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Scalar Workshop + Polymathic Making at USC’s Harman Academy

uscpolymathic-400Wednesday, September 21st
Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
5 to 6:30 pm
to RSVP email Curtis Fletcher at

If you happen to be around USC this Wednesday,  join us for a special Scalar workshop at the new Polymathic Labs.

A new initiative of the Academy, the Polymathic Labs will extend our integrative learning to the tactile and the sensory, offering a space for experimentation, play, and creative expression. To kick us off, Academy Director Tara McPherson and Associate Director Curtis Fletcher will lead a workshop on Scalar. The session will introduce the platform, showcase the various ways it has been used to create online publications, exhibits, and games, and lead students through a hands-on workshop on using Scalar for making various types of projects.

Please bring an internet-ready laptop to the workshop. (An iPad will also work, but laptops are often easier to work with.)

And, yes, there will be pizza!



The focus of “If were,” the latest Scalar project published by the College Art Association, is Boris Charmatz’s “If Tate Modern Was Musée de la Danse?,” a work that turned the Turbine Hall of the Tate Museum into a dance performance, into a “dance museum” on May 15th and 16th of 2015. Boris’ work asks “What would a museum of dance look like?” and, thus correspondingly, this Scalar project, a review of Boris’ work in the Tate, asks “What would a review of a work in a dance museum look like?”

Organized by editor designate of, Juliet Bellow, the review includes an introduction by Bellow, and reviews of the performances at the Tate Modern by three scholars of dance, Arabella Stanger, Nicole Zee, and Tamara Tomic-Vajagic. The review presents the complexities of Charmatz’s transformation of the Tate Modern into a museum of dance for two days a transformation that challenges conceptions of museums as institutional spaces and incorporates audience participation and “unauthorized” performances.

This review is part of a new initiative to review time-based media works, a great fit for Scalar. This first review features an interactive map allowing readers to see where Boris’ performances occurred in the Tate Modern as well as videos and images that document the performance overall.

Scalar Webinars: Announcing Our Fall 2016 Schedule

The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture will offer another series of free online webinars this fall.

All webinars will feature our new interface, Scalar 2. Our “Introduction to Scalar” webinars will cover basic features of the platform: a review of existing Scalar books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations and importing media. Our “Intermediate Scalar” webinars will delve into more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media and a primer on customizing appearances in Scalar.

Our fall schedule will include four dates:

Introduction to Scalar: September 15, 10am-12pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: October 13, 10am-12pm (PST)
Introduction to Scalar: November 10, 4pm-6pm (PST)
Intermediate Scalar: December 8, 4pm-6pm (PST)

Register here.

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The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture was created with the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.