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February 16, 2023

ArtSci Roundup | On stage: The Oresteia, DXARTS Winter Concert, Jazz Innovations, and more

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February 22, 7:30 PM | DXARTS Winter Concert, Meany Hall

2023 marks the 75th year of musique concrète with the premiere of Pierre Schaeffer’s Cinq études de bruits (Five Studies of Noises), composed and premiered in 1948. In celebration, the Department of Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) is pleased to host Annette Vande Gorne, who will present a program of recent work from the pioneers of this art of spatial sound crafted for an orchestra of loudspeakers.

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Jazz Innovations, Brechemin Auditorium

Student jazz ensembles pay homage to the icons of jazz and break new ground with original progressive jazz compositions.

February 22, 7:30 PM | Jazz Innovations, Part I


Steve Rodby | Steve Rodby is a Grammy Award-winning acoustic and electric bassist, audio and video editor and producer. He began studying classical orchestral bass at age 10, and quickly developed parallel interests in pop and jazz.

Cuong Vu | Cuong Vu is widely recognized by jazz critics as a leader of a generation of innovative musicians. A truly unique musical voice, Cuong has lent his trumpet playing to a wide range of artists such as Pat Metheny, Laurie Anderson, and David Bowie.

February 23, 7:30 PM | Jazz Innovations, Part II

Ted Poor | Ted Poor is a Seattle-based drummer whose adventurous, soulful playing has vaulted him to the stages of some of today’s most important musicians and placed him amongst those drummers most in demand. Ted is a member of the band of Los Angeles based singer/song-writer Andrew Bird; appearing on and touring the albums Are You Serious and My Finest Work Yet (Loma Vista/Concord).

Marc Seals | A noted pianist, composer and leading figure in the Northwest jazz scene, Marc Seales has shared stages with many of the great players of the last two decades. He has played with nearly every visiting jazz celebrity from Joe Henderson and Art Pepper to Benny Carter, Mark Murphy, and Bobby Hutcherson. With the late Don Lanphere he performed in such places as London, England; Kobe, Japan; The Hague in the Netherlands; and the North Sea Jazz Festival.


February 22, 4 PM | Borden Lecture in Theoretical Chemistry: Dr. Todd Martinez, Johnson Hall / online

Todd Martínez, professor at Stanford University, will give a lecture titled “Discovering Chemistry and Photochemistry From First Principles Molecular Dynamics.” Novel computational architectures and methodologies are revolutionizing diverse areas ranging from video gaming to advertising and espionage. In this talk, he will discuss how these tools and ideas can be exploited in the context of theoretical and computational chemistry.

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February 23, 3:30 PM | A Transcultural Approaches to Europe Event: Livi Yoshioka-Maxwell on Leïla Sebbar’s Neo-Orientalisms and the French Imaginary, zoom

French-Algerian writer Leïla Sebbar’s early work has frequently been framed as a subversion of Orientalist representational practices and their lingering impact on social and cultural relations in postcolonial France. More recently, however, subsequent works by Sebbar focusing on former colonial spaces in North Africa have been criticized for perpetuating the very traditions of representation that her first novels sought to call into question and for failing to engage with contemporary issues. This talk traces how Sebbar’s persistent attention to the past has shaped her attempts to engage with France’s present and future since the mid-1990s in writings that range from the everyday to the speculative, with particular attention to her interventions in ongoing debates about national identity centered on Muslim women’s bodies.

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February 23, 5:30 PM | HHF – Climatic Imaginaries, James Graham, Architecture Hall room 147

The discipline of architecture has long taken a managerial stance toward an environment that is understood to be “outside,” underground, or in the air. How might we see this relationship differently? This talk revisits the book Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary alongside other recent research on resource geology and atmosphere, moving through several scales of climatic thought—from the planetary to the territorial to the community scale.

James Graham is an architect, historian, and assistant professor at the California College of the Arts. He is currently working on a research project on land, agriculture, and nationality during the Soviet Union’s First Five-Year Plan.

Free | More info. and RSVP


February 23 to March 5 | The Oresteia, Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse

February 26 | Special Post-show Discussion

Aren’t we better than our worst crimes? Are we just going to go on trading blood endlessly back and forth? What is the sense of that? Aren’t we tired?

When King Agamemnon returns home from the Trojan War, he finds his wife Clytemnestra waiting to take her revenge for his slaughter of their innocent daughter Iphigenia. Violence begets violence and the cycle continues, cursing the house’s descendants. The community, haunted by the sins of the present and the past, must then decide how to cleanse the royal house and balance both the need for justice and the desire for absolution. In her stunning new adaptation of Aeschylus’ ancient Greek drama, celebrated playwright Ellen McLaughlin challenges us today to embrace our collective responsibility for compassion and mercy in the face of uncertainty, enmity, and discord.

An MFA thesis production.

$10-$20 tickets | More info. and tickets


February 24,  7:30 PM | Philharmonia Northwest with UW Piano Students,  Meany Hall

UW piano students Tianhao Yao, Nicole Wang, Chiao-Yu Wu, Sandy Huang, and David Lin perform concerto works with special guest orchestra Philharmonia Northwest. Geoffrey Larson conducts.

$10-$20 tickets | More info. and tickets

February 24, 3:30 PM | Caring for Archaeological Materials: Ethical Considerations and Practical Approaches, Anna Serotta (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Art 003 or zoom

The stewardship of artifacts from archaeological contexts is an increasingly complex practice. It demands not only an understanding of an artifact’s material properties but also engagement with complicated (and often contradictory) ethical frameworks. From the impact of the climate crisis on collections management practices to reckoning with the intertwined legacies of archaeology and colonialism, conservators of archaeological materials are often faced with challenging decisions for which there is no clear “right” answer. Conservators have increasingly acknowledged that our work is not neutral, and that our actions have the capacity to highlight – or obscure – aspects of an artifact’s biography. This lecture will present several case studies which address these issues, from the story-telling capabilities of materials science and conservation intervention to highly complicated negotiations between sustainability and access.

Anna Serotta is an Associate Conservator in the Department of Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where her primary focus is on the ancient Egyptian collection. In 2014-15, she held a prestigious Rome Prize fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, where she combined modern technologies such as RTI (reflectance transformation imaging) with hands-on practice under a master sculptor for her project “The Documentation, Analysis and Replication of Tool Marks on Ancient Stone Sculpture.” Her interests are broad, including the ethics of conservation and ancient techniques and technologies, among other specialties.

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February 27, 5 – 6:30 PM | Winter 2023 Faculty Panel, February 27th: The Politics of Artificial Intelligence, Zoom

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer or machine to mimic or replicate human-like thought processes and behaviors, such as learning and problem-solving. A recently released AI tool, ChatGPT, has been in the news because of its extraordinary ability to solve difficult coding problems and to answer questions in ways that are difficult to distinguish from human-generated responses. But AI is all around us, from the tools we use to search for movies or restaurants, to the cars we drive, to the factories that produce the products that we buy, to the warehouses that ship those products.

As with any technology, AI can serve constructive and destructive purposes. Autonomous drones can be used to deliver packages or missiles. Ultimately, society must ensure that AI is utilized responsibly and ethically. But what is at stake? How do we evaluate the tradeoffs? In this faculty panel, we will consider potential economic and political consequences of AI developments.

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