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The DFI Gallery was established in June of 2022 with the mission of promoting public scholarship by blending research, media, and art. We invite visitors to explore new ways to connect, imagine, and engage in the immersive experiences designed in this space. 


 


Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice

October 2022


 

Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice 
An exhibition of artwork exploring education dreams by K12 educators, students, and university faculty 
October 13 -- November 2, 2022 
DFI Gallery (5th floor of Russell Hall) 
 
 
The Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice project explores the possibilities of designing new educational futures through the arts.  This public engagement research project brought together K-12 educators, aspiring teachers and mental health counselors, K-12 students, authors, artists, faculty, and the broader community to create education freedom dreams for exhibition in online and public spaces. Inspired by concepts of freedom dreaming within the work of Robin D. G. Kelley and the abolitionist scholarship of Bettina L. Love, this diverse collective has engaged in arts-based inquiries into the creation of more equitable and humanizing educational spaces. 
 
On October 13th, join members of the Freedom Dreamers Collective for a gallery talk as they reflect on their exhibition of artwork: Christina Pepe, Matt Pinchinat, Amy Salamone, Fatima Shah, Leah Werther, and Dr. Kelly Wissman. They will be joined by Prof. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz of Teachers College, whose writing and scholarship served as one of the inspirations for the educators’ yearlong inquiry. 
 
On October 14th, DFI will host an interactive art-making experience with University of Albany professor Dr. Kelly Wissman for children and families to explore freedom dreaming and educational justice through arts-based activities.

CROSSINGS

June-September 2022


BUILDING FUNGITOPIA is a series of STEAM workshops for NYC youth to engage in biotechnology framed as an ecologically mindful space to work with fungi. Through hands-on making at the Snow Day Learning Lab and exploration at Riverside Park, we imagine future worlds where things are grown instead of built and where students learn with nature rather than only about it. The study of biotechnology as a learning space reveals the entangled dynamics between humans and nature, ancient and future technologies, organic and artificial materials, and indoor and outdoor learning spaces.

Isabel Correa
Nathan Holbert
Lucius Von Joo
Ayse Unal
Blake Danzig
Chenyou Wu

www.interspeciescreativity.com

The city of Soteria captures experiences from the physical world and represents them in the immersive virtual reality to enhance an exchange of social support, and in doing so, reduce social isolation. In Soteria, remote workers will engage in self-disclosure, thereby bettering social connectedness and well-being during an unprecedented time, and in an expansive virtual cityscape.

Team Cerberus:

Jordan Burkland
Grace J. Choi
Blake DanzigPeople’s

Choice Award,
Innovation Award (INA) 2022

THE SECRETS OF IRIS AND HERMES refers to ancient Greek gods whose roles were to deliver important messages to faraway places. Communicating at a distance has always captured the human imagination—from drums to beacons to the telegraph and beyond, we have continuously explored ways to encode our messages in forms that can be delivered at greater distances and with greater speed and accuracy. These Wi-Fi connected toys provide children with a panel of lights, switches, and dials that they can use to create their own coded messages and communicate secretly with a friend, exploring computational thinking and communications concepts in a meaningful way.

David Zikovitz
Tools and Toys for Knowledge Construction Final Project
ACM Interaction Design and Children 2022 Demo

People’s Choice Award,
Innovation Award (INA) 2022

Address

5th Floor Russell Hall 

Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Direction

The subway station serving Teachers College is the 116th Street stop of the No. 1 subway train (red line). Be sure that you are on (or transfer to) the 1 train at the 96th Street Station. The express lines (No. 2 or No. 3 trains) do not serve Columbia University.

Reception

If you do not have a Columbia or TC ID, please bring a valid photo ID with you. Upon arrival, please enter the main entrance on West 120th street (between Broadway and Amsterdam). The security desk located at Zankel Hall 1st floor will assist with your check-in and direct you from there.

Please be sure to have proof of COVID-19 vaccination. 

 

floor map to DFI gallery from main entrance turn left walk to Russell Hall and take elevator to 5th floor. Exit elevator and turn right.
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