Sparked

Click on each faculty member's name to read more about their inspiration, aesthetics, and creative processes – all of it in their own words.

Patrick Stettner (Film)

Patrick Stettner, assistant director of the Rutgers Filmmaking Center, has directed original films starring Robin Williams and Sandra Oh (The Night Listener, 2006), Stockard Channing (The Business of Strangers, 2001), and Allison Janney (Flux, 1996). Stettner's Sparked discusses late night New York City, automatic writing, and his father's photographs.


Valerie Ramshur (Theater)

Lucille Lortel nominee and Head of Costume Design Valerie Ramshur's credits span theater, dance, film and television. Her Broadway credits include Hedwig and the Angry InchA Behanding in Spokane, Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Bobbi Boland, A Raisin in the Sun, Guys and Dolls, Chaplin, and Ruined. In her Sparked, Ramshur talks about labyrinths, 19th-century style, photography, and more.


Sasamoto, a professor of sculpture in the Visual Arts Department, creates works that explore identity, family, and everyday life. Her installations and gallery performances are often the result of collaborations with scholars and other artists. Sasamoto's Sparked discusses everything from Mike Tyson to fungus.
 

Elkins, a Bessie Award-winning professor of dance here at Mason Gross, as well as a Guggenheim fellow, began his dance career as a B-boy, touring the world with break-dance groups. Earlier this year he received a commission to make a new piece with the dancers of Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance. Elkins's Sparked includes references to martial arts, comics, and Japanese anime.
 

Cinematography professor Alan McIntyre says he wants student work to reflect a complex understanding of the visual world.

“If we’re going to bother people to look at our work, we’d better make sure that it’s informed by both the present and the past and not dull or derivative,” he says. “Modern cinematography requires a limber skill set, [because] a shooter will jump from narrative film to commercial to music video to TV show and have to adapt to each format’s style and aesthetic. The wider your visual vocabulary, the easier it is to imagine the shots that will relay the proper information.”

Smith shares the disparate roots of his own aesthetic in his Sparked article.


Christopher Cartmill (Theater)
Award-winning playwright, actor, and director, Christopher Cartmill has directed the Rutgers Theater Company productions of Acting is Believing, Love and Intrigue and Gabriel (which he also translated from French). Cartmill's Sparked touches on his many sources of inspiration, from childhood memories to the simple act of rehearsing.

Steven Kemper (Music)

Composer, instrument designer, and professor of music technology Steven Kemper works with sensors, machines, and computers to create new forms of electronic music. He has collaborated on projects ranging from interactive belly dance to bicycle-powered music to musical robotics. In addition to these projects, Kemper composes music for acoustic instruments, dance, video, and networked systems. In his Sparked, Kemper talks about how myths and stars shape his art.


Turkish media artist, curator, writer, and Visual Arts professor Atif Akin produces multimedia installations, video, and photography projects. His projects tend to wedge themselves at the intersection between art, design, and politics and often focus on environmental and natural occurrences. In his Sparked, Akin talks about how his projects are research driven and presented using computational representation techniques as well as photography and video.