All the elements of Project Cabrini Green were created together with and by the students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As an artist and educator I believe in creative collaborative exchange between faculty and students. I have collaborated in the past with my students on a number of public art projects, usually bringing the tools and the technical knowledge through educational process into a creative dialog. With Project Cabrini Green I reached out to my students because of their knowledge of different media and tools and with the help of fellow faculty members gathered groups of students that developed and created each of the Project’s elements in a faculty supervised educational process.

The Department of Art and Technology Studies was a unique resource of knowledge and equipment and its faculty, staff and students developed, designed and assembled the six weeks long lasting LED kits. The sound group developed a computer tool to translate a spoken word into a blinking light, later used during the workshops to record the performing youth and to generate the code for the LED kits. The workshops were co-facilitated by students from seven different SAIC departments who delivered the content and gave personal guidance to the youth participants (see Workshops page). A group of students created this web platform to allow access to the audio and textual content of the project as well as to the documentation and the live video feed. Two students from Visual Communication designed and produced a book of the texts and poems written by the youth participants. They also created the project’s logo. When the Project partnered with the Museum of Contemporary Art, group of students from the SAIC Live Media class, joined by two faculty, created a unique enhanced live video feed installation for the glass street level entrance of the museum. Early on we realized the necessity for a 3D model of the disappearing icon. Two undergraduate students of Architecture and Design picked up on the challenge and built the digital as well the physical acrylic model of 1230 N. Burling high-rise. The sound tool developed for the workshops was used for the installation at the MCA to enhance the model with sound/light activation.

Project Cabrini Green was unique collaborative learning experience that brought together students and faculty from different fields to create one multi-layered project.

Workshop Development and Facilitation

Efrat Appel
Monica Hillerman Nicolai, Writing
Leah Oren, Art History and Arts Administration
Eddie Breitweiser, Sound
Lee Blalock, Performance
Kate Short, Ceramics
Josef Aguilar, Photography
Nina Rozes, Textile and Fiber

Alex Halbert, Film, Video and New Media

Sound Development and Processing

Kyle Evans, Sound
Eddie Breitweiser, Sound
Lee Blalock, Performance

LED Kit Development and Design

Wonbin Yang, Art and Technology
Ed Bennett, Art and Technology Research faculty
Anna Yu, Facilities Manager of Electronics & Kinetics

Web Platform

Dao Nguyen, Art and Technology
Katherine Trimble, Art and Technology
Joey Moran, Art and Technology

Live Video Feed

Marla Sanvick, Art and Technology
Monica Panzarino, Film, Video and New Media
Joshua Sampson, Film, Video and New Media
Jacob King, Sound
Chris Cuellar, Art and Technology Studies Faculty
Nadav Assor, Art and Technology Studies Faculty

Design and Print

Pharaon Siraj, Visual Communication
Arin Han, Visual Communication

Virtual and Physical modeling

Michael Genge, Architecture and Designed Objects
Jason Gillette, Architecture and Designed Objects

Overseeing Faculty

John Manning, Art and Technology Studies, Chair
Shawn Decker, Art and Technology Studies and Sound Departments, Professor
Nadav Assor, Art and Technology Studies Faculty