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View Through the Windshield: An Update from ARTHIST 263

How to reconcile the relationship between nature and technology? This is one of the central questions for a course on cars and the American landscape. For the moment, we’ve been focusing our attention on how it was addressed by artists and designers in the 1930s, a period often called the Machine Age for its celebration of science and technology.

Charles Sheeler, American Landscape, 1930.

We first looked at the work of Charles Sheeler. In particular, we viewed his paintings and photographs of the most sophisticated and efficient machine for producing... Read More

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Filming 'Lady Parts' For Stanford's Documentary Film Program

A part of the Revs Program's grant to Stanford's documentary MFA film program, Emily Fraser and Katherine Gorringe focused their summer documentary on a unique repair facility in northern California. Read about Emily's experience and view the trailer of their film below. The full version is headed to film festivals this year and will be available for viewing here on the Revs website in 12 months. View a gallery of images from their experience here.


Sometimes it really is all about the name. I was driving through Redwood City on my way home from a doctor's appointment when... Read More

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New Video Reveals Bruce Tomb's Maria Del Camino at Stanford

In our latest mini-documentary about the Revs Program at Stanford, we show Bruce Tomb's amazing 'Maria Del Camino' at Stanford. The artist calls his creation "a love poem to the car and her demise." The installation / vehicle was brought in as a part of the 19th Annual Performance Studies International Conference, held at Stanford this summer. Tomb's work with 'Maria' is unique in that it uses the vehicle as a medium, "acknowledging our relationship to the car as a tool; a social activator, altering the environment and our sense of freedom and adventure." Maria started life as a 1959... Read More

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Stanford Students Will Deliver New Award at 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

The Revs Program at Stanford and the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance announce a new collaboration today that will result in Stanford University students delivering a trophy at the prestigious collector car event on August 18. Called the Revs Program at Stanford Award, the trophy will be given to the car that the students find to be the “most historically significant.”

But on what basis will students judge automobiles at the event? After all, they don't have the experience of the typical Concours judge, many of whom spend a lifetime focusing on the history of just one automobile... Read More

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These shoes are barely made for walking. But could they be perfect for driving?

In ME 236 'Tales to Design Cars By' this past quarter at Stanford, our students learned more about their relationships with others when they made an important distinction: feeling ‘for’ vs. feeling ‘with’ another person.

If you feel for another person, you will find evidence of your compassionate self. But something deeper occurs when you feel ‘with’ another person – empathy – one of the core values of design thinking.

In empathy we are capable of relating with another person and experiencing what they feel. During classes, we set them up to learn about empathy through a... Read More