Welcome to Marilène Oliver, the interim director of the Sound Studies Institute! Marilène is an associate professor in Printmaking and Media Art in the Art & Design department. Oliver’s work is at the crossroads of new digital technologies, traditional print, and sculpture. It focuses on producing objects that bridge the virtual and the real worlds. She has exhibited internationally at the Royal Academy in the UK, the MassMoCA in the US, and the Copernicus Museum in Poland. Oliver currently leads the research projects Know Thyself as a Virtual Reality and Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology.
This year Marilène will be mostly supporting Tom Merklinger and Gail Mandryk steward the speaker series and helping with Scott’s many great SSI initiatives. These include the launching of several new SSI sound equipment spaces, a sound art gallery and sound artist in residency program.
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Research-Creation in Urgent times is co-hosted by Shifting Praxis in Research/Research-Creation (SPAR2C), the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLaboratory (CoLAB), the Sound Studies Institute (SSI), and Just Powers.
This event is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Alberta.
(Cover image: Chelsey Campbell, All Dressed Up, cut paper and wood, 2021.)
We are excited to welcome you to our new website, featuring our new visual identity! In 2020-21, SSI partnered with Department of Art & Design to create new visual identity for the Sound Studies Institute, via Sue Colberg’s senior design course. During the winter term, each student in the class worked to create a new vision for SSI, and we are proud to announce the winning design by undergraduate student (and now alumi) Mikaela Yeo!
SSI is proud to have helped in the creation of the new podcast Black Talk, featuring guest interviews with U of A political scientist Andy Knight, the creator and co-host of the series. The podcast explores systematic racism, as well as celebrating Black achievement. It is available via the Black Talk website, as well as all the usual podcast aps. Thanks to SSI’s Tom Merklinger for his technical assistance.
Welcome to Dr. Scott Smallwood, the new director of the Sound Studies Institute! Dr. Smallwood is a composer, improviser, and sound artist whose own research combines technology and software with hardware instruments and traditional acoustic instruments. A faculty member of the Department of Music since 2009, Smallwood teaches music composition and technology. He has previously served as the Director of Digital Humanities.
Dr. Smallwood began his three-year term as Director of the Sound Studies Institute on July 1, 2020. ‘