In 2016 my co-PI and I will visit Antarctica as grantees of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program. Our project involves re-enacting photographs and moving images from 100+ years ago with contemporary subjects and technologies, and ultimately displaying the results as video installation art.
I am an Associate Professor of Communication Studies with an emphasis in Performance Studies and film and media arts. I study how texts perform in culture, most often experimenting with those concerns in the active mode–i.e., making performances and videos and often the two together. The third element I have developed in my work has to do with “revisiting” or “reenacting”–to me, forms of adaptation, which I have been studying all along–especially of film locations. This project is a culmination of many threads of my research and obsessions.
My co-PI, Vince LiCata, Professor of Biology who also writes plays and is active in theatre. We share in interest in how performance may work to communicate scientific concepts while maintaining complexity in both artistic and scientific discourse.
LSU Communication Studies: http://www.lsu.edu/hss/cmst/
LSU Film and Media Arts Program:http://www.lsu.edu/hss/fma/
Vince’s Sci-Art conversations series: http://www.licatalab.biology.lsu.edu/sciart/index.html