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Arts and Design Research Incubator Has Full Slate of Events for Fall 2015

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The Arts and Design Research Incubator (ADRI), a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture Research Office that provides support for high-impact arts and design research projects, will offer a series of lunchtime and evening events throughout the fall 2015 semester. Events will include research presentations, films, movement workshops and more. All events take place in 16 Borland Building. For more information, visit or call 814-865-5126.

ADRI “Dialogues,” intended to explore interdisciplinary space in arts research, will take place every other Tuesday, noon–1 p.m.

September 22: Surveying the Landscape: Current Trends and New Directions in Integrative Arts Research
Presented by Andrew Schulz, associate dean for research in the College of Arts and Architecture

October 6: Sonification, the Music of Science: Creating Soundscapes from the Earth, the Cosmos and More
Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology, will present sonification projects that have been done in different areas.

October 20: The Discipline of Play: Building Resiliency, Igniting Innovation
Sandi Carroll, ADRI research fellow and program manager, will discuss why it is important for adults to incorporate play into their work and what various contemporary physical comedy training methodologies offer the STEM disciplines. Carroll has appeared on and off-Broadway and in independent and major studio films, and written, performed and produced her own shows on both coasts and internationally. She has taught at New York University, Emerson College, University of Virginia, Brown University and The Public Theater.

November 3: Adventures in Graphic Medicine: When a Body's Story Needs Pictures
After writing a play about his family’s experience when his sister suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, William J. Doan, professor of theatre and women’s studies, discovered the drawings he’d done as part of his creative process had the potential to tell that story in a new and compelling way. He will discuss how graphic medicine—comics, short stories, novels—has become an important outlet for both those who are sick and their families and health care providers.

November 17: Voicework, Accent Modification and ALS: A Case Study in Prolonging the Ability to Speak
Andrea Caban, a solo artist, writer and teacher, will discuss how she has worked with a woman living with ALS to help her make specific accent and breathing changes to prolong her ability to speak as long as possible. Caban is a professor of voice and speech at California State University–Long Beach, and the associate director and master teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork.


Evening ADRI Events (all held in 16 Borland)


The Discipline of Play: A Workshop Series
Every Tuesday and Thursday, September 22–November 19, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Learn to integrate play into your work. Laughter guaranteed.
Led by Sandi Carroll, ADRI research fellow and program manager (see bio above)
Learning the discipline of play teaches us how to be resilient in the face of the inevitable failures that come with true innovation, and helps us welcome those failures as essential guideposts on the path to success. This class will teach you to play as if your life depended on it, to risk breaking the rules and being a fool, to go beyond the bounds of normal and access the infinite resources of fun that exist inside us all in order to work—and live—better. Attendees are encouraged to attend as many sessions as possible, but drop-in participants are welcome. Check the ADRI calendar for schedule updates:

Mindful Movement Workshop
Mondays, October 19, 26, November 2, 5:30–6:45 p.m.
Led by Elisha Clark Halpin, associate professor and head of dance in the School of Theatre
This expressive improvisational movement workshop is an opportunity to increase awareness and self-knowledge through a bodily practice. With the dual goals of physical embodiment and increased consciousness, the practice is a time to come as you are and move. There are no set steps or routines. No moves or sequences to learn. You move in your own body in response to the guidance of the facilitator. With a focus on breath, non-judgment and release, this contemplative movement practice is a safe place for exploring the body, mind and emotions. No dance or movement experience necessary. Practice is suitable for all abilities. Wear comfortable clothing. A notebook or journal is encouraged. Drop-in participants welcome.

Playwalking: A Workshop
Wednesday, October 21, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Create an art walk through chance and play!
Led by Kimberly Powell, associate professor of education and art education
Art walks allow us to explore our movements in relation to space and place and how we author place-based stories through walking. In this workshop, we will engage in sensory activities as we take a walk through campus in order to explore perception and place in a whole new way. Engaging the roll of the die, we will incorporate chance as a form of playful interaction with the environment around us. As a group, we will walk and document our activities, uploading to a Facebook page that we will review and reflect upon after our walk back to the studio. To read more about walking and sensory research methodologies, visit


Rhythms of the Universe: Film Screening and Presentation
Wednesday, October 7, 5:30 p.m.
Learn how the cosmos was sonified for this short science outreach film, with discussion led by Mark Ballora, associate professor of music technology.
The film Rhythms of the Universe, created by cosmologist George Smoot (Lawrence Berkeley Labs, 2006 Nobel co-laureate) and Mickey Hart (drummer with the Grateful Dead, ethnomusicologist), premiered at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in September 2013. This showing will include the 22:00 film, portions of the discussion that preceded and followed it at the premiere, and a presentation of some of the sonifications that appear in the film’s soundtrack.

Performance! Body! Self!
Friday, October 23, 7 p.m.
A performance, lecture and rant by internationally acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller 

Miller will perform excerpts from his work and speak about the role performance plays in constellating identity. Hailed for his humor and passion, his solo performances have been presented all over the world. He is the author of the books Shirts and Skins, Body Blows and 1001 Beds. His theater works have been published in the play collections O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance (1998) and Sharing the Delirium – Second Generation AIDS Plays and Performances (1993). Miller has taught performance at the University of California at Los Angles, California State University–Los Angeles and New York University. He is a founder of Performance Space 122 in NYC and Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, CA. For more information, visit

Death Down Under: Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, October 28, 5:30 p.m.
This 45-minute documentary (directed by Kathy High with Cynthia White) about death, decay and eco-friendly or ‘natural earth’ burials was shot in Western Australia and follows the collaboration of a young fashion designer/artist and funeral celebrant, Pia Interlandi, and a forensic scientist, Ian Dadour. They developed an experimental research project that allowed Pia to test out her fashion-for-the-dead and Ian, an entomologist who studies human homicide, to research clothing decay on dead (animal) victims. Pia and Ian had to amass a team to wash, dress and bury 21 dead pigs on a kangaroo reserve. Then they dug up the remains over one year’s time to examine the decay of the ritual burial garments. Death Down Under follows the entire process from gathering the slaughtered pigs to the results in the laboratory. Filmmaker Cynthia White will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

Voice Bank: A Workshop Production
Wednesday, November 18, 5:30 p.m.
Written and performed by Andrea Caban; directed by Amanda McRaven
Voice Bank is the story of one woman who defies her amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) diagnosis to fight for the privilege to keep speaking, raising the questions: Who owns the knowledge of our bodies? Who owns the knowledge of our experience? This original one-woman show comes to Penn State from Los Angeles in a special residency at the ADRI.
     Caban plays both herself and Terry, a woman with an indomitable spirit and a passion for performance, as they manage Terry’s progressing symptoms through voice and accent training. The play is based on 40+ hours of actual transcriptions from voice and accent sessions with Terry.
     ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscle wasting. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and breathing.