Soil Digital Media Suite, Web Launch - Self Science Research Institute
We have all felt lonely and sad at some point. Sometimes, we struggle to recover, probing ourselves for the source of the problem. At other times, we never acknowledge our troubles and tragically just move on with our lives. The Self Science Research Institute (SSRI), directed by Huong Ngo and George Monteleone (Chicago & New York), believes that there are other options to insecurity and emotional isolation. They have created an audio-visual device therapy plan to help individuals monitor their emotions, actions, and surrounding environments to prevent social anxiety, embarrassment, and insularity. On the cutting edge of Self-Monitor Research and Development, they have now launched a Website through which viewers can obtain vital information on new methods, utilize interactive tools to customize their own Self Science Treatment, and read recently published articles about the Institute's research to advance in depth learning and self analysis.
SSRI will officially launch their e-treatment website at SSRI.TV on Saturday October 15, 2005 as part of Soil Digital Media Suite's commission funding program.
Recently, the collaborative research team of Huong Ngo and George Monteleone have published an article in the American Scientician Journal about the Institute's research. Huong Ngo earned her MFA with a concentration in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BFA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work spans
many media and themes. Drawing inspiration from design, fashion, architecture, and contemporary culture, she creates installations, video, sculpture, clothing, and machines that are geared towards catalyzing social interaction and change.
She has shown most recently at the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Prague, Walcheturm, Zurich, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. She lives and works in New York City.
George Monteleone studied cognitive science and neuroscience at Northwestern University and currently works at the Social Neuroscience
laboratory at the University of Chicago, where he collects and analyzes non-invasive recordings of physiological signals. Outside of the laboratory, he experiments with music, sound, film, video, and performance. In the recent past, he has collaborated with Ngo on a video installation for Chicago's Versionfest, screened films and performed live musical accompaniment at the Silent Film Festival at the Max Palevsky Cinema in Chicago, performed electronically-tinged rock music throughout Chicago and the Midwest, and exhibited experimental videos at the Hayes Valley Market space in San Francisco, CA. His work often deals with cognition, perception, and relationships between
technology and humanity.
The SSRI project responded to Soil's commission program last year on the themes of connectivity and surveillance. Check site for new commission opportunities.
Remote viewing of the Web launch and reception in Regina can be found
8:00 pm CST October 15 at http://184.108.40.206/campage
Web site url at http://soilmedia.org/ssri