Jan 24th 2011
Featuring work by Mark Shepard, J.T. Rinker and Alexandra Spaulding
Curated by Stefani Bardin
About the Exhibition:
The Finnish architect Juhani Pallasmaa wrote a book entitled The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses in which he argued against the isolating ocular-centric paradigm in western culture and its impact on phenomenology in favor of a more holistic model of multi-sensory architecture of integration. The series of exhibitions at The Burchfield
Penney Art Center The Eyes of the Skin: Art and the Senses shifts the focus from visually based art toward work that is grounded in a sensorium of sound, smell, taste and touch.
Work from each individual sense will occupy the for a period of months so the public can focus on each of the four senses separately and over a period of time in order to experience the environment within a different
phenomenological model. After each of the four exhibitions, there will be a comprehensive group show in 2012 throughout the museum, of all the work from each of the four senses (plus some new artists and some new
pieces) that will allow the public to be immersed in this holistic and re-envisioned sensorium of perception.
The first exhibition, Sound, will be an investigation into what Marshall McLuhan calls the re-casting of technology with which to understand and act on the world. The three artists: Mark Shepard, J.T. Rinker and Alexandra Spaulding utilize different aural modalities but also different lenses through which to cultivate and express acoustical
For more information, please visit: http://www.burchfieldpenney.org/?select=exhibitions&data=upcoming
Dec 1st 2010
Stefani Bardin’s M2A™: The Fantastic Voyage project was featured last month at the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center. M2A™: The Fantastic Voyage, takes viewers on a journey through the human digestive system by way of the M2A™ and the SmartPill. A quick Google search on these “creative” tools led me to texts about chronic constipation and gastrointestinal bleeding. Oh dear. Gastroenterology, the branch of medicine concerned with diseases of the stomach, intestines and associated organs, uses both devices. As Bardin explained it, the M2A™ (pictured above) is a hard capsule pill endoscope that, after being swallowed, takes pictures of what it sees in the GI tract. The SmartPill is softer and records pressure, pH levels, and temperature. The data is transmitted to a receiver worn by the patient, which is then uploaded to proprietary software and translated into graphic reports. Both pills are naturally excreted from the body. Strangely, neither device has been used to study how different foods affect the human body. Not until now, anyway. After five years of searching for a licensed physician to work with her, Bardin finally found a partner in Dr. Braden Kuo, a gastroenterologist with Harvard Medical School. Kuo will work together with Bardin as he leads the first ever clinical study to use the M2A™ and SmartPill to look at how the human body responds to processed versus whole foods. Bardin’s project for Eyebeam could make gastroenterological history.
Mar 5th 2010
“Food is the new black,” says adjunct media study instructor Stefani Bardin. And she should know. With national movements focusing on local food, slow food, organic food and non-genetically modified food under way, Bardin is attempting to further the public dialogue with food as the primary subject of her artwork and curriculum. [go to the full article…]
Feb 17th 2010
The first speaker will be David Szanto an adjunct professor of gastronomy and communications at l’Université du Québec à Montréal and the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy. With a master’s degree in Food Culture and Communications, he is currently a graduate student in design and interaction at Concordia University in Montréal. Below is a synopsis of his talk. Click here for a poster for the series (.pdf) (with some dates and times to be added).
Towards Intelligent Gastronomy: Equilibrating Human Food Systems
The current state of human food production and consumption is in social, environmental, economic, and cultural crisis. This condition calls for a new perspective on food-world variables and their interactions, as well as a means to remedy emerging issues. Starting with a modified interpretation of gastronomy that encompasses the entire food realm both as we perceive it and create it, let us consider a new food-systems concept: intelligent gastronomy. What can we learn from biological, economic, or computing systems that might bring control and remediation mechanisms into our food production and consumption chains? And how might borrowing from game theory contribute to collaborative, rather than competitive, food-system models?
Dec 23rd 2009
Stefani Bardin was featured in last Sunday’s “Life” section of the Buffalo News as “Cook of the Month”. She discusses food, media and her excellent fish tacos recipe! Check out the full story and video clip here.
Dec 2nd 2009
CEPA Gallery presents:
Nina Leo & Stefani Bardin
@ CEPA Gallery, 617 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14203
Friday, December 4, 2009 from 6-8 pm.
Free and open to the public.
The Market Arcade building was once part of ‘the belly of buffalo’, connecting the stretch of Main Street with the flourishing public market that formerly existed at Washington and Chippewa streets. As a means for reconsidering the role of community interactions in contemporary culture this installation transplants sensorial triggers (recorded audio and manufactured scents) from the still vibrant Jean-Talon Market in Montreal into the Arcade.
marketplace is an investigation into the erosion of every day community interactions within capitalist societies. Where city centers were once brimming with the sights, sounds and smells of people gathering sustenance, engaging in social interactions and exploring each other’s cultures, they are now, in many cities, silent and abandoned remains of failed capitalist endeavors. The fall of community-based markets in lieu of decentralized urban sprawl and technology-based consumerism has, in effect, replaced the phenomenological world of the spice route with the one-dimensional world of the cyber route.
marketplace will run on the following schedule:
Friday, 12/4 6-8 pm
Saturday, 12/5 12-2 pm
Friday, 12/11 6-8 pm
Saturday, 12/12 12-2 pm
Friday, 12/18 6-8 pm
Saturday, 12/19 12-2 pm
Nina Leo is in installation artist working primarily in sculpture, drawing, sound and scent. Her work explores the manufacture of isolation and the redesign of intimacy in contemporary environments, looking specifically at how estrangement from direct multi-sensorial engagement might redefine our experience, influence our sense of self and shape our sociopolitical perceptions. She holds an Honors B.A. in Visual Arts from the University of Western Ontario and is currently completing her MFA at the University at Buffalo. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and public institutions in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. She is represented in Toronto by The Red Head Gallery.
Stefani Bardin is a media maker whose work situates itself at the intersections of food, technology and science. By examining industrial food production and using such tools as artificial food smells and gastroenterology technology she examines how our food systems have been altered through the modern influences of technology and corporate culture. She has presented her work nationally and internationally at venues including the University of Technology Sydney, UCLA Hammar Museum, The Slade School of Art, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center and Alfred University. She currently teaches in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo.
Nov 10th 2009
This week’s Dorkbot will feature the following presentations:
Stefani Bardin – “The Pharmacology of Taste”
Evelyn Killaby – “Theremin as Computer Input Device”
Stefani Bardin is a media maker interested in the intersections of food, technology and science. By examining industrial food production and using such tools as artificial smells (that “flavor” our food supply) and gastroenterology technology Stefani looks at food as both a mediating agent and phenomenological reference point within our society and how its role has changed through the modern influences of technology and corporate culture.
Evelyn Killaby has recently graduated from the Computer Science department at the University at Buffalo and currently works as a web-based software engineer for Synacor, Inc. in downtown Buffalo. Among the many ideas floating around in her brain is the notion of building theremin-based computer input devices that branch into the realm of wearable computing and theremin-based desktop input devices that can be used for manipulating multidimensional data. In this presentation, Eve will demonstrate a proof-of-concept to show how input data is gathered through user interaction with a theremin and will briefly explain the physical phenomenon that makes this type of user interaction possible. Following this, she will present concept sketches pertaining to how we might re-envision the theremin as an advanced input device, leveraging its smart, cheap, and low-tech nature. This presentation will begin a series of critical appreciations of theremin-based innovations.
Sep 4th 2009
Conversation Pieces (featuring the performative scent/sound installation, marketplace, by Media Study’s Stefani Bardin) is an exhibition that brings together projects by artists who stage, subvert, provoke, intervene in or document public dialogues. These projects have multiple, often interrelated objectives: claiming public space, time and attention to start specific conversations around specific issues; questioning the current states, definitions, and limits of dialogue in the public realm; and presenting alternative possibilities for or re-imaginings of the public through various models of participation in (variously public) dialogues.
Exhibition: 9/11/2009 – 12/19/2009
Opening reception Friday, September 11, 2009, 7PM to Midnight
@ CEPA Gallery
617 Main Street, Suite 201
Buffalo, NY 14203