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Art & Library: Remote Surroundings Installation April 14-20

Posted by isulib on April 14, 2011

Students in Indiana State University’s Advanced and Intermediate Computer Art, Spring 2011, have installed a multi-station, multi-floor, multi-computer monitor art exhibit, “Remote Surroundings“, a site-specific exhibition of sound, animation and video art inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities

Opening Reception Thursday April 14, 4:30-6:30, Library Events

Come and ‘explore the Library, encounter the unfamiliar’!

Remote Surroundings Art Installation

"Remote Surroundings" Art Installation, April 14-20

Description provided by artists:
Students were asked to choose a chapter from Invisible Cities. Each chapter in this exquisitely evocative book describes a strange, alien, exotic city. The narrator, a fictionalized Marco Polo, recounts his observations of these distant lands in a highly concise and concrete manner, with the effect of producing vivid, elusive and abstract mental images in the mind of the reader.
Students began using only sound to interpret the city of their choice. Being limited to the inherently abstract medium of audio allowed students to transcend the specificity of word and image ininterpreting the text.
Next, the students exchanged their audio files with a partner. Without knowing which chapter was represented by the audio that they received, they used video and animation to create an accompanying moving image. The resulting combined artwork is distanced from the original text through layers of interpretation and translation.
The projected presentation that you will see on the walls of the Library’s Events Area is silent – the audio has been removed. However, each individual piece has been placed in a different location throughout the library, along with headphones. As you search the shelves, seek out a nice place for a nap, or settle down to study, you may be chance run into one of these strange lands. If so, please take a few moments, put on the headphones, listen and enjoy!
Students: Carly Rice, Carlton Hoyles, Candice Comelleri, Austin Woodall, Elise Roberts, Austen Leake, Laura Shull, William Saxhaug, Shannon Call, Amanda Hickey, Sean Kennedy
Library note: the Library does have a copy of Invisible Cities at PQ 4809 .A45C513  

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2011 National Library Week!

Posted by isulib on April 11, 2011

The American Library Association has some interesting treats in store this week, including a twitter poetry – twaiku – contest! Enter to win $50 Amazon gift certificate.

Celebrate these other special days this week:

  • Tuesday, April 12 National Library Workers Day
  • Wednesday, April 13 National Bookmobile Day
  • Thursday, April 14 Support Teen Literature Day
  • NLW 2011

    Visit your library and create your own story

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    April 12 Poetry Reading: JL Kato

    Posted by isulib on April 11, 2011

    On Tuesday, April 12, poet JL Kato will present a poetry reading at Indiana State University at 3:30 p.m., in Root Hall Room A-264. The event is sponsored by the ISU Creative Writing Program.

    His first collection of poems, “Shadows Set in Concrete,” (Restoration Press), chronicles his mother’s experience during the atomic bomb blasts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    Kato, a native of Japan, was adopted by an American serviceman and his Japanese bride. As a child, he became so assimilated into American culture that, to this day, he doesn’t know how to handle chopsticks. He lives in Indiana, where he works as an editor.

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    April 18: Library hosts potato/taco salad bar to assist Japan today

    Posted by isulib on April 8, 2011


    The Library is providing a Baked Potato/Taco Salad bar today, Friday, April 8, to raise funds to assist with the Japanese Relief effort. The lunch is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Library Events Area. Tickets are $5 for baked potato or taco salad with all the fixings, drink and dessert. Tickets will be available at the door.

    Contact Christi Reinig at ex. 2564 with questions. Checks written to the American Red Cross.

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    English Department’s Schick Lecture: “Jane Austen or Walter Scott”

    Posted by isulib on April 5, 2011

     Ian Duncan, a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on “Jane Austen or Walter Scott” as part of Indiana State University’s Joseph S. Schick Lectures on Language, Literature and Lexicography.

    Duncan will speak at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (April 7) in Root Hall A-264.

    Duncan was educated at Cambridge University (B.A. , First Class Honors; M.A.) and Yale University (Ph.D.). He has taught at the University of Rome, the University of Palermo, Yale University, and the University of Oregon, where he was Barbara and Carlisle Moore Distinguished Professor of English. A number of his academic interests, including the novel, gothic and romantic traditions, Sir Walter Scott and Dickens are on display in his study “Modern Romance and Transformations of the Novel: The Gothic, Scott, Dickens.” He was awarded the Saltire Society/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award in 2008 for “Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh.” He has edited numerous editions, published over forty chapters in books, and written essays for such prestigious journals as Eighteenth-Century Fiction, Victorian Studies, Modern Language Quarterly, and Revue Internationale de Philosophie.

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    Tonight (Tuesday April 5): Edgar Allan Poe’s Gothic Psyche: How Poe’s Dreams Became Reader’s Nightmares

    Posted by isulib on April 5, 2011

     Join Dr. Matt Brennan as he uses passages from Poe’s works to illustrate how Gothic writers adapt their dreams to create a nightmare experience. The talk will be held today at 6 p.m. in the Library Events Area. Sponsored by the Cunningham Memorial Library, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program and in cooperation with the Vigo County Public Library [text from]

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    FREE copies of Poe’s works available in ISU Library, near the RefDesk.

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