September 26, 2007

'Aesthesia' exhibit, symposium open Friday

by Christi Mathis


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CARBONDALE, Ill. – "You will need to experience it to comprehend," Shai Yeshayahu, assistant professor in architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, said in describing a multi-disciplinary exhibit and symposium coming to the campus Friday, Sept. 28.

"Aesthesia" – the ability to feel and perceive – is an unprecedented platform presenting the world around us, its invisible, physical and ordinary processes taking place in routine, ordinary life, Yeshayahu said. He said the exhibit acknowledges one's ability to sense through elements like data, time and memory and it is intended to evoke a comprehensive experience for visitors. Featuring architecture, arts and media, information storage, data mining and performance, it's a body of work that mediates between the real and the virtual.

The multidisciplinary exhibit at the University Museum in Faner Hall kicks off with a symposium Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29. The works and discussions address the production of artifacts illustrated through videos, drawings and physical models. Works include Textile Hierarchies-Sleeping Beauty, N-dimension, ContactContact, Abrasion, In the Fold and Catch and Release, and more.

Yeshayahu is curator for the exhibit and he co-chairs, along with Maria del C Vera, assistant professor in the school of architecture, the symposium that accompanies the exhibit. Participating departments from SIUC include: the College of Applied Sciences and Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.

A reception from 8:15 to 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, officially opens the exhibit. The exhibit and symposium are free and open to the public.

The Aesthesia exhibit at the University Museum is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 28 until Oct. 26. The Aesthesia Symposium provides an overview of the exhibit and allows each presenter to examine his or her work and discuss its implications and how it relates to the theme of the show.

The schedule for the Aesthesia symposium includes:

Friday, Sept. 28

• 6:30-7 p.m.- Opening remarks in Brown Auditorium at the Parkinson Laboratory featuring Yeshayahu; Larry A. Hickman, director of the Center for Dewey Studies; Jack Kremers, head of the master's program in the School of Architecture; and Kevin Klinger of the Institute for Digital Fabrication.

• 7-8 p.m. - Keynote address by Douglas A. Cooper, "Local Aesthesia."

• 8:15-9:15 p.m.- Reception at University Museum.

Saturday, Sept. 29

ª 9-10 a.m.- Keynote address by Anthony Steinbock, "Earth Bodies, Kinesthesia and Terrains."

• 10 a.m.-noon - Session I: Decoding Data, chaired by del C Vera, featuring Aaron Sprecher with "n-coding realities," Jenny E. Sabin with "Code & Context," Minus Architecture Studio with "Catch and Release" and Philip Beesley with "Orpheus filter."

• Noon-1 p.m.- Session II: New Tendencies, chaired by Alexandra Areia, featuring Colleen Ludwig with "ContactContact," Manca Ahlin with "Parallel Realities" and Charles Hinshaw with "Attack of the Robot Designer."

• 2-3:40 p.m.- Session III: Meaning in Sense, Memory and Media, chaired by David Burns, featuring Burns with "Sensing memories through architecture and media," Jay Needham with "Ars memoria: forgotten spaces and fond relations," Wago Krieder with "contemporary architecture and media arts" and Earn Neuman with "Digital Avantgares."

• 3:50-4:50 p.m.- Session IV: Movement, chaired by Aaron Sprecher, featuring Cynthia Pachikara with "Body-as-Screen," John Comazzi with "In the fold" and Francois Roche with "little girls' paranoia."

• 5-5:45 p.m.- Discussion with Kramer, Vera and Yeshayahu moderating.


Implant Matrix — The Aesthesia exhibit and symposium will feature the work of presenters including Philip Beesley, who created "Implant Matrix", an interactive geotextile. It reacts to humans almost as if they are an erotic prey, according to Beesley. It's composed of interlinking filtering "pores" within a lightweight structural system and its primitive interactive systems employ capacitance sensors, shape-memory alloy wire actuators and distributed microprocessors within the matrix fabricated by laser cutting direct from digital models, Beesley indicates.

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