Three original works of art commissioned for 2018 Arts and Technology Symposium

The Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology has commissioned three original works that will debut during “Intersections,” the Center’s 16th biennial symposium on arts and technology, from Feb. 15 to 17, 2018. 

The artists were selected for their unique abilities to incorporate the symposium theme, “Intersections” while combining at least one area of creative expression with a major technology component, including subject matter, medium, tool or environment. The selected teams are granted a week-long funded residency which includes presentations, classes, student involvement, campus interaction and performance or presentation of the completed work at the symposium.

“In this age of reduced funding for artists and researchers, the Ammerman Center is actively supporting creative and visionary new works, bringing them to Connecticut College and the New London community,” said Andrea Wollensak, professor of art and the Judith Ammerman ’60 Director of the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology.

The commissioned artists and their projects are:

Megan Young, Gregory King and Angela Davis Fegan “Nuclear Winter”

This interactive sculpture installation with live performance interventions will utilize digital surveillance to retaliate against any perceived “assault” on whiteness in the space. Together with hand-made brick structures and paper objects, the system will create a microcosm representing our current political climate.

Work will be presented in the art opening on Thursday, Feb. 15, from 5:30 - 7 p.m., in Cummings Arts Galleries.

Shalev Moran, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Milana Gitzin Adiram, “Speculative Tourism”

The Speculative Tourism group will work with local writers from various disciplines and backgrounds to develop and present at the symposium a collection of interactive guided audio walking tours through their own speculative future visions of New London, Connecticut.

Work will be shown at the Hygienic opening on Feb. 16, 4:30 - 9 p.m. at the Hygienic Art Gallery, 79 Bank Street, New London. The show runs from Feb. 16 - March 3, 2018. 

Aurie Hsu, Steven Kemper, “Why Should our Bodies End at the Skin?”

This live performance by a sensor-equipped belly dancer, with robotic percussion and live sound processing, will explore questions of fluidity between organism and machine. Of note: Kemper’s mother and grandmother graduated from Connecticut College in 1969 and 1936, respectively. He is eager to debut an original work at the College he knows so well.

This work will be presented in a multimedia concert in Evans Hall, Cummings Arts Galleries, on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m.

The Ammerman Center symposium, now in its 32nd year, brings together artists and researchers from a wide range of fields to engage, interact and share ideas as they present new works, research and performances in a variety of formats. The symposium reflects the evolution of technological, creative and social changes in the context of a liberal arts setting.

The multimedia presentations are free and open to the public. 


January 12, 2018