Artists taking part in the series include
"I want to see the arts more fully enfranchised in the humanities and I want to see the arts and humanities in full peer relationship with the sciences," Ehn said. "There's increasing pressure on the arts to provide data and to justify themselves in terms of outcome. Artistic data and outcome are real but they are different in shape from other forms of data. So the title is a prompt to reinvestigate vocabulary around how we measure and assess our work."
The Design for Performance theme grew out of Ehn's desire to see a broader playwright pedagogy brought to
Ehn said that the arts, humanities, and sciences all intersect when considering these ideas. "Ethics, math, biology -- all come into play when we set up stages built to quicken empathy and fuel the social construction of nuanced meaning."
The artists and performers who will take part in the series were chosen because their work touches on these concepts.
"They're cross-disciplinary, working in recognizable performance modes but also reaching into community-based activism with an appreciation for what we might call the hard sciences -- medicine and math in particular," Ehn said.
Several of the events taking place throughout the series will be held in partnership with "Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science, and Community," a series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars presented by FirstWorks and American Dance Legacy Initiative, in collaboration with Artists and Scientists as Partners,
Other events include a series of workshops followed by a talk on
Throughout the semester, artists from companies PearlDamour and Everett will present and discuss ongoing projects that tackle specific contemporary issues. Both companies are using a "Research to Performance" method in the creation of the pieces. Their aim is also pedagogical: Making the evolution and process live and visible is intrinsic to the dialogue around the performances. PearlDamour will present its work at an event on
This series is sponsored by the
More information about these events is available online at www.brown.edu/go/tapsdesigns2014.
Widening the Circle: Intersections of Art, Science and Community A series of master classes, lecture demonstrations, performances, and seminars, including "Artist-Up-Close: A Conversation with Mark Morris," moderated by
A scenic designer at CalArts, Scrofano will work with students and faculty during a four-day residency to demonstrate, using theatrical design, how live performance can reshape the ways audiences and performers perceive the civic space, by creating work in the community itself.
The science writer and sculptor will discuss "Reefs, Rubbish and Reason: Bringing art and science together in the age of global warming," describing how her "Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef" project is an example of STEAM in action.
An exhibition and reception on the interdisciplinary design projects taking place in TAPS this spring. Featured work includes models, film and documentation of the independent study with PearlDamour.
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