F2F: Fueling the Future
In 2011 - 2012, the campus focused on the energy theme F2F: Fueling the Future. Programs associated with this theme include:
Part of the First Year Matters program for new students, the Center for the Arts commissioned the performing group Asphalt Orchestra to create a new work based on the energy theme. It was performed by over 650 new students at the Common Moment.
Film Screening of GaslandSeptember 7, 2012, 7pm
Usdan, Daniel Family Commons
Sponsored by Usdan University Center
Learn more about this environmental documentary here.
Moving Planet DaySeptember 24, 10am-2pm
381 Main Street, Middletown, CT
Community event to recognize 350.org's international day to reduce fossil fuel use. This event was accomplished in collaboration with Middletown Community Members and Middlesex Community College.
One World HouseSeptember 24-30, 2011
A full-sized, eight-foot-square wood and sheet metal model of a typical house in many rural communities in underdeveloped countries was installed in the courtyard of a Wesleyan dorm. It was accompanied by panels relating the problems a family living in such a house could face due to the negative effects of climate change.
In partnership with Wesleyan University's College of the Environment, as well as the student organizations Wesleyan University's Environmental Organizer's Network and WILDWes.
Ron Jenkins, Professor Theater, was commissioned by the Center for the Arts to create a new play based on Jenkins' work with incarcerated men and women in Italy, Indonesia, and the United States who were inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy. The work serves as a reminder the fact that conserving and recycling human resources is as important as conserving and recylcing the natural resources of our planet. On September 28, 2011, Jenkins read from this commissioned work with the assistance of three formerly incarcerated women, followed by a panel discussion and question and answer session.
Crowell Concert Hall
In their first-ever United States tour, 36 dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through milti-part harmonies, poetry and gracious movement. Located close to sea level, these islands are already experiencing rising sea levels as a result of global warming and climate change.
A project of the UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance in collaboration with the Foundation for World Arts and the EarthWays Foundation. Co-Sponsored by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Wesleyan University College of the Environment.
Beckham Hall, Fayerweather
Commissioned by the Center for the Arts, Leigh Fondakowski developed and wrote a new play based on her research in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Louisiana. Fondakowski previewed this work for the first time at Wesleyan in conjunction with artwork by Reeva Wortel..
Van Vleck Observatory
Opening Reception: May 2, 4:15-6pm
This new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen examined the historical and cultural concepts of energy. It featured a series of handmade, wooden instruments that emit recorded whispers from the power of burning candles - a transformation of energy from its literal manifestations to its mysterious and cultural incarnations. Commissioned by the Center for the Arts.