From High Country News – an Article about the REU – Research Experiences for Undergraduates – program at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and Long Term Ecological Research site. Apply for the 2013 summer’s internship! High Country News Article
Andrea Polli, Associate Professor of Art & Ecology, is the Artistic Director for ISEA2012 (International Symposium of Electronic Arts): Machine Wilderness
Re-envisioning Art, Technology and Nature
“Our species will survive neither by totally rejecting nor unconditionally embracing technology – but by humanizing it.”
-video collective Raindance, Radical Software
ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology and nature. The ISEA symposium is held every year in a different location around the world, and has a 30-year history of significant acclaim. Albuquerque is the first host city in the U.S. in six years.
CO-EVOLUTION: Art + Biology in the Museum
ARTS 429/529 // BIO 402/502 // UHON 402
UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO – ALBUQUERQUE
Szu-Han Ho, Assistant Professor of Art & Ecology (UNM Dept of Art and Art History)
Joseph Cook, Director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, Professor of Biology (UNM Dept of Biology)
with Visiting Artists: Brandon Ballengée, Suzanne Anker, and Brian Conley
As collaboration and communication between fields becomes increasingly prevalent within scientific research as well as artistic practice, there is a greater need for interdisciplinary exchange between biologists, artists, historians, and other researchers to share resources and methods for building collective knowledge. This form of collaboration can help researchers to see the intersections between cultural history and natural history, to pose new questions, and to foster a more expansive approach to answering these questions in a way that connects their diverse histories. This course aims to bridge the gap between traditionally segregated disciplines, in order to develop the creativity, generative thinking, and rigorous inquiry required of future leaders in research and practice.
“CO-EVOLUTION: Art + Biology in the Museum” consists of a 1-hour seminar each week and a series of three 2-day intensive workshops, to take place throughout the semester. Joseph Cook (UNM-Biology) and Szu-Han Ho (UNM-Art & Ecology) will co-teach the course, along with a diverse set of guest lecturers that include biologists, artists, musicians, designers, and programmers. This course is intended for UNM Honors students and advanced undergraduate or graduate students in Art Studio or Biology; instructor permission is required to enroll.
During the weekly seminar (Tues 12-12:50pm), we will hear from a variety of perspectives in both the arts and sciences on the relationship of form to place, centering on the theme of “Morphology and Geographic Variation.” We will address such questions such as: How has geography affected the ecology and evolution of species? How can we understand the relationship of animal appearance and behavior within an environmental gradient? Why do some bird species sing in local ‘dialects’ and what are the parallels between human and non-human communication? How have artists engaged with and intervened in natural systems through a place-baced understanding?
The workshops, which will take place during three weekends throughout the semester (Fri-Sat; 10am-4pm), will be led by invited artists who are renowned in their field and working at the intersection of science and contemporary art. Students will have the opportunity to work with the Visiting Artists through hands-on workshops to explore various themes in relation to the collections at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, one of the foremost natural history collections in the country. The workshops will address one of three possible themes:
1) Brandon Ballengée: Cataloguing Wonder — recapturing the sense-experience in empiricism; collecting through the senses
2) Suzanne Anker: Fluid Taxonomy — on the dynamic, ever shifting practice of classification and its implications in culture
3) Brian Conley: Morphology and Evolution — investigating change in nature and culture through place and time
Students will develop a hands-on study or project that may result in one of the following: a public presentation or exhibition highlighting aspects of the collection; a web-based tool for activating data in a visual or aural format; a printed book or catalogue for dissemination; a curricular module for a hybrid lab/studio. The aim of these collaborative workshops is to create accessibility and dialogue around the valuable resources of a natural history collection within the scientific and cultural debate on habitat, genomics, climate change, and biodiversity.
A&E is pleased to announce a new first 8-week Fall 2012 course called Creating Change to be team-taught by 4 A&E instructors and focusing on field based work including travel at El Paso.
The Sevilleta LTER is seeking applicants for Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Application deadline is March 11, 2013. We are offering 2 Art REUs for the Summer of 2013.
2 undergraduate art students will join 10 undergraduate science REU’s at the Sevilleta LTER for an opportunity to create art pieces in an ecological setting. This interdisciplinary REU Site Program at the Sevilleta LTER in central New Mexico will train undergraduate students. Students will be conducting independent projects under the guidance of UNM faculty in Art, Biology, Ecology, Earth and Planetary Sciences. The summer program includes a seminar series, a journal club, an annual symposium, professional development workshops, ethics training, and fieldtrips. Art students will create original art pieces and science students will conduct independent research at the Sevilleta, and present results at the annual research symposium. They will also attend a weekly group meeting, seminar and journal club, and interact with visiting speakers. The program includes faculty in art, ecology, the geosciences, and meteorology. Working at the LTER site invites close interactions among students, faculty, and graduate students. Students will have numerous opportunities to share ideas and explore issues within and across disciplines. A goal is to increase the number of students, particularly underrepresented minorities, pursuing careers in bio-geosciences. The program will provide exposure to a large, multidisciplinary research program, inspire students to continue into professional careers, and prepare students for the rigors of graduate school, professional research, and responsible citizenship. The program exemplifies the integration of research and education.
The summer REU Art experience will include one directed study with Art & Ecology faculty creating a piece at the Sevilleta. You will have the option to receive art studio credit by signing up for a directed study and an independent study for a total of three to six credits. We are looking for someone who is interested in creating community piece(s) with other BIO REU Science students as well as independent piece(s).
Lodging and laboratory space for REU students will be provided by the University of New Mexico Sevilleta Field Station at NO COST. In addition, candidates chosen will receive a stipend of $5000 during the 11-week summer program (May 27- August 12, 2012). We will also refund travel costs to and from the UNM Sevilleta Field Station up to $500 (1 round trip).
You must be an art major in good standing with the department. You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Submit the following materials:
è 500 word essay sharing your interest in spending the summer with ecological research students at the Sevilleta
è 10 slides of your work highlighting work with an ecological focus
è A list of course work you have done in the ecological/ or art and ecology field (This can include lower division biology, landscape architecture, sustainable studies as well as specifically art and ecology or land arts courses.)
Contact: Amaris Swann firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the ART REU.
Information about the Sevilleta LTER can be found at: http://sev.lternet.edu/REU
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