Tales From the Mothership

“Tales from the Mothership: The Geisel Library, Past, Present, and Future” and an experimental Sci-Fi Film “Laboratory” are two of the age-defying events being held by the UC San Diego Libraries on May 11 to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Geisel Library building, known by many as the campus spaceship.

The event, which is being sponsored by the Mandeville Special Collections Library, will be preceded by an experimental sci-fi musical performance by musician and sound wizard Scott Paulson of the UCSD Arts Library, starting at 4 p.m. Guests will also enjoy a birthday cake and refreshments!

Presented by Seth Lerer, Dean of UCSD’s Division of Arts & Humanities, at 5 p.m. in the Seuss Room in Geisel Library. Lerer, one of the nation’s leading literature scholars, is an authority on Dr. Seuss and popular culture, and played a leadership role in the successful “UCSD by Design: Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in the Campus Context,” which featured a series of noted speakers on architecture and design and celebrated UCSD’s built environment, including the campus’ flagship building, Geisel Library.

The Sci-Fi Film Laboratory, which will be held from 4 to 4:45 p.m., will feature classic and not-so-classic science fiction film mash-ups with live music. Visitors will also have the opportunity to conduct their own sonic experiments, underscoring the films with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and various other unusual instruments, and make their own mash-ups by choosing sounds to enhance the live screenings.

But Wait! There’s More!

And then join us on May 21st from 11 am to 5 pm for an impromptu Sci-Fi Radio & Film Laboratory – conduct your own experiments with a variety of Moog synthesizers, Theremins, and many more unusual instruments! Fun!

As some classic and not-so-classic science fiction films roll in our high-definition viewing rooms, you can choose your own sounds to overscore and enhance the live screenings. In a neighboring room, review sci-fi radio drama scripts, and create your own other-worldly score with our sound effects tools.

That’s Saturday, May 21 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, and parking is FREE!

Help write A sci-fi radio drama

A new (yet old-school) sci-fi radio drama episode needs help from you!

From SignonSanDiego online

If you’ve listened to the Union-Tribune’s “Science and Defense” podcast, or “Science Talk,” you know that co-hosts Gary Robbins and Scott Paulson are a couple of baby boomers who like old-time radio. (They especially love X Minus One.) During a recent podcast, Robbins and Paulson began spitballing ideas for a script they intend to write for a 10-minute sci-fi radio drama. The story, to be produced at wsRadio.com will be set in the 1930s and involves a man and his son (or daughter) who hear an odd noise emanating from an exhibit while they’re leaving a museum in Balboa Park at the end of the day. Robbins and Paulson urge readers to suggest names for the characters — and for a villain. They also want readers to suggest ideas for the plot!

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Hidden Art in Woody Woodpecker

Via BoingBoing and NYT Online

Did animation pioneer Shamus Culhane secretly slip his own abstract paintings into 1940s Woody Woodpecker cartoons? Apparently so, according to cartoon historian Tom Klein writing in the new issue of Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Watch the Video HERE and see for yourself!

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Blue Planet Blues display up now!

The UC San Diego Arts Library will hold an exhibit featuring the work of San Diego-based writer-illustrator Geoff Relf and his soon to be published book, “Blue Planet Blues by Gordon the Giant Clam with ESP.”

The exhibit, which pays homage to Earth Day (April 22), will be held in the Geisel Library building on the lower level of the West wing from April 4 through May 31.

The exhibit is centered on the fanciful characters and environmental messages of the book, featuring Relf’s colorful illustrations and rhyming and narrative-style text. For those interested in the book publishing process, the exhibit shows how the book is prepared for traditional color printing, as well as for electronic delivery as an e-book for viewing on computers and other electronic devices.

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Souta de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize

From the LA Times online:

Nobody can say Eduardo Souta de Moura is in Alvaro Siza’s shadow any longer. Souta de Moura has won the 2011 Pritzker Prize.

The 58-year-old Portuguese architect, who worked in Siza’s office for several years as a young architect, is the winner of this year’s Pritzker Architecture Prize, the field’s most prestigious honor.

Souta de Moura has produced a varied body of public and private work but is probably best known for a stadium in Braga, Portugal, that was completed in 2004.

The Pritzer jury also singled out his House No. 2 in Bom Jesus, Portugal, for praise. Like Siza, who won the Pritzker in 1992, Souto de Moura works in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city.

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SILENT ZONE: ETHICAL INTRUSIONS IN AESTHETIC BEHAVIOR

Exhibit runs April 15-June 8, 2011 – With a Panel Discussion and Opening Reception (5 pm) in the  Calit2 Auditorium, 6pm Friday, April 15, 2011.

Curated by Karla Villegas Featuring artwork byJosé Antonio, Vega Macotela, Laura Balboa, Laboratorio 060

The gallery@calit2 is pleased to announce “Silent Zone: Ethical Intrusions in Aesthetic Behavior,” which will be on exhibit April 5-June 8, 2011. Curated by Karla Villegas, it features the work of José Antonio Vega Macotela, Laura Balboa, and Laboratorio 060. The exhibition includes “Time Divisa,” a ceramic tile relief installation that replicates the main wall of the Santa Martha Acatitla prison in Mexico City,  and “The wind blows where it wants to” a series of dialogues with inmates of the prison, by José Antonio Vega Macotela. Laura Balboa’s installation “.tv,” refers to the internet country code top-level domain for the islands of Tuvalu, and uses projection and LCD displays to visualize the islands, a country in danger of disappearing due to ecological decay and global warming. Laboratorio 060 presents “Frontera,” an interactive display of sounds and narratives based upon situations along the border between Tijuana and San Diego.

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Konkreet Performer lets you create techno soundscapes on your iPad

[Photo of an iPad screen with two hands on the Konkreet Performer app.  There are a series of overlapping polygons in different shades of gray which the user is manipulating with his fingers]

Performer is a new iPad music controller that uses abstract shapes instead of knobs an buttons to create music.  The performer uses the multi-touch screen of the iPad to interact with shapes which are translated into techno tunes that would make even your dad break out into the “Robot” (that’s a dance Dad).

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UCSD’s Resident Carillonneur

The San Diego Union Tribune profiled the Arts Libray’s very own  Scott Paulson who has been sharing the sound of the carillon with busy students, staff and faculty as they go about their day.

“It’s all part of a big grand history of the bells,” Paulson said, “the warmth and function of telling time and playing songs, but also calling people together for civic functions and important events.”

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University Art Gallery Performance Series

The series Archive Fever will encompass three arenas of the Performance genre: poetry, performance, and dance.  Through each section, Archive Fever calls upon contemporary artists within the Visual Arts Department, Dance and Theatre Department, and the local San Diego/Tijuana circuit to capture these moments of important University Art Gallery history with their own unique interpretation and trajectory.

17 January to 18 March 2011
performance events every Thursday and Friday night between 6-10pm
schedule of event

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Have A Request?

During winter and spring quarters, in honor of UCSD’s 50th Anniversary, Scott Paulson, the University Carilloneur and outreach coordinator for the UCSD Arts Library, will take song requests and play requested tunes on the Geisel Library carillon at noontimes.  Members of the campus and surrounding communities should send their song requests to Scott Paulson at spaulson@ucsd.edu!

Paulson, a UCSD alumnus (Warren, ’84) and a well known musician and entertainer, has long taken song requests for the carillon from members of the campus and local communities.  Requests have ranged from  The Ramones to Salt ‘N Pepa -  He’s also received requests to play theme songs from the “Twilight” movies on Robert Pattinson’s birthday and was once asked to “Rick Roll” the carillon to the strains of Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.” For more on this, the carillon and Scott Paulson!

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