Thinc-a-Thon: Design + Food


Thinc-a-Thon: Design + Food
Saturday, January 31- Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ready to make a difference over a weekend? Thinc-a-thon returns to UGA! Join us for two fun, intense days of making as we craft, hack, and build human-centred design solutions to real world problems related to food, dining, and health. Use new technologies such as 3D printers, a laser cutter, littleBits, Arduinos, and more. Connect with mentors from design and entrepreneurship such as IDEO, Four Athens, and Hackberry Labs. Prizes will be awarded for the projects that best meet the intersection of viability, desirability, and feasibility. You do not need an idea or a team in advance as projects will be formed at the event. This event is free for students. To sign up please visit:

ICE Conversation: Art, Entertainment, and the Infosphere


ICE Conversation: Art, Entertainment, and the Infosphere
Wednesday, December 3 at 10 AM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

Join Idea Lab as we host Mark Callahan, Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), in our final conversation of the fall semester. Mark’s work has evolved from a traditional printmaking background to experimental multimedia projects. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy.

Idea Lab is the UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. For more information visit

ICE-Vision: The Brood (1979)


ICE-Vision: The Brood (Cronenberg, 1979)
Thursday, November 20 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

ICE-Vision continues with Film Studies and English major Dafna Kaufman’s selections of great films that may be forgotten by the general public, but can be remembered and cherished through viewings today.

Futurology: Art World Embraces the Internet

November 14, 2014
U.S. News and World Report
link to original article

Futurology: Art World Embraces the Internet
By Lindsey Cook

The increasing real-time connections available through the Internet meant musicians in Athens, Georgia could collaborate with musicians in Java, Indonesia, for a project by Kai Riedl, a musician himself and the founder of the SLINGSHOT Festival.

“Something the Internet has done is really foster translocal creativity between two places,” he says. “We are able to work with dozens of people we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise because we are able to collaborate online with tracks. People are able to work in their own pockets of time and not be a slave to real-time or time zones or geographic constraints, and I think that has just transformed everything.”

Unlike television or phones, the Internet allows for collaboration visually and sonically, that can happen in real-time or can be left and picked up later, which is particularly important for artists attempting to collaborate across time zones.

“It’s starting to challenge what the notion of art is,” Riedl says. “People are able to brush up against such a variety of music, art, technology, whatever it may be, that their personal library of what is possible is being completely expanded. With that comes an explosion of work and an explosion of quality.”

With the explosion of art, some have become overloaded and look for experiences that are more singular than scrolling through Instagram, watching the never ending YouTube or streaming Spotify radio. Too many stimuli may be one reason people are turning back to vinyl, which is experiencing a resurgence of popularity.

Whatever new technologies are coming that we can’t predict, it’s safe to say artists will be on the forefront. By 2025, the spread of gigabit Internet connections will bring authentic collaboration between artists and wannabe artists. Like health and education, art will benefit from video experiences that allow real-time, buffer-free interactions that feel as if participants are in the same room.

“There’s been this vision of the Internet for the past 10 years where a drummer in France can play at the same time as someone in Athens, Georgia, and they could be working together in real-time,” Riedl says. “When those speeds increase and you’re able to do that … It’s already expanded what a band is, but once you are able to collaborate in high quality sound in real-time, I think you’ll see another level of musical expression. And it’s getting close.”

Kai Riedl was an ICE Graduate Research Assistant.

ICE Conversation: Steven Tepper DVD Screening


ICE Conversation: Steven Tepper DVD Screening
Wednesday, November 19 at 10 AM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

ICE Visiting Scholar Steven Tepper

Join Idea Lab as we screen Steven Tepper’s 2013 talk at UGA. Tepper is a leading scholar in the field of cultural policy and research on the impact of the arts on everyday life. The screening will be followed by a discussion of Tepper’s ideas on cultural policy and the creative campus movement.

Idea Lab is the UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. For more information visit

Hanna Lisa Stefansson: Amazing Student

November 9, 2014
UGA Amazing Students Web feature


Hanna Lisa Stefansson, who is working on her doctorate in music composition, is a student member of UGA’s Arts Council and hopes to improve collaboration among all of the arts entities on campus.

Expected graduation: Fall 2016

Degree objective: D.M.A. in music composition, minor in musicology

University highlights, achievements and awards:
I had the privilege of being a graduate research assistant for Ideas for Creative Exploration, known as ICE, from August 2012 to May 2014. ICE facilitates interdisciplinary creative projects and acts as a network hub to encourage collaborations between faculty, students and community members from all disciplines. This assistantship really opened my eyes to the true meaning of collaboration, and I carry this way of thinking into my current research.

As a result of this assistantship, I was nominated to be a student representative on the UGA Arts Council. The meetings in the Peabody Board Room involve the vice provost, the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and directors of the music, visual arts, dance, theater and creative writing schools and departments. It is truly an honor to be able to sit at the table with these leaders of the arts programs. Our goal is to bring awareness to the arts at UGA, beginning with the Spotlight on the Arts festival this month. By bringing all of the arts schools together, I hope that communication can be improved and more collaborative efforts between the arts will result.

One of my efforts in collaboration is with the revival of the SCREAM group – Student Composers for the Research of Electronic and Electro-Acoustic Music – in the music school. We are putting on an electro-acoustic concert Nov. 12 in Dancz Hall in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, and it is my intention that we have a concert each semester.

Hometown: Macon

High School: Stratford Academy

Current Employment: Graduate teaching assistant (“Music Theory for Non-Majors”) in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music

Family Ties to UGA:
My uncle, Thorsteinn Karlsson, got his master’s degree in food engineering in Iceland, followed by a Ph.D. in paracytology at UGA in 1978. I love to talk about Athens and UGA with my aunt and uncle when I see them in Iceland and update them on what’s new in town and what has stayed the same since they lived here.

I chose to attend UGA because… I knew I could learn from the music composition faculty, and the artistic town of Athens only helped me make my decision.

My favorite things to do on campus are… getting coffee at the Georgia Museum of Art and having surprise run-ins with people in line. I’ve had some great serendipitous meetings with people that turned into conversations about new ideas, or just letting loose and catching up.

When I have free time, I like… to cook and bake, get out into nature, spend time with friends, listen to music, dance and relax.

The craziest thing I’ve done is… probably not something you want to know about me!

My favorite place to study is… at my kitchen table with the candles lit or in the Lamar Dodd School of Art study lounge.

My favorite professor is… Leonard V. Ball, aka Chic Ball. I loved taking his “Electronic Music” class on analog techniques. As my electronic music composition professor, he has opened my ears and helped me to achieve my musical vision in my electronic music.

Mark Callahan, the artistic director of Ideas for Creative Exploration, has been a great mentor in helping me clarify my thoughts on my research, as well as helping me to connect with the people who can help me with my projects. My new way of thinking about collaboration is very much owed to him.

If I could share an afternoon with anyone, I would love to share it with… David Bowie!

If I knew I could not fail, I would… bring back a culture that is more connected to the arts and nature. It is said that you can judge a culture on its art, and by how it treats animals and the environment. The status of our current culture does not bode well when music and the arts are disappearing from our schools, and reputable symphony orchestras continue to crumble under mismanagement and greed. Nature also suffers at our hands, but we aren’t really changing our behavior for the better. We need to wake up and find another way.

After graduation, I plan to… continue my hunt for collaborative work with artists and non-artists alike. My big goal is to compose music for film, dance, theater and other multimedia works. I also would love to teach music theory and composition at a college or university.

The one UGA experience I will always remember will be… when I found out I was accepted to UGA, and then getting the call from Mark Callahan, the director of Ideas for Creative Exploration, that I had received the ICE assistantship. It was a really great day—I remember being excited for the future and thinking about all of the possibilities.