ArtSciLab Paper accepted for XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology

An ArtSciLab paper has been accepted for XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology
(July 13-19, 2014) to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

 

BRIDGING THE SILOS: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AS A TOOL FOR CROSSING
DISCIPLINES IN THE ARTS, SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Kathryn Evans* and Roger Malina**, University of Texas at Dallas,
School of Arts and Humanities, USA

*Senior Lecturer and Head, Vocal and Choral Music, UT Dallas
**Professor and Associate Director, Arts and Technology (ATEC), UT Dallas

ABSTRACT

Investigators in the 21st century are finding that there are often tools, information, resources and even points of view from other disciplines that can elucidate and even answer the problem they are studying. However, higher education becomes more restrictive as a student moves from general education courses, through their major courses as an undergraduate and finally into graduate school, where a single department awards their degree based on a usually narrow set of course requirements and a thesis or dissertation. Little is known about the kinds of cross-disciplinary courses that are currently being offered, the mechanisms that were employed to offer them or their pedagogical effectiveness. A first and necessary step is to research current cross-disciplinary offerings in higher education on an international basis in order to understand the modes of development of such curricula.

We present here a study that analyzes a compendium of arts-science-humanities cross-disciplinary courses that was created through several Calls for Contributions from 2009 to 2013. A web site was created and submissions were posted here . Permissions and updates were
received for over 100 courses, along with additional material. The data from the courses was analyzed as to the nature of the cross-disciplines, level of offering (graduate vs. undergraduate),
geographical location, level of collaboration (number of instructors), and the department(s) offering the course. A comprehensive re-visioning of curricular structure to encourage collaborative and cooperative teaching of integrative courses and programs is needed.
Suggested actions include specific ideas to enhance networking and visibility, asset mapping, sharing of syllabi and course materials, and a research effort to demonstrate the effectiveness of cross-disciplinary art-science-humanities courses.

This preliminary study points the way towards further efforts in curricular design and research that will be required for cross-disciplinary arts-science-humanities courses to be integrated into the college curriculum.

This project was initiated for a white paper for SEAD (the Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design) and developed in collaboration with the Leonardo Education and Art Forum (LEAF). This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No.1142510.

We are pleased to let you know that your paper “Bridging the Silos: Curriculum Development As a Tool for Crossing Disciplines in the Arts, Sciences and Humanities,” (37461) has been accepted for the Research Committees “Fostering Trans-Disciplinarity Amongst the Social and Natural Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design” (3573) at the XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology (July 13-19, 2014) to be held in Yokohama, Japan.

Dr. Maximilian Schich joins ArtSciLab

ArtSciLab collaborator Dr. Maximilian Schich has joined the University of Texas at Dallas as an associate professor for the Arts and Technology program. Schich is working to understand the complex system of cultural history through the convergence of art history, information visualization, physics, and computer science.

Through examining massive amounts of data, Schich searches for patterns not readily visible in culture. As a continuation of his post-doctoral project, he works of modeling and simulation of the intricate networks within the arts and humanities with Dr. Dirk Helbing, chair of sociology at ETH Zurich, and Albert-László Barabási, Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University in Boston. Schich received funding for this research as a DFG research fellow from the Special Innovation Fund of the President of Max-Planck-Society.

Schich’s background is entrenched in both art and science. Schich received his PhD in art history from Humboldt-University in Berlin and a masters in in art history, classical archaeology and psychology from Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich. Schich has over a decade of consulting experience with graph data and complex research projects.

Schich is an editorial advisor at Leonardo journal and is the organizing chair of the ongoing NetSci symposia series on arts, humanities and complex networks.

Source: UT Dallas News Center

Data Remix Presented at IEE VIZ Conference

DataRemix: Designing The Data made Through ArtScience Collaboration
download full paper here

Authors:
Ruth West, Roger Malina, John Lewis, Scot Gresham-Lancaster,Alejandro
Borsani, Brian Merlo, Lifan Wang

Abstract:
ArtScience is emerging as one approach for creating novel ways of seeing and new ways of knowing. We propose a role for ArtScience research and creative work in contributing to the necessary shifts to go beyond the current crisis of representation. We specifically describe DataRemix, a recombination and reappropreation practice intended to trigger novel subjective experiences and associations. The narratives framing data creation and representation circumscribe what we can see and know, and how we see and know. How do we see and know beyond what our instruments, algorithms, representational schemas and training guide us to see and know? How do we look for what we don’t know we’re looking for when we can only examine at most a tiny fraction of the available data? Our argument is grounded in and will be illustrated by experience with several ArtScience collaborations spanning genomics,astrophysics, new media, and holographic sound design.

R. West, R. Malina, J. Lewis, S. Gresham-Lancaster, A. Borsani, B.
Merlo, and L. Wang. Dataremix: Designing the datamade through
artscience collaboration. In Proceedings of the IEEE VIS Arts Program
(VISAP), Atlanta, Georgia, October 2013

Andrew Blanton Appointed as Art-Science Research Fellow in the ArtSciLab

Andrew Blanton has been appointed as the first Art-Science Research Fellow in the ArtSciLab in the ATEC and EMAC programs at UT Dallas.

Andrew Blanton is a sound and visual artist. He leads an active art installation and performance schedule and has performed in the past with the Colorado Symphony, So Percussion, The Brevard Music Center Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra. He received his BM in Music Performance from The University of Denver Masters in Fine Arts in New Media from the University of North Texas as a part of the multidisciplinary research cluster iArta. He previously worked for the Advanced Technologies Group at Time Warner Cable where he helped bring to market the TWCable app for apple and android devices, the Web Portal and his team’s work was featured by Glenn Brit at the 2011 Samsung CES Keynote. His current work focuses on cross-disciplinary emergence between art and technology, building sound environments through software development, while writing and performing music for those environments. His work can be seen at :

https://itunes.apple.com/app/standalonev1/id572353102 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/standalonev2/id656556702?mt=8 http://andrewblanton.com/portfolio

Andrew Blanton will be leading a research and art creation initiative on mesh networking for mobile devices and will be working in collaboration with the Sound Design Program at UTD led by Professor Frank Dufour, where he will join the faculty as Visiting Assistant Professor in January 2014.