The End of an Era

The ARC office in September 2013
The ARC office in September 2013

Unfortunately today is my last day in the employ of the Spencer Museum of Art working on the Arts, Research, Collaboration initiative. It has been a very fun ride over the last two years. The image above if from my first day in the ARC office and a lot has changed since then. I have worked with many great colleagues and many great artists, scientists, and technologists. Now it is time for me to get back to being an artist researcher. My wonderful colleague Rebecca Blocksome is off to do residencies at the Pistoletto Foundation and the Banff Centre this autumn. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in ARC over the last two years. ARC will continue on in some form at the Spencer so keep an eye on this space and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

‘Next Steps’ Part Deux

Shannon Criss presenting in the Architecture Forum
Shannon Criss presenting in the Architecture Forum

On July 24th ARC and the Spencer Museum of Art held the second ‘Next Steps’ presentations. Shannon Criss, from Architecture and Environmental Studies, and ARC partner Perry Alexander, from the Information Technology and Telecommunication Center, presented their research practices with an informal meeting of the minds afterwards. It was a really fantastic afternoon and very informative about these two exciting researchers. If you would like to know more about their work please visit the websites below and if you are a KU faculty member and would like to participate in the next event please contact Celka Straughn ( Thanks to Ryan Waggoner for taking the photos.

Shannon Criss

Perry Alexander

Perry Alexander talking about trust and computers
Perry Alexander talking about trust and computers
Steve Goddard, Richard Klocke and Perry Alexander
Steve Goddard, Richard Klocke and Perry Alexander
Architecture students presenting some of the technology in their maker space
Shannon presenting her work.
An image from Shannon’s presentation. We like to collaborate.

Red Hot Research

Water, Energy, Climate

4:00pm Friday, August 28 | The Commons

Red Hot Research is intended to bring together scholars from all disciplines, in response to the call set forth by Bold Aspirations. The format of these sessions is inspired by Pecha Kucha, which features short, slide-based talks that introduce audiences to a topic. Each installment features faculty members, speaking for six minutes each. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers (and each other) during breaks. We hope that through these sessions, faculty members will have a venue for cross-disciplinary partnering and exploration.

Rex Buchanan, Kansas Geological Survey, Seismicity and Energy Production
Dorothy Daley, Public Affairs & Administration / Environmental Studies Program, Multilevel Climate Governance & Environmental Performance
Shannon O’Lear, Geography / Environmental Studies Program, Critique of climate science
Phillip Drake, English, Representing Nature in the Echo of Disaster
Greg Ludvigson, Kansas Geological Survey, High Plains Aquifer
Travis Weller, Institute for Policy & Social Research