Tag Archives: Art/Science

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 (straughn@ku.edu). 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.

Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia – Book Launch


Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia

5:30pm Tuesday, May 12 | The Commons

A volume of scholarly essays published this spring by the Spencer Museum and Yale University Press is the first inclusive study of color in East Asia. Color in Ancient and Medieval East Asia, a project of the Spencer’s Arts Research Collaboration initiative, comprises groundbreaking scholarship and a stunning array of images. Editor Mary M. Dusenbury, Spencer Museum research curator, will give a brief talk about the development of this interdisciplinary project and sign copies of the book. Dusenbury was awarded a Seed Grant from The Commons in 2010. This event is by invitation only; to learn more about the publication and request an invitation, please email rblocksome@ku.edu


Thursday 14 May 2015 / 2:30–5pm
The Commons, Spooner Hall
(1340 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS)

Bernd and Hilla Becher: Spring Points, Technical Extensions, Degree Zero – Shepherd Steiner, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory in the School of Art, University of Manitoba.

Steiner examines the notion of scientific objectivity in the work of German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher.


Hybrid practices in the arts, sciences, and technology from the 1960s to today
Shepherd Steiner, David Cateforis, KU Professor of Art History, and Steven Duval, ARC researcher

Submit questions via Twitter using @SpencerMuseum or #HybridPractices

Both events will be live streamed at http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/hybrid-practices/

João Fiadeiro, ARC Creative Specialist-in-Residence

ARC’s first Creative Specialist was Portuguese choreographer and researcher João Fiadeiro.  Fiadeiro’s method of “real-time composition” focuses on process rather than product, transforming movement into a theoretical-practical tool and platform to understand and rethink decision, representation, and cooperation, both in art and in life. For the past five years, he has been using this method as a research practice to explore the issues of pre-action, emergency, and decision, thereby broadening its scope to incorporate scientific fields such as anthropology, neurobiology, economics, complex system sciences, and cognitive science. Fiadeiro will do a performance lecture, “The Anatomy of a Decision”, that will explore this method, a transdisciplinary workshop, where faculty are invited to participate in his method and a work-in-progress where he will perform using the real-time composition method in response to the architectural space of The Commons.

“The Anatomy of a Decision”

Performance lecture by João Fiadeiro

Sunday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

Lied Center Pavilion

“A Transdisciplinary Exploration of Human Systems”

Friday, Feb. 20, 4–8 p.m. & Saturday, Feb. 21, 9–5 p.m.

The Commons

“A Work-in-progress” w/Q&A after the performance.
Friday, Feb. 27, 4:00pm
The Commons

João describing real-time composition.
João describing real-time composition.
Real-time composing
Real-time composing
The Transdisciplinary Workshop at the Commons
The Transdisciplinary Workshop at the Commons
A Real-time composition workshop performance.
A Real-time composition workshop performance.