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New Work Unveiled: Refraction by Francesca Capone | January 20, 2014 - June 10, 2014  + -

Each year, the Granoff hosts a mural competition to fill the main entryway. This year, Francesca Capone’s design was chosen from among many promising submissions. Francesca is an artist, poet, and currently a Literary Art MFA candidates in Cross Disciplinary Writing at Brown.


In celebration of Brown's 250th anniversary, Francesca chose to highlight the Literary Arts Department. She would specifically like to honor Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, whose creative and academic presence has been immeasurably important within the university and at large.  Francesca conceived of this mural by choosing a particular poem by the Waldrops and treating it as a paintbrush. Using digital media, she repeated the poem 250 times across, in a single stroke-like gesture.  She selected the poem Light Travels, a piece that Rosmarie and Keith wrote in collaboration.


View the mural now through the end of the semester in the main entryway at the Granoff.



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.

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

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.


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