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Spring Semester DART Grant Recipients Announced

Hampshire’s Design, Art, and Technology (DART) program has awarded six grants to support innovative student projects being completed during spring semester 2010.

A faculty review panel drawn from across the College selects funded projects and awards up to $500 each for completion.

Grant recipients and their projects are:

Christian Baer
Warm Inside/Transmissions From...
Baer’s Division III (senior) project is an installation with video that will create an “other worldly” environment exploring the bounds of fantasy, desire, race, gender, and genre, while playfully provoking the viewer through staged interactivity. The video component of the project examines internal space and private modes of storytelling used by three queer/transgender people of color.

Athena Currier
Athena Currier
Burn Book
This Division III project is a comics-magazine, with the title Burn Book taken from the film Mean Girls, in which popular girls record insults about other students in a secret notebook. Each issue of Currier’s four-issue Burn Book will dissect and examine a different stereotype label: slut, hick, hipster, and geek. Currier makes most of her comics with dip ink and Bristol board, transferring them to digital form for publication-ready prints. She will publish Burn Book through an online self-publishing company geared specifically for comics. Meanwhile, she posts new comics every week at her site, Action Athena.

Lindsey French
DIRM (Dynamically Interactive and Responsive Membrane) 
The traditional architectural wall functions primarily as a boundary, with little opportunity for exchange between an individual who is indoors and the outside environment. Yet, the natural world has endless examples of living membranes of selective exchange and protection. This Division III project challenges the wall as boundary and re-imagines it as a living, permeable skin. The design is bio-mimetic, inspired by the strategies of skins and cells, and layers of selective protection and exchange. DIRM uses sensors and motors, in addition to architectural materials, to open or close selectively in response to changing weather conditions and human presence. The boundary between indoor and outdoor is, in effect, blurred as outdoor air and its molecules of information permeate the building.

Sarah Hamburger
Remembering as Resistance: Using Video and Youth Work to Explore Family Stories and Identity
The relationship between art-making and youth work is explored in this video-based Div III. Hamburger is invested as an artist educator in pedagogy that asks the educator to pursue the same work assigned to students. Through this practice, she aims to understand her own art-making while engaging in curriculum development. As an intern for the Amherst-based nonprofit Video Vanguards, Hamburger has worked with youth of color and their allies to create videos that document their lives. The experience informs her practice as an educator and inspires her craft as an artist whose own work explores the relationships between family stories, family memories, and identity.

Molly McLeod

The Ampersand Project
Molly Mcleod
McLeod sees the ampersand (&) as a fun, accessible entry point for learning about typography. The ampersand has a rich history, and can take many different forms depending on the time period and font style from which it originates. For her Div III, McLeod is completing three distinct but complementary books: The Blue Ampersand Book will consist of photo illustrations of physical and metal ampersands alongside historical and theoretical information about the font each comes from. The Yellow Ampersand Book will use the ampersand as a metaphor for connection, collaboration, and compromise in a collection of short essays about design, education, and social change. The Red Ampersand Book will feature a photo collection of McLeod’s sculptural ampersands that engage the senses and the imagination, ranging from an ampersand lamp, to wind chimes, a cookie cutter, a pillow, and more.

Michael Meo
Communicating Dynamic Design
Meo is working at the intersection of digital and physical representations of architectural design. Over the past six months, he has created a design for a student center. He now aims to confront the challenge of how to communicate the intricately interwoven flows, programming, and volumes of his designed spaces. Simple renderings, plans, and sections will not suffice. There are two main components of this project: First, he will create interactive projections, with computer processing and motion sensors enabling the proximity of the viewer to determine the perspective presented via animated renderings. Second, he will explore the physical manifestation of digital design through an elaborately contoured, scaled model of his proposed student center. The digital model will be dissected into about 200 planar profile pieces that will be laser cut into many smaller pieces and assembled. This layering will produce a three-dimensional form that can be cracked open in multiple ways to show how the spaces interact and communicate with each other and the landscape. Meo is a Division II student.
Michael Meo

 

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