Faculty member Stephanie Dinkins selected for the prestigious 2017 Eyebeam Residency in Art and Technology, New York

Each year, Eyebeam invites a select group to engage technology and society through art. Eyebeam provides a vibrant launchpad for invention and dialogue for those exploring and creating the future. Eyebeam’s values of openness, invention and justice drive its mission to fund the unfundable then share it globally through presentations, workshops, online initiatives and inventive programs. The new group is about to take their place at Eyebeam’s studios: the heart of technology by artists. They were chosen through an open call focusing on Trust in the context of technology and society. The selected artists for 2017 are American Artist, ​insisting on both the visibility of blackness and erasure in virtual spaces; BUFU, ​creating an app that makes accessible a virtual archive and emergency resources for homeless QTPOC; Stephanie Dinkins, ​creating an AI entity that reflects the concerns of communities of color; Dhruv Mehrotra​, working on “Othernet: Internet Island,” an autonomous alternative to the Internet.

Beyond Stony Brook: Careers in Art History, Wednesday, November 8, 1-2:30 pm, Staller Center for the Arts 3220

Alumni panelists include:
Stephanie Gress BA ‘97 MA ‘00, Vanderbilt Museum, Roland Coffey BA ‘13, Yale University Press, Kara Li, formerly with Christie’s Auction

Stephanie Gress (BA ‘97 MA ’00) is the Director of Curatorial Affairs for the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and has been employed there since 2001. Her recent publication Eagle’s Nest: The William K. Vanderbilt II Estate (2015) draws original images from the extensive archival collection from W. K. Vanderbilt’s life and times.

Roland Coffey (BA ‘13) is a publicist at Yale University Press with a focus on promoting art and architecture titles. He received his M.A. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015 and a B.A. Cum Laude in Art History and English from Stony Brook University in 2013. He was also a visiting scholar at Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and interned at Macmillan Publishers and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts while he was in graduate school.

Kara Li served as the department administrator at Christie’s New York’s Chinese Works of Art, during which she coordinated all aspects of the arts auction process including account and consignment management, art cataloging and appraisal, import/export and transportation, exhibition setup, and publishing. Previously, she has held positions at various art institutions, including museums, non-profits, galleries, and startups. She is a current PhD student at Stony Brook studying contemporary Chinese art.

The event is co-sponsored by the Alumni Association, the Career Center, and the Department of Art at Stony Brook University


Sara Greenberger Rafferty: GLOVES OFF

November 2 – December 17, 2017
Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center

Artist Talk with Sara Greenberger Rafferty: Thursday, November 2, 1pm, followed by a reception
Art Crawl: Friday, November 3, 3-5pm; 4:30pm at Zuccaire Gallery
Reception: Friday, November 3, 5-7pm
Salon with curator Andrew Ingall: Wednesday, November 8, 12pm
More information <LINK>

Alumna Verónica Peña receives the Franklin Furnace Award for Emerging Artists — Peña will deliver an artist talk 11/28/2017, 1pm, Staller Center for the Arts

Stony Brook University M.F.A. alumna Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist and independent curator from Spain based in the United States. Her work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through Performance Art. Peña is interested in migration policies, cross-cultural dialogue, and women’s empowerment. “The Body In The Substance” awarded the Franklin Furnace Fund is a 12 hour performance in which Peña submerges her entire body within a liquid “substance” that slowly solidifies. Verónica Peña will speak at Stony Brook University on November 28th, 1pm, at the Staller Center for the Arts.

Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan: Tue, October 17, 2017 7:00 PM Baltimore School For the Arts

Interiors: Stephanie Dinkins + Bina48 & Bruce Duncan; Love at the Edges of Personhood brings ongoing conversations between artist Stephanie Dinkins and social robot Bina48 to the stage. In 2014, Stephanie set out to build a long-term, empathetic friendship with Bina48—one of the world’s most advanced artificial intelligence beings based on the likeness and lived experience of Bina Aspen. Their conversations are further enriched by dialouge with Bina48’s handler and close companion Bruce Duncan.The panel will explore questions around archiving humanity, race and gender in artificial intelligence, and strategies for empathy in a rapidly changing world.

Stephanie Dinkins Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Associate Professor Stephanie Dinkins has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the arts organization A Blade of Grass. As an ABOG Fellow Stephanie Dinkins will create Project al-Khwarizmi (PAK) with artists, youth, and elders of color to address digital discrimination within artificial intelligence (AI) systems. Working alongside computer and data scientists, Dinkins and collaborators will develop a web-based chatbot to empower communities of color to understand how algorithms and AI systems impact daily life, and create a more culturally inclusive prototype.

Working to address racism, sexism, and other biases within artificially intelligent systems, the project aims to ensure that people of color and others who inherently understand the need for inclusion, equity and ethics participate in the design, production and testing of smart technologies. PAK is a laterally minded project that will encourage communities of color get involved in AI and provide strategies to help keep biases and discrimination out of newly encoded systems.


Verónica Peña & Hector Canonge at Triskelion Arts, New York City

Stony Brook Studio Art MFA Alumni Verónica Peña is opening a collaborative performance art work titled DE LO POSIBLE (Of Possibilities), which explores human (dis)connections, language barriers, non-verbal communication, and intercultural exchange between subjects of different cultures. The performance will take place on Thursday, March 16th, and Sunday, March 19th, 7:30 PM at TRISKELION ARTS: Split Bill Program in New York City. For information and tickets visit: triskelionarts.org/split-bill-mar-2017

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SYNAESTHESIA PLAYGROUND: a collaboration of piano music, art, and mobile technologies

SBU Collaborators (all commissioned for the concert)
Dan Waymouth, Composition
Nobi Nagasawa, Optical fiber attire Bio-Lux.
Takafumi Ide, Visuals

The concert on Thursday 3/2 at UCLA will be livestreamed.
Please tune in. 7:30PM Pacific time / 10:30PM East coast time

Schoenberg Hall445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095

Bio Lux: The original function of clothing is to shield human from weather conditions. The garment designed for a pianist Jocelyn Ho flips this function inside out: it does not protect from the external environment but exposes and interacts with the internal physiology of her body. Sensors on the pianist’s body detect her heartbeat, movement, and energy to act as triggers between the music and the illuminated attire Nagasawa designed. By creating an interactive sartorial (wearable) art activated by bodily rhythms, the performing body becomes an augmented artwork which transforms the performance. This clothing, made from “woven” pulsating optical fiber creates a soulful journey between mind, body, and music. (from Synaesthesia Playground dossier)

* Sponsored by the Faculty in the Arts, Humanities and lettered Social Sciences (FAHSS) Grant from the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Vice President for Research at Stony Brook University.







Jan. 24-Feb. 18, Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, Staller Center

Artist Talk and Reception: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 5-8pm

Lindsay Packer, Mitch Patrick and John Ros create experimental art with projected light, video, photography, 3D printing and objects found in the Staller Center. FREE poster of collaborative digital print available to gallery visitors.

Don’t miss the opportunity to bring your classes to ANTIFORM — arrangements can be made to have the gallery open outside public hours for class visits. Exhibition open through Feb. 18.