May 20, 2013 – Stanford, CA – The Stanford Arts Institute announces ten grants awarded to Stanford faculty and staff responding to the role of art in the digital age. These grant projects will take place during the 2013-2014 academic year and will include public conferences, performances, exhibitions, screenings, and student workshops. Recipients highlight the diversity of engagement with the arts with grantees from a range of academic and administrative departments and programs.

Kindred Britain and The Chocolate Head-Space will result in new digital products for use on and beyond campus. Video Game Suite takes the digital as the prompt for the creation of new live performances, and The Body Electric and Networking the Digital Image will examine the digital records of live performance. Connecting Continents and Linked Verse bring arts practitioners to campus, while Art | Technology | Environment; Milton in the Long Restoration; and The Ends of American Art contribute historical perspectives on arts making.

Through these grants the Stanford community will have the opportunity to question, discover, and experience the intersection between art and digital technologies in modern life.

Below are descriptions for each grant project.

Programming and Events Grant Recipients


Art | Technology | Environment

Peter Blank and Anna Fishaut, Art and Architecture Library
Henry Lowood, Social Sciences Resource Group, Stanford University Libraries
Jerry McBride & Mimi Tashiro, Music Library
Roberto Trujillo & Elizabeth Fischbach, Department of Special Collections and University Archives

“Art | Technology | Environment” is the subject of a collaborative exhibition and symposium planned for fall quarter, 2013, to introduce the Stanford community to the work of ten ground-breaking innovators whose accomplishments occurred at the intersections of art, science, and technology, and whose archives are held by the Stanford Libraries. The exhibition will include materials from the collections of physicist and music acoustician Arthur H. Benade; architect and visionary Buckminster Fuller; artist and computer scientist Rich Gold; eco-artists Helen and Newton Harrison; media artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman-Leeson; artist and design theoretician Gyorgy Kepes; computer scientist and typographer Donald E. Knuth; mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot; and computer music pioneer and engineer Max V. Mathews. The October 2013 symposium will engage the Humanities, Science, and Engineering communities at Stanford in a discussion on innovation and interdisciplinary research, with a special focus on the arts. This grant will fund the exhibition equipment and the symposium costs.

The Body Electric: Forming and Morphing in the Digital Age
Diane Frank, Dance Division
with Jennifer Brody, Theater and Performance Studies; Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics; Patience Young, Cantor Arts Center

“The Body Electric: Forming and Morphing in the Digital Age” involves a campus presentation by digital collective OpenEndedGroup on October 24, 2013 at the Cantor Arts Center, a workshop with filmmaker Eliott Caplan, and the Screendance Festival, produced by Lynette Kessler. This grant will support technical needs, artist visits, and production costs for the three events. Each will address the intersection between the live body and digital representation. Screendance renegotiates the terms of live dance, morphs the traditional forms of staged performance through the use of digital tools, and creates new formats for both the construction and presentation of dance works. This process demands that both the artist and the audience consider the dimensions and opportunities of the digital world.

The Chocolate Head-Space: A Mixed-Reality Experience
Aleta Hayes, Dance Division
with Guthrie Dolin,; Wendy Ju, Assistant Director of Research at the Center for Design Research 

Over the past four years the Chocolate Heads Movement Band has explored a variety of topics through performance including dark matter and astrophysics and human perception. The next endeavor will utilize digital media to extend the energy, excitement and enhanced sense of common purpose engendered by the Movement Band to the wider Stanford community. This grant will support the creation of a digital platform that provides augmented reality experiences in which students, faculty, staff, alumni and other Stanford affiliated group members come together to play, create, perform and discover on equal terms. This mixed-reality application, part virtual and part physical, will treat the Stanford campus as a canvas upon which users can explore the social, aesthetic and intellectual diversity of the Stanford community from a mobile device.

Connecting Continents: Case Studies from the Indian Ocean World (IOW)
Krish Seetah, Stanford Archaeology Center
With Thomas Blom Hansen, Center for South Asia; Nethra Samarawickrema, Anthropology; Lynn Meskell, Stanford Archaeology Center

The Indian Ocean connects three major continents and has served as a transitional hub, for people, their ideas and their ways of expression since prehistory. In collaboration with the Center for South Asia, Center for African Studies and Departments of Anthropology, Classics and History, the Stanford Archaeology Center will host a two-day workshop in March 2014, showcasing the wealth of tangible and intangible heritage from the Indian Ocean World. This grant will support two filmmakers attending the workshop. Professor Martin Mhando will present his film Sails of History: Fundi Mohammed Bwana – the Mtepe Craftmaker, and Professor Diana Heise will show her film Lame la Kone (The Knowing Hand). These films will demonstrate not only the physical representation of material ‘things’ but the connections that people retain through the knowledge inherently required to produce, and keep producing, objects and art. They will showcase the power of artistic expression and the role of art in the IOW through time and space.

The Ends of American Art
Scott Bukatman, Richard Meyer, Alexander Nemerov, Bryan Wolf, Elizabeth Bennett, Art and Art History

“The Ends of American Art,” an interdisciplinary conference hosted by the Department of Art and Art History, will explore new possibilities for thinking about, performing, producing, and writing the history of American Art.  Participants will include scholars, curators, cultural historians, and independent writers as well as graduate students from the US and abroad.  American art history has traditionally been structured around fixed points of geography, nation, time period, and media.  Is American art now at an end, and if so, what are the ends towards which a new art history is tending?  The conference will address the concept of “contemporary art,” including the vexed notion of a history of the contemporary, as well as the impact of globalization on American art, the increasing emphasis on non-canonical materials, and the use of experimental modes of writing and visual description.  “The Ends of American Art” will be held in October 2014 in Annenberg Auditorium. The Arts Institute will partner with the Department of Art and Art History to support the costs associated with this conference.

Kindred Britain: A Family History
Nicholas Jenkins, English

“Kindred Britain” is a digital humanities web project currently in its first iteration and set to be publically launched in early summer 2013. The project consists of a database of nearly 30,000 individual records that allows users to explore in simultaneously visual and conceptual ways the profoundly formative role of “family” in British culture, politics, and history. Kindred Britain uses a newly created, innovative software set of analytic functions and tools designed to enable multiple uses of the database, including inquiries focusing on professions, geography, eras, topics, family clusters and lines as well as individual relations. The aim of the site is to blend the scholarly and the creative; the impulse is to produce historical propositions, suggestions, metaphors, not to establish empirical truths. For the second phase, this grant will support a digital artist or a creative design team to work with Professor Nicholas Kenkins to dramatize the ways in which artistic vision reveals truths or new perspectives on traditional scholarly investigations.

“Linked Verse” – an Intermedia Concerto
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Department of Music
With Chris Chafe, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics; Pat Hanrahan, Computer Science; Diane Frank, Dance Division; Josef Parvizi, School of Medicine

A collaboration between Assistant Professor Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and artistic collective OpenEnded Group from New York, “Linked Verse” consists of an evening length concerto for cello, shô, surround sound from 24 speakers and live 3D stereoscopic visual projection. Following visual and audio recordings in Tokyo, Kyoto, New York and San Francisco, as well as residencies at EMPAC/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Creative Media Centre at City University of Hong Kong, and ZKM (Center for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, Germany, the work will premiere on December 7, 2013 at Stanford in the Bing Concert Hall. In late October the OpenEnded Group will participate in a number of residency activities at Stanford supported by this grant, including public colloquia at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, at the Computer Science Department and at Cantor Arts Center.

Milton in the Long Restoration
Blair Hoxby, English

 This two-day conference will bring together literary critics, historians, and musicologists to reconsider the coherence of the historical period from 1649 to 1746, emphasizing the centrality of Milton to it.  The conference will result in a volume of collaborative scholarship to be co-edited by Professors Blair Hoxby of Stanford and Ann Baynes Coiro of Rutgers University, containing essays by over 25 top scholars from around the world. The conference, scheduled for April 25-26, 2014, will also feature public performances of music from the addressed historical period. The Arts Institute will partner with the Department of English to support the costs associated with this conference.

Networking the Digital Image: Arts Storytelling
Janice Ross, Dance Division

with Jonathan Berger, Music; Scott Bukatman, Art and Art History; Jonah Willihnganz, The Stanford Storytelling Project; Helen Chen, ePortfolio Initiatives, Office of the Registrar; Wiley Hausam Stanford Live and Bing Concert Hall

Housed in the University’s new residential-based arts initiative, ITALIC, this project will help craft a new platform for critical arts reflection and a considered aesthetic response networked through the cohort of 45 freshmen in the ITALIC ILE program. By responding to live performance through digital technologies, students will build electronic portfolios to document their critical engagement with major performing arts events across the 2013-2014 academic year. Arts events supported by this grant will include a week-long residency by Claudia La Rocco, a dance critic for The New York Times; a conversation and workshop with choreographer Jerome Bel; and a performance by comedian Tig Notaro on March 4, 2013.

Video Game Suite
Erik Flatmo, Theater and Performance Studies
with Matthew Schumaker, Department of Music, University of California, Berkeley; Erika Chong Shuch

For Video Game Suite, Set Designer Erik Flatmo will prompt three choreographers to create a short dance piece based on a video game or video game technology. Each choreographer may respond to different aspects of video games such as digital movement and gestures, design elements such as scoring, or thematic content. All three pieces will be presented together as part of a single program during the 2013-2014 academic year. Creation and production costs of this program will be supported by this grant.

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