Interactive art demo utilizing plant feedback created by M.F.A. student Leslie Rollins

Leslie Rollins, an M.F.A. student at Alfred in the Expanded Media program at Alfred, visited Art History 300: Critical Play during a class on interactive art to demo his plant feedback system. Rollins uses biofeedback technology to plug a plant into an audio synthesizer. As electromagnetic vibrations from sounds and air stimulate the plant, it communicates with the synthesizer to create sound. In this first video, Julia Lauer enters into a dialogue with the plant by speaking Russian. In the second video, Sage Gonzales dons a biofeedback headset and communicates with the plant using brainwaves.

Expanded Cinema Course Research and Reenactments

Students in ARTH 493/593 reenacted Expanded Cinema performances from the 1960s and 1970s as a form of embodied research. Via these reenactment students were able to investigate and document the processes and materials artists used to create the original artworks that are not revealed in photo and video documentation from the era. Videos and stills credits: 1. Reenactment Video 1 - Ernst Schmidt’s Hells Angels (1968), reenacted by Erin Hoffman 2. Reenactment Video 2 - Valie Export’s auf + ab + an + zu [up + down + on + off] (1968), reenacted by Leslie Rollins 3. Reenactment Video 3 - Tony Hill’s Point Source (1973), reenacted by Qinxuan Zhang


An exhibition of ancient and medieval art is currently on display at Scholes Library: “Loose Change - 2000-year old Portraits and Logos” (Ancient Roman Coinage) and “Marginal Book Art - Before Paper, Before the Printing Press, and Before the Computer” (Detached Medieval Manuscript Folios). The exhibition was curated by Emeritus/Visiting Professor Donald Royce-Roll, from work in his private collection, for students his Greek/Roman and Medieval classes. The coins and manuscripts are being displayed without labels, which becomes the basis for student term papers. Their goal is to furnish provenance, and create museum labels for the exhibited work. Students will provide evidence, both visual a

Human Flow, Globalization, and Artists’ Interventions

On February 20th, 2019, the Art History Division and the Global Studies program sponsored the panel discussion "Human Flow, Globalization, and Artists’ Interventions" in Holmes Auditorium. Participants considered themes of Ai Weiwei's film Human Flow and current issues contemporary artists address related to the refugee crisis and globalization. The panelists were Andrew Kless, Visiting Lecturer of History; Monir Madkour, MFA Candidate, Sculpture/Dimensional Studies; Laura McGough, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History; Andrés Monzón, MFA Candidate, Ceramic Art; and Jeff Sluyter-Beltrao, Associate Professor of Political Science. Meghen Jones, Assistant Professor of Art History and Dir

Art History Club Moderates Q&A with Celebrated Contemporary Ceramics Critic, Gallerist, and Auth

On Wednesday February 27th in Scholes Library, the Art History Club led a two-hour question and answer session with Garth Clark following his lecture, “A Necessary Irritant.” BS in Art History and Theory candidate Gregory Lastrapes moderated queries posed by audience members to Clark on the ceramic art/craft/design market and related issues concerning contemporary ceramics. The Ceramics Division, Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, and the Division of Art History sponsored Clark’s visit to Alfred.

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