Katie Brigham (BA International Relations, MA Journalism), Information Station
Information Station is a documentary short exploring the cozy, authentic culture and community of the remote Carson Pass Information Center. Located in the Sierra Nevada along the famous 2,650 mile long Pacific Crest Trail, the station is collectively owned by a team of close-knit volunteers who provide a refuge for PCT hikers to relax and reflect on their journeys.
Talon Clayton (BA Human Biology), Reflections / Reflections in BlaQ
Reflections / Reflections in BlaQ is a multimedia project that uses performance and oral history to explore the lives of Black and Queer people at Stanford and beyond.
Einat Imber (MFA Art Practice), Sea to Sea
In July 2016, I set sail across the country with a giant folded-boat. During the month long trip, the sculpture in tow served as an instant conversation starter with local residents along the route. Sea to Sea is an art exhibition presenting my encounters with a cross-section of American landscapes, people, histories and realities.
Gio Jacuzzi (BA Music, Minor in Computer Science), Spaces in Between
Spaces In Between is Gio's debut studio album as an independent musician and recording engineer. An original production inspired by coming of age as a part of the social media and streaming revolution, the album questions the role new technologies play in music and 21st century America, the development and relationships of modern youth, and the search for adult identity. With elements of rock, soul, folk, and jazz, the record explores common ties between different genres and eras of music, with instrumentation ranging from acoustic banjo to electronic instruments of Gio's own invention.
Luke Lorentzen (BA Film and Media Studies, Honors in the Arts), Midnight Family
In Mexico City’s cutthroat for-profit ambulance industry, the Ochoa family competes with other unlicensed EMTs for patients in need of urgent care. Midnight Family is a feature documentary that explores this family's everyday life and the challenges of running a for-profit ambulance service.
Maia Paroginog (BA with Honors, Art Practice), Sudden Glare of the Sun
This project documents my process based practice in the form of sketchbooks, paintings, and photographs. The questions driving my work include: "what does healing look like?" and "how are the personal and the political intertwined?". Through a combination of sketchbook entries and alternative photographic processes, I hope to delve further into these questions, my personal archive, and Filipino American history.
Xandra Clark (BA with Honors Theater & Performance Studies, MA Journalism), Anthology: Crown Heights
Anthology: Crown Heights is an interdisciplinary performance project that explores the stories of Crown Heights, Brooklyn residents 25 years after the 1991 riots. Through recorded oral histories and new devised performance work made in collaboration with fellow local musicians, dancers, poets, and other artists, the piece confronts new tensions arising in the neighborhood due to gentrification along with old tensions related to racial, religious, and socioeconomic differences. The show is being produced in partnership with DIVAS for Social Justice and Weeksville Heritage Center, where it will be presented in 2016.
Kimi Lee (BA Film and Media Studies, Minor Creative Writing), SUGAR
Derived from the 2015 BlueCat winning feature length screenplay, SUGAR offers a provocative glimpse into the concealed underworld of “Sugar Baby” relationships. Devoid of emotional intimacy, how do two strangersdiverging vastly in both age and life experiencego about fabricating a makeshift romance? SUGAR depicts the first night of a young woman's depraved summer as a “girlfriend-for-hire”.
Dan Rorke (BA Music, BS Biomedical Engineering), The Dynamic Album Project
The Dynamic Album Project hopes to capture the creative process and spontaneity of the current Baltimore jazz scene by developing a new form of album where the music changes over time. It will encourage listeners to appreciate a diversity of interpretations, rather than a single authoritative recording.
Samantha Toh (BA International Relations, MA East Asian Studies), Guerilla Fiction
Guerrilla Fiction appears where you do not expect to find stories: wedged in your book, clipped to your bar tab, or served with your coffee. Centering on the theme of migration and diaspora, these micro stories are printed on postcards, which can then be sent, "traveling" from person to person.
Eric Tran (BA Music), Debut Recording and Launch Concert of New Chamber and Solo Music
Eric Tran's debut album will feature all new original solo and chamber music, performed by top-notch SF Bay Area musicians, such as the Friction Quartet. A launch concert is planned for November 2016.
Gideon Weiler (BS Symbolic Systems) and Jake Winkelman (BA Urban Studies), These Are The Days
Gideon Weiler and Jake Winkelman are creating a narrative, multimedia, live experience centered around the concepts and themes of the music on Jake Winkelman's (Mays) debut album: "These Are The Days." The project will musically, visually, and narratively explore themes of race, technology, activism, and gender in an honest tone and imaginative form. Some central preoccupations will be whiteness, masculinity, the psychology of privilege and ally-ship. This will be the second installation piece for emerging artists Gideon Weiler and Jake Winkelman who last collaborated on "Valley of Silicon" which debuted at the Cantor Arts Center last spring.
Katherine Hawthorne (BS Physics, Minor Dance), Mainframe
Mainframe is a dance asking how computers have changed the way we see our bodies. Mainframe was performed at ODC in San Francisco on Dec. 3-6, 2015.
Helen Hood Scheer (MFA Doc Film), Painted Desert
Painted Desert (working title) is a documentary short about an African American physician in Navajo Nation who collaborates with the local indigenous community and renowned artists to create arresting public artworks that are installed across the reservation.t
Adam Katseff (MFA Art Practice), Rivers and Falls
This body of work and accompanying exhibition are based on night landscapes, representing the abstract forms of rivers and waterfalls. Rivers and Falls opened at the Sasha Wolf Gallery in New York on April 8, 2015.
Emma Webster (BA Studio Art), How Much Searching Is Not Enough Finding
The series of 5-by-6-foot paintings freely combine abstracted landscapes, historic portraiture and youthful, explorative mark-making. This exhibition opened Aug. 7, 2015, at Classic Cars West Gallery, Oakland, Calif.
Yoo Hsiu Yeh (BS/MS Electrical Engineering), with Cecilia Wu and Romain Michon, Navigating the Cycles
Inspired by the traditional Tibetan prayer wheel and Tibetan singing bowl, Navigating the Cycles presents the Tibetan Singing Prayer Wheel, a combination of a novel physical motion-sensing controller and digital audio signal processing software that processes the real-time voice of the operator based on his or her body motion, as part of an interactive art installation.
Yeh was introduced to the world of sound art through the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford in 2012, and since then has built several interactive sound art pieces, striving to cultivate calmness, delight and curiosity in those who encounter them. These pieces have been shown at various art exhibitions within Stanford and at the Bay Area Maker Faire.