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Faculty Research Accomplishments Winter 2015

Research Publications

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, published a journal article at Leonardo Electronic Almanac, the electronic arm of the pioneer art journal, Leonardo of Art, Science & Technology by the MIT Press, on her software studies research. The article is titled “Narrating System Intentionality: Copycat and the Artificial Intelligence Hermeneutic Network.”

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, published and presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Fifth International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (ICIDS), held in San Sebastian, Spain in November 2012, entitled “Designing An Interdisciplinary User Evaluation for the Riu Computational Narrative System."

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, published and presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Third International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC), held in Dublin, Ireland in June 2012, entitled “Towards a New Evaluation Approach in Computational Narrative Systems."

Nicole Koltick, Architecture + Interiors Assistant Professor, had an essay entitled Entropic Ecologies: a Prosthetic Approach published in Volume Magazine, issue #31 Guilty Landscapes. Volume is an independent international quarterly magazine that sets the agenda for architecture and design. Going beyond architecture’s definition of ‘making buildings’ it reaches out for global views on designing environments, advocates broader attitudes to social structures, and reclaims the cultural and political significance of architecture.

The Barnes Foundation in downtown Philadelphia houses the largest collection of Renoirs in the world, with an astonishing 181 works by the artist. Dr. Martha Lucy, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Art & Art History, has recently published the first scholarly volume about this important but little-studied collection. Co-authored with John House and generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Renoir in the Barnes Foundation (Yale University Press, 2012) brings together years of research conducted in the Barnes Foundation archives and at several institutions abroad. The book includes three essays and detailed catalogue entries that offer new scholarship on the 181 works. It also addresses Barnes’s obsession with Renoir’s late paintings—especially those fleshy, rubbery-looking nudes that have inspired so much critical derision in recent decades.

Assistant Teaching Professor for Architecture + Interiors D.S. Nicholas’s review “An Interior Affair: A State of Becoming” ran in the fall 2012 IDEC exchange newsletter. The show reviewed was Presented in early September; and in congruence the IDEA Symposium, Interior a State of Becoming, in Perth, Western Australia. Professor Nicholas presented a paper about fabrication at the symposium in early September.

Associate Professor Dr. Joseph H. Hancock, II, Design & Merchandising, had his peer-reviewed co-authored paper, “Fashionable Pockets: The Transnational Rise of Cargo Pants into Popular Culture.” Published in the The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 2, Issue 3, October 2013. This paper highlights that during the twentieth century, cargo pants have gone from a traditional military uniform to a popular casual pant worn by almost every segment in the global consumer market. Since the 1970s, when hippies wore army surplus vintage styles as a sign of protesting the Vietnam War until today, cargo pants have undergone a considerable transformation, changing in both fabrications and form. This article examines the origins, histories and myths surrounding the development of cargo pants as a military garment. It highlight the rise of cargo pants into mass culture through various popular culture intermediaries such as the military, subcultural style, film, media, retail and merchandising; demonstrating how this garment has become part of world dress and transnational mass fashion, as well as an icon in global popular culture.

Assistant Professor Toby Seay, Music Industry, had his paper “A Workflow Study of Migrating Analogue Multi-Track Audio Recordings to Digital Preservation File Sets” published in The International Association for Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal, issue 38. This peer-reviewed journal is the main publication by the foremost international organization on sound preservation. He also received an IASA travel grant for upcoming travel to the International Association for Sound and Audiovisual Archives Conference in New Delhi, India, where he will present his paper “Providing Quality Access Regardless of Restrictions: Serving Researchers While Protecting Commercial Materials.” He received an International Travel Award from the Drexel Office of International Programs for travel to the same conference.

Assistant Professor Toby Seay, Music Industry, had his paper published, “Capturing That Philadelphia Sound: A Technical Exploration of Sigma Sound Studios,” in the Journal on the Art of Record Production. This paper explores the non-musical atributes that create identifiable sonic characteristics associated with the Sound of Philadelphia. Specifically, the paper examines the effect of the acoustical environment, recording procedures, and technology at Sigma Sound Studios in creating these sonic characteristics (JARP Issue 6, 2012).

Associate Professor in Architecture + Interiors Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA publishes “Auto-tuning daylight with LEDs: sustainable lighting for health and wellbeing” in the proceedings of ARCC, the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (April 2013). ARCC is an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of the research culture and a supporting infrastructure in architecture and related design disciplines. The paper is presented at the ARCC Visibility of Research conference in Charlotte, NC March 27-30, 2013.

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Research Presentations

Assistant Professor Linda Kim, Art and Art History, will be delivering a paper, “Evolving From “Savages”: Mannequin Displays of Prehistoric Humans and Race,” at the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York on February 13, 2013. Prof. Kim's paper addresses the construction of mannequin dioramas representing Neanderthals and Cro-Magnons installed in the Field Museum of Natural History in the 1920s and 30s, and how these reconstructions of prehistoric humanity were predicated on racialistic assumptions about the "primitiveness" of non-white races displayed elsewhere in the museum.

Assistant Professor Linda Kim, Art and Art History, will be delivering a paper and co-organizing a symposium at the Rodin Museum in Philadelphia on March 22-23, 2013. Professor Kim's paper, “Art and Sexual Politics in Rodin’s Studio,” will be presented on March 23, 2013, as part of the symposium on Rodin's impact on American art and artists.

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of International Society for the Empirical Study of Literature and Media (IGEL 2012), held in Montreal, Canada in July 2012, entitled “Integrating Empirical Literary Studies into the Evaluation of Computational Narrative.”

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, presented a peer-reviewed paper at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), held in Morgantown, WV in June 2012, entitled “Like Water for Chocolate: Analogy-Based Computational Narrative.”

Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick, Architecture + Interiors, will present her project “Interior Prosthetics” at [En}coding Architecture 2013, a conference that positions the field of architecture as an alloy of programming, digital tooling, art and science. The conference will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in February 2013.

Assistant Professor Nicole Koltick, Architecture + Interiors, will be presenting two papers at the ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) 101: NEW CONSTELLATIONS / NEW ECOLOGIES conference in San Francisco hosted by California College of the Arts in March 2013. Nicole’s paper is entitled “Tomorrow’s Ecologies: A Synthetic Approach.” Nicole will also be presenting a paper with Matthew Lutz, Architecture + Interiors adjunct professor, entitled “A Field Guide to Generating Architectural Species.”

Assistant Professor Dr. Miriam Giguere, Dance, presented a paper entitled “Enhancing Cognition Through Children’s Dance Creation” at the Dance and the Child International Conference this past July in Taiwan. Her travel for this conference was supported by the Office of International Programs Travel Grant initiative.

This spring Assistant Teaching Professor D.S. Nicholas, Architecture + Interior Faculty will be presenting with Dr. Yvonne Michael from Public Health on a post Occupancy project for the garden her students produced at the Mantua facility last spring. The presentation has been selected for Environmental Design Research Association’s (EDRA) 44th conference in Providence: Healthy and Healing Places. Entitled: “Outdoor Space, Health and the Elderly: A Multidisciplinary Study”; the presentation will address creating a process to study spaces that have been designed for the elderly. Professor Michaels’ students will create the study as part of their required course: PBHL 632: Applied Survey Research in Epidemiology.

Assistant Professor Toby Seay, Music Industry, will present “A Workflow Study of Migrating Analogue Multi-Track Audio Recordings to Digital Preservation File Sets” at The International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives Journal. (2012) This paper provides an in-depth study into archival processing of multi-track audio recordings. Processing of sound recording objects involves cataloging, preservation and storage. Using materials from the Drexel University Audio Archives, statistical analysis of processing time and object descriptions display the complexities of multi-track audio. (IASA Journal (39) 41-50)

Associate Professor, Dr. Mark Brack, Architecture + Interiors was an invited speaker at a recent event to mark the centennial of Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA. Dr. Brack's lecture, titled "Henry Mercer's Fonthill in Historical Context," evaluated this extraordinary house within the larger history of concrete construction and also compared it to other visionary or eccentric structures.

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Creative Works

Associate Professor Andrea Modica, Photography, has several photographs included at the Mendel Art Gallery, in Saskatoon, SK, Canada, in an exhibition of the Gallery's recent acquisitions running through September 16th. The group exhibition includes sculpture, mixed media, painting, photography and works on paper. Her work is also included in the exhibition “A Legacy of Light Photographs from the Bostick & Sullivan Collection,” at the Bond House Museum in Espanola, New Mexico until August 31st.

Dr. Jichen Zhu, Assistant Professor of Digital Media, co-organized the First Doctoral Consortium at the Eighth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment (AIIDE-12), held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA in October 8-12, 2012. She was also the co-organizer of the Fifth Workshop on Intelligent Narrative Technologies workshop (INT 5), co-located with AIIDE-12.

Associate Professor Jen Blazina, Art & Art History, had her work included in the exhibition 50 Forward Celebrating 50 Years of American Studio Glass at the Gallery of Fine Craft, Weaton Arts, in Millville, New Jersey.

Assistant Professor Bruce Pollock, Art & Art History, had his paintings included in the exhibition Natural and Constructed Spaces at The Painting Center in New York City. The exhibition addressed different approaches to the constructed world and its impact on natural spaces.

Professor D.S. Nicholas, Assistant Teaching Professor, Architecture + Interiors, was invited to present at the Downtown Centers’ “Weathering the Storm: Building Resilient Communities in the Face of Adversity” conference at Penn State. This conference took place in the fall and Professor Nicholas presented her ongoing work in storefront revitalization including several new storefronts to be built in South Philadelphia this spring and summer on Passyunk Avenue. These projects are being designed in collaboration with Adjunct Professor Graham Bailer, for PARC The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation. The two practices were selected to collaboratively design the five new storefronts from an RFP that took place last summer, the first of the storefronts has qualified for Storefront Improvement grant from The City of Philadelphia commerce department.

Professor Renee Weiss Chase, Fashion Design, will have her work included in the contemporary art show “The Cauldron” at New Century Artists Gallery in New York City from September 11th through 29th with an opening reception on September 15th from 3-6 PM. She’ll also have her work included in an exhibit at Gloucester County College from September 9th through October 17th with an opening reception on September 9th from 2-4 PM.

Professor Lydia Hunn, Art & Art History, created a new art installation that opened this month at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. The installation brings the historic dioramas of the Academy to life with actual recordings of roaring, braying, running, calling, chirping and all manner of lively sounds animals make and use to communicate. About 16 minutes long, “Unfrozen in Time: Collective Voices of North American Hall,” was created for the Academy’s yearlong Bicentennial. Hunn’s installation was featured on WHYY’s blog Newsworks.

Associate Professor in Architecture + Interiors Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, AIA design was presented at the “Soak It Up!” exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences on March 7, 2013 for the Community Design Collaborative exhibition competition “Gray’s Ferry Green – Commercial Retail Retrofit”, a team project by BAU Architecture for the stormwater management of a Philadelphia shopping center. The design was recognized with a “Jury Shout Out” noted on the board itself. The jury was impressed by the project’s strong design aesthetic, innovative concept and the visibility of the design intervention.

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