Osher Fellow • August 2013, September 2014
Michael Bradke is a musician, music ethnographer, educator, and musical exhibit and instrument designer. He leads workshops, educator trainings, and performs in festivals sharing traditional music and rhythm making with voice and body such as "clapping culture" and "mouth music," which often result in impromptu group performances. He has also organized instrument-making workshops at festivals, schools, art academies, and science centers. Bradke received the 2000 German Culture for Children Award, was part of the 2011 Abu Dhabi Science Festival, and designed many exhibits for Swiss science center Technorama’s special 2014 Soundscapes exhibition.
Osher Fellow • May 2013
California State Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera is an acclaimed poet and author, and has taught poetry, art, and performance in different settings such as prisons, libraries, and community centers. He is Chair of creative writing at UC Riverside, and was named Poet Laureate of California in early 2012. The appointment is the first for a Latino in California. His parents were migrant farm workers; his writing articulates the life experiences of Mexican-Americans. Herrera commented, “This award is for all the young writers who want to put kindness inside every word throughout the state, because kindness is the heart of creativity.”
Juan holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social anthropology from UCLA and Stanford, respectively, and has an MFA from the University of Iowa. His numerous poetry volumes include: 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border, Undocuments 1971–2007, and Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream. He has also written children's books including, The Upside Down Boy, Laughing Out Loud, I Fly, and Cinnamon Girl, winner of the Américas Award. He has received numerous awards such as the National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a PEN award, California Arts Council grants, National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a UCB Regents Fellowship.
Osher Fellow • Fall 2009
Joy Mountford began her career in human computer interface at Honeywell, where she designed user interfaces for military avionics systems. She has been involved with designing interfaces for over twenty years in applications ranging from aircraft to personal computers to consumer devices to music systems.
Her most influential work came when she joined Apple Computer. At Apple, she managed the Human Interface Group and worked towards extending the user interface beyond the desktop application. Her research turned to audio and speech interfaces, 3-D design tasks, hand-held players, and multimedia systems. The Human Interface Group was involved with the evolution of QuickTime, Navigable Scenes, Bubble Help, AppleSearch, Macintosh Finder, uses of color and information filters, and portable devices.
Joy is an internationally recognized leader in user-centered interaction design. She focuses on enabling technology for artists, in music, theatre, the visual arts, and movie making. Her collaborative work in art and technology uses new techniques of generative data visualization and includes diverse data sources such as air traffic patterns over North America and bursts of mobile phone usage on New Year’s Day.
Osher Fellow • June 2013
Jasia Reichardt is a British art critic, editor, and curator with an interest in art and its intersection with other fields, especially technology. She was assistant director at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA, London) from 1963 to 1971. It was there, in summer 1968, that she organized the legendary exhibition Cybernetic Serendipity, which focused on the creative use of computers for visual art, music, dance, and interactive experiences. This groundbreaking exhibition received much acclaim in Europe and in the United States, where it was shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art from July–August 1969. It opened at the Exploratorium on October 17, 1969, the year the museum started, and helped to establish the experimental and playful character of the Exploratorium. At its conclusion, several of the artworks were purchased for our permanent collection, including Albert, Drawing Board, Dioximoirekinesis, After Image, Sidebands, and Entrechats.
Ms. Reichardt was also the director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery from 1974 to 1976 and curated an exhibition, Electronically Yours: New Images from the Digital Era in 1998 in Tokyo. Her career has also included writing and teaching. She has written articles and reviews for most of the international art magazines and for many books about art, and she has taught at the Architectural Association and other colleges. She also manages the Themerson Archive, a collection of the work of the experimental filmmaker, writer and artist, Stefan Themerson, and artist Franciszka Themerson.
Osher Fellow • September 2012
Bill Verplank originally studied mechanical engineering and product design and went on to get a PhD in "man-machine systems" from MIT. His talent as a teacher and mentor emerged early; as a graduate student he received MIT's top teaching award and, during the same period, his artistic interests resulted in the creation of a kinetic sculpture at the world-renowned Center for Advanced Visual Studies.
Bill has been teaching visual thinking and how to communicate and develop ideas in sketches for more than 25 years, and has worked at some of the most exciting and innovative R&D centers in the United States, including Xerox Parc, IDEO, Interval Research, and CCRMA at Stanford. Areas of active interest for Bill include haptic interfaces, inventing musical instruments, using metaphors to categorize and create new kinds of interfaces, and the history of electronic/digital interface development. More recently, he was a guest workshop leader at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design.
Osher Fellow • August 2012
Hilarious, brilliant, unpredictable Reggie Watts is a multitalented artist deservedly celebrated in music and contemporary comedy worlds. Most impressively, he is committed to complete improvisation for his experimental musical and verbal performances. Reggie's improvised musical sets are created on the fly using only his voice and audio equipment. He has spoken and performed at TED, SXSW, PopTech!, Bumbershoot, the Edinburgh Festival, and many other performance festivals and concerts. He has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, toured with Conan O'Brien, and collaborated with the band LCD Soundsystem. He is also a regular on the video podcast variety show Comedy Bang! Bang! He has received many awards for his work including the 2006 Andy Kaufman award and a 2009 Creative Capital Grant. During his Exploratorium residency, Reggie engaged in a sonic exploration of the Sound Column at our former location, and also celebrated the Mars Rover’s exploration with a stunning multilayered musical composition. While at the Exploratorium, Reggie spent time with our Explainers, the Tinkering Studio team, and enjoyed experiencing the exhibits and engaging with staff including our Executive Director and web team.