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Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Techstyle Haus and the Solar Decathlon: Designing for the Future of Efficient Living | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27th, 10am - 4pm, Studio 1

Having just returned from the 2014 Solar Decathlon Europe in Versailles, France, students from team Techstyle Haus will showcase the culmination of a two-year collaboration between Brown, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Applied Sciences in Erfurt, Germany. The exhibition will catalogue the process of designing and constructing a radically innovative, net-zero, solar-powered home and the students' journey from the classroom to an international stage.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: From T-Square to Techstyle Haus: A Presentation and Panel Discussion on Design at Brown | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Martinos Auditorium

For a University without a ‘Design School', a great number of influential designers have come out of Brown - from Raymond Hood to the current generation of “design-thinking” entrepreneurs. Barrett Hazeltine, Professor of Engineering Emeritus will offer welcoming remarks, followed by a presentation from student team leaders from the Brown/RISD Techstyle Haus Solar Decathlon Team followed by a panel discussion about the past, present and future of Design at Brown with alumni architects, designers, academics and entrepreneurs, and current Brown faculty members who are furthering the cause of the design discipline at Brown. Participants will include Gareth Rose '16 and Isabelle Lubin '16 (Solar Decathlon); Steve Glenn '87, CEO, LivingHomes; Susan Yelavich '72, Associate Professor of Art and Design Studies and Director, MA Design Studies, School of Art and Design History and Theory; Parsons The New School for Design. The discussion will be moderated by Barbara Laskey Weinreich '80; Principal, MNA, LLC.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: Research Matters! A Graduate School Symposium | September 27, 2014  + -

Saturday, September 27, 2014 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Martinos Auditorium 

The Graduate School is hosting "Research Matters! Celebrating New Ideas and Discoveries" as part of the 250th Anniversary Fall Celebration. Celebrating 125 years of graduate study at Brown, this symposium with feature short talks by graduate students and alumni on “why my research matters.” 


With short compelling talks aimed at a general audience, "Research Matters!" will showcase exceptional graduate student scholarship taking place at Brown. Students, faculty, alumni, staff, and community members are invited to attend.

Sonic.focus.3.5 - Electronic Multimedia Discussion and Performances | September 22, 2014 - September 23, 2014  + -

Following last week’s sonic.focus.3 conference, we are happy to welcome renowned German electronic musician Atom™ (Uwe Schmidt) to Brown for a conversation and performance. On Monday, September 22, he will discuss his recent work, including his album “HD” (Raster-Noton, 2013) and the unique live performances, entitled “HD/AV,” that draw from it, as well as his “Winterreise” album (Raster-Noton, 2011) and the photo series of the same name in a conversation with Tony Cokes and Andrew Lison. The following evening, he will perform a version of “HD/AV” alongside students and alumni from Brown’s MEME department presenting their own works.


Bio: Atom™ (also known as Atom Heart and often confused with Señor Coconut, real name Uwe Schmidt) is a German composer, musician and record producer of electronic music. He is often regarded as the father of electrolatino, electrogospel and aciton (acid-reggaeton) music. (Full bio here: )


sonic.focus.3.5 is sponsored by the Department of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University. Funding was generously provided by the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Research in Culture and Media Studies; Creative Arts Council - Arts Initiative Funds; MEME Electronic Music Department; the Visual Art Department, and Prof. John Cayley, Literary Arts Dept., Brown University. The organizers would also like to gratefully acknowledge crucial assistance from ON! Agency, Berlin / Krakow, Artists Space, New York, NY, and The David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University. Last, but very far from least we wish to thank Liza Hebert, Ruth Clark, Gregory Picard, Asha Tamirisa, Bianca Eleisse Eyales, and Susan McNeil for their essential contributions.

Perils, Pitfalls and Joys: Visual Art and the Communication of Complex Data | September 18, 2014 - November 20, 2014  + -

A lecture series featuring Dr. Peter Snyder (Professor of Neurology, Alpert Medical School), Dr James Head (Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences), and artist/illustrator David Macaulay (How Things Work).  All lectures will begin at 6pm in the Martinos Auditorium, and will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Snyder, Head, Macaulay, and other members of the Brown community.

September 18, 6pm 
presented by Dr. Peter Snyder 
The inherent risks of communication complex scientific information through visual means that are also unquestionably artistic.  The blur of roles between scientist and artist and the risks of crossing these boundaries.

October 28, 6pm 
  presented by Dr. James Head
The difficulty of communicating intensely complex information in meaningful ways, and the role of scientist as storyteller.  The responsibility of science to translate new knowledge in ways that are both informative and also engaging to the educated lay public. 

November 20, 6pm  
JOYS presented by David Macaulay
The artist as partner with scientists and engineers to convey intricate and difficult systems and ideas.  Synergy between art and science.  Sources of inspiration for artists and scientists alike, and the explosion of knowledge and invention in our lifetime.

Brown 250th Fall Celebrations: The Way to Strategy Exhibition | September 15, 2014 - October 7, 2014  + -

The Way to Strategy: Cuban artists Alexander Beatón and Pedro Gutiérrez will develop new works for their ongoing multimedia project, "The Way to Strategy." The project is a conceptual exploration of the relationship between the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and the Cuban community of Caimanera, situated at the border of the base but prohibited, by the lack of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, from any form of contact with it. This will be its first showing outside Cuba.


Granoff Center Lower Lobby

Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User] | August 30, 2014 - October 12, 2014  + -

The David Winton Bell Gallery is pleased to announce Audible Spaces: Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdlian, and [The User], an exhibition of contemporary sound art, on view at the Bell Gallery, August 30 to October 12, and the Cohen Gallery at the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for Creative Arts, August 23 to October 12, 2014. Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening. Tristan Perich, Zarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Please join us for an artist conversation moderated by Ed Osborn, sound artist and Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Brown University, and a cocktail reception. 
Artist Talks September 5, 2014, 5:30-6:30pm. List Auditorium
ReceptionSeptember 5, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm. 
List Lobby and Cohen Gallery All are welcome. 


Audible Spaces presents three sound installations that encourage participants to explore the subtleties of listening.Tristan PerichZarouhie Abdalian, and [The User] have each created immersive environments using seemingly uniform sounds that dissolve into tonal, tactile, and temporal variations as participants engage with them. Perich'sMicrotonal Wall (2011), on view in the Cohen Gallery at the Granoff Center, demonstrates the extraordinary complexity that can be generated using the most basic electronic tools. Drone like from a distance, this twenty-five foot long sound field of 1-bit noise dissolves into 1500 unique frequencies. Abdalian's In Unison (2014) draws attention to each individual's singularly embodied experience of listening. Parametric speakers embedded in the Bell Gallery's ceiling project sonic avenues of equal frequencies that disrupt binaural hearing as they reverberate throughout. [The User]'s Coincidence Engine One: Universal People's Republic Time (2008) makes the entropy of time audible. This amphitheater-like space filled with more than one thousand ticking clocks provokes questions about homogeny, loss, and the spaces of public address. Unified by a shared economy of means, all three projects prompt participants to consider the dynamic relationship between sound, space, and personal subjectivity, while addressing a distinct set of historical, social, and sonic concerns.


Sound artist and theorist Brandon Labelle argues that "sound is intrinsically and unignorably relational: it emanates, propagates, communicates, vibrates, and agitates; it leaves a body and enters others; it binds and unhinges, harmonizes and traumatizes; it sends the body moving, the mind dreaming, the air oscillating."[1] This notion has permeated sound art since its inception and has driven artists to continually explore both the formal properties of singular sounds and the conditional nature of listening. In the 1960s, minimalist musicians in particular took up this cause. They developed radically simplified compositional structures to experiment with the spatial and temporal apperception of sound, in the hopes of expanding the horizons of aesthetic experience. Drawing on the critical strategies of minimalism, the artists in Audible Spaces use monotony, seriality and repetition-both visually and sonically-as they consider both what and how we hear.


Modern Culture and Media Department Commencement Ceremony | May 25, 2014  + -

Modern Culture and Media Department Commencement Ceremony 

Sunday, May 25th @ 2pm

Martinos Auditorium



The commencement diploma ceremony for the Modern Culture and Media Department at Brown.  Modern Culture and Media is committed to the study of media in the context of the broader examination of modern cultural and social formations.  MCM combines the analysis of diverse texts — visual and verbal, literary and historical, theoretical and popular, imaginative and archival — with the study of contemporary theories of representation and cultural production and creative practice in a range of media.

Commencement Forum: Berklee College of Music, From the Music Teaching Studio to the College Boardroom | May 24, 2014  + -

Commencement Forum: Berklee College of Music, From the Music Teaching Studio to the College Boardroom

Saturday, May 24th @ 9am

Martinos Auditorium 


Lee Eliot Berk '64, president emeritus of Berklee College of Music with Joseph Butch Rovan, professor of Music and chairman of the music department, Brown University


Unique among the family of music colleges, Berklee almost uniquely has principally used the music of our time and focused on the development of sustainable skills for the contemporary music industry. The Berk family brought both strengths and limitations to the founding of one of the world's leading colleges of music, emerging as it did from a private teaching studio to a complex international organization. Its history demonstrates the power of consistent mission and purpose to achieve dramatic results. 

Commencement Forum with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment | May 24, 2014  + -

Commencement Forum with Tracee Ellis Ross '94: Creative Opportunities for Women of Color in Entertainment

Saturday, May 24th @ 11am

Martinos Auditorium 


Tracee Ellis Ross '94, actress, performance artist, and motivational speaker Professor Tricia Rose '93, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) at Brown University


In this conversation, Tracee Ellis Ross '94 will share stories about her years on the hit TV series "Girlfriends" and discuss what she is up to now. Find out how her own vision and talents shape her career and how she responds to images and expectations of women of color in entertainment.

Dance Master Class | May 24, 2014  + -

Dance Master Class

Saturday, May 24th @ 4pm

Studio 2


Join fellow alumni, students, and guests who share your love for dance. The class will be led by Julie Adams Strandberg, founding director of Brown’s dance program, along with former faculty and alumni.   The class is free of charge, but contributions are welcome and will go toward The Fund for Dance @ Brown -  established in 2012 to honor Julie's 70th birthday - which supports a variety of dance-related programs, initiatives, activities, and resources for students and faculty.

The Joslin Awards | May 23, 2014  + -

The Joslin Awards

Friday, May 23rd @ 3pm

Martinos Auditorium 


The Joslin Awards recognize a small group of seniors who have contributed in a very significant way to the quality of student life at Brown. Award winners generally demonstrate a wide breadth of involvement during their campus years as well as substantial depth in one or more areas. Through their leadership and involvement they have not only enhanced their own liberal education, they have also provided services, programs and other opportunities for involvement to their peers, thus enhancing the learning environment for all students.

Dispersion, an Installation by Daniel Clayman Opening Reception | May 22, 2014  + -

Dispersion, an Installation by Daniel Clayman

Friday, May 16th - Friday, June 27th, 2014

Cohen Gallery


Light passing through any transparent material is assigned an Abbe Value, a mathematical number expressing how much light is dispersed upon passing through a material with a particular refractive index. Working with the Abbe Value and the ensuing quality of light, Dispersion becomes three things at once: a lens projecting and bending light, a filter changing the color and pattern and an object that redefines the space through its towering presence. As the light shines through the antique glass a stage set is born.


Dappled light, projected by the object, becomes a device to capture a moment, in particular, summer sun filtering through trees.


Opening Reception: Thursday, May 22, 5-7pm

The Many Faces of Toussaint L' Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution | May 22, 2014  + -

The Many Faces of Toussaint L' Ouverture and the Haitian Revolution

Thursday, May 22nd @ 6pm

Lower Lobby


The Haitian Revolution was an event of world significance which challenged the then dominant system of racial slavery. This exhibition by one of Haiti's leading artists, Edouard Duval-Carrié, will pay attention to the many different ways in which the leader of the Revolution, Toussaint L'Ouverture, was portrayed. Exhibition opening reception, Thursday May 22nd at 5:30 PM, all are welcome.

OPENSIGNAL Presents Spring 2014 Experimental Electronic Music Series Two-Day Festival | May 16, 2014 - May 17, 2014  + -

OPENSIGNAL Presents Spring 2014 Experimental Electronic Music Series


PROVIDENCE RI [Brown University] — opensignal, an artist collective formed through the Brown University Music Department’s MEME [Multimedia + Electronic Music Experiments] program is organizing an exciting colloquium and concert series surrounding issues of gender and race in electronic music.

The culminating event will be a two-day festival on Friday and Saturday, May 16th and 17th at the Granoff Center. Friday will feature headliner Blectum from Blechdom (duo of Kristin Erickson and Bevin Kelley) as well as numerous local acts. On Saturday, there will be talks, roundtable discussions, art installations, and daytime concerts featuring Brown students, alums and local artists. Saturday evening’s concert will feature headliner Maria Chavez. There will be records and other merchandise for sale throughout the festival, including opensignal’s first compilation.

 About opensignal

opensignal is a collective of artists based in Providence RI concerned with the state of gender and race in experimental electronic music and art practices. opensignal operates with generous funding and support from the Brown University Department of Music and MEME program, the Brown University Creative Arts Council Arts Initiative Grant, the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning’s new Mentorship Initiative, and the Pembroke Center’s Steinhaus/Zisson Research Grant.

 About MEME

MEME (Multimedia & Electronic Music Experiments) is an interdisciplinary program within the Brown University Music Department that focuses on the creative use of emerging technology for real-time interactive performance and installation. MEME@brown is known for art and research that traverse the boundaries between computer music, installation, video, theater and dance. As part of the larger Brown and RISD digital media community, MEME@brown provides expertise and promotes research in real-time electronic music, instrument design, interactive video, motion tracking and other hardware/software. MEME@brown resources include its faculty and staff, undergraduate and graduate course offerings, and fully-equipped state-of-the-art studios, labs and performance venues. MEME@brown promotes collaborative research and creative projects among composers, computer scientists, writers, visual artists, choreographers and others. Local, national and international artists are featured regularly at MEME concerts, symposia, and workshops.


For updated information, you can visit or email


The Unraveling Ball Book | May 8, 2014  + -

Kelly Puig will present her thesis projct The Unraveling Ball Book at the McCormack Family Theater on May 8th at 7pm.  


Kelly's project, an unraveling story that consists of 50 yards of continuous cotton ribbo that has been wound into a ball, follows the narrative of the preoccupations of a modern-day Ariadne.  In Greek mythology, Ariadne was the daughter of Minos, King of Crete, best known as Mistress of the Labrynth who, with her ball of living thread, saved Theseus from the dreaded Minotaur.  At once an unfurling of the cosmos and one woman's consciousness, the text of the project is likewise an ode to the imagination's ever-unfolding terrain as well as an enactment of the writing process itself.

Funded in part by the Creative Arts Council

May 8th, 7pm, McCormack Family Theater



A Photo-Lab at Brown University 

Lower Lobby, Granoff Center (154 Angell St) 

On view 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM, April 21-25, 2014

**Open Forum with Curators: 3:00 - 6:00 PM, Friday, April 25, 2014** 

Studio 1, Granoff Center

Reception to follow

Curated by Ariella Azoulay, Wendy Ewald, and Susan Meiselas 

In collaboration with Nathan Lee, Drew Ludwig, Nupur Mathur, Rijuta Mehta, Francisco Monar, Tyler Theus, graduate students at Modern Culture and Media, (Brown University) and RISD Photo (Rhode Island School of Design).

This photo laboratory seeks to reconstruct the material, practical and political conditions of collaboration through photography and of photography through collaboration. 

The first installation of this photo-lab was held at the Aperture Gallery in New York in December 2013. Re-engaging with the history of photography through this second installation at the Granoff Center, we seek ways to foreground – and create – the tension between the collaborative process and the photographic product by reconstructing the participation of others, usually the more “silent” participants. We try to do this through the presentation of a large repertoire of types of collaborations, those which take place at the moment when a photograph is taken, or others that are understood as collaboration only later, when a photograph is reproduced and disseminated, juxtaposed to another, read by others, investigated, explored, preserved, and accumulated in an archive to create a new database.

Everett's FREEDOM PROJECT | April 19, 2014  + -


April 19th, Studio 1 at 4pm

PearlDamour (Feb. 21 and April 15) and Everett (Feb. 22 and April 19)

Two companies in residence at Brown are embarking on projects tackling specific contemporary social issues. Both companies are constructing the pieces with students, community members, artists and scholars from multiple disciplines and perspectives, with the result being a process and performance in which there are new discoveries, but importantly, the artists develop new ways of communicating the discoveries to a broad audience. For PearlDamour's MILTON, their essential question is: in today’s changing world, is it possible to locate a definition for what it means to be an American? In what ways do people feel a personal connection to a shared American community? For Everett's FREEDOM PROJECT, they will look at racial and socio-economic disparities that influence the criminal justice system in Rhode Island. Both artistic companies are using a “Research to Performance” method in the creation of the pieces.Their aim is also pedagogical: making the evolution and process live and visible is intrinsic to the dialogue around the performances. For information on showings and exhibits go to:

Anthology 4 | April 16, 2014  + -


Desiree Bailey
Francesca Capone 
Andy Giannakakis
Ian Hatcher
Jazzmen Johnson
Ari Kalinowski
Maya Krinsky 
Lucia Monge 
Roque Montez
Kelly Puig
Asha Tamirisa

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014
at 7 P.M.
The Granoff Center 
Studio 1
154 Angell Street
Providence, RI 02906
RSVP on facebook here:

Hosted by The Creative Arts Council and The Department of Literary Arts

Margaret Wertheim - Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Bringing art and science together in the age of global warming | April 14, 2014  + -

Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Bringing art and science together in the age of global warming 

Martinos Auditorium, 4/14 at 5pm


Margaret Wertheim, Science Writer, Sculptor (April 14-18)

Margaret Wertheim's Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef is an art work and scientific research process that is continually in creation with thousands of women who fabricate parts of an ever-evolving yarn and plastic coral reef. At Brown, Wertheim will show how the exhibition and creation of the coral reef functions as research, a scholarly panel or conference. Though these clearly function in different ways, Wertheim's work and her discoveries have revealed a gravity, complexity, and specificity of concepts around hyperbolic space for the benefit of scientists, environmentalists, crocheters, and the public. Wertheim will present a talk Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Bringing art and science together in the age of global warming at Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center on April 14 at 5pm. She will also lead a series of workshops on her Coral Reef project and on her current interest in the pedagogical impacts of STEM to STEAM initiatives in k-12 education. For more information, and to register for workshops please go to: