In 2020, Benjamin Gardner (Art and Design) wrapped up his third year as the Humanities Research Scholar. Below we share updates and images from the project that was supported.
"My time as a Center for Humanities Research Scholar was incredibly productive and helped me realize some important aspects of my studio practice—the major one being that I am interested in making art works that can be experienced by individuals outside of a gallery or museum exhibition. I spent a good amount of time as a child listening to music and records with headphones and I’ve been developing projects that recreate similar, intimate experiences. My research and artwork as a Research Scholar culminated in a read-along book titled The Cabin. The Cabin is based off of read-along books that I grew up with that were printed books that came with a record with an audio soundtrack and a narrator reading the text of the book. It really expanded my studio practice in that I wrote the short story, created illustrations for the book, designed the layout of the book, composed the soundtrack, and produced the audio recording that was engraved on a 7” record in collaboration with Haunted Birthday Records out of Atlanta, Georgia. As others have done with the old Gremlins read-along books that I listened to as a child, I created a video-based version of the book that you can find on Vimeo here (password is: inthewoods).I have copies of the The Cabin available; if you are interested contact me at Benjamin.firstname.lastname@example.org. This award has been very significant for me and has been crucial to my development as a scholar and artist, I am grateful to the Center for Humanities for the support!"