2017-2018 Idea Lab Mini Grant Awards

ICE is pleased to announce two new Idea Lab Mini Grant recipients. The projects were selected based on creative merit, extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, and feasibility. Mini Grant awards provide production support from ICE Graduate Research Assistants and project funding.

Georgia Prison Beekeepers
Lead applicant: Cristina Echezarreta (graduate student, Art)

A collaboration of a students, faculty, and staff in Art and Entomology with the Georgia Prison Beekeeping program to explore prisoners’ relationship to nature through the arts.

Perfect Pantry
Lead applicant: Hillary Jourdan (graduate student, Agriculture)

A collaboration of students and faculty in Agriculture and Art with the Atlanta Community Food Bank to develop arts-based approaches to food assistance.

Clark Lunberry: Writing on Water

Clark Lunberry: Writing on Water
November installation at Lake Herrick

Near Boardwalk Trail Bridge
Viewing event: Thursday, November 16 at Noon
Lecture: Friday, November 10 at 2 PM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Interdisciplinary artist Clark Lunberry will talk about creating site-specific poetry installations and introduce a new work for the UGA campus. Lunberry is a Professor of English at the University of North Florida and the author of Sites of Performance: Of Time and Memory (Anthem Press 2014) and Writing on Water | Writing on Air (University of North Florida 2016). His large-scale poems placed on water and windows include recent installations in Oxford, England; Paris, France; Toronto, Canada; Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan; and Stanford University.

Lunberry will create a temporary installation at Lake Herrick, a prominent feature within Oconee Forest Park, which serves as a living laboratory for research in the natural and social sciences. The new work, viewable near the Boardwalk Trail bridge, coincides with a major restoration project at UGA aimed at promoting water quality and enhancing Lake Herrick as an amenity for experiential learning, research, and recreation. For more about the Lake Herrick Watershed Restoration visit sustainability.uga.edu/lakeherrick/.

Supported in part by the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English and ICE. For more information visit clarklunberry.weebly.com/athens-2017.html.


Lake Herrick, Athens, Georgia [Image: Kiley Aguar]

Call for Participation: North Oconee River Project

North Oconee River Project is an interdisciplinary, student-led, grant-funded project that engages community members, artists, and legal experts in an effort to draft local legislation that grants legal personhood to the North Oconee River in Athens, GA. The project draws its inspiration from the Community Rights Movement that, for the past two decades, has worked to prevent corporate and governmental harm on the environment by helping pass locally enforceable “rights of nature” laws that treat natural entities, such as rivers, as having the right to be healthy and to thrive.

North Oconee River Project is seeking participants who are interested in assisting our team with any of the following activities:

– Representing North Oconee River Project by attending environmental events on campus and informing attendees about our project mission and upcoming events.

– Representing North Oconee River Project by attending community-organizing events in the Athens community and informing attendees about our project mission and upcoming events.

– Representing the North Oconee River Project by tabling at the West Broad and/or Athens Farmer’s Markets. Involves providing people with information about our project mission and upcoming events.

– Distributing flyers on campus and at various businesses and community centers in Athens.

If you are interested in participating, please email Carla Cao: northoconeeriverproject@gmail.com.

Affiliated with the “Alliance for Arts + Rights of Nature” project funded by an a2ru Student Challenge Grant with additional support from Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), Watershed UGA, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts a2ru Research Cluster.

Introductory Community Rights Workshop

Introductory Community Rights Workshop
Wednesday, October 25 from 6 – 9 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The Gardenside Room
Free registration:
tinyurl.com/cienfuegosworkshop

A workshop led by activist Paul Cienfuegos that introduces to Athens the powerful strategies and history of the Community Rights Movement. Since 1999, the Community Rights Movement has helped hundreds of communities pass locally-enforceable laws that promote rights of nature, such as the right of ecosystems to flourish and evolve, democratic rights, such as the right of local community to self-government, and workers’ rights, such as the right to living wages. First introduced to the U.S. by the Community Rights Movement, the “rights of nature” are radical, new laws that grant natural entities, such as rivers, legal personhood, allowing nature for the first time to be represented in court and to effectively fight corporate and governmental threats. Limited spaces are available.

Affiliated with the “Alliance for Arts + Rights of Nature” project funded by an a2ru Student Challenge Grant with additional support from Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), Watershed UGA, and the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts a2ru Research Cluster.

ICE-Vision: Dogville

ICE-Vision: Dogville (Lars Von Trier, 2004)
Wednesday, October 18 at 6:30 PM
Lamar Dodd School Building, Room S150

www.facebook.com/events/521964084834845/

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace (Nicole Kidman) hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so Grace works hard under the employ of various townspeople to win their favor. Tensions flare, however, and Grace’s status as a helpless outsider provokes vicious contempt and abuse from the citizens of Dogville.

The return of ICE-Vision! www.facebook.com/groups/icevision/

Yale’s next concert brings your phone into the performance

By Jon Fingas
Engadget
Link: www.engadget.com/2017/09/25/yale-concert-integrates-your-smartphone/

Normally, bringing out your smartphone at a classical concert is a surefire way to get kicked out, or at least receive some disapproving stares from everyone in the room. Not so at the Yale Concert Band’s next performance, though. When it holds its season-opening concert on October 6th, it’ll want you to keep your phone out for a key segment. The band is performing Cody Brookshire’s “Honeycomb,” which uses any web-capable mobile device as part of the performance — what you see on stage is just one part of a much larger show.

The piece uses SynkroTakt technology to synchronize 32 audio tracks between your phone and the band’s performance with virtually flawless timing. When there’s a call-and-response section, for instance, the audience’s phones will play their part in harmony. It’s effectively adding hundreds of speakers (SynkroTakt can handle 250 or more devices) throughout the concert hall.

This isn’t a one-off use. Brookshire has been performing “Honeycomb” elsewhere, and SynkroTakt is useful for just about anywhere that synced audio could add a dramatic effect, such as TV shows and art installations. Just think of Yale’s performance as exposing this invention to a wider audience.

Cody Brookshire, Richard Saney, Nick Saney, and Jake Reeves were awarded a 2015 ICE Mini-Grant to create technology allowing for the synchronized streaming of different audio tracks to web-enabled devices for immersive live music. For more information visit www.SynkroTakt.com.