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Beekeeping Behind Bars

October 10, 2018
UGA Research
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Beekeeping Behind Bars
By Jordan Meaker

UGA Idea Lab Mini Grant recipient and Masters of Fine Arts student Cristina Echezarreta has been working in close conjunction with the Georgia Prison Beekeepers program and the UGA honeybee lab in order to explore the similarities of prison systems and bee systems.

Echezarreta had taken notice of the peculiar system of honeybee democracy. When honeybees want to leave their hive and scout out a new location, they share information with one another and come to a collective decision.

“It’s not just about the queen bee and she makes all the rules, it’s more so about the collective,” Echezarreta said.

Echezarreta took this idea and put it in practice within prisons.

“The way that relates in an artistic sense is how can we get individuals within prison systems to mimic that kind of behavior,” Echezarreta said. “How can inmates and just people work together to create one commonality, one project?”

Echezarreta takes photos at the prisons and helps gather supplies so inmates can create artwork together and paint hives, working together and helping each other, much like a colony of honeybees.

Through her work in Georgia prisons, Echezarreta said she enjoys the collaborative aspect of the project, which is a change from her solo projects.

“This is more of a different project, a more socially engaged project, a more collaborative project rather than me just being in my studio,” Echezarreta said.

Echezarreta said working with the Prison Beekeeping program has helped her learn to not stereotype and to see things from different perspectives.

Design + Mathematics: Math Outreach Design Lab

November 2, 2018
UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
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Design + Mathematics: Math Outreach Design Lab
By Alan Flurry

An image from a model created in an active learning course co-taught by mathematics professor David Gay and associate professor of graphic design Moon Jung Jang appeared as the cover of the October 23 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The model in the illustration was created by 3 math majors and one graphic design major, working collaboratively in the course “Math Outreach Design Lab.” The story of how the course came about provides a great example of the collegial atmosphere between art and STEM faculty on campus, especially as UGA hosts the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities national conference for the first time.

Gay explained that the collaboration goes back two years to when he was invited to be the “mathematician in residence” by Ideas for Creative Exploration director Mark Callahan, who encouraged Gay and Jang to meet and talk at ICE.

a2ru Conference Special Projects

Ideas for Creative Exploration and the Willson Center for Humanities are pleased to announce the recipients of projects grants to support UGA student work featured in the a2ru 2018 National Conference.

Feed the Fish: Engaging the Campus Community in Reducing Plastic Waste in Campus Waterways
Sam Cherof and Lindy Erkes

For more about Feed the Fish visit sustainability.uga.edu/feedthefish/

Press: Feed the Fish embodies a movement toward collaboration with sustainability and the art

Imagination Squared: Pathways to Resilience 
Christina Foard

For more about Imagination Squared visit imaginationsquared.org

Press: Imagination Squared: A community conversation about resilience

Amazonian Arts: The Aesthetics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Louisiana Lightsey

Utilizing film as an art-as-research method, this short digital mosaic incorporates visual anthropology, multispecies representation, and sensory ethnography in order to train attention on the biotic and abiotic minutiae of dwelling in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Based on preliminary fieldwork, the camera travels alongside Kichwa, Achuar, and Waorani indigenous people as they garden, forage, tell stories, sing songs, and navigate forest paths and riverways. But instead of positioning the human as the central agent in human-nature relationality, the focus is on the colors, textures, movements, shapes, and sounds which animate a pluriverse of interconnected lifeworlds and configure an aesthetic of cultural and ecological resilience.

2018 Student Challenge Grant Recipient Announced

June 11, 2018
a2ru
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a2ru Awards Student Challenge Grants to “Emerging Creatives”
By Maryrose Flanigan

One interdisciplinary student team was awarded a Student Challenge Grant by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue a project on developing a workshop on collaboration: “Makin’ Rain” was awarded $4,400 plus travel support and will develop a workshop method for honoring the process of creative thought across disciplines. The team includes Jennifer Ezell, a PhD in theatre from Texas Tech University; Jesus Gonzalez, an MFA in photography at University of Houston; Desen Ozkan, an engineering/engineering education PhD at Virginia Tech; and Jason Woodworth-Hou, a dramatic media MFA/PhD at University of Georgia.

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.

First artist-in-residence blends sustainability with education

By Kristen Morales
Link: coe.uga.edu/news/2017/07/first-artist-in-residence-blends-sustainability-with-education

The position at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which inspired Hegeman’s internship, paired artists with researchers. Here, Kirche said, they took a similar approach but paired Hegeman with staff as a way to do creative problem solving for the issues they deal with daily—specifically, removing and managing waste.”How do we, from an artist’s perspective, come up with creative ways to maybe repurpose the materials we generate on campus?” he noted, citing how Hegeman is expanding the reach of his office. “It was an experiment, and a very successful one, so we decided she’s going to stick around in the fall and our hope is to continue to maintain and hopefully grow the program.”