Envisioning the Future
One million pages of Japanese comics. One million images from the social network deviantArt. Thousands of hours of TV programs and online video. Visual datasets like these were once thought “too big to handle.” And while computers have changed the landscape of humanities research, most e-tools still focus on manuscripts and other textual records. Now, thanks to support from a $477,000 Mellon Foundation grant, a team led by Lev Manovich of the Department of Visual Arts is developing software that will enable widespread exploration of large image and video collections.
Sheldon Brown of Visual Arts will serve as the director of the newly established and interdisciplinary Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. Says Brown: “As we harness more and more technology, we must also nurture our human resources – including our unique gifts of imagination to create, innovate and sustain constructive advances. By making human imagination itself the subject of study, we can develop ways to make more effective use of it.”
Past as Prologue: CRCA’s 40 Years
CRCA, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, has been an incubator for myriad experiments at the intersection of culture and computer science research. The center celebrated its four decades at UC San Diego with a daylong series of demonstrations, lectures and performances – with participants indicating that, even though the center is disbanding, the work will go on.
Sony Digital Media Academy
UC San Diego’s Division of Arts and Humanities is one of nine partners nationwide to work with Sony Electronics on fostering such new applications of digital media technologies as 3D cinema and augmented reality.
Scholarship Connects Star and Budding Student Actor
Theatre and Dance major Brian Bose was thrilled to learn he’d received the James Avery Scholarship to support his studies. Acclaimed actor and poet James Avery, ’76, who graduated with a degree in drama and literature from UC San Diego, was once a scholarship recipient himself.
A small blue cottage sits seven stories up on Jacobs Hall. Plants are growing in its garden. And on June 7, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., the public can see “Fallen Star” up close for the first time and meet Do Ho Suh, the artist behind the 18th sculpture in UC San Diego’s Stuart Collection.
Views and Voices
Pulitzer-winning poet Rae Armantrout reacts to the financial crisis in verse on PBS Newshour.
Naomi Oreskes of History writes in the Los Angeles Times that open-mindedness is wrong when it comes to climate change.
And on CNN.com, Stephen Cox of Literature considers why the Titanic still fascinates.
Music to Our Ears
Soprano Susan Narucki has won support from the MAP Fund for “Cuatro Corridos,” a music-theatre work that looks at human trafficking across the U.S.-Mexican border. Look for initial performances at UC San Diego’s Conrad Prebys Music Center in May 2013.
Composer Philippe Manoury has been named Composer of the Year in the French equivalent of the Grammys.
In September, the "Imagining Cambodia" conference at Northern Illinois University honors Grawemeyer Award-winning composer Chinary Ung. If you can’t wait or can’t make it, you can read a review of the latest releases in his “Spiral” series.
Pulitzer winner Roger Reynolds, meanwhile, is organizing a John Cage Centennial Festival in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4 through 10.
‘Post-Punk’ Poet Wins Gugg
Writer-performer Eileen Myles of Literature was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for 2012 to complete a book in progress called Afterglow.
More Faculty Kudos
Saba Bazargan of Philosophy, Nancy Kwak of History, and Katharina Rosenberger of Music have been selected as 2012-13 Hellman Fellows. Steve Schick of Music has won a Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Award. Sara Johnson of Literature and Emily Roxworthy of Theatre and Dance received the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Awards. And Lisa Lampert-Weissig has been appointed Katzin Endowed Chair of Jewish Civilization.
In case you missed it: “The Verve: How We Became Modern” by Arts and Humanities Dean Seth Lerer, explaining the path to the current conception of self, is now available as a UCSD-TV video. Lerer also spoke about “Harry Potter’s World,” a traveling exhibit on view at Geisel Library through June 16.
Literature and Linguistics have launched Alchemy, a journal of translation. Edited and published by UC San Diego students, the journal aims to encourage a new generation of translators and seeks submissions from students throughout the U.S. and beyond.
At the University Art Gallery through June 29: “Heterotopia,” an exhibition featuring the work of this year’s graduating Visual Arts MFA students, who also recently participated in the annual Open Studios.
The Department of Music concert season winds down in June with chamber, voice, wind, jazz and computer music performances, as well as season finales from both the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus and Camera Lucida.
The Department of Theatre and Dance closes out the academic year with The Underground
New Play Festival, through June 9, celebrating the artistic achievements of undergraduates, and New Directions, June 6 through 9, showcasing UC San Diego dance and dance theatre.