Biographies and Projects

Artists

Bios Project


Shuo Susan Wang

Shuo Susan Wang is a second-year M.Arch and MBA joint-degree student. She obtained her Honors Bachelor of Architectural Studies with Distinction from the University of Waterloo, and worked in architecture offices in Canada, the US, and Switzerland on a range of projects before starting at Yale. Most recently, she was a construction intern for the 2014 Yale Jim Vlock Building Project, participating in the design and construction of a two family house in New Haven. She takes part in student organized groups advocating for gender equality and sustainability at the School of Architecture, and works as a graphic designer for the Yale Environmental Performance Index.

Researcher: Peggy Deamer

School of Architecture

Beinecke un-Built, Inspired by the idea of an unraveling of the environment around us to reveal its history of construction and design, Beinecke Un-Built contrasts an “un-building” of the Beinecke library in stages that correspond with historical photos of its construction process. The projection recoginzes the intelligence and labor that go into every building.   


Jon Seals

Franklyn Zhu

Jon Seals is a master’s candidate in religion and visual arts at Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and teaches a course called “Exploring the Arts of New York City” at The College of New Rochelle. He holds an M.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design.

Franklyn is a sophomore psychology major, passionate about graphic and UI/UX design, and works at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Franklyn comes from Beijing, China.

Researcher: Sally Promey and research on Visual and Material Culture

“Cherub”, Artists have long explored the mystery of the push and pull power of the eyes in portraiture. Looking into the eyes of another, it is possible to be pulled into an ethical dialectic that perhaps may point to the infinite. The open or closed position of the eyelid is often associated with life or death. The blink is regularly used to signal brevity. Our project titled, Cherub, covers one side of The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library with eyes from students, faculty, and staff: from Yale College, Yale Divinity School, and Yale Institute of Sacred Music. 

Boris Morin-Defoy

Boris Morin-Defoy is a Montreal born artist and architecture student at the YSOA. Previous work include award winning amphitheater for the city of Trois-Rivières while working for Paul Laurendeau and 2011 AIA best interior design award winning pop up shop under Gage | Clemenceau Architects. His practice focuses on new media and the relationship of sound and space. Projects and samples to be found online at: borismorindefoy.com

Researcher: Professor Konrad Kaczmarek  School of Music

“Transient Figure”, Inspired by Brendan Pelsue’s play: Riverbank: A Noh Play for Northerly Americans, this video installation dwells in the themes of memory, separation, thought and union. 

Lamtharn (Hanoi) Hantrakul

Hanoi is an international student from Bangkok, Thailand and senior double majoring in Applied Physics and Music. He was one of three juniors at Yale honored with the Joseph Lentilhon Memorial Prize for his “verve and constructive interest in music”. Hanoi has composed for the Yale Jazz Ensemble and most recently for the MIT Media Lab. In addition, he has played in the pit orchestra for the smash-hit musical Kiss Me Kate as well as directing an ensemble called “Suite Spot,” composed of musicians who have been living in the same suite since freshman year. His pieces feature a mix of jazz, acoustic, traditional Thai and electronic music elements. He is passionate about the intersection of Physics and Music and enjoys acoustics research, building his own instruments and performance interfaces.

Physics and Music

See “From Light to Lumia”

John Kleinschmidt

Andrew Sternad

Shallow Studio is the design partnership of John Kleinschmidt and Andrew Sternad (both Master of Architecture candidates ‘16). Since 2010, Shallow has produced over twenty site-specific art installations, many of them interactive, in a variety of public spaces, from art galleries to campuses to abandoned buildings. Shallow began in New Orleans, where John and Andy both worked for Waggonner & Ball Architects on post-Katrina architectural and urban design projects. Parallel to this professional work, the partnership’s early projects explored the themes of water, landscape, and the implications of dwelling on the unstable ground of the Mississippi River delta. Shallow’s most recent installation took place at the Goffe Street Armory in New Haven as part of ArtSpace New Haven’s City-Wide Open Studios in October 2014.

Researcher: Richard Prum, William Robertson Coe Professor of Ornithology, Ecology and Evolutionary and Biology, Peabody Museum of Natural History

Architecture

These Birds Are Forever”, Row after row of files are stacked to the ceiling. A faint chemical smell permeates the gleaming white space. Fluorescent lights buzz overhead. A drawer slides open, and the room comes to life.

The bird collection in the Yale Peabody Museum’s Division of Vertebrate Zoology is a stunning archive. Brilliant color is everywhere, belying the room’s sterility. Within each drawer lies an endless landscape inviting exploration. A mystifying patch of iridescent blue, a vivid pink stripe, or a fragment of a single feather can each be arenas for playing out the forces of beauty, ornament, and desire. Elements of selection and choice are everywhere. To visit this collection is to slip in and out of time. You have to wash your hands afterward to rid traces of arsenic from the collection’s oldest specimens. You can pick up a bird that has been extinct for 100 years - if you can stand to meet its unblinking gaze from cotton-stuffed eyes. These birds are forever.

Melody Song

Haelee Jung

Melody Song is in her third year at the Yale Master of Arch I Program. In a range of scales from light installation, furniture, to architecture, she is interested in re-positioning the relationship of the body to the built environment.

Haelee Jung is currently a graduate student in M.Arch I program at Yale School of Architecture(2015’). Before coming to Yale, she studied Visual Communication Design at Seoul National University and worked as a researcher at KAIST in Korea. She also worked as a designer at Studio GAON in 2011

Researcher: Robert Van Sice and the Yale Percussion Group

The film audio-visualizes the Yale Percussion Group’s 2012 performance of “Third Construction” composed by John Cage. The music uses fixed rhythmic structure, not unlike the architectural structural grid of Beinecke. The project animates the geometry of Beinecke in facade and plan, and introduces fluid elements of water that mimic the Indian rattle and melodic texture of the composition. 

Ngoc Doan & Sanjana Sharma

Ngoc Doan and Sanjana Sharma are Design Fellows at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design. As recent graduates from Yale College with B.A.s in architecture, both are very excited to be able to project their work on one of Yale’s iconic architectural landmarks.

Researcher: Joseph Zinter

CEID Center for Engineering and Design

“Light + Surface” is an exploration of perspective, form, and context surrounding Beinecke library. The piece uses the grid structure of Beinecke’s facade to manipulate depth and perspective, make transparent and reflective its surface, and relate the technology and systems behind projection to Beinecke’s form. 

Michael Commendatore


Al Nurani

Michael Commendatore is a Design MFA Candidate in the Yale School of Drama `17 with a focus on Projection Design. He also has a BFA in Theatre and BA in Film studies from the University of Rhode Island. Michael has designed projections for plays, musicals, bands, and installations. His most recent works include Winter’s Tale (YSD), Macbeth (Gamm Theatre), and It’s a Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant (The Wilbury Group). He thanks his co designer Al for the great help, his composer Chris for such awesome and inspiring music, his projection design classmates for the stellar support, and his girlfriend Katie for all the love and encouragement.

Al Nurani is a sophomore at Yale College (TC ’17) majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. As a lighting designer, Al has been involved with design teams for various theatrical and dance shows at Yale, which sparked his interest in designing for LUX. He is also on the production and design team for the Yale Global Health Review, and currently works for the Yale Student Technology Collaborative.

Researcher: Robert Fludd

Yale School of Drama

“A Journey through Time and Space” explores how humans have perceived the universe over time. Starting from the early 14th century and extending until modern day, this piece takes viewers on an adventure through different zodiacs, cosmos, and historical perceptions of the world, emphasizing the evolution of the universe as we know it. Many of these images can be found in the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library itself, which holds a rich array of historical pieces in cosmology. The piece aims not only to take viewers through an engaging cosmic ride, but to also emphasize the vastness of the universe in relation to humans and their personal identities. 

Katherine Davis

Daniel Rigberg

A California native who studied fine arts and mathmatics at UCLA and Yale University, Katherine Davis’ work integrates a research-based investigation and a traditional studio practice. She undertakes the challenge to undo the function of art as the antidote to the empirical and to acknowledge the relativity of universal truth. Her work applies mathematical and scientific systems to the visual, temporal, and existential experience of living, acting, and reacting.

Since her first semester at Yale in Michael Frame’s Fractal Geometry course, she has been inspired by the fractal and its applications. Katherine has been working with Michael Frame to develop a visual and conceptual representation for the idea of a fractal perceptual space.

Daniel Ridberg is a senior music major at Yale, focusing on music composition. With a style that spans both acoustic and electronic genres, Daniel strives to capture the beauty of everyday life, basing his music off of stories, images, sensations, and literature. In his spare time, Daniel lives of a life of adventure–his major hobbies include (but most certainly are not limited to) cycling, unicycling, slack-lining, and rock-climbing. In the future, Daniel plans on attending graduate school for music composition, continuing to learn new crafts, and getting more involved in skydiving.

Researcher: Michael Frame

School of Art

“Collective Space” was created by Katherine Davis and Daniel Rigberg and was inspired by Yale Professor Michael Frame’s investigations into Fractal Geometry. Utilizing the gridded architectural facade of the Beinecke and the public platform of display, Collective Space proposes ideas of progression and change, self-similarity and pattern, unity and collaboration. The visual composition, created by Katherine Davis, organizes arrangements of form with a fractal logic, standing as a representation of a collective perceptual space. The interacting geometries and colors were systematically determined but expressively arranged to produce an experience on the periphery between the rational and the sensory. The soundtrack, composed by Daniel Rigberg, is derived almost directly from the visuals. 

Mark Saba

Sylvan Zheng

Mark Saba has been at Yale for 27 years working as a medical illustrator and graphic designer, currently in the ITS department of User Experience and Web Services. His work has appeared on science journal covers, in the hallways of the medical school, in the Film Study Center, and on media wall exhibits at the Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI). His education took him from Pittsburgh, where he studied in the Pharmacy School, to Wesleyan University and Hollins College, where he received an M.A. In English. He is also a writer of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction; several of his books have been published in either print or digital formats. Some of his poetry has made its way into videos he has produced as well. And if there is any time left at the end of the day, he paints in oils.

Sylvan Zheng is a sophomore in Morse College majoring in Computer Science.

Researcher: Dr. Phillip Askenase and ITS

1. “Exosomes,” created by Mark Saba and Sylvan Zheng, interprets the research of Dr. Phillip Askenase in this field. Exosomes are nanoparticles, 1/100th the size of the cells that produce them. Containing snippets of of RNA, they roam freely about the body, and can have specialized functions that are only now being discovered. Some of the exosomes in this video were created in Illustrator and animated in Photoshop. Others were generated using HTML5 canvas and javascript animations. You can view this portion of the work online at https://squidgetx.github.io/lux/index.html.

The soundtrack was algorithmically generated from the average color of each frame using the Supercollider programming environment.

2. ”Tracking the Champions, each representing an individual viewer’s eye tracking movements, follow the final seconds of the Yale hockey teams’ NCAA championship in April of 2013.

Benjamin van Buren

Benjamin van Buren, Department of Psychology. I am a graduate student in the Department of Psychology researching visual motion perception. I study how objects’ movements convey information about the forces acting on them and within them.

Researcher: Benjamin van Buren

Psychology

“Untitled”, The composition briefly explores a few ideas that frequently come up in the study of motion perception. The first movement is about detecting spatially and temporally extended signals in noise. The second movement illustrates how motion signals can evoke the perception of seemingly “unseeable” things, such as mass and gravity. 

 

Lisa Albaugh

Samantha Jaff

Lisa Albaugh is a second year Master of Architecture student at the Yale School of Architecture. She was born in Nanjing, China, and grew up in Essex, CT. She graduated with a B.S. in Economics from the United States Naval Academy. During her Naval service, she was stationed in San Diego, CA, and completed three Middle East deployments. Since commencing architecture school, she has held architectural internships at Chanel in Hong Kong, and at Centerbrook Architects. She enjoys soup dumplings, hanging out with her cat, and traveling.

Samantha is currently in her second year pursuing a Master of Architecture at the Yale School of Architecture. She graduated with distinction from Colby College in 2011 with a B.A. in Art History and Architecture, and in the spring of 2010, she completed the Syracuse University School of Architecture Pre-Architecture program in Florence, Italy. After graduating from Colby, Samantha worked for two years at LDa Architects in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she was an Architectural Designer on several residential and commercial projects throughout New England. Samantha was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but spent most of her life moving around the Northeast US. In her spare time, Samantha enjoys cooking, traveling, tennis, and the performing arts. 

Researcher: Keller Easterling

​Architecture

“Subtraction Games” is a story of strategic housing development and removal. The piece is based on architect and urbanist Keller Easterling’s recent book, “Subtraction”, in which she explores how not only the appearance, but also the disappearance of building can be designed. Easterling posits that in addition to operating within the realm of new construction and continually adding buildings to the environment, architects may be just as trained and skilled in removing– or subtracting– buildings as well, that the process of subtraction and its resulting artifacts are indeed their own design problems. She also speculates on what will come of the released lots through alternative markets that can evolve around future asset development. Told through the lens of the videogame, “Subtraction Games” is an audio-visual interpretation of Easterling’s work that turns the Beinecke facade into a playing field upon which patterns of removal, aggregation, and asset development are tested in a housing game of epic proportions.

 

Kyle Williams

Kyle Williams, b. 1982, is a graduate student in the Yale School of Art, where he studies painting , drawing and video art. He is interested in the early cinema, Buster Keaton, Jacque Tati, and the X Files. Kyle will graduate this May, and plans to move to New York City with his fantastically supportive, generous soon-to-be wife, Lisa.

Researcher: Munro Galloway

School of Art

“Canary”, In this quick clip about color and projected light, a digital projector and an image of singing canary move themselves around room.


Sarah Meyohas

Sarah Meyohas is a second-year Masters candidate in Photography at the Yale School of Art. She previously studied finance at the Wharton School and international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. These multiple pursuits intersect in her artwork. Her latest project is www.bitchcoin.biz, a digital currency backed by photography.

Researcher: Karsten Harries

School of Art

“RVBIX”, He is a former Chinese national champion, manipulating into order the red, yellow, green, orange, white, and blue of a cube. Solving the Rubik’s Cube is a frenzy of colors, the faster the better. 

The artist’s hands appear, to blindfold him. Just an initial image is enough for the algorithm in his mind’s eye. The cube is ordered, till each side is a monochrome grid.

The grid is a myth, an illusion that is scientific, a belief that is rational. She disorders the cube. Her maladroit hands grab it, mess it up, and hand it back to him.

Then he pauses, and places the cube into the grid of the façade: blue with a green center, then yellow with a white center, then green with blue center, then orange. Just orange. It breaks with the pattern, but still fits in the grid. It’s all a game.


Gideon Broshy

Gideon Broshy (b. 1993) is a composer and pianist from New York City studying music and sociology at Yale. He attempts to fuse a sense of detail and nuance learned from classical music with the immediacy of rock, the flexibility of jazz, and an appetite for technology. As a pianist, Gideon has performed on National Public Radio and at Carnegie Hall. His major piano teachers include Wei-Yi Yang at the Yale School of Music and Ernest Barretta at the Juilliard School.

Researcher : Nicholas Christakis

​School of Music

Nodes” Our work was inspired by research on the spread of behaviors through social networks by Nicholas Christakis and the Human Nature Lab at the Yale Institute for Network Science. Prof. Christakis studies the social, mathematical, and biological rules governing how social networks form (‘connection’) and the biological and social implications of how they operate to influence thoughts, feelings, and behaviors (‘contagion’). His work has investigated, among many subjects, how through mere proximity we influence whether our friends cooperate, how they eat, whether they smoke, and how happy or lonely they are. We are profoundly interested in how networks construct and determine the world and how their visualizations (and, in our case, the sonifications they loosely inspire) serve as real and metaphorical representations of the world’s complexity at all levels of structure.
-Gideon Broshy and Shawn Boyle

“ACCELERATOR” is a visual exploration into the explosive search for invisible dark matter - elusive ghosts of the genesis of our universe.

 

Rasean Davonte Johnson

Rasean Davonte Johnson is a MFA candidate in Design at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include The Master and Margarita, King John, Preston Montfort, Deer and the Lovers, and The Children. He also served as assistant projection designer at Yale Repertory Theatre for These Paper Bullets! and The Accidental Death of an Anarchist. Other projection credits include The Untitled Project, 50:13, Solo Bach,Muzeum, We Fight We Die, Brothers Size (Yale Cabaret); La Cenerentola (Yale Opera); as well as collaborations with Court Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, ArtsEmerson, Porchlight Music Theatre, Manual Cinema, the Catharsis Junkies, Collaboraction, Stoptime 341, Shadowbox Live, and American Theater Company. Rasean received his BA in theatre, focusing on video art, from Ohio State University. rasean-johnson.squarespace.com

Yale School of Drama

“Living Sculpture” An analysis of Roman Sculpture and their connection to the gods through the Beinecke.

 

Evelyn Robertson

Evelyn Robertson is a senior Philosophy major in Yale College from Norfolk, Virginia. She has been painting since she was four years old and plans to pursue both a career in graphic design and an MFA in painting after graduation. At Yale she has been creating abstract expressionist color fields inspired by waterfalls and other natural scenes.

Professor: Anoka Foroqee

​School of Art, Philosophy

Transforming paint into light, “Cascade” is the recording of paint pouring over canvas. Intended to emulate waterfalls and other natural forms, while exploring color and light, the project attempts to spark ideas about the infinite, and the eternally changing motion and force of nature.  

Dionysus Cho

I am interested in the juxtaposition of digital formalism and sculpting physical artifacts. Suspension and movement. Fluidity of form. Sharp shards. Smooth and piercing. I am an MArch I student at Yale School of Architecture. CLRLSS.com

Researcher: Karsten Heeger

Collaborator : Gideon Broshy

“ACCELERATOR” is a visual exploration into the explosive search for invisible dark matter - elusive ghosts of the genesis of our universe.

“ACCELERATOR” is a final farewell to the Yale’s own particle accelerator at Wright Laboratory, once tucked into Science Hill. Although it is now in the final stages of deconstruction, its historic significance in advancing physics research continues as Yale researchers and their studies spreads worldwide.

   


little ray

Matthew Suttor

Mason Jar Music

Grace Farms Foundation

Ernest Baker

Emily SoRelle Adams

Kenyon Adams (little ray) studies Religion and the Arts at Yale. Mr. Adams has been the recipient of a National Young Arts Foundation Award, and was named a White House Presidential Scholar in the Arts. Upon graduating, Kenyon will serve as Director of Arts Initiatives for a new Connecticut-based cultural center, Grace Farms and the River building designed by Pritzker- Award winning architectural team, SANAA, from Tokyo, Japan.  

New Zealand-born composer Matthew Suttor is Professor and Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale School of Drama. Often combining acoustic forces with music technology, Matthew Suttor has composed operas, dance works, and music for all kinds of theatrical productions as well as chamber music, sacred pieces, sound installations, and scores for television. A Fulbright Scholar, Suttor received a doctorate in composition from Columbia University.

matthewsuttor.net

little ray, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, M.A.R. ‘15

Matthew Suttor, Director of the Laurie Beechman Center for Theatrical Sound Design and Music at Yale Drama School

Mason Jar Music, Brooklyn NYC | masonjarmusic.com

Grace Farms Foundation, gracefarms.org 

“Blood Memory” explores the moment of collapse that intense personal or national trauma can bring to a human being. It is also about the hope of moving through such a moment into the strength of resistance. Perhaps most importantly, it is about the possibility of solidarity, of profound identification with the suffering of others.

An original composition, created by Professor Matthew Suttor in collaboration with student performer Kenyon Adams, effectively reconstructs and reconceives the American gospel-blues-spiritual song “I Know It Was the Blood”.

This refiguring of the old song includes spoken and performed text from the Beinecke’s collection of the Letter’s of James Baldwin. Also included in the music will be texts from W.E.B Dubois and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

 

Shawn Boyle

SHAWN BOYLE (PROJECTION DESIGN) is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Bird Fire Fly and THUNDERBODIES. Previous designs include Pierrot Lunaire (Yale Cabaret); La Boite a Jouxoux, Spiegel im Spiegel (Yale School of Music); The Nutcracker (Grand Rapids Ballet); The Witches of Eastwick (Ogunquit Playhouse); City of Angels (Goodspeed Musicals); Lover’s Tale, The Who’s Tommy, K2, Red Remembers (Berkshire Theatre Festival); Singin’ in the Rain, and My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding (Merry Go Round Playhouse). The LUMIA piece is inspired by the upcoming Thomas Wilfred exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery Light in Orbit: Thomas Wilfred’s Lumia, schedule to open in 2017.

Researcher: Thomas Wilfred

Yale School of Drama

“From Light to Lumia” celebrates artist Thomas Wilfred’s transformation of Light into LUMIA - an art form of Wilfred’s invention. Yale University is home to Wilfred’s papers, and is currently working toward an exhibition of Wilfred’s work - Light in Orbit: Thomas Wilfred’s Lumia, scheduled to open at the Yale University Art Gallery in 2017. This piece is an animated and scored response to one of Wilfred’s many drawings held in the collection at Yale. The animation and music complement the implied sense of motion and sound in Wilfred’s drawing. 

See also: “Nodes”