College of Fine Arts Podcast Program
Explores Impact of the Fine Arts
PITTSBURGH — The College of Fine Arts at Carnegie Mellon University has launched "Lab A6," a weekly podcast program that brings together Carnegie Mellon faculty, students and community members for discussions on how art impacts life. The program, online at www.cmu.edu/cfa/labA6.html, has 18 podcasts with more in the works on subjects ranging from the environment and product design, to music, drama and the visual arts.
The podcasts give community members access to the diverse expertise of Carnegie Mellon faculty. One podcast focuses on the environment with Architecture Professor Volker Hartkopf, who's heading up a United Nations think tank on sustainable architecture.
"Lab A6 is an opportunity to shine a light on the extraordinary work of the artists, scholars and students at Carnegie Mellon and in the Pittsburgh community," said Marge Myers, host of Lab A6 and associate director of Carnegie Mellon's STUDIO for Creative Inquiry. "Artists throughout the Pittsburgh region participate in these informative discussions about art, which focus on the impacts of art. These folks are worthy of the extra time and attention the podcast medium offers."
The podcasts also engage audiences by taking them behind the scenes of productions and art exhibits. One podcast focuses on trends in opera with Gregory Lehane, who directed the School of Music's production of the opera "The Consul," and another focuses on "echo::system-The Desert," a performance art piece that ran at the New Hazlett Theater last September. Another podcast gives the audience a look into the inspiration of artist Lowry Burgess, whose paintings can be viewed at the Carnegie Museum of Art.
The podcasts are intended to be "timeless." While some focus on specific projects or events, these projects serve as the starting point for expansive discussions. Ayanah Moor's exhibit W(RAPPER) was the basis for a discussion on notions of cultural ownership. Other podcasts, like "Composers Discuss the Newest in New Music," aim to generate general discussion.
The music at the opening and conclusion of the podcasts is Mendelssohn's second quartet and Ravel's quartet performed by the Starling Quartet at Carnegie Mellon. Riccardo Schulz, associate teaching professor in the School of Music, is the recording engineer. The podcasts are recorded in Studio A6 in the College of Fine Arts building.