of "research" that have traditionally been formulated by the academy.

Stamps School and SAIC faculty will engage in previous campus and studio visits in order to familiarize themselves with each others' work prior to the panel. The panel will take place in the SAIC Ballroom and will be moderated by Dean Guna Nadarajan (Stamps School) and Rebecca Duclos (SAIC), with an introduction from Douglas Pancoast, Director of the Shapiro Center. The four participating faculty are Matthew Kenyon and Anne Mondro (University of Michigan) and Ruth Margraff and Shawn Decker (SAIC).