Reading Room: How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

If art is to be relevant to the environment, it cannot remain only in an art context or in dialogue with art history. The vast majority of writings about land art in the American West is focused entirely on its art-ness, whether through an aesthetic, art-historical, or human interest lens. Where is the geologic activity? Where are the Native Americans? Where are the watersheds? In order to be relevant to the issues plaguing our world today — such as the prevalence of plastics, or climate change — we need writing that contextualizes these artworks within a deep reading of the land itself.

By Ben Valentine
Source: Hyperallergic
hyperallergic.com/394849/how-can-ecological-artists-move-beyond-aesthetic-gestures/

ICE Conversation: Dance Exchange Summer Institute

ICE Conversation: Dance Exchange Summer Institute
Wednesday, September 6 at 12:15 PM
Lamar Dodd Room N120

ICE Graduate Research Assistant Carla Cao will discuss her recent participation in the Dance Exchange Summer Institute “Artmaking in Action: Evolving Creative Practices” and present movement-based activities that ignite inquiry and inspire change.

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.”

Andrea Trombetta

2005 ICE Project Grant recipient Andrea Trombetta and ICE Graduate Research Assistant Hanna Lisa Stefansson featured in UGA Graduate magazine.

By Cynthia Adams
Photos by Nancy Evelyn

Link: gradmag.uga.edu/andrea-trombetta/

Reading Room: SPARC

SPARC: Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula

These insights will be of broad benefit for curious leaders, program designers, researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners. The interviews provide a range of perspectives that are useful for new cultural research, creating awareness of activities, and for deepening understanding about the opportunities and challenges facing higher education.

Source: SPARC Knowledge Engine
www.sparc.a2ru.org/insights/

Reading Room: Sketch-RNN Demos

This experiment lets you draw together with a recurrent neural network model called Sketch-RNN. We taught this neural net to draw by training it on millions of doodles collected from the Quick, Draw! game. Once you start drawing an object, Sketch-RNN will come up with many possible ways to continue drawing this object based on where you left off.

Source: Experiments with Google
experiments.withgoogle.com/ai/sketch-rnn-demo