Category: Intermedia

The SCOTUS Dataset in Action (in the Physical World).

SCOTUS Dataset Bones and Cyanotypes.

Introducing the Insuboratory Podcast

A Place for Art + Science Elixirs

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Insubordinate (defiant of authority; disobedient to orders)
Laboratory (a place equipped for experiment)

The Insuboratory is a podcast and videocast that explores the shared curiosities of international interdisciplinary artists and scientists. While avoiding jargon and esoteric references, the show welcomes a general public audience into conversations that challenge traditional science paradigms and embrace Avant-garde ideas of the Arts. Intermedia artist Jenn Karson hosts the show, Dani Agin is the show producer.

Featured artists work with innovative processes and systems, enjoy experiments, and work collaboratively. From an art history perspective, the show features artists whose work is grounded in Fluxus, artist-mapping and chance operations.

Featured scientists are from the physical, natural, and computer sciences.
Expect to hear about artificial intelligence, artificial life, ecological systems, natural history, new technologies, and everything in between.

Show Strucure:

Interview (video and audio versions)
What are you working on?
Guests are in groups of two or three. Interview questions focus on a particular project or area of the guests’ practice and research.

A Round of Imaginosis (game show)
Because life is an elixir of perception and imagination!
A spoof on the Rorschach test, A Round of Imaginosis features the Damaged Leaf Dataset instead of ink blots; guests are shown a series of damaged leaf images and then asked about what and how they perceive the image.

Gift Box Giveaway
All guests will receive special gift boxes in advance of their interview, including a pair of Insuboratory 3d glasses. Gift boxes are also sold to support the program.

2019 – 2021 | Intermedia Collaborations

Aquela Que Eu Queria Ser, 2021

Aquela Que Eu Queria Ser (The One I Wanted To Be) 2001 Co-produced by Paula Higa and Jenn Karson. Garden architecture by Ken Mills.

Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy Came to UVM, 2019

Glynnis Fawkes, Roaring Ocean. Ink on paper, photoshop color.

In the spring of 2018, the UVM Classics Department produced the Greek tragedy Helen by classical Athenian playwright Euripides. Seven Days praised the effort, saying the production was “an unusually inventive rendition.” The play entailed extensive collaboration, involving UVM students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community artists and actors.

The exhibition Behind the Schemes: When Helen of Troy came to UVM features visual artifacts from the production, documenting the interdisciplinary scholarship and artistry that made it both unique and noteworthy. On display are musical scores by John Franklin, Professor and Chair of the UVM Classics Department; set drawings and sketches by cartoonist and archaeological illustrator Glynnis Fawkes; script notes from the numerous classical scholars who contributed to the translation; a 3D-printed mask mold; and an electric lyre built by local guitar-maker Creston Lea and used by Franklin to perform the original score of “New Ancient Music” he composed for Helen. The artifacts chosen for this exhibition share distinct aesthetics of mapping—the organization of space—and scoring—the organization of time.

Behind the Schemes celebrates an inspired collaboration and its potential to serve as a model for interdisciplinary scholarship and artistry on a university campus. The exhibition is curated by Jenn Karson, who has been recognized for her work with interdisciplinary research through Vermont Makers programming and the UVM FabLab.

-Fleming Museum of Art

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