John Fenn, Assistant Professor in Arts and Administration has been awarded UO grant

Chinese Rock Band

John Fenn has been awarded a Global Scholars Program Grant for his project Rock Tradition: Mediating Cultural Influences in Chinese Contemporary Popular Music. Funding will permit John to study contemporary Chinese rock, “underground,” or “experimental” music. About this music John writes that it “emerges from a mix of cultural resources—indigenous and imported, old and new, familiar and far-out—that in many ways define Beijing as a cosmopolitan center of cultural production.” John will “examine key sites, individuals, and processes constituting Beijing’s urban experimental rock music scene. Employing ethnographic methods and an interdisciplinary mix of theoretical perspectives, the project will contextualize contemporary Chinese rock in relation to a range of “borders”—national, aesthetic, temporal, and technological. Seeking a nuanced analysis of Chinese rock music that accounts for artists’ intentions or goals (cultural and identity politics) and the reception of their musical output by fans/audience, media, the “public”, and various manifestations of “official” views, I intend this project to participate in emergent critical understandings of global/local intersections of media and culture in Chinese and transnational contexts.”

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Daniel Barrow: Lecture/Performance – Nov. 18th

Daniel Barrow: Lecture/Performance - Nov 18

Daniel Barrow uses obsolete technologies to present written, pictorial and cinematic narratives centering on the practices of drawing and collecting. Since 1993, he has created and adapted comic book narratives to “manual” forms of animation by projecting, layering and manipulating drawings on overhead projectors.

Barrow has exhibited widely in Canada and abroad. He has performed at The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), The Rotterdam International Film Festival, The Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). Barrow is the 2007 winner of the Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton award and the 2008 winner of the Images Festival’s Images Prize.

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Digital Arts Instructor John Park posts students' projects online

John Park posts many of his students projects online.  His ‘Design For Life’ course keeps their own detailed blog.  Be sure to check out all the work that his students and he have been developing – it’s a great way to see what we do in the Digital Arts.