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Transduction: the process by which materials, devices and organisms, humans included, convert of one kind of energy or signal into another.

Check out the Transduction documentary! It serves as a good introduction to the project.

Credit: SunHye Park. Length: 12 min.

Standing Wave Crop[audio]

sound projects


Credit:  McCutcheon Morecock

For our last class on April 29, we met at the Rotunda to strut and power pose, practicing what we learned from Sophie Trawalter about being at home in spaces, and from the TED Talk by Harvard Business Professor Amy Cuddy “Your body language shapes who you are”.  After that, we went to OpenGrounds for Radical Listening, a wrap up discussion and an over abundance of snacks.  Thank you everyone–students, speakers, faculty and other participants–for a great semester full of many insights and memorable experiences. All the best to the many Transduction graduates and handful of students who will be back next year.

Radical Listening Instructions

From Ram Eisenberg:  We THINK BETTER when someone is listening to us. That’s the basic assumption of radical listening. We are interactional by essence, and Language is an interaction. Putting difficult things into words, happens better with a listener. Just ask them to try it. The key is not to talk about what you know, but to really look for a difficult part, something you DONT KNOW exactly yet, and then talk about it. I also suggest reading Hinreich Von Kleist’s: On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking. It sets the tone and the basic ideas. 

Discussion Topic:  Consider your vision for the future.  Are there things that struck you this semester—interesting, surprising, useful, that give you ideas, insight—that you can take with you as you realize your vision/work for the future?

Transduction sessions were delocalized across Grounds, providing participants with a chance to experience the physical spaces of different fields.  On April 1 we visited the Great Hall of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where Sophie Trawalter is a professor, along with her joint appointment in Psychology to discuss Social Signal Transduction.

After considering visceral responses to land, objects and physical spaces through the notion of contagion, we learned about how people of different socioeconomic backgrounds, gender and racial groups occupy space differently. Examples were given from sites around Grounds. We learned that first impressions about status are often correct and that open stances vs closed ones, the extent to which people spread out, signal comfort in environments. We were surprised to hear that the median family income at UVA is higher than at most Ivy League schools and that some students thought they had to pay to go into the Rotunda, so never felt comfortable going there or studying there. This saddened many Transduction team members, who wished there could be better ways to be hospitable and make people feel welcome at UVA. We also learned how for many African Americans, the architecture at UVA, Darden in particular, signals slavery and plantations and how community members are not always comfortable at UVA, some actually referring to the university as “the plantation.” Prof. Frank Dukes, our second speaker for the day, offered examples given his leadership roles in UCARE.

From Frank Dukes, Urban Planning and Director of the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, we also learned about productive forms of public speech, less productive forms of discourse, environmental negotiation and community action. We engaged in a listening exercise to experience for ourselves the benefits of carefully listening to two sides of an argument.

Transduction built new connections, not just between students from different fields and schools, but faculty members as well.  We were thrilled to introduce Frank Dukes in Urban Planning and Sophie Trawalter who work on similar themes. Their work is highly complementary. They and the people and communities they serve can benefit greatly from the exchange.

March 4 xLECTURE cancelled. Seeking new date. Please stay tuned.

UPDATE:  Thanks to the remarkable teamwork, effort and quick responses of amazing staff and faculty in Architecture and Art, the Transduction team and of course, Natalie herself, the xLECTURE on the xCLINIC by Natalie Jeremijenko is rescheduled for Thurs April 17 at 6 pm in Campbell Hall Room 153 (School of Architecture). An OpenGrounds lunch time discussion is planned for Friday April 18. Please mark your calendars and join us for what promises to be a memorable event of interest to the entire university and Charlottesville community. More details will be posted on the Transduction Schedule as they become known.