Idea Blog

Mutability and the Everyday

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Rebecca Bernard

I have lately taken to modeling small animals out of clay. They form a menagerie on my windowsill. I dream children’s stories. A family of ink who live in a pool in a printing press and one day the youngest son becomes a letter ‘e’ on the 30th page of a copy of The Great Gatsby. A family of dust mites who live in the pantry only to be swept away—their life a series of peregrinations, closet to closet to bureau. Sometimes I model things other than animals. Haley’s comet. A flower. A traffic light. I take requests. There is a settling agent in making something out of nothing. We all see many things each day, form many thoughts, arrange colors and shapes into sense and idea. Perhaps it is the concrete that allows for breathing room. An emptying out of sensation into form. I look at the same walls everyday, but each time I see them they have the opportunity to appear as new. So it goes.

-Rebecca Bernard, Curb Creative Writing Fellow

 

Doug Aitken Interviews on Creative Process

Posted on: January 9th, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Elizabeth Long Lingo

Interested in hearing Jack White, Beck, James Murphy talk about their creative process? Check out multi-media artist Doug Aitken’s new installation of filmed conversations:

Doug Aiken and Friends: What is the Source of Creativity?

Hat tip to Curb Scholar, Keith Berquist

2012 Boot Camp–Asking Experts to Translate their Practice

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 | 0 Comments

by Elizabeth Long Lingo

One of the challenges in offering a creative practice boot camp is helping experts translate their everyday practice into teachable hands-on workshops that can engage participants from all backgrounds–faculty, staff, students–and from all parts of the University. In my research, and as I’ve developed my programs at Vanderbilt I regularly ask “experts” to describe, illuminate, teach their actual creative “practice”—the joys and difficult challenges they face, the complexities and tradeoffs they need to manage, the implicit assumptions that shape the way they work.  The “teaching” approach is so different than the request for the typical keynote speech or presentation of information—which often preferences success and final results over process and wisdom gained over time.

As a society I feel we rarely ask individuals to do this, and as a result both experts and “students” of all ages miss out on a wonderful opportunity to translate, reflect, and learn.  So, I offer my great thanks to all the presenters for embracing this invitation to share and translate your practice.

Great thanks to this year’s presenters for sharing their knowledge and wisdom, Empathic Interviewing (Jacki Lyden, NPR);Improvisation (Second City Improv); Storytelling (Minton Sparks), Brainstorming (Barry Kudrowitz); Looking/Thinking by Analogy (Kerry Ruef, The Private Eye); and Data Visualization (Eric Rodenbeck, Stamen Design).

Studio CRB's First Release to iTunes

Posted on: December 28th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Darker Days (iTunes)

Written and Performed by Emma Grager

Produced, Mixed and Recorded by Scott Marquart & Branden Sanders at Studio CRB

The first of many to come.

Join the Party for Cage this Week

Posted on: March 26th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Join the party for American composer John Cage as Vanderbilt University and VORTEX continue with a series of Cage-inspired “HAPPENINGS” at the Sarratt Student Center. From noon to 1:00 it will be a collage of turntables, drumming, and dance (and maybe a little spoken word, to boot!).

Later in the week: a panel discussion on John Cage and collaborator Merce Cunningham. Plus: Cunningham Dance Classes, a mini Cage-Symposium, a MusiCircus, and the grand finale: VORTEX percussion joins forces with former dancers of the MERCE CUNNINGHAM DANCE COMPANY on April 1st.

500 seats. 500 lucky people. 100 year celebration. 1 performance=a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Vanderbilt University
Blair School of Music

 

Singing Fingers

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Vanderbilt University in the area of Video and Performance Art, received an innovation grant for her course project, Singing Fingers.

Singing Fingers will create an interactive sound art instrument using iPads, played with the help of campus participants and using sound samples of the campus environment. This will be one of three planned projects using iPads as interactive instruments for live performance planned over the course of the next three years on the Vanderbilt main campus as well as locations around Nashville.

 

Winger Bearskin’s Portable Media class is shown rapid prototyping their ideas for new iPad apps.

 

Imagine…

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Imagine a concert created out of fire, sea shells, water, and air.

CELEBRATE JOHN CAGE: Sunday, April 1st and throughout the preceding two weeks at Vanderbilt University.

Blair School of Music/Ingram Hall 7pm MusiCircus 8pm VORTEX concert.

Information: 615-322-7651

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A Thought from John Cage

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

All around the world, centennial celebrations are taking place to honor renegade composer John Cage. At Vanderbilt, students will be able to take part in Happenings, dance classes, a panel discussion on music and modern dance, attend a Cage symposium, attend a musicircus (“You won’t hear a thing. You’ll hear everything!”) Go to the Curb Creative Campus site and look up VORTEX for a complete listing of events!

Here is one of my favorite thoughts from John Cage: “I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.”

CELEBRATE JOHN CAGE! Attend the Cage concert on April 1, Blair School of Music. Want more information? Call: 615-322-7651

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Quote of the Day

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

Celebrating JOHN CAGE on his 100th birthday! Here’s a Cage quote for the day: “Percussion music is revolution!”
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Happenings Begin This Week!

Posted on: March 19th, 2012 | 0 Comments

With the big centennial birthday bash coming up for John Cage on April 1, the Vanderbilt campus will see more and more of Blair Percussion VORTEX and their musical friends. Happenings—think of them as cousins to flashmobs—will be occurring in many places including the Baker building, the Commons, Sarratt Student Center, and at a variety of unknown locations. Dancers, multiple turntables, Chinese drummers, hand drummers—a real assortment of performers—will be creating sound and image collages. We hope students will take an interest in this and get involved. Celebrate John Cage! Celebrate the all-sounds orchestra