Shadow of Odysseus—Call of Ishmael
April 15–19, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history, created a public art installation on the roof of the Neidig-Garber Science Center. Befitting the inauguration of a new president, the artwork examined the beginning phase of a journey. Viewers heard emanating from the rooftop the voices of 16 LVC students individually describing the sense of excitement, hope, and fear that they once faced at the start of a personal journey. Interwoven within these unique stories, the same students recorded early passages from classic journey-themed books and poems. Each student selected an author based on their own cultural heritage or field of study. Reflecting the international scope of LVC, the literature was recorded in the language of origin, which included English, Middle English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Nepali, and Arabic. While the voices were audible during the day, at night the voices activated a light display that engaged the architecture of the Neidig-Garber Science Center, most prominently the three exhaust stacks so visible to the surrounding area.
The best places to view the art installation included the academic quad, Carmean Plaza (Cuewe-Pehelle statue), and the water fountain located at Annville’s main intersection.
Learn more about the installation in this YouTube video.
Student participant, origin, chosen text, author, and historical era
Jeff Bates ’16; German; Ach, so schön ist Panama;
Janosch; 20th century
Christina Belousov ’13; Russian; Anna Karenina;
Leo Tolstoy; 19th century
Charelle Bryant ’13; English; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland;
Lewis Carroll; 19th century
Noemi Carrera ’13; Spanish; Cuando era Puertorriquena;
Esmeralda Santiago; 20th century
Jenna Dutton ’13; English; Song of the Open Road;
Walt Whitman; 20th century
Ashley Ferrari ’13; Spanish; Caminante,
No Hay Camino; Antonio Machado; 19th century
Carlos A. Garcia ’13; Spanish; Negocios;
Junot Diaz; 20th century
Haisam Hassanein ’14; Arabic; Age of Science;
Ahmed Zewail; 21st century
Ciera Kalnoski ’13; Italian; L’Inferno;
Dante degli Alighieri; 14th century
Nahed Khalil ’13; Arabic; One Thousand and One Nights;
various authors; 10th century
Keifer Kemmerly ’13; English; On The Road;
Jack Kerouac; 20th century
Daniel J. Kimmel ’14; Middle English; Canterbury Tales;
Geoffrey Chaucer; 14th century
Shen Lu ’15; Chinese (Mandarin); Journey to the West;
Wu Cheng’en; 16th century, Ming Dynasty
Alyssa Mitchell ’13; French; L’Invitation au voyage
(poem); Charles Baudelaire; 19th century
Tara Thapaliya ’16; Nepali; Lamo Yatra
(poem from Geentanjali)
; Rabindranath Thakur; 20th century
My-Dung Tran ’13; Vietnamese; Tôi Ph?i S?ng;
Nguy?n Huu Le 21st century
Dr. Grant Taylor
Dr. Grant Taylor, associate professor of art history, joined the Lebanon Valley College faculty in 2005 after earning a Ph.D. from his native country’s University of Western Australia (UWA). He also completed his bachelor of fine arts degree at UWA. Taylor is an art historian who specializes in the history of early digital arts. Beyond his art historical research, Taylor has completed various art projects, including a documentary film and installations in the U.S. and Australia. He teaches a global survey in art and architecture as well as specialty courses in modern and contemporary art. Taylor was awarded the Thomas Rhys Vickroy Award for Outstanding Teaching at LVC in 2010.