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Upcoming Events

Brazenly Brown Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures | February 19, 2015 - April 24, 2015  + -

This semester, the Creative Arts Council launches Brazenly Brown, series of Alumni Master Classes and Public Lectures in the Arts. Up to 10 intensive weekend alumni masters visits will take place throughout the Spring and Fall of 2015.  Visits will include a public talk, followed by a reception at which individuals from Brown and the larger community will have the opportunity to engage with the visitor in one-to-one conversation.  Alumni masters will also engage in a day-long master’s class in which the visitor will work directly with selected students on new and developing projects within the master’s field, giving students close contact with the ideas and approaches of the practitioner.  Finally, each visit will conclude with an intensive critique, bringing the same students back together with the master for feedback on work they've been engaged with in their own practices. 

February 19
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Ben Lerner ’01 MFA’03
Lerner is a poet, essayist, novelist, and critic, who has authored three books of poetry and two novels.  He has been a Fulbright Scholar, a finalist for the National Book Award, a Howard Foundation Fellow, and a Guggenheim Fellow.

March 13
3pm, Smith Buonanno Hall, Room 106
Christine Vachon ‘83*
Vachon is an Emmy-nominated film producer. Her credits include Still Alice, Kill Your Darlings, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, and I Shot Andy Warhol.
*Presented in conjunction with Women’s History Month

April 9
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Daniel Alexander Jones AM’93
Jones is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, whose theatre pieces include Phoenix Fabrik, Bel Canto, Earthbirths, and Cab and Lena. He has received support from The Rockefeller Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and TCG, among others. 

April 24
6pm, Granoff Center, Martinos Auditorium
Coco Fusco ‘82
Fusco is an interdisciplinary artist and writer who has performed, lectured, exhibited, and curated around the world. Her works have been shown worldwide at venues including the Tate Liverpool, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, and Barcelona’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Please check for a more detailed schedule of Brazenly Brown events. Sponsored by the CAC, Brown University 250th Anniversary and the Office of the President

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:

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.

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').


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. 



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.