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September 16, 2021

ArtSci Roundup: Audrey Desjardins: Data Imaginaries, What is Noh? A lecture by Paul Atkins, and More

Through public events and exhibitions, connect with the UW community every week! This week, attend gallery exhibitions, watch recorded events, and more. While you’re enjoying summer break, connect with campus through UW live webcams of Red Square and the quad.

Many of these online opportunities are streamed through Zoom. All UW faculty, staff, and students have access to Zoom Pro via UW-IT

Audrey Desjardins: Data Imaginaries

September 21 – October 9 | Jacob Lawrence Gallery

The Jacob Lawrence Gallery is pleased to present Audrey Desjardins: Data Imaginaries, featuring the work of Audrey Desjardins, Assistant Professor of Interaction Design at the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design. In Data Imaginaries, Desjardins showcases a series of poetic interactions with domestic data, exploring familiar encounters between humans and things.

The exhibition features five projects by Desjardins: in Data Epics, fiction writers use data from home Internet of Things devices to create short stories for the occupants to read. Voices and Voids, an artistic research project grounded in performance and experimentation, transcodes voice assistant data. ListeningCups embeds a set of 3D-printed porcelain cups with datasets of everyday ambient sounds. Alternative Avenues, a collaboration between Desjardins and home dwellers, imagines what the Internet of Things could be if it were designed for unique individual homes. The Odd Interpreters seeks to broaden people’s encounters with data in the context of their home, pushing them to engage directly in data collection and to consider the hidden entities, infrastructure, and labor that support connected devices.

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What is Noh? A lecture by Paul Atkins

September 22, 7 – 8:30 PM | Online

Noh plays have been performed continuously in Japan for the past six hundred years. Noh is the oldest extant dramatic tradition in the world. Like opera, noh began as popular entertainment, originating in simple plays performed all over Japan at shrines, temples, and other venues.

In the fourteenth century, noh was elevated to high art through the efforts of the great actor, playwright, and theoretician Zeami (1363-1443) and others and the patronage of elite figures like the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu (1358-1408). Part ritual, part entertainment, noh was granted privileged status by the Tokugawa shogunate and was closely associated with warrior culture. In the twentieth century, noh came to the attention of theater lovers in the West and inspired modern poets and playwrights. Today, noh is offered as an exemplar of traditional Japanese culture, a masked dance-drama that combines poetry, instrumental and vocal music, dance, costume, architecture, and sculpture with great subtlety and unparalleled artistry.

This talk by Paul Atkins, professor of classical Japanese at the University of Washington, will provide an introduction to this fascinating dramatic form: its performance traditions, themes, history, and philosophy. It is designed for those with no previous familiarity with noh or the Japanese language. We hope that those who watch it will derive even more satisfaction from our upcoming performance and talk by the acclaimed noh actor Takeda Munenori, “The World of Noh Drama,” on October 13.

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On Your Own Time

Looking for more ways to connect with the UW? Check out this recorded and asynchronous content that can be accessed anytime.

Staying Home? Here’s What to Watch


Staying home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus? Looking for ways to stay entertained? If you’ve already binged all the shows in your Netflix queue, fear not. Faculty in the UW Department of Cinema & Media Studies have gathered television and film recommendations to fit every mood. 

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Jewish Folktales of the Mediterranean: International Ladino Day 2018


In this recorded event from the 2018 International Ladino Day, Paris-based author François Azar discusses Sephardic folktales and his two collections of tales, “The Jewish Parrot” and “Bewitched by Solika,” which are written in both Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and English. Members of Seattle’s “Ladineros” Ladino-speaking group also perform the humorous Sephardic folktale “El Papagáyo Djudió” (“The Jewish Parrot”), adapted from Azar’s folktale collection of the same name.

ArtsUW: On Demand 


Engage with the arts at the University of Washington from the comfort of your own home, in your own time. This archive of events offers you the opportunity to watch the latest virtual lectures and performances, and see recent digital exhibitions. In addition, visit ArtsUW Events to see all that is coming up. 

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Check out UWAA’s Stronger Together web page for more digital engagement opportunities.