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The Terms of Media II: Actions lecture and reception | October 8, 2015  + -

Thursday, Oct 8: The Terms of Media II: Actions lecture and reception
7:00 Martinos Auditorium
Keynote address with Wendy Chun, Marcell Mars, and Rick Prelinger. For full information about the event, and to register, visit the conference site here

Transatlantic Legacy: Full Circle screenings and panel | October 6, 2015 - October 9, 2015  + -

Tuesday, Oct 6 - Friday, Oct 9: Transatlantic Legacy: Full Circle screenings and panel
Martinos Auditorium, see event website for full details
The work of Tony Ramos as a pioneering performance and media artist is framed by his sojourns from Rhode Island to Cape Verde. It spans a forty year trajectory of recording, documenting, and creating a narrative that connects dots and points of space, time, history, ad memory. Full event details available here. Presented by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice. 

Lunchtime Talk with Michal Kobialka | October 2, 2015  + -

Friday, Oct 2: Lunchtime Talk with Michal Kobialka
12:00 Studio 1
Michal Kobialka will give a talk entitled Of Memory and History: Tadeusz Kantor's Theatre of Minima Morali as part of the commemorations of the centenary birthday of Taduesz Kantor (1915-1990). This event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served. 

Advanced Screening of Suffragette | October 1, 2015  + -

Thursday, Oct 1: Advanced Screening of Suffragette brought to you by BMP
7:00 Martinos
Screening brought to you by Brown Motion Pictures. More information and tickets available here

Screening of The Hunting Ground followed by a panel discussion | September 29, 2015  + -

Tuesday, Sept 29: Screening of The Hunting Ground followed by Panel Discussion
7:00 Martinos
This free screening is brought to you by Ivy Film Festival. Watch the trailer here. Tickets available on a first come, first served basis. 

Better World by Design Conference | September 26, 2015  + -

Saturday, Sept 26: Better World by Design Conference
Studios 1, 2, and 3
Better World by Design is a student-led initiative at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design that facilitates collaboration between designers, educators, innovators, and students in an annual three-day conference. More information and registration here.

Anthology | September 24, 2015  + -

Thursday, Sept 24: Anthology
7:00pm Studio 1
Anthology is an eclectic evening of readings, performances and visual work featuring the graduate students of Providence, RI and beyond, It's a platform for artists fro all disciplines to share their work and start new conversations and collaborations. More information here.

Uncanny Parables Opening Reception | September 24, 2015  + -

Thursday, Sept 24: Uncanny Parables Opening Reception
5:30-7:00pm Cohen Gallery
Works by Jerry Mischak, Kathleen O'Hara and Ben Sloat.
Uncanny Parables presents the work of three artists who investigate the tipping point, where one's everyday sense of security becomes threatened by the unfamiliar, or to Freud, "The Uncanny". More information here.

CineBrasil 2015 Film Festival | September 23, 2015 - September 26, 2015  + -

Wednesday Sept 23 - Saturday Sept 26: CineBrasil 2015 Film Festival
Martinos Auditorium
CineBrasil this year will include documentaries, shorts and feature length films of great artistic quality that are virtually unknown outside of Brazil. Brought to you by Watson Institute and co-sponsored by Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. More information and a complete schedule here.

Screening of The Intern | September 22, 2015  + -

Pre-release screening brought to you by Brown Motion Pictures
7:00 pm Martinos Auditorium
Starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. Watch the trailer here. Free tickets will be available through Eventbrite in next week's newsletter.

Brazenly Brown Lecture: The Future of the Past | September 17, 2015  + -

Roland Greene '79 and Marianne Hirsch '70 PhD '75
6:30 pm Martinos Auditorium
The lecture and reception will be followed the next day by a panel discussion: Brown and Beyond. Friday, September 18 at noon in Englander Studio. Co-Sponsored by the Brown 250th Committee project "Brazenly Brown" and the Department of Comparative Literature. More information can be found here.

Davis Guggenheim screening and panel: He Named Me Malala | September 15, 2015  + -

6:00 pm Martinos Auditorium
Screening of He Named Me Malala, a Fox Searchlight Pictures film. Followed by a conversation with the director, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim '86. Presented by Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. More information and tickets here


Latin Jazz and Pop Festival Concert | October 4, 2015  + -

Sunday, Oct 4: Latin Jazz and Pop Festival Concert
7:00 Martinos
Part of the inaugural Brown University Latin Jazz and Pop Festival, Descemer Bueno, The Pedrito Martinez Group, Leslie Cartaya, and the Brown University Jazz Band will perform at Granoff Center. For a full listing of festival events, visit the website here. For tickets to Sunday's performance, click here. Brought to you by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. 


Narrative and Immersion Final Installations | May 11, 2015  + -

The course Narrative and Immersion will host a series of final installations on: 

May 11th at 6pm

Throughout the Granoff Center

Narrative and Immersion is a production course examining the potentials for cinematic media installations. The course draws on techniques of narrative to establish engagement in immersive environments. Students will be introduced to cinematic concepts, interactive technologies, multi-channel video and surround sound environments.


May 9th at the Granoff Center: OPENSIGNAL will host the 2015 Spring Festival

opensignal is a collective of artists based in providence RI with a concern for gender and race in electronic music/art. stay tuned for more recordings, conversations, and performances!

For schedule and further information, please visit:

The Spring festival will feature: 

Ayako Kataoka is an artist originally from Tokyo, who works in sound and visual art, performance, and installation. Her recent projects focus on the realm of resonance, sound spatialisation and site ambiance; aesthetics and rituals in modern culture; and the semiotics of movement improvisation. Her work has been exhibited, performed, and screened nationally and internationally at venues such as; Electrogals Festival (PDX), High Zero and Transmodern Festival (Baltimore), Museruole: The Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art Bolzano ITALY (IT), San Francisco International Arts Festival (SF), The Stone (NYC), and Tokyo International Dance Video Festival (JP). Kataoka holds an MFA from Mills College, Oakland, CA and is a recipient of Frog Peak Music prize.

Monisola Gbadebo (b.1986) is a composer who works extensively with electronics, text, and spacialized rhythm. A recent MFA recipient from Mills college, she began her work as a composer of electroacoustic music at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. A composer-performer and spoken-word artist, her work often stretches genre and bridges media. Working within the psychic media of histories told and (re)imagined, as well as somatic memory, and experience, her music is influenced by West African musical idioms and aesthetic ideologies--hence the attention to rhythm, narrative, and an overall destabilized temporality. As she seeks to reveal the musicality of language and the poetry in sound, much of her work involves weaving text that is rich in metaphor and visually evocative into dense sonic environments. She works in the realms of fixed (tape) music and real-time performance. Her live performance utilizes an instrument she built with Max/MSP and incorporates real-time granular synthesis and convolution filtering with sampling and sequenced found sound. The laptop keyboard as her only interface as she explores structured improvisational frameworks on the instrument. Formerly based in the bay area, Monisola lives, works, and plays in the Pioneer Valley. 

Interdisciplinary artist and composer, Tamara Yadao, works with gaming/antiquated technology, conceptual methods of sound-making, movement, improvisation, spoken word and virtual instrument design. She has spoken about microsound, the “glitch” and failure in improvisation at Diapason Gallery and about Mashup culture, game sound and virtual instrument construction at MassArt, Museum of Arts & Design NYC, the New School, NYU Poly and TAGlab at Concordia University in Montréal. Her investigations of sculptural sound-making have informed the construction of virtual instruments in her game art duo with Chris Burke called foci + loci; awarded a 2013 NYSCA grant to develop their full scale game art performance installation ‘Bal(l)ade’. She is also the recipient of a 2014 commissioning grant by the Jerome Fund for New Music through the American Composers Forum. Among others, her work has been performed/exhibited at Babycastles, the Brooklyn Museum, Downtown Music Gallery, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, the Hackers on Planet Earth conference, Joe’s Pub, the Kitchen, free103.9’s NOISE! festival at the Ontological Theater, Secret Project Robot Gallery, the Stone, and Zebulon. She also writes structured music on a Game Boy DMG under the moniker Corset Lore and co-curates the word/music/sound performance series, TXT FST with WFMU dj Kurt Gottschalk. Upcoming performances for 2015 include Cluster: New Music + Integrated Arts Festival in Winnipeg and Press Start Festival at Centre Pompidou, Paris.

CAROLINE PARK is a composer, musician, and artist working within the minimum in experimental electronic music. Her 2015 digital release “less than human” was called “transportive … a hissing, humid approximation of summer and wet earth to surround” (the Wire) and “luminous and droning … best experienced in full body” (Disquiet). Caroline collaborates frequently with Asha Tamirisa in duo situations and also performs as 1/4 of the electro-improv quartet BUMPR (Peter Bussigel, Stephan Moore, Tim Rovinelli). Performances, both solo and collaborative, have occurred at venues including Machines With Magnets, AS220, Jordan Hall, Goethe-Institut Boston, the New Museum, and the Stone. Caroline is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a Providence-based artist collective focusing on the representation of gender and race within experimental electronic music. She received B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition at the New England Conservatory and is currently finishing the MEME Ph.D at Brown University. Caroline lives and works in Providence, RI.

Asha Tamirisa is often found working with some combination of sound, video, sculpture, and movement. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Technology in Music and Related Arts [ TIMARA ] and is currently a doctoral student in the Multimedia and Electronic Music Experiments [ MEME ] program at Brown University. She is also concurrently working towards an MA in Modern Culture and Media [ MCM ] at Brown. Current research interests include gender, race and technology, interfaces and tool-making, and audiovisual synthesis. She is a founding member of OPENSIGNAL, a group of artists concerned with gender and race in electronic arts practice. 



Systems for Play Final Performance | May 8, 2015  + -

The course Systems for Play will present a final performance on: 

May 8th at 8pm

Studio 1 (Studio 2 adn Studio 3)

Systems for Play, taught by Peter Bussigel, Granoff Center Artist-in-Residence, Music, explored complex patterns emerge while playing with simple processes. This course focuses on systems as creative constraints and sites for composing sound and other materials. Amplifying, multiplying, delaying, cutting, folding, growing and randomizing become lenses for animating our practices and playgrounds for exploring tendencies (our own, the materials', the systems').

Richard Fishman | Recent Work | April 30, 2015 - June 18, 2015  + -

 Please join us on April 30th at 5:30pm for an opening reception for  Richard Fishman | Recent Work, an exhibition featuring the work of Professor Richard Fishman as he celebrates 50 years at Brown University. Fishman is a Professor of Visual Art and Director of the Perry and Marty Granoff Center for the Creative Arts.


Fishman’s recent work is based on The Elm Tree Project, a long-term program seeking ways to use a felled elm tree for the creation of artworks and other responses inspired by the tree and its story.


In 2003, Brown's oldest elm tree contracted Dutch elm disease and had to be removed from its place in front of the Watson Institute for International Studies.   After consultation with colleagues in Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, and RISD’s Furniture Department, Fishman developed a program designed to use the elm tree conceptually, physically, and metaphorically as the basis to develop innovative cross-disciplinary courses and programs.  The tree became a means of drawing together a community of interested individuals who would respond in multi-dimensional ways: as an educational tool, as a means of learning about the local environment and its history, and as a vehicle for discussing the tree’s symbolic and pragmatic issues.


Richard Fishman | Recent Work examines an elm tree’s dismantlement, reassembly, and ultimate destruction through fire. Cross sections of the tree hang resurrected or are rejoined into full slabs. The works are ghosts and monuments, moments left lone or rejoined to their wholes, oscillating between death and rebirth.


Richard Fishman is a sculptor whose work is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Jewish Museum in New York, the Rose Art Museum, Brandies University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Over the course of his career he has had 27 one-person exhibitions, more than 50 group exhibitions, and is the recipient of many awards including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. 


Richard Fishman | Recent Work will be on exhibit in the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery from April 30 – June 18, 2015.  The Granoff Center is located at 154 Angell Street, Providence.  Gallery hours are: April 30 – May 24: M-F 8:30a – 10p, Sat 12-6p, Sun 12-8p; May 26 – June 18 M-F 8a-4p.

Time’s Up! Performance | April 30, 2015 - May 3, 2015  + -

The AntiGravity Theatre Project presents: Time’s Up 

April 30 – May 3, 2015
Granoff Center, Studio One

$7 adults; $5 students

All shows at 8PM

For ticket sales and more information: call (401) 863-2838, or visit the Box Office in the 
Leeds Theatre Lobby (83 Waterman St, Providence), Tuesday - Friday from 12pm - 
4pm, or email


The AntiGravity Theatre Project presents the latest iteration of the immersive, 
multimedia performance that is Time’s Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across 
the Fourth Dimension at Brown University Theatre. 

Across moments of time - from medieval France to present-day Harlem - and even in 
spaces outside of time, two souls keep brushing up against one another, intuitively 
sensing their past and future lives together. They alternately fight to remember the 
intimacy of their souls and yearn to forget in the hopes of skirting pain. Throughout, 
conflicting cosmological forces look on and sometimes assume physical bodies, with 
which they thread these two souls through discord and unity. What is revealed is a 
relationship existing outside of time and space, in a place without culture, gender or 

The two souls, Jason and Sienna, are “dropped” into three different historical settings 
and their idealized relationship must encounter the assumptions, limitations, and 
prejudices of each time and place. The piece weaves between a feudal village during 
the Cathar crusade in medieval France where religious dissenters are burned at the 
stake; a “whites only” diner in 1960s Selma during the chaos of police attacks on civil-
rights demonstrators; and a trendy soul food restaurant in contemporary Harlem where 
Sienna (the owner) is reluctant to hire Jason because he is white. Gradually Jason and 
Sienna’s ethereal bodies become unstuck in time and space, laying bare the arbitrary 
yet very real devices of racism, politics and religion. This true connection between their 
souls is manifested by transformational live video processing of the actors’ bodies, 
projected throughout the space. Time’s Up seeks to reconsider "otherness” and disrupt 
our habitual methods of perceiving one another that prevent us from connecting with 
each other in meaningful and productive ways.  

This piece is another installment in an ongoing collaboration between writer and director 
Kym Moore and media composer, Todd Winkler, of the Brown University Departments 
of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies (TAPS), and Multimedia & Electronic Music 
Experiments (MEME) respectively.

Time’s Up: Love, Friendship and Transformation Across the Fourth Dimension is 
presented by The AntiGravity Theatre Project with support from Brown University’s 
Creative Arts Council, the departments of Music, and Theatre Arts and Performance 
Studies, the MEME program, and the Sara and Robert A. Reichley Concert Fund.

Recording Studio as Compositional Tool Final Concert | April 30, 2015  + -

The Music Department course Recording Studio as Compositional Tool will present a final concernt on:

April 30th at 8pm

Martinos Auditorium

The concert will explore study of advanced studio techniques taught in parallel with topics in psychoacoustics. Students will create original studio work while developing listening and technical skills for audio production. Technical topics include recording, signal processing and mixing software, microphone technique, and live sound engineering.

SCAC Spring Arts Festival | April 25, 2015  + -

SCAC Spring Arts Festival

Saturday, April 25

Granoff Center


The Spring Arts Festival is the Student Creative Arts Council's Spring showcase of creative practice at Brown/RISD @ The Granoff Center, April 24-26.  The Student Creative Arts Council annually showcases student work from all disciplines in the spring arts festival. this weekend-long celebration has featured a variety of events over the past few years including art shows, music and multimedia performances, film screenings, poetry readings, dance, lectures, and more!  For more information, visit: