Research Roundtable 2: Supporting Cross-Discipline Work

Taught by:
Julie Martin Regine Basha Rachel Haberstroh
Wednesday, Apr 12
Second Wednesdays
7 - 9:00 pm
Free with RSVP

This roundtable will consider the concrete structures that support cross-discipline work- from the educator to the funder, the curator to the librarian. Curator Regine Basha and Julie Martin of  Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) will guide the roundtable through an interactive analysis of models that have evolved through cross-disciplinary research and practice, starting with E.A.T. and including the Bard MFA Summer Program, Creative Capital ‘Emerging Fields’ grants, Fluent ~ Collaborative and 1-2 artist projects. We will examine the language, organization, and function of these support systems. The roundtable will feature materials from the E.A.T. archive and participants will receive an email with readings.

Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.) was launched in 1967 by engineers Billy Klüver and Fred Waldhauer and artists Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Whitman. It emerged from 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering, a series of performance art presentations uniting artists with engineers and scientists from the Bell Telephone Laboratories.

About this roundtable series:
In academia, each discipline has its own rules for research. What happens to research methods when disciplines combine, morph, flex, and go rogue? This roundtable brings together researchers across disciplines to share tools, resources, methods, and philosophies with one another. Each session will feature 2-3 guests and related readings that expand on the idea of ‘research’ in relationship to themes like experimentation, play, archives, and performance. Participants will co-develop language to describe this emerging field.


Born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1938, Julie Martin graduated from Radcliffe College with a BA in philosophy and received a Masters degree in Russian Studies from Columbia University. In 1966 she worked as production assistant to Robert Whitman on his theater performances, culminating in 9 Evenings: Theatre & Engineering in October 1966, that led to the founding of the Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). She joined the staff of E.A.T. in 1967, and over the years worked closely with Billy Klüver on projects and activities of the organization. In recent years she has worked as coordinating producer for Robert Whitman’s on his performances: the video cell phone projects Local Report, and the theater performances using projections and Internet connectivity: Passport, and Swim. Currently she is Director of E.A.T. and Executive Producer of a series of films on DVD that document each of the ten artists’ performances at 9 Evenings. She is editing a book on the art and technology writings of Billy Klüver.

Regine Basha is the Director of Residencies at Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Since the early 1990s Basha has curated for contemporary art institutions as well as independently producing projects for private and public spaces nationally and internationally. From 2002-2007 Basha was based in Austin, Texas and was Adjunct Curator of Arthouse at the Jones Center (now The Contemporary Austin) and had co-founded with Laurence Miller the contemporary art initiative, Fluent~Collaborative, which mainly generates projects through Testsite. During her time in Texas, she had also taken up a residency in Cairo at Townhouse, produced a walking project in Santiago, Chile called Anti-monumento, and curated a series of 15 town-wide sonic installations (with Rebecca Gates and Lucy Raven) called The Marfa Sessions with Ballroom Marfa and Marfa Public Radio. In the past decade, she has developed exhibitions and writing on artists such as Paul Pfeiffer, Basim Magdy Nina Katchadourian, Julieta Aranda, Dario Robleto, Stephen Vitiello, Hope Ginsburg, Daniel Bozhkov and Michael Rakowitz among many other artists. Basha is a 1996 graduate of Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. She sits on the board of Art Matters and on the SETI (Search for Extra-terrestrial Intellgence) Artist in Residents program.

Rachel Haberstroh is an artist, writer, activist, and educator. She plays with light, builds games, directs faux exercise videos, organizes Millennial Focus Group, and belongs to an intersectional feminist studio collective.