Arts at CERN-IARI Collaboration

The focus for the Integrated Arts Research Initiative's (IARI) 20212022 inquiry is a collaboration with Arts at CERN, the official arts program of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Participants include New Yorkbased video and performance artist Janet Biggs; Associate Professor of Mathematics at KU Agnieszka Miedlar; and Associate Professor of Physics at KU Daniel Tapia Takaki. Please check this page for news and updates on the project.

Singular Value Decomposition, a performance with dancer Vinson Fraley and musician Earl Maneein, is scheduled for Thursday, April 8, 2021, at 6PM CDT (7PM Eastern/4PM Pacific) as a virtual event.

Vinson Fraley was born in Statesville, North Carolina and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He was accepted into DeKalb School of the Arts for voice and drama. At the age of 14, Vinson seriously began his dance training under the direction of Lynise and Denise Heard at DanceMakers of Atlanta. In 2015 he received his BFA in dance from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Prior to joining the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane company in 2017, he was a member of Kyle Abraham’s A.I.M for two years. Vinson has also collaborated and performed with Carrie Mae Weems. He has participated in Frieze Art Fair under the direction of Stephen Galloway. He has presented solo works in both Germany and France. His work has been written about and featured in various publications including The New York Times, Interview Magazine, I-d Magazine, Highsnobiety, Document Journal, and Dance Magazine.

Earl Maneein is a multi-instrumental performer and composer equally comfortable playing acoustic violin and viola in a concert hall as he is playing guitar and electric violin in an arena. His artistic output stands at the somewhat unlikely crossroads of Western Classical music, Heavy Metal, and Hardcore Punk. He was born and raised in Queens, NYC and began studying classical violin at age four. Having discovered extreme music when he was thirteen at an all-ages hardcore punk show in the basement of Our Lady of Lourdes in Queens Village, NYC, Earl was moved profoundly and knew even then that he needed this kind of music in his life. Continuing to study Western Classical music throughout his childhood, he received a Bachelor of Music Degree from Queens College and a Master of Music Degree from the Mannes College of Music in New York City, where he studied with Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet.

Ground Works, a compendium of interdisciplinary arts-inclusive research projects, held its first event as a virtual session in the 2020 national conference for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). In this session, titled "Dear Arts Integration Community: A Letter of Inquiry from the CERN-IARI Collaboration," the Arts at CERN-IARI team presented early stage research, followed by discussion with a Ground Works panel and session attendees. As the team—composed of a visual artist, curator, mathematician, and physicist—is in the conceptual phase of their work together, their presentation was about potential and process rather than a finished project.

Attendees at the session listed among their top takeaways "value in working through things publicly (among peers and scholars)" and "exciting to see interdisciplinary collaborative work being done in a generative way (rather than a STEM to Arts linear offloading/interpretive way), and to get to hear about the process and challenges." Watch the talk below.