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Self-Portrait in Desert Trash

 

Artist Statement

Sound is invisible, sculptural, and malleable, able to take on infinite combinations of textures, timbres, shapes, and forms.

In my work with sound I’m interested in the possibilities of its unique ethereal and ephemeral qualities that allow it to move transparently through time and space. What can a deep exploration of our daily soundscapes reveal? How do the temporal and the spatial describe sound?

In my exploration of these questions I consider the textures of recording, scoring, mapping, projection, observation and programming to design installations that are suspicious of the sublime while they navigate the shifting negotiations of natures and cultures.

Bio

Jenn Karson is a sound artist, interactive designer and educator. She creates both indoor and outdoor installations for urban and rural places and exhibits in both galleries and nontraditional places of display. She has performed on stage, in bars, basements, garages and even at the drive-in. Trained as a classical singer and musician, she transitioned into sound work after releasing four original sound recordings with the alternative pop bands Zola Turn and Bad Ju Ju. She received an MFA in Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Political and Environmental Sciences at the University of Vermont.

She cofounded Vermont Makers in 2011, a collective that produces collaborative design programs and maker faires in Vermont.  She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and oversees the rapid-prototyping lab, the UVM FabLab, in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

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Studio Ju Ju is this website and an eclectic estate in Colchester, Vermont, home to the soundwork and design studios of Jenn Karson and Ken Mills.

Jenn Karson
jenn@studiojuju.com

Great job everyone! To view final project highlights from this spring’s Interactive Design and Prototyping catch the slide presentation and videos at the following link. The slideshow is at the top of the page and videos appear when you scroll down.Link to final projects slideshow and videos

Teaching

INTERACTIVE DESIGN AND PROTOTYPING
(For Non-Engineers)

This course opens up a world of innovation to students across disciplines. Within the span of a semester, students without previous engineering or programming knowledge will learn to build working interactive prototypes using sensors, light, sound and motion. In preparation for a final independent project, course teachings will include rapid prototyping, aesthetics, project management and presentation skills, the study of meaningful interaction between humans and machines, and profiles of prominent innovators from the humanities and sciences.

In hands-on labs students will learn how to build with the Arduino microcontroller, an electronics platform based on relatively easy-to-use hardware and software. The Arduino is a favorite tool of inventive designers, musicians, educators, artists, entrepreneurs, makers, architects, scientists and researchers. assignments will challenge students to apply their newly acquired technical skills to creative projects that solve problems, inspire curiosity and follow independent lines of inquiry.

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Artist Talks and Residencies

2017
Interactive Design with the Arduino Microcontroller workshop, College Arts Association Conference, February 2017, New York, NY

2016
Artist Talk and workshop, sponsored by the Cameron Visiting Artist Fund and the Program in Studio Art, Middlebury College, January 13

2016
Artist Talk, Issues in Contemporary Art with DJ Hellerman (ART), Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT

2015
Workshop, Mapping Found Sounds, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, VT

2015
Artist Talk, Teacher Advisor Program Seminar on Sound, Vicky Brennan (Religion), UVM, Burlington, VT

2015
Workshop leader, Art + Feminism: Improving Coverage of Women & the Arts on Wikipedia, Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, VT

2014
Artist Talk with Curator DJ Helleman, Conversation on Critical Making, Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT

2014
Artist Talk, Vermont Makers, Computer Science 292 Senior Seminar with Alison Pechenick (Computer Science), UVM, Burlington, VT

2014
Artist Talk, The Future of e-Textiles and Wearables, Generator Maker Space, Burlington, VT

2014
Workshop leader, From Spacesuits to High Fashion: An Introduction to E-Textiles, South End Arts and Business Association, Burlington, VT

2014
Artist Talk, Vermont Makers, Faculty Fireside Speaker Series, St. Johnsbury Academy, St. Johnsbury, VT

2014
Workshop leader, STEAMy Stuff! Make, Create + Hack, Vermont Engineering Initiative, Vermont Afterschool Conference, Stowe, VT

2011
Artist Talk, CDAE 195: Publication Design with Jane Petrillo (Community Development and Applied Economics), UVM, Burlington, VT

2010
Artist Residency + Exhibition, Marin Country Day School, Corte Madera, CA

Collaborations

Through work with the UVM FabLab and Vermont Makers, we have an ongoing dialog and relationships with FabLabs Québec.

2017
Peer Reviewer, Leonardo Music Journal, MIT Press Journals

2017
Organizer, Arduino Day 2017, UVM FabLab

2017
Co-organizer, Ideathon for Civic Engagement, Office for the Vice President of Research, UVM

2016 – present
Member, Entrepreneurship Forum, Office for the Vice President of Research, UVM

2011 – present
Co-founder, Vermont Makers

2012 – present
Operations committee, Champlain Mini Maker Faire, Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, VT

2015 – present
Operations committee, Aiken K-12 Maker Faire + Engineering Challenge, UVM, Burlington VT

2015 – present
University of Vermont Entrepreneurship Forum

2015 – present
Judge, Pitch-it Fab-it, Generator Maker Space, Burlington, VT

2016
Publicity sponsor, Tod Machover: Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond, talk and concert.
October 14, UVM, Burlington, VT

2015
Organizer + host, UVM FabLab, Faculty Activity Network
Co-organizer and host, Center for Entrepreneurship, Making and Design, Faculty Activity Network

Faculty Activity Network is sponsored by the UVM Office for Vice President of Research is designed to encourage and foster faculty members (ideally between three and eight individuals at a time) to tour each other’s laboratories or research spaces, studios, design/creative spaces.

In the past few years UVM brought MIT Media Lab researchers to campus and I’ve had the opportunity to help promote and organize student and faculty discussions.  Todd Machover came in 2016 and Neri Oxman in 2014. Our UVM FabLab is developing a relationship with the MIT Fab Lab and its international network. 
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2014
Co-organizer and co-host, Neri Oxman: A new approach to Nature-Inspired Design and Engineering,
Sponsored by UVM’s College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Aiken Lecture Series. October 2, UVM, Burlington, VT

2014
Producer and educator, Vermont Makers and Libraries Spark a Culture of Innovation, facilitated and designed curriculum for 28 STEAM summer programs in 14 Vermont libraries

2013
Producer, Vermont Makers Meetup: Three Enthusiasts Discuss the 3D Printing Revolution, Champlain College, Burlington, VT

2013
Producer, Vermont Makers Meetup: User Required Artist Gallery Talks, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, VT

2013
Producer, Vermont Makers Meetup: New (and Not So New): Techniques and Technologies for Flexible, Printable, even Paintable Circuits, Champlain College, Burlington, VT

2012
Producer, Vermont Makers Meetup: ZAPPPP! A Vermont Makers ‘High Voltage’ Meetup, Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Friends and collaborators Doug Webster and Jenn Karson share thoughts on community maker and art & technology programs in VT.

2012
Producer, Vermont Makers Meetup: Blinkies, the Quadcopter, Thing-o-Matic and More!  Champlain College, Burlington, VT

 

Vermont Makers and
Champlain Maker Faire

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Exhibitions and Conferences

EXHIBITIONS

2015
Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington VT. Blereau, L, Cohen, J, Gersh-Nei, B, (2015), Staring Back: On Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon, exhibition catalog, 28 May 2015, Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT.

2014
Break it! Build It!, Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT

2013
User Required, Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT

2012
Audible Observations, SOMarts, Ethnographic Terminalia, San Francisco, CA. Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (2015), Ethnographic Terminalia San Francisco 2012 Audible Observations, exhibition catalog, November 1, 2015, American Anthropological Association.

2012
Going to Waterbury, An Asylum Project, Vermont State Hospital, Waterbury, VT

2010
Ethnographic Terminalia New Orleans, Du Mois Gallery, New Orleans, LA. Ethnographic Terminalia Collective (2015), Ethnographic Terminalia New Orleans 2010, exhibition catalog, November 1, 2015, American Anthropological Association.

2010
On the Planet, Studio Place Arts, Millstone Hill Granite Quarries installation, Barre, VT

2010
Art Incurable, Echo Science Center, Burlington, VT; La Bellevilloise, Paris, France

2009
The Mission Arts & Performance Project, Red Poppy Art House, San Francisco, CA

2009
Mission Arts & Performance Project, Rosie’s Cheeks Garage, San Francisco, CA

2009
Vernissage, Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, San Francisco

2009
Connections, Still Lights Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2008
(Solo Installation) Navigating the Bay, San Francisco Art Institute Courtyard, San Francisco CA

2008
Expanding, Thomas Welton Stanford Gallery, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

2008
Wilderness, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS

2016
Projects from the UVM FabLab, Panel: Integration of Art and Technology, Makerplaces Conference, Burlington, VT

2015
Co-presenter: Intuitive, Iterative Innovation: We Are All Makers, Opening Session, Engineering and Liberal Education Symposium, Union College, Schenectady, NY

2015
Presenter: The Maker-In-Residence Program: Inspired STEAM for Schools and Libraries, 50th National Association of Workforce Improvement Annual Conference, Saratoga, New York.

2015
Talk: Academic Makerspaces and FabLabs, Continuing and Distance Education Knowledge Exchange Meeting, Burlington, VT

2015
Featured Speaker, Collaborative STEAM Programs and Incorporating Creativity into Curriculum, CliF Children’s Literacy Foundation Conference, Lincoln, NH.

2015
Talk: Introduction to the Maker Movement, Evening Presentation, Governor’s Institute of Vermont, Engineering Institute, UVM

2014
Presenter, What is STEAM? Conférence participative sur les Fab Labs, Bedford, Quebec

2014
Presenter, Fabrication and FabLabs, American Institute of Architects Conference, Burlington, VT

2013
Panelist, STEM, STEAM and Makers, Vermont Arts Council Summit, Montpelier, VT

2012
Panelist, Exhibiting Art in Unconventional Spaces, New England Museum Association Conference, 2012

2012
Panelist, Vermont Makers: Collaborations among Artists, Scientists and Technologists in the US, Connectivity Lab Live, Malmö University, Sweden.

2012
Panelist, An introduction to Max/MSP, Teachers Workshop, Woodstock Digital Media Festival, Woodstock, VT.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

2016
1st International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces
, MIT, Cambridge, MA, November

Press

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Press 2016

2016
Janie Cohen: The Fleming Museum’s Longtime Director Reflects, Vermont Woman, December

2016
A Day in the Life at UVM, FabLab feature, UVM Today, October

2016
Onsite Makerplaces Conference interview, WCAX August 8

2016
In-studio Champlain Maker Faire preview, interview, WCAX September 22

Press 2015

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Mapping Found Sounds:Computer Science Students Showcase Apps and Innovation, University of Vermont

2015
Mapping Found Sounds: A Day in the Life at UVM, University of Vermont

2015
Fab Lab Technology in Education, Across the Fence, WCAX

The Art of Making: Where Art and Technology Merge
Makers on Screen: RETN

Welcome to Picasso’s Studio
Art New England

Jenn Karson’s Sonic Mapping Project Explores Burlington
Seven Days Newspaper

UVM Workshop Maps Sounds Found Around Town
Burlington Free Press

Art Review: ‘Staring Back’ Fleming Museum
Seven Days Newspaper

The Art of Making: Where Art and Technology Merge
Makers on Screen, RETN

Press 2014

UVM FabLab Provides Play Space for ‘Makers’ of All Ages
University of Vermont

Pre-college Class Goes Deep into Maker Movement
University of Vermont

Making the Grade: Innovative Approach to STEM Teaching
New England Cable Network

VT Makers & Librarians showcase STEAM on Across The Fence
Across the Fence

Making it.
Vermont Public Radio

BCA Exhibit Explores Art and Technology
Burlington Free Press

The Art of Toy Hacking
Kids Vermont

Libraries get into Technology Exploration
Burlington Free Press

Kids have a Blast in Toy Hacking Workshop
Bennington Banner

2013

Profile, SparkFun Electronics blog, January 17

 

 

UVM FabLab and WebWizards

Undergraduate Research Experience in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and UVM? Consider joining one of our dynamic student teams. Contact Jenn for more information.

UVM FabLab

An incubator for ideas and a place to engage people’s imaginations, the UVM FabLab makes rapid-prototyping tools available to UVM students and faculty. The lab provides the opportunity for interaction in developing and testing innovative products and designs.We encourage projects that support research, innovation and creativity, and student work that is supported by coursework and professors. FabLab website.

Spring 2017: Faculty and Student FabLab projects highlighted in Summit magazine!

UVM CEMS WebWizards

The WebWizards are dedicated computer science and business students who apply their learned skills to improve and update the CEMS Website and use new media to share important college news with the UVM CEMS community. Visit the team website.