Ever wonder what is music? That was one of the topics composer and performer, Ryan Page and Nada Miljkovic spoke about when he came onto the KZSC radio show, Artists on Art. To inform the answer to this question, we played music by John Cage and Pauline Oliveras as well as Ctrl-Z and discussed their similarities and differences.
Ryan Page is a composer, performer, and tinkerer who focuses on human interaction with technology. In 2015 he founded the live electronic music group Ctrl-Z with Daniel Steffey and Nicholas Wang. Ctrl-Z performs and commissions new electronic works, along with classic works of 20th-Century experimental music. Last year, he started a record label, Cutty Strange Records and is currently working towards his Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at UCSC.
We discussed Ctrl-Z’s collaboration with Listening to Ladies and their call for composers of any age or nationality who identify as women, nonbinary, or gender fluid are invited to submit scores for live performative electronics for a series of concerts to take place in California and New York in the Fall of 2017 (venues/dates to-be-determined). The program will showcase hugely important yet often overlooked contributions to the history of electronic music by women alongside new pieces written by non-cis-male composers working on the cutting edge of experimental electronic and electroacoustic music. The resulting program will be recorded and released by Ctrl-Z in late 2017/early 2018. Applications are due June 1st, 2017.
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UCSC Professor Emeritus, Newton Harrison is the featured guest on KZSC’s Artists on Art. We discussed his work with Helen Mayer Harrison, the Harrison Studio, the Center for the Study of the Force Majeure, and the event hosted by the UCSC’s Institute of the Arts and Science, CELEBRATING HELEN AND NEWTON HARRISON – 45 YEARS OF ECOLOGICAL ART, happening, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in the Digital Arts Research Center. This event is free and open to the public.
The Harrisons have worked for almost forty years with biologists, ecologists, architects, urban planners and other artists to initiate collaborative dialogues to uncover ideas and solutions which support biodiversity and community development. Their most recent project is the Force Majeure.
Our monthly show featuring Irena Polic, Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research continued in March. Irena brought onto the show UCSC Associate Professor of History, Gregory O’Malley, who is a UCSC Faculty Participants in the IHR World History Research Cluster that focuses on new research in the world and transnational history.
Now with the help of a $220,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project titled Final Passages: The Intra-American Slave Trade Database, O’Malley is creating an interactive, free Web-based database about the slave trade within the Americas that will be integrated into the Voyages site.
“I think what drew me to the colonial period was an interest in race relations as a core dilemma of American society,” O’Malley observed. “We are living in a country where black lives are often treated as if they didn’t matter, and it’s built on this trade of slaves,” O’Malley added. “This disregard for their welfare and well-being is really important background for modern race relations. I think it shows we have a long history of devaluing black lives in American society.”
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The Artists on Art show for January 18th, 2017, featured spiritual activist and author, Ami Chen, community activist Miriam Stombler and Didje Koffa to talk about the protests happening in Santa Cruz County in response to the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States.
On inauguration night, the eve before the Women’s March, we are having a peaceful gathering to affirm our core values as friends, family, neighbors, and community. Come and hear inspirational speakers, light a candle (or bring a flashlight), and sing songs of solidarity.
This is a family and kid-friendly event. Bring an umbrella and dress warm! We stand together – rain or shine!
Our program begins at 5:30pm with Candlelighting, candles will be provided, but feel free to bring a flashlight (weather may not be conducive for candles!)
Our moderator is Lani Bandhauer who will welcome speakers: Santa Cruz County Supervisor John Leopold, Brenda Griffin of the NAACP and activist, educator, and author Bettina Aptheker. Music and Poetry will be provided by Djide Koffa and Simone Cox.
Feb. 22, 2016, Crown College Provost & USCS Professor, Manel Camps, came onto the KZSC’s Artists on Art.
When not guiding students to thinking critically, Dr. Camps teaches about disease both at the macroscopic level (anatomy) and molecular levels (molecular pathogenesis). He thinks at great scale, from the earth to the individual cell and smaller.
We talked about Crown College’s annual Social Fiction Conference starts February 26th, Friday afternoon at 4pm, with a collaborative art project, followed by a showing of the film, Black Mirror – Fifteen Million Merits.
A full day of events on Saturday, February 27, starting at 9am with a keynote by Laurie Palmer. One of my favorite artists/people, Newton Harrison will be presenting in the morning.
The annual Social Fiction Conference that provides a unique venue for analyzing issues of Social Justice. We examine and develop an understanding of how issues of social justice are embedded in society by examining the fictitious societies found in the Science Fiction, Gaming, and Fantasy genre and exploring their real-life corollaries. Visit this page for a complete list of our goals and learning outcomes!
All are welcome. It’s free and open to the public. Hope to see you there.
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Managing Director of the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) Irena Polic, Philosophy Professors Kyle Robertson & Jon Ellis came into KZSC to talk about the upcoming High School Ethics Bowl happening Saturday, January 9th. The event is free and open to the public located on campus in the Social Studies 2 building beginning from 9am-12 for the first rounds and 2-5pm finals.
The IHR is a laboratory for theorizing and implementing new visions of the humanities via faculty research projects, graduate and undergrad education, and public programs. There are many events happening such