Newsletter Fall 2012

Join our newsletter and stay up to date! In our Fall 2012 newsletter we discuss the following; Interview with new Director - Simonetta Moro, Neuroaesthetics Salon, Fallout at Atomic Museum and much more!

Summer - Fall 2012

by Mary Anne Davis

I am loving this weather in the northeast – cooler days, almost cold nights, leaves are peaking and winter is around the corner. Couple that with a good book, such as the Gay Science, and voila! Heaven! Who knew Nietzsche would provide such solace to a soul searching for meaning in the world? 

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Neuroaesthetics Salon, Nov. 17, 5PM, Beverly, MA

by Kate Farrington, Cohort '11

Last Friday night, out of the blue I found myself sitting around a broad dining room table taking part in something that a few years ago in the back of my mind I had imagined might happen if I entered IDSVA.  Along with my fellow Cohort ’11 troublemaking friend, Mary Anne Davis, I was listening with mounting excitement to fifth year student Jen Hall’s plans to create a salon for sharing research and ideas as a kind of a “maker’s think-tank.” 

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Fallout at Atomic Museum

by  Conny Bogaard, Project Director Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, Cohort '09

Reading Mikhail Bakhtin’s theory on dialogism is one thing, conducting civic dialog in a nuclear museum environment is quite another. September 28th marked the opening date of the first exhibit at the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, in Arvada, CO. The show features work by the Atomic Photographers Guild, an international group of photographers dedicated to making visible all aspects of the Nuclear Age. The exhibit shows different aspects of the Cold War and nuclear legacies, including social and political impacts worldwide. 

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Spanocchia, Tuscany, Italy

by Leonie Bradbury, Cohort '11

Our first encounter of Castello di Spannocchia was from the window of our airport van as we made our way the winding dusty driveway. My first thought: Woah! It is a real castle. Nestled in the green luscious woods of the Spannocchia estate ‘tenuta di spannocchia,’ the castello or villa is the perfect place for studying. My room was quiet and on the north side of the villa. It resembled a monk’s cell in its solitude and simplicity. The view was spectacular and restful at the same time. 

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Report on the Berlin Residency

by Kate Farrington, Cohort '11

To capture the magic of the Berlin residency, I use as a point of departure the “welcome dinner” boat cruise into the middle of the city on a June evening at the beginning of the trip.  Drifting past well-kept blocks of socialist-era housing that line the riverbanks, we enjoyed a grilled meal prepared by our Greek chef – who also happened to DJ at the video-store/café/German-lesson classroom/late-night dance space that was the social meeting place of the “insider-Berlin” world of our excellent host, Nina. 

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By Mary Mazurek, Cohort '12

After an adventure at the Bologna Airport, we landed in Paris. All of us in Cohort ’12 were pleased to meet Cohort ’11, and that evening we dined together then strolled the streets of this remarkable city. A few of us went straight to the Eiffel Tower, where we saw several tourists trying to interpret the symbolic language on the sign next to the entrance. Scratching our heads and laughing, we began to make up our own interpretations for these unusual hieroglyphics. Perhaps the designers could have used a lesson in semiotics.

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Brown Residency - Summer '12

by Arlinda Henderson, Cohort '10

The pre-dissertation residency at Brown University was as thrilling as the most action packed horror flick. My excitement was heightened by our most recent body of readings; readings of body. I took the Peter Pan bus line from Boston to Kennedy Station in Providence. For those looking forward to Brown, if you’re planning on taking a cab then I would get off at the bus terminal, but you will miss all the beautifully colorful people at Kennedy. 

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