Category: Vermont

How We Press the Leaves for the Damaged Leaf Dataset

With Syd Culbert!

Our Photography Setup For The Damaged Leaf Dataset

Damaged Leaf Dataset Update

RoboLeaf at Haystack Labs 2022

RoboLeaf imagines a tree that can protect itself from invasive insects like the spongy moth caterpillar and artificial intelligence that allows humans to share information with trees.

Return Of The Spongy Moth

Looks like the damaged leaf dataset will continue to grow this summer…

Damaged Leaf Dataset

Update Feb 2022: Thank you to the College of Arts and Sciences at UVM for awarding us a Small Grant Award to photograph the leaves preserved for this dataset. Photography will begin in March 2022. Over the summer and fall of 2021, I closely observed the rapid life cycle of the Lymantria dispar, particularly its […]

2001 | Bad Ju Ju

From 1999 – 2002 Jenn was the lead vocalist, songwriter and band leader for Bad Ju Ju. The band performed in Burlington, Vermont at Club Metronome, Higher Ground, Red Square, South End Art Hop and Half Lounge. For most of the time the band was together they were working on this album.

Jenn Karson’s (solo) debut paints vivid images with its gorgeous sounding songs. Karson’s lyrics are aptly summed up by the song title “Dark and Quirky”. The opener “Isle Blue” has a lovely tune and tells a haunting tale. “Monster” has an amusing but scary image of unrequited love. Karson has plenty of great songs on offer. This is a very good record by a gifted artist.

Collected Sounds

…Back with a fresh, more laid-back sound than in her previous band, Karson seems at ease in her solo shoes….I can’t get over how commanding Karson’s vocals are, and she has stepped up to the plate with strong songs that match her performance.

Seven Days Newspaper

…a good record…local music nicely produced.

Burlington Free Press

Bad Ju Ju can be streamed on iTunes, Spotify, YouTube, SoundCloud and more.

Band photos taken for the album. Pictured here Jenn Karson, Shawn Roberts, Aram Bedrosian, Gretchen Leisenring.
Photo credit: Don O’Connell.
Photo credits Matt Thorsen, Micheal Sipe, Don O’Connell.

2013 | The Firehouse Bell Project

The Firehouse Bell Project was included
in the exhibition User Required at Burlington City Arts Center,
Burlington, VT, 2013. Curated by DJ Hellerman.

The Firehouse Bell Tower

The Firehouse Bell Project posed two questions:

Should the Firehouse Bell ring again?

If so, why should it ring?

464 Votes = Yes | 68 Votes = No

Selected Participant Responses:

It should ring according to the moon cycle.

Ring the bell on the morning of a voting day as a reminder to vote!

When there is an art opening, ring the bell.

The bell should ring every time someone gives any amount of money to the homeless.

Ring the bell every time an animal is adopted from the Chittenden County Humane Society.

Have water mist around the bell and ring it when the sun is in position to make a rainbow.

It should warn if zombies attack, have regular Zombie drills (Once a month @ random).

It should ring again so that people do not forget what a real bell sounds like.

It should be replaced with a bubble machine.

Just ring the damn bell!


The Firehouse Bell Project was at the Burlington City Arts Center in Burlington, VT in the spring of 2013
and as part of the exhibit User Required curated by DJ Hellerman.

464 = Yes 68 = No

2010 | Sounds of a Stone Home

Sounds of a Stone Home
Site-Specific Sound Installation, 2010


Sounds of Stone Home
was a site-specific sound installationthat explored the comings and goings of the creatures, people and things who have inhabited the stonequarries at Millstone Hill in Barre Town, Vermont.

Installation signage

Installed as part of the group exhibition On the Planet
On location at the stone quarries at Millstone Hill in Barre Town, Vermont.

Presented by Studio Place Arts.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Sunday, September 5, 2010: 3:00 – 5:30 pm

New Forms

This summer the ecosystem where I live has been disrupted by an unexpected explosion of gypsy moth caterpillars. In a matter of weeks their ferocious appetites defoliated the tallest and oldest trees in our neighborhood, dramatically changing the aesthetics of this place. Their cocoons and now dying moth bodies cover the trunks of these trees, […]