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Eric Sloss

For immediate release:
March 3, 2004

Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Appoints Greensburg Native as Fellow

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry has announced the selection of Nathan Martin as STUDIO fellow.

Martin, originally from Greensburg, Pa., earned his bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie Mellon in 1999 and is currently completing his master of fine arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A distinguished panel of art and science professionals selected Martin from an international applicant pool.

At the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry Martin is working as part of the Carbon Defense League, a media-arts collective, and will develop a project called MapHub. MapHub is a computer-based system for sharing urban geographical and historical data.

"MapHub is a combination of culture, history, narrative and caution that might otherwise go untold," Martin says. MapHub will connect individual views of the city and combine them to create a collection of multiple interfaces such as favorite spots, roads, buildings, among other demographics.

Martin said the project aims to make visible participants "subjective visions of their urban landscape and combine it with other visions to get a collective community view of the city surroundings." MapHub will be launched as a Web site ( and later developed for a kiosk.

Margaret Myers, associate director of the STUDIO, said, "It is exciting to have Nathan as a fellow. He has roots back to the university and is a graduate of the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon. He went out and created high quality, interdisciplinary projects using the skills he learned. He also worked with Stelarc, one of our research fellows in the '90s. His success and progress are affirmations of the program here; he was able to compete with highly accomplished, skilled artists on an international scale."

"As a research fellow at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry and part of my ongoing practice, I will explore the periphery, finding ways to make visible that which is often filtered from view," said Martin of his one-year appointment.

"The MapHub Project represents a new style of project for both myself and the Carbon Defense League. Working with a team from the School of Design, Robotics Institute and the School of Art as well as active and engaged Pittsburgh residents, my fellowship will enable me to further develop the tactics and strategies for implementing both my individual and collective practice."

Last year Martin was a winner in the Memefest 2003 International Festival of Radical Communication and a finalist of the Transmediale Software Art Award in Berlin for the widely publicized project. He and Laleh Mehran (MFA '97) were commissioned to create a performance in Amsterdam for the No Escape event at Paradiso as part of Next 5 Minutes 4, for which he served as a member of the International Editorial Board. His work has been included in the Perspectives 03 & Computer Space Festival 2003 in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival and Digital Deviance at Ecole du Magasin in Grenoble, France, among other national and international media arts events.

Martin's writing has appeared in several books, magazines and journals. He is currently working on a media arts and critical theory book about the work of the Carbon Defense League.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry was founded in 1989 to support and encourage exploration in the arts, particularly interdisciplinary projects. It provides a stipend and facilities to the selected artists and ensures that their projects impact the community. The STUDIO's criteria for fellow selection include the ability to manage complex interdisciplinary collaborative projects, meet community or societal needs and work on a community level. Funding for the STUDIO's residency project is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the PA Council on the Arts and the Heinz Endowments.

The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry is one of three programs of interdisciplinary work within Carnegie Mellon's College of Fine Arts. The College of Fine Arts is a community of nationally and internationally recognized artists and professionals organized into five schools: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama and Music, and their associated centers and programs.

For more information on the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry or the College of Fine Arts contact Eric Sloss at 412-268-5765 or email


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