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Announcing the 2010-2011 UCIRA Literature|Performance Practice & Research Grantees

The University of California Institute for Research in the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010-2011 major grants in literature, and performance practice and research. A record number of proposals was received and considered for this round of funding. The funded projects include:


Jesikah Maria Ross, (UC Davis): Restore/Restory: Reclaiming Nature & Culture Through Transgenre New Media Publications.  ($10,000.00)

Restore/Restory is an innovative multi-genre literary intervention to document and share multi-voiced stories of conflict and collaboration over nature and place in rural Yolo County, California.

Holley Moyes Ignacio López-Calvo, Dunya Ramicova,Robert Ochsner (UC Merced): Raising the Sky in 2012 : An Intel’disciplinary Program. ($10,000.00)

Raising the Sky in 2012 : An Intel’disciplinary Program is a two-stage interdisciplinary curricular program designed to foster synergies and creative thinking among participants from diverse fields of study (including literature, writing, anthropology and archaeology, history, world cultures, world heritage and media arts) that will culminate in a performance based on the ethnohistoric Maya literary text—The Popol Vuh.


Nina Eidsheim (UCLA): Body Music ($10,000.00)

An interdisciplinary team of UC faculty and independent artists (Nina Eidsheim, UCLA Musicology; Pei Chou, UCI Engineering; Carol Kim, visual work; Luis Henao, interactive programming; Alba Triana, composer) will develop an interactive interface and that will read the bioelectric and biomechanical activity of a singer’s body in real time, using the data obtained for sound processing and as parameters for live–mixed visual art; the interface will be used in a 20 minutes composition and an interactive installation, and the images and sounds created will be used to produce a stand-alone short film.

Mira Kingsley (UCSB): Discourse in Action: A Methodology for Embodied Research ($10,000.00)

Choreographers Working Group (CWG) presents their new models for choreographic creation and peer mentorship with Discourse in Action, a series of embodied workshops and an interactive research website that share CWG’s collective art-making methodologies.

Shahrokh Yadegari (UCSD): Scarlet Stone ($10,000.00)

“Scarlet Stone” is a multidisciplinary and collaborative music/dance/animation work performed in a special environment accommodating the live interaction between dancers, music, and realtime animation. Involving artists of the Iranian diaspora, we aim to make this project directly relevant to the current political and social climate of Iran. We will use the ancient mythology of the Persian culture (revived by Ferdowsi in 10th century AD) to portray the current struggle of the people of Iran, especially those of the youth and women, in their brave quest for freedom and democracy.

Simon Leung (UC Irvine): ACTIONS! ($5,000.00)

ACTIONS! is an experimental theatrical performance which revisits and restages different forms of historical “actions,” both political and aesthetic, which took place at the Museum of Modern Art between 1969 and 2000. Imagined as a form of “worker’s theater” (the premise inspired by the 1930s Federal Art, Music, Theatre, and Writers Projects under the New Deal as experiments in cultural democracy), the aim of this work is to involve many of the 2000 strikers as well as earlier “MoMA art workers” to peformatively revisit their moment of “action” at MoMA in the form of a large-scale theatrical event.

Michael Dessen (UCI), Mark Dresser (UCSD), Victoria Petrovich (UCSD), John Crawford (UCI): Experimental Telematic Performance Research ($5,000.00)

Using cutting-edge, Internet2 technologies, we will conduct research on telematic performance, culminating in a networked concert between our two campuses featuring custom scenic design, live video processing, original music, and guest appearances by internationally acclaimed musicians from New York City.

Cauleen Smith (UCSD): ECLIPSE ($5,000.00)

ECLIPSE is a series of insurgent street performances which seek to elicit the transformative power of music (in the form of Sun Ra tunes arranged for brass and drum) in service of live-action, aestheticized, and affective protests against the violence and societal neglect which plagues some south side Chicago communities.

Awards were also made in Open Classroom Challenge and undergraduate action research categories.


Diana Cervera and Bryant Pena (UCSD): The Art Collective ($2,000.00)

The Art Collective is a socially conscious organization of undergraduate student-artists at the UC San Diego campus and is comprised of students of diverse backgrounds, both ethnically and academically.  Through the use of visual and performing arts, the group addresses multiple forms of injustice, and the intersections of these, including but not limited to race, gender, class, and sexuality. Some of the methods used include mediums of art such as theatre, hip hop, spoken word, percussion, graffiti, murals, photography.

Scott Tooby (UCSB): Flesh ($2,000.00)

This project will be a multi-media performance event featuring music by Scott Tooby along with student-made digital visual art, integrated with live music, dance, and multi-media performances. All of the artistic content of the show will be thematically linked to current social issues pertaining to Isla Vistans, chiefly the disparity between the overindulgence and substance abuse of the college party culture and the poverty that surrounds the homeless population of Isla Vista. The content of the performance will serve to catalyze a dialogue on these issues for the audience as well as the students involved with the production.


Anastasia Hill (UCSB): Psychonautica: Mind, Media, and Mysticism ($5,000.00)

The subject of this project is ‘psychonautic media’: media forms and methods intended to expand consciousness and explore separate realities and altered states (sailing/navigating the mind/soul/spirit).  During this course, through a synthesis of readings from philosophy of mind, art history, media theory, cognitive science, and cultural studies, in-class experiments and screenings, and field trips to various sites of psychonautica, students from a wide range of disciplines will have the opportunity to investigate the interactions between mind and media, experience and representation, and language and transcendence, and the politics of inner-space travel in a laboratory-like context.

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