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Reading Room: a2ru Strategic Plan

“The current work of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) maps arts-integrative learning, contextually examines arts research developments, explores the value-added results of campus collaborations, and connects multiple stakeholders to advance a more complete national agenda linking the arts and other disciplines in higher education. The plan herein provides a detailed blueprint to: increase a2ru’s effectiveness by more deliberately building the case for external audiences; more effectively support student work and faculty collaborations; and guide a robust research agenda through 2020. These will be the agenda items that shape the next four years of a2ru’s work”

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of over thirty institutions committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.

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ICE Reading Room: VR Projects at Sundance

Sundance Rolls Out New Frontier Lineup With VR Project Inside an Iranian Nuclear Facility

“In an era that has recalibrated economies, redefined social realms and rewired the connection between the individual and the world, we must also reimagine what it is to be human,” said Shari Frilot, Sundance senior programmer and chief curator of New Frontier. “Through virtual reality, augmented reality and various crafted immersive experiences, New Frontier this year challenges the very nature of perception and what we consider to be ‘reality.’”

By Tatiana Siegel

Reading Room: Theaster Gates: “I want to believe that there is power in my poverty”

“The Chicagoan artist, who made a name for himself with his art-meets-urban regeneration projects in the city, is back in a gallery with work that challenges assumptions about race, class and what it means to be poor”

By Su Wu

Reading Room: Crowdfunding in the Arts

“The early signs from a mix of funders, local authorities and foundations suggest that match funding is set to grow significantly over the next few years. It is highly likely that these organisations will grow more confident using crowdfunding as a mechanism to sit within a range of other funding tools such as grant funding or loan financing.”

By Peter Baeck and Sam Mitchell
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Reading Room: Oskar Schlemmer’s Prophetic, Dancing Robots

Oskar Schlemmer’s Prophetic, Dancing Robots

“Between 1921 and 1929, when he served as the Master of Form at the Bauhaus, Schlemmer revolutionized and renewed dance as performance art. Thereafter, his career fell victim to Nazi cultural politics. He was forced to resign, due to pressure from the Nazis, from his professorship at Berlin’s United State School for Fine and Applied Art in 1933 and was publicly labelled a decadent Jew and a Marxist (of which he was neither). Schlemmer’s ambition for creating dancing tableaux vivants was to renew the art theories of his time through a combination of Gropius’s gesamtkunstwerk thinking and humanist ideas stemming from the Renaissance. This led Schlemmer to create a proto-robotic art by virtue of a relocation of embodied and mechanic consciousness — now commonly known as the post-human condition.”

By Joseph Nechvatal

Reading Room: Why Mary Halvorson Sounds Like No Other Guitarist

“‘…it’s not uncommon now for me to play in bands where women outnumber men. I think there’s a real momentum, and things are starting to shift.’ But it’s still not all that common to see a young woman leading a jazz band. Halvorson says her philosophy as a leader is to give musicians the freedom to make their own choice, in much the same way that she found her own voice on the guitar. ‘For me it’s more a matter of just trusting my instincts, even if you have a really simple idea — just, OK, I like this, I’m gonna play – and not worrying too much about what it is, what it sounds like, or doesn’t sound like,’ she says. ‘So I try as much as I can to play what I like, and trust what I like.'”

By Joel Rose

Mary Halvorson participated in the AUX 4 Experimental Arts Festival and is featured with Jessica Pavone on AUX Vol. 2.