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Episode 3

Host Bill Hutchison (PhD Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) conducts a conversation with composer Pierce Gradone (PhD Candidate, Music, UChicago), while host Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) is out of town at a conference. Pierce, a 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Fellow, discusses his musical family, and their tradition of singing harmonies while driving cross-country; the influence of Elton John's "Bennie and the Jets"; and the choreographed interplay of order and open-endedness that characterize his compositions. Listen carefully for the clips of Pierce's music scattered through the interview, and the game of "alternate universe" that wraps up the episode.

Episode 2

Hosts Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) and Bill Hutchison (PhD Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) interview Mikki Kressbach (PhD Candidate, Cinema & Media Studies, UChicago). Mikki, a 2015-16 Arts, Science & Culture Fellow, discusses her research into the world of medicine and media: the conversation forays into her analysis of microscopic imagery in contemporary film and television; embarks on a discussion of infectious disease as represented in new forms of media; reveals her fascination with surgical museums; and ends with a lively game of "disciplinary free association."

Episode 1

Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) and Bill Hutchison (Phd Candidate, Department of English, UChicago) interview Martin Sheeler (PhD candidate, Physics, UChicago). The conversation weaves between Martin's work on knotting and vortexes, his interdisciplinary work with Jonathan Rockford (MFA Fiber & Material Studies, SAIC) as a 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grantee, and the role Magic: The Gathering plays in all of this.




Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grants

 

Magnifying Identity (2015-16 Grantees)

‘Magnifying Identity: The Ways We Look at Ants’ explores artistic and scientific methodologies of constructing identity through the careful observation and analysis of ants from the eastern Himalayas. In the lab and in the field, ant species are distinguished by both their unique nest architecture and their underlying distinct genetic code. Through this collaboration, Jan Brugger (MFA candidate, Visual Arts) and K. Supriya (PhD candidate, Evolutionary Biology) create sculptural objects that entangle the various modes of classifying ants, in the process asking what role the scientist, and the artist, play in shaping the identities of the organisms they observe.

Faculty Advisors: Trevor Price (Professor of Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolution); Jason Salavon (Associate Professor, Department of Visual Arts).

 

Molecular Movement (2015-16 Grantees)

What does it feel like to be a molecule? In Molecular Movement, Andrew Bearnot (MFA candidate, Visual Art), Ken Ellis-Guardiola (PhD student, Chemistry), and Jeff Montgomery (PhD student, Chemistry) explore the notion of molecular dynamics through dance, reimagining the Brownian (random) motion of the molecular world as a novel grammar of movement. Through a choreography of chance and improvisation governed by simple gestures, rules, and costumes, 'Molecular Movement' engages large ensembles of untrained bodies, addressing these participants as both performer and audience. The project expands on limitations of current chemical models and simulations, and provides unique scientific insights in areas such as protein engineering. This work also functions as a tool of education and outreach, embodying abstract scientific ideas in formats that are approachable, playful, and engaging to diverse audiences.

Faculty Advisors: Catherine Sullivan (Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art,); Jared Lewis (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry); Raymond Moellering (Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry).

Filament Findings

Woven Relations

Scaling Quelccaya

Crystals: Order and Disorder

The Fabric of the Universe

Syntax & Songbirds

Physical | Digital

The Phoenix Index: A New Method in Environmental History

The Adjustments

Breaking Ice

Fiction Addiction

Neurosonics: Rhythmic Stimulation of Epileptic Cell Cultures

Hearts Beating as One: Emotions and Physiology during Artistic Performance

The Chromochord

Wishful Permutations

An Artistic Collision

Nostalgia: A Digital History




Profiles, Sound Bites, Interviews
Molecular Movement

Molecular Movement with Andrew, Ken and Jeff

APRIL 2016 What does it feel like to be a molecule? This month we had a chance to catch up with 2015–16 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grantees Andrew Bearnot (MFA candidate, Visual Art, UChicago), Ken Ellis-Guardiola (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UChicago) and Jeff Montgomery (PhD student, Chemistry, UChicago). In order to give us a look into their dynamic collaborative exchanges, we asked Andrew, Jeff and Ken to play a chain-reaction game, akin to “telephone," where they shared images and words with us. We spliced those with a discussion about their project to create an interview format that is as unexpected and energetic as their work together. Read more about Molecular Movement here, and catch the project on Facebook and Instagram to find ways to participate!

Triangulating Art and Science: Woven Relations

Triangulating Art and Science: Woven Relations

MARCH 2016 We are excited this month to launch a short series of interviews under the premise Triangulating Art and Science. Through conversations with graduate student at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute (SAIC), brought together by the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative’s diverse programming, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar (MA candidate, Visual and Critical Studies, SAIC) will asks what leads to and what emerges from collaborations between the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. In this first article she talk to Dylan Fish (MFA Candidate, Fiber & Material Studies, SAIC) and Daniel Johnstone (PhD candidate, Mathematics, UChicago) about their Art, Science, and Culture Initiative Graduate Collaborative Grant project Woven Relations.

Elisabeth Hogeman

On Objects and Environments: Elisabeth Hogeman

FEBRUARY 2016 We are excited this month to share with you the work of 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellow Elisabeth Hogeman (MFA candidate, Department of Visual Art, UChicago). Having spent the past six years working as a photographer, Elisabeth has transitioned to making films while at the University of Chicago. Her two-year film-in-progress, with the working title And you the bell, will be screened on May 6 2016 in the Screening Room at the Logan Center for the Arts (check-back in a few weeks for event details!). Read more about Elisabeth and her work here.

Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Fellows interview

An Interview with Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide Fellows:
Satya Basu, Nicole Bitler Kuehnle & Troy Pieper

JANUARY 2016 Commencing in Fall Quarter 2015, we began piloting an inter-institutional program titled Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In this interview, Fellows Satya Basu (MArch'15, AIADO, SAIC), Nicole Bitler Kuehnle (PhD candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, UChicago) and Troy Douglas Pieper (MA'15, New Arts Journalism, SAIC) discuss the program's initial investigations. Read more here.

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April Martin & Nicole James on Crystals: Order and Disorder

JANUARY 2016 Nicole James (PhD candidate, Chemistry, UChicago) and April Martin (MFA candidate, Sculpture, SAIC) are current recipients of a 2015–16 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Collaboration Grant for their project Crystals: Order and Disorder. Over the past year, they have been asking each other: what is the role of disorder in the formation of material structures? Read more about April and Nicole here.

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Andrew McManus & Tahra Eissa's Neurosonics

JULY 2015 Andrew McManus (PhD, Music, UChicago) was one of six 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellows, after having received a 2013-14 Graduate Collaboration Grant for his project Neurosonics: Rhythmic Stimulation of Epileptic Cell Cultures in collaboration with Tahra Eissa (PhD candidate, Neurobiology, UChicago). Read more about Andrew and his work here.



On Anthropology and Engineering:
Mallory James & Daniel Reid

MAY 2015 We sat down two of our 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellows, Mallory James (PhD student, Anthropology) and Daniel Reid (MS candidate, Institute for Molecular Engineering), to interview each other. James is in the initial stages of researching engineering and and technologist corporate communities in Australia; Reid is researching the behavior and function of glassy materials in a simulation group at the Institute for Molecular Engineering.

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A (redacted) Interview with Richard Williamson

MAY 2015 Richard Williamson (MFA candidate, Visual Art, UChicago) was selected this year as one of six 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellows. Williamson's work is playful, absurd, deadly serious, and often (quite literally) a little off-color. In the spirit of Williamson's work, we sent him a number of redacted interview questions for him to interpret and respond to. The conversation moves through a discussion of his traveling project space Good Times Waiting Room, the role of "free zones" in his work, and his experience as an Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellow. Read the interview here.

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Shane DuBay & Carl Fuldner on The Phoneix Index

JAN 2015 Shane DuBay (PhD candidate, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, UChicago) and Carl Fuldner (PhD candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago) are one of seven collaborative teams to have received a The Field Museum over the past century. They encounter some interesting, and unexpected, scientific findings along the way. Read the interview here.

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On Poetry and Scholarship:
Hannah Brooks-Motl

DEC 2014 We were excited at the opportunity to ask poet and 2014-15 Arts, Science & Culture Graduate Fellow Hannah Brooks-Motl (Ph.D student, English, UChicago) for some insight into her process, her thoughts on poetry and scholarship, and to get some updates on her upcoming research trip to California. Read the interview here.

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Bill Hutchison & Anya Bershad's Fiction Addiction

DEC 2014 We had a chance to catch up with Bill Hutchison (PhD candidate, English, UChicago) and Anya Bershad (PhD, MD candidate, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, UChicago) about their 2013-14 Graduate Collaboration Grant project Fiction Addition. Read the interview here.