Diane Willow, Faculty Fellow, Spring 2010
Diane Willow (Department of Art, CLA), Spring 2010
Project: “Body Electric”
Willow pursued her project in two concurrent areas of creative research within the context of contemporary practices and theories of interactive art: an exploration of the aesthetic implications of divergent cultural perspectives of the body as expressed in the theoretical foundations of traditional Chinese, Greek, and Ayurvedic medicine; and a focus on “ambient sites,” a new body of interactive art. During her fellowship, she worked on an essay for submission to Leonardo (the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences, and Technology), and created the ambient site installation “Bow, bow, bower, ower, bower” at the Weisman Art Museum for the exhibit “Ordinarily Here,” which runs June 19-October 10, 2010. At the invitation of fellow Stuart McLean, she presented at the Society for Cultural Anthropology‘s NatureCulture Conference, where she connected with Jean Langford, an IAS fellow from fall semester; they are now in conversation about related interests.