Rohini Devasher and Amateur Astronomy

ARC is developing a project that is exploring ideas in amateur astronomy, archeoastronomy, and indigenous knowledge. So it was our happy accident that Spencer Museum of Art curator Kris Ercums told us about the fascinating work of Rohini Devasher whose work ‘Bloodlines’ was recently purchased by the Museum. Devasher has been inspired by amateur astronomy for some time and had a research residency at the Max Plank Institute. This inspiration has often taken the form of wall murals and drawings. She has also documented the many encounters with amateur astronomers that she has met in India stargazing. If you would like to know more about her work with amateur astronomy or the museums recent purchase of her work click on the links below or watch the video. Enjoy.

‘Art & Economics 2’, with Claire Bishop, Noa Latham, Julie Martin, Barbara Steveni and Stephen Wright at Apexart on Feb 20th, 2010

This was a roundtable discussion for the end of the ‘Incidental Person’ exhibition curated by Antony Hudek at Apexart in February 2010.

It is probably one of the only documents of Barbara Steveni (Artist Placement Group) and Julie Martin (Experiments in Art and Technology) speaking about their commonalities and differences at the same event. This event includes the critic Claire Bishop who wrote about APG for her book ‘Artificial Hells”. If you would like to know more about this exhibition go to the link below.

Steve Fuller: “The promises and perils of interdisciplinary research: A long view”

Steve William Fuller (b. 1959) is an American philosopher-sociologist in the field of science and technology studies. This video (part 1 of 3 on You Tube) is a keynote lecture he gave at the Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers conference in January 2012. I particularly like his discussion of “internal” and “external” interdisciplinarity, and how those concepts are historically embedded into graduate studies at the university.