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Sophia Brueckner awarded U-M Arts Initiative Grant

October 28, 2020

Sophia Brueckner is part of an interdisciplinary team awarded one of the U-M Arts Initiative Pilot Grants.
The project, Fair Representation in Arts and in Data, analyzes representation in art through the application of algorithms to images of people in the U-M Museum of Art’s collection. The team includes Jing Liu, managing director of the Michigan Institute for Data Science; Kerby Shedden, professor of statistics and director of the Center for Statistical Consultation and Research; David Choberka, curator for university and learning programs at the U-M Museum of Art; and John Turner, senior manager of museum technology, U-M Museum of Art).

“Our strengths and opportunities are clear—U-M is a leader in arts research, creation, education, and presentation. As this initiative matures in the years ahead, we will have the opportunity to create new dimensions of U-M excellence through the arts—ones that are perhaps unknown to us today.”
—President Mark S. Schlissel

Illustration by Stamps student Shannon Yeung
Other illustration here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ld2gJDhkw-zn2BPPOQ9SFRnmpfNghatg/view?usp=sharing

Sophia Brueckner awarded U-M Arts Initiative Grant

Sophia Brueckner in Leonardo

October 28, 2020

Leonardo is the leading international peer-reviewed journal on the use of contemporary science and technology in the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of the arts and humanities on science and technology.
Captured by an Algorithm is a commemorative plate series that looks at romance novels through the lens of the Amazon Kindle Popular Highlight algorithm. A passage in a Kindle e-book becomes a Popular Highlight after a certain number of people independently highlight the same passage. Popular Highlights show up as underlined text along with the number of people who highlighted that passage. Since 2010, I have collected Kindle Popular Highlights from popular romance novels. Each commemorative plate features one of these highlights and a landscape generated by running Photoshop’s Photomerge algorithm on scanned romance novel covers. Eighty thousand individual acts of highlighting were used to determine the content for this work telling the story of the intense loneliness, grief, vulnerability, and discontent felt by the readers. This work reveals a glimpse of a positive, anonymous social network emerging unintentionally through this minor Kindle feature. With this ongoing project, I draw attention to this existing example of collective social support in order to change society’s vision for the future of social technologies.

Sophia Brueckner in Leonardo

Florilegium class participates in Curriculum / Collection, on view at the U-M Museum of Art

October 28, 2020

Stamps students in Catherine Barry’s Florilegium: A Plant Compendium course respond to work featured in the exhibition Curriculum / Collection, on view online and at the U-M Museum of Art (UMMA) through June 2021.

As part of Curriculum / Collection exhibition, Barry opens up her course prompts to the general public through guided “assignments.”

Learn more about UMMA hours and access.

In Curriculum / Collection, an incredible variety of University of Michigan courses take material form. Collected for each course are objects that address the nature of reality, imagination, and vision in relation to politics, social action, science, mathematics and more.

Working in collaboration with University faculty, the works in this exhibition were selected for their capacity to provoke engagement with the guiding questions and themes of their specific courses, while also offering students material and inspiration for research projects in their areas of study. The exhibition demonstrates some of the diverse and creative ways art plays a central role in learning across the disciplines. It also asks us to consider what we can learn from art objects across an infinite variety of specialties and subject matter.

As classes begin in Fall of 2020, you’ll be able to use this page to explore the collections designed for each course, dive into the works themselves, and hear from the professors and students about how they are engaging with art and objects in new ways. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something surprising along the way, too.

Curriculum / Collection | umma.umich.edu

Florilegium class participates in Curriculum / Collection, on view at the U-M Museum of Art

Leaf from an Arabic translation of the De Materia Medica by Dioscorides.

Nick Tobier’s work is part of Future Ready at The Anchorage Museum

October 25, 2020

Survival Now + Next—two of Nick Tobier’s projects are part of the current exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.
Throughout time, humans have developed essentials for survival—tools, kits, and constructions for making it out of dire predicaments alive—anticipating the inconceivable.
As the world faces unprecedented, impacts will vary over time and with the ability of different societal and environmental systems to mitigate or adapt. Human lifeways and ecosystems will be changed.
Future Ready features images, ideas, words, and inventions as well as survival manuals or proposals for constructions and installations—all for future-readiness, whether practical, imaginative, or speculative.

Nick Tobier’s work is part of Future Ready at The Anchorage Museum

Sindhu Giri Leads Design Workshop at UCSC

October 22, 2020

Sindhu Giri (BA’19) was invited to lead an interaction design workshop for Creative Tech Design: a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) club that focuses on product design and research at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).

In Giri’s presentation, she focused on explaining the user-centered design process of Interaction Design (IxD) and presenting her favorite IxD examples in research, industry, and art. As a recent graduate, her biggest priority was to share the practices she had learned working as UX Designer in the industry and how it compared to her undergraduate education.

Learn more about the presentation on LinkedIn

Sindhu Giri Leads Design Workshop at UCSC

Cody Cai Named in Adobe’s Top 10 UX Designers

October 22, 2020

Cody Cai (BA ‘17) has been named one of Adobe’s 2020 UX Designers to Watch as part of World Interaction Design Day. Adobe chose ten designers from an international pool, and Cai was named second on the list. Adobe made their choices based on the designers’ portfolios, experience, how well they promoted culture, how well they promoted sustainability, and how well they challenged the limitations of the design profession even so early on in their careers.

After graduating from Stamps, Cai began his career at IBM. He is now a UX Designer at Twitch, where he crafts interactive experiences. He believes “that sound, music, and language are powerful, universal tools of communication that shape realities, guide emotions, and warp perceptions.” In addition to his career, Cai co-curated an exhibition of jazz posters by Miklaus Troxler and created his own pictorial language, Sonoglyphs, which started as his Stamps senior project.

Cody Cai Named in Adobe’s Top 10 UX Designers

Eric Benson Gives Public Lecture on Designing in the Climate Crisis

October 19, 2020

Eric Benson (BFA ‘98) will be giving a public virtual lecture entitled Designing In The Climate Crisis: Regenerative Design 101 on Thursday, October 29 from 12:30 pm-1:30 pm (EST) // 11:30 am-12:30 pm (CST) hosted by Illinois State University. This talk will educate creatives about the risks of inaction surrounding climate change and in turn, empower them to take action through regenerative design resources and strategies.

Our civilization stands at a tipping point, where we can choose to stay on the same path toward climate disaster or embrace hope, rejecting despair, to reshape our future.

Designing In The Climate Crisis: Regenerative Design 101 | events.illinoisstate.edu

Eric Benson Gives Public Lecture on Designing in the Climate Crisis

Leila Mullison Makes Stop-Motion Animated Clips for Hometown

October 19, 2020

Stamps Student Leila Mullison has been making stop-motion animated clips for Farmington Michigan’s Grand Raven Festival. The clips feature Arthur, a raven puppet named after the city’s founder, in various locations across the city.

Mullison was inspired to make stop-motions on location during a Stamps semester abroad in London. To capture the details of the city in a unique and personalized way, Mullison started collecting stop-motion clips on location at tourist destinations. Despite COVID-19 complicating the trip abroad, news of the project traveled Mullison’s hometown. There, the Downtown Development Authority commissioned Mullison to make a series showing off the unique features of Downtown Farmington for their October Grand Raven Festival.

Meet the artist behind Arthur the Raven, a stop-motion animation series in downtown Farmington | secondwavemedia.com

Leila Mullison Makes Stop-Motion Animated Clips for Hometown

Sophia Brueckner at International Symposium on Electronic Art

October 18, 2020

Sophia Brueckner will be both giving an artist talk and exhibiting her project Captured by an Algorithm at the International Symposium on Electronic Art held this year in Montreal Oct 13-20.

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ISEA’s mission aims to foster interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology. ISEA 2020 turns towards the theme of “Why Sentience? Sentience describes the ability to feel or perceive. ISEA2020 will be fully dedicated to examining the resurgence of sentience—feeling-sensing-making sense—in recent art and design, media studies, science and technology studies, philosophy, anthropology, history of science and the natural scientific realm—notably biology, neuroscience and computing. We ask: why sentience? Why and how does sentience matter? Why have artists and scholars become interested in sensing and feeling beyond, with and around our strictly human bodies and selves? Why has this notion been brought to the fore in an array of disciplines in the 21st century?

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Captured by an Algorithm is a commemorative plate series that looks at romance novels through the lens of the Amazon Kindle Popular Highlight algorithm. A passage in a Kindle e-book becomes a Popular Highlight after a certain number of people independently highlight the same passage. Popular Highlights show up as underlined when reading the book on Kindle. Each plate features one Popular Highlight from a romance novel and a landscape generated by running Photoshop’s Photomerge algorithm on romance novel covers. Over seventy thousand individual acts of highlighting were used to determine the content for this work telling the story of the loneliness, grief, vulnerability, and discontent felt by the readers. This work reveals a glimpse of a positive, anonymous social network emerging unintentionally through this Kindle feature. The project draws attention to this existing example of collective social support to change society’s vision for the future of social technologies.

Symposium Program | isea2020.isea-international.org

Sophia Brueckner at International Symposium on Electronic Art

Razi Jafri’s film selected for DOC NYC

October 18, 2020

Hamtramck, USA, a feature length documentary film directed and produced by Razi Jafri (MFA ‘22), along with co-director/co-producer Justin Feltman, has been selected as part of this years DOC NYC program. The film explores democracy in America’s first Muslim majority city of Hamtramck, Michigan. DOC NYC is the country’s largest documentary film festival. The film was selected for a world premier earlier this year at SXSW and has been selected for screenings as part of several other film festivals including DOXA International Documentary Festival in Vancouver and the Melbourne Documentary Festival. The film can be watched by buying tickets through the film’s page on the DOC NYC Website. This year’s festival will take place virtually from November 11th- 20th.

Hamtramck, MI | docnyc.net

Razi Jafri’s film selected for DOC NYC