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DART 2011 Spring Grants Support Student Innovations

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Hampshire's Design, Art, and Technology (DART) program has awarded six grants to support innovative student projects being completed during spring semester 2011.

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

Projects awarded grants are:

Building a Semi-Robotic Green Anole Model
This joint Division II project gives Omri Bernstein and Seth Toles the opportunity to build on their coursework with Professor of Animal Behavior Sarah Partan in the development of a unique field research tool—the design and creation of a semi-robotic mimic of a green anole lizard.

Ella Hall
There Is a Hole Here
Ella Hall's Division III (senior) project is an exploration of the intersections of photography, representation, and American history, and the complexities that arise as a result of these nuanced relationships. Employing photography, collage, printmaking, and letterpress printing, Hall creates aesthetic harmony from these disparate technologies by transforming found imagery into a performative history. The result is a unique and provocative combination of digital and analog design processes.

Play/Pause: A Critical Consumption Conversation
Chloe Higginbotham's Div III centers around an installation of large-scale, interactive sculptures that zero in on the marketing machine that aims to brand children from cradle to grave. The pieces—constructed with recycled, found and donated materials—seek to spark an intergenerational conversation about media consumption and young people's media literacy. The installation will be accompanied by a guide/workbook that gives adult viewers a chance to critically focus their own consumption and tips for discussing media literacy messages with children.

Emily Houk
Emily Houk's Div III explores the impact that professionalization of architecture has had on the agency and ownership of people who dwell in and use buildings. Houk is building five simple shelters from five natural materials—snow, wood, straw, wool, clay and sand—utilizing traditional building methods such as felting, earthen plastering, cob, and thatch. Track Houk's progress >>

The Architecture of the Virtual
Meredith Lackey's Div III—an essay film and video installation—explores the perceptual space offered to us through our experience with Internet technologies. The project addresses the concepts of anonymity and surveillance, the ephemeral nature of Internet exchanges, and the tangible data centers that facilitate them. Using footage captured from streaming web cameras, long time lapses using Google Earth street view, and live footage shot on 8mm film and web camera, Lackey will craft sequences that allow the viewer to travel through geographical space while traveling through different mediums.

the arc
Declan Murphy's Division II project gives him the opportunity to work with cutting-edge technology in electronic music composition and performance. Murphy will work with one of fifty first-run copies of the arc, a reconfigurable device that adapts to user-designated software, allowing programmers to create their own audio effects and unique sounds from scratch. The arc aims to build on developments in a burgeoning electronic music scene that uses these devices for site-specific audio installations and performances. Learn more about this technology >>

Landscape Interventions With Analog Augmented Reality
Instead of using a computer or optic implants to view information superimposed on the physical world, viewers of Clay Royse's project will experience analog augmented reality by looking through a transparent plate etched with this information. Using software such as ArcGIS, Illustrator, and Rhinoceros, Royse will model historical views of local sites where humanity's intervention has reshaped the surface of our planet. These views will then be applied to transparent plates and semi-permanently installed on the sites, so that viewers can stand on a spot that allows them to look back in time, encouraging the viewer to be more mindful of the processes that shape our world and consider their part in them. Sites will include the Holyoke Range Notch, the Connecticut River, the Quabbin Reservoir, and mountaintop removal in Royse's home state of Kentucky.  


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