Rules of Conversion

September 22, 2011-January 6, 2012

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven, in collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, presents Rules of Conversions: Artists Explore Encoded and Embedded Language at Haskins Laboratories, 300 George St., 9th floor, New Haven. This exhibition will be on display September 22 through January 25, 2012. Regular viewing hours are Wednesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm. An artists’ and scientists’ reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 22, from 5 to 7 pm. The public is invited to attend. To purchase the catalogue on click here.

Curated by Carol Padberg and Debbie Hesse with Curatorial Assistant Steven Olsen, Rules of Conversion explores encoded and embedded language. Increasingly, artists find methods to manipulate, find meaning in, and apply the structures of language as they conceptualize and create new work. In Rules of Conversion, each individual piece will provide context, with Haskins Laboratories providing a larger context for the collection as a whole. Where Haskins Laboratories studies the mechanisms that allow ideas and information to be shared, Rules of Conversion examines the myriad methods of delivery.

Some featured artists include Amaranth Borsuk, Qian Lin, Karen Shaw, Jeanne Criscola, and Laurie Frick. A full artist list will be available closer to the opening day of the exhibition.

Jeanne Criscola











Haskins Laboratories is an independent, international, multidisciplinary community of researchers conducting basic research on spoken and written language. Exchanging ideas, fostering collaborations, and forging partnerships across the sciences, it produces groundbreaking research that enhances our understanding of — and reveals ways to improve or remediate — speech perception and production, reading and reading disabilities, and human communication.

The Arts Council of Greater New Haven is a regional nonprofit arts organization that provides leadership to, and advocates for, member artists and institutions throughout the Greater New Haven area. Visit the Arts Council at and follow the organization on Facebook ( and Twitter (NewHavenArts).


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