Right now, Astrodime is undertaking considerable research on the topic of Invasive Species.
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Below is our most recent research presentation.

Giant Crabs take over PCCS!
Artists explore “Invasive Species” at Hiebert Marine Lab in Provincetown

Location: Hiebert Marine Lab, Larkin Hall, 5 Holway Avenue, Provincetown
Opening: Tuesday June 18, 2013 from 6-8 PM
Exhibit Days: Wednesday June 19-Friday June 21, 10-4 pm

From June 18-21, 2013, media artists sam smiley and Bebe Beard, and music composer Lou Cohen will be hosting an art expo with video projections and music at the Hiebert Marine Lab at Larkin Hall. It is called “Invaders! Art and Ecology at PCCS! “. In cooperation with the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies (PCCS), they will present their music, video projections and research on invasive species in a 3 day expo that is free and open to the public.

Visitors will be able to walk into Larkin Hall at the Hiebert Marine Lab from 10-4pm Wednesday-Friday June 19-21 to experience the exhibit. sam smiley’s work will feature video projections of giant crabs, seaweed, and “most wanted” invasive species identification cards in data displays gone awry. Bebe Beard’s video sculptures will work with and against reclaimed Styrofoam and invented forms of paper mache to provide a human scaled vision of the nightmare mankind is visiting on the waters of the earth. Lou Cohen’s multi-sited music compositions will give the environment a voice. All of these pieces will come together to immerse the visitor within a not too distant future of ecologies gone completely out of control.

The opening will be on Tuesday June 18 from 6-8pm. Refreshments will be served and the artists will be present at the opening and through the length of the exhibit.

This program is supported by a grant from the Provincetown Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. This program has also been made possible through the in-kind support of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.

BIOS and key participants:

sam smiley received her BFA in 1998 from Massachusetts College of Art, and her MFA from Rensaellar Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. sam smiley is a media artist and educator who works within the intersection of video art, video music, and the sciences. Her work has shown at media festivals around the world: Deutscher Videokunstpries: The German Award for Video Art, Karlsruhe, Germany, The National Poetry Association’s Cine(e) Poetry Festival, San Francisco, CA, Spain, and Locarno Film and Video Festival, Locarno, Switzerland, and others.She has done public art projects and installations in Troy, New York, the Boston Harbor Islands,and recently in Mexico City, Mexico. Since 2007, she is the lead curator of a DVD compilation on different issues in arts and science called INtransit.

Bebe Beard earned her BFA in 1976, her MFA from Mass College of Art’s Studio for Interrelated Media in 1996. In recent years she has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, St Botolph’s Club Art Foundation and the Gottlieb Foundation Emergency Assistance; held residencies at Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY. She has exhibited in a wide variety of venues – alternative spaces, galleries, and theaters nationally and internationally. She has been collaborating on installations with sam smiley for 17 years and Lou Cohen has been her music man since they met on Monhegan Island, off Maine’s coast in 2003.

Lou Cohen, born 1937, has composed music since age 11. He studied mathematics at MIT. Composition teachers include John Cage, Ernst Levy and Alan Kemler. He studied harpsichord and early music performance practice with John Gibbons. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Beginning around 2004 his compositions have been almost exclusively algorithmic and electronic. He recently released a 3-CD set of electronic pieces entitled “Lou Cohen: Music”, available on the Pogus Label. Since 2004 he has appeared as a laptop improviser in numerous concerts in the Greater Boston area. The laptop software created by Cohen responds to movements of wiimote game controllers. Over the years he has performed with many fine musicians, including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Christian Wolff, Ken Ueno, David Tudor, and many others.
His collaborations with video artist Bebe Beard, and his own computer animations have been shown in many galleries and film festivals around the world. ”

The Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies is a non-profit organization dedicated to research, public education, and conservation programs for the coastal and marine environments. One of their missions is to conduct educational activities and to provide educational resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems.