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Research Project

Untidy Objects

2023 – 2025

Photo illustration courtesy Untidy Objects.

Key Question

Project Summary

A “living sculpture” on the University’s campus that includes water and vegetation is also a social intervention, prompting viewers to consider the fact that humans are the only living organism with legal and political rights. This project will introduce “augmented reality” technology to the sculpture and study the way it alters viewers’ responses to the sculpture’s propositions.

Research Team

Amber Ginsburg

Amber Ginsburg

Amber Ginsburg

Lecturer in Visual Arts

University of Chicago

Amber Ginsburg creates site-generated projects and social sculptures that insert historical scenarios into present-day situations, as well as engages present-day histories to imagine alternative futures. Her background in craft orients her projects toward the continuities and ruptures in...

Sara Black

Sara Black

Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sara Black has worked broadly as an artist, artist-teacher, arts organizer, and curator. Her artwork uses conscious processes of building, craft, and/or material transformation as a time-based method; she uses diseased wood, ecosystem-specific trees, inherited building materials or other...

Marc Downie

Marc Downie

Lecturer in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, Media Arts and Design, and the College

University of Chicago

Marc Downie is a Scottish-born digital artist. His pioneering approach to digital art combines three signature elements: non-photorealistic computational imagery; the incorporation of body movement by motion-capture and other means; and the autonomy of artworks directed by artificial...

Samantha Frost

Samantha Frost

Professor of Criticism and Interpretive Theory

University of Illinois

Samantha Frost is Professor in the Department of Political Science, the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research examines how our ideas about embodiment shape our understanding of...

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