Playing The Archive | Sans-Axis


Sans-Axis is the development of ideas birthed through the collaborations of Studio|Lab researchers and artists. The works provide a glimpse of the many conversations that emerge from inter-disciplinary culture and expression. Experiments in data visualization, materialization and sonification are core channels of exchange through which our individual interests, assumptions, and practices shape and are re-shaped by collective practice. Rotating through artistic and scientific paradigms, the presentations consider the malleability of disciplinary norms.

Artists and Researchers whose works are represented are:

Michael Coccia, Matthew Kenney, Candice Ee Ching Ng, David Lydon and Nilam Ram, with media contributed by Brian Orland, Kristin Buss, Lisa Gatzke-Kopp, Karen Hooker, Erika Lunkenheimer, and iSAHIB

Artists Brief Bios:

Michael Coccia:

Michael is a research statistician and data artist at StudioLab. With particular interest in human science, he uses both traditional and experimental techniques to create data visualizations as windows to openly explore and expose the research process itself. His interest is in part to encourage an active awareness of assumptions inherent to current analytical paradigms, and to use research questions as vehicles for movement in an unrestricted space.

Matthew Kenney:

Matt is an MFA student at Penn State. He is a hacker, researcher, and blogger whose current interests are in physical computing, human computer interaction, sound art, and data sonification. Being an artist at StudioLab, his current focus is on data sonification and visualization.

Candice Ee Ching Ng:

Candice is currently an artist and research associate at Studiolab. She uses art, critical design and technology to explore the frameworks of relationships that are negotiated between humans, mediated spaces and objects. Through fabricating and constructing possible futures that situate interactions with emerging technologies, both her creation of objects, its contextual narratives and interaction that ensues provides a platform to explore the manifold philosophical and conceptual systems that technology manifests within society.

David Lydon:

David is a graduate student in the department of Human Development and Family Studies. Working in the Geier Lab for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Addiction, he is pursuing his interest in adolescent decision-making. Specifically, his research is focused on understanding the dynamics between areas of the brain involved in incentive (reward) processing and cognitive control in order to gain insight into the increase in risky behaviors (e.g. the initiation of substance use) observed during this developmental period. He is also interested in emerging adolescent nicotine dependence and its effects on the brain.

Nilam Ram:

Nilam is an Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and co-director of Studio|Lab at Penn State. He makes use of and develops new ‘time-oriented’ technologies, study designs, and analytical techniques to understand how and why individual’s moment-to-moment biological, psychological, and social processes change over the life span.

20 June – 28 June 2013

9am – 4pm (Mon – Fri)

Borland Gallery