Podcast of the Week 21: The “Wow Factor” of Photography

In his podcast titled “Wow Factor, Where Art Thou?” photographer Brooks Jenson ponders whether or not a photograph can posses the same sort of “wow factor” that a painting, drawing, or sculpture may have. Jenson believes that the appreciation of art is “tied up in a fundamental wonder that borders on disbelief” and begs the Read more about Podcast of the Week 21: The “Wow Factor” of Photography[…]

Podcast of Spring Break: The Plastic Surgeons of Horrible Pop Music

We made it! Spring Break is upon us. The sun is shining. The snow is melting. Things are looking up. These changes are rather drastic, especially in comparison to the snow, homework, clouds, midterms, and snow that have filled the semester thus far. In honor of such change, which we can all agree is for the Read more about Podcast of Spring Break: The Plastic Surgeons of Horrible Pop Music[…]

Field Work: “Portraits”

“Portraits” by Sofia Benitez and Alex Raz On our work in Boundary-Crossing S: ‘Is this one dancing?’, offered my roommate as I went through the pages. The series of self portraits I’d worked on hadn’t taken on any form for me at first. In fact I was ready to leave them in Mexico before my Read more about Field Work: “Portraits”[…]

Field Work: Trigger Warning

When Ariel told us last fall about the Boundary-Crossing exhibit, I was excited. It sounded like an incredible opportunity to showcase the collaborative creative that CAAD is all about. Then when she mentioned that we would each contribute a mural to the exhibit, I panicked. The largest art project I’d done prior was a series Read more about Field Work: Trigger Warning[…]

Podcast of the Week 20: The Power of Reading and Writing

Sometimes the ability to read and write is something we take for granted, especially at a highly selective institution like Vassar. Photographer and TED Fellow Laura Boushnak identifies as an Arab woman who “was not allowed initially to pursue [her] higher education.” Inspired by her own personal experience, Boushnak sought to “explore and document stories of other Read more about Podcast of the Week 20: The Power of Reading and Writing[…]

Field Work: Something Wicked This Way (Came)

I was sitting in the Crafted Kup one Saturday, enjoying my usual dark roast and reading Sister Carrie, when suddenly my concentration was broken by the chatter of two British men. I turned to look and gasped, for standing at the counter were Michael Palmer and Charles Armstrong, two of the Actors from the London Stage, Read more about Field Work: Something Wicked This Way (Came)[…]

Field Work: “Fragmented Creativity”: A Collage

When I first took on the task of creating a mural to represent the Collaboratory and all of the ideas it promotes, I believed it to be an impossible task; I thought of the infinite number of potential works the Collaboratory could both produce and display. These projects could involve work from a variety of disciplines, Read more about Field Work: “Fragmented Creativity”: A Collage[…]