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Nick Tobier Releases Detroit People Mover Travelogue

December 7, 2016

Compiled and edited by Stamps Professor Nick Tobier, Looping Detroit is a compilation of essays, poems, and photography by Michigan-based creative practitioners including award-winning Detroit novelists Lolita Hernandez and Michael Zardoorian; poets Gloria House and Walter Lacy; music producer Cornelius Harris; Chace “Mic Write” Morris, front man of the Detroit hip-hop trio Coldmen Young; and radio producer Zak Rosen.

In planning Looping Detroit, Professor Tobier invited contributing artists and writers to join him to take the People Mover to a given stop with the minimal brief of reporting out on “anything that would not be in a tourist’s guide to the city.” The outcome is an introspective journey of Detroit geography and culture. 

“I am interested in weaving these narratives together for a general but critical art/planning/urban affairs readership at a time when Detroit’s downtown development is booming,” Tobier stated. “While there is tremendous investment in a downtown that was ignored for decades, the very real possibility exists that this new interest will parallel the same investment patterns that brought the over invested People Mover to a fragment of the city.”

Looping Detroit: A People Mover Travelogue | Amazon.com

LIVE ART: Shifting Tables

December 7, 2016

Stamps Lecturer Emilia White’s Interarts Performance Live Art Survey class presents avant-garde and performance art works on Thursday, December 15 at Ypsi Experimental Space.

Featuring works by:

  • Maya Adler
  • Fee Christoph
  • Torin Clay
  • Anina Dassa
  • Dara Firoozi
  • Chelsea Hamm
  • Jonathan Hull
  • Jarinn’e Ishmel
  • Camille Johnson
  • Rosalie Li
  • Chelsea Markus
  • Frannie Miller
  • Kirsten Mossberg

LIVE ART “Shifting Tables”
Thursday, December 15 at 8 PM - 11 PM
YES - Ypsi Experimental Space
8 N Washington St, Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Free Admission

LIVE ART: Shifting Tables

Stephanie Rowden and Jennifer Metsker: ‘Too Many Miles’ on BBC Radio

December 7, 2016

BBC Radio 4 recently broadcast ‘Too Many Miles’, an audio prose poem by Stamps Associate Professor Stephanie Rowden and Stamps Writing Coordinator Jennifer Metsker.  On Monday December 5th, the poem was featured on Short Cuts, a radio program and podcast devoted to short documentaries and adventures in sound.

Short Cuts: The End of the Story
Josie Long presents short documentaries on things drawing to a close - from stories captured, bottled and buried over time, to reflections at the end of a life well-lived.
Series Producer: Eleanor McDowall

Stephanie Rowden and Jennifer Metsker: ‘Too Many Miles’ on BBC Radio

Titus Brooks Heagins: Solo Exhibition in Raleigh, NC

December 7, 2016

Titus Brooks Heagins (MFA 2002) recently exhibited a new series of photographic portraits in his solo exhibition Rorschach, on display at Artspace in Raleigh, NC from September 2 to October 29, 2016.

Developed in 1921 by Swiss psychoanalyst, Hermann Rorschach, and widely used as a projective personality test in the 1960’s, the Rorschach test uses inkblots to spark visual associations in the viewer purportedly revealing deep seated layers of a person’s personality. Photographer, Titus Brooks Heagins, applies this theory to the viewing experience of his portrait series, “Rorschach” in which the viewer is asked to tackle their own preconceived notions of race, class, gender, and age. In addition to functioning as a source of self-reflection, these photographs present candid portraits of vulnerability and strength and challenge conventional notions of beauty though a stunning display of diversity.

Heagins has dedicated his career to documenting people who are often thought of as “other.” From southern black church culture, to transgendered persons living in Cuba, his camera has served as a means to broaden the perceptions of his viewers and highlight societal challenges that skirt the mainstream. In “Rorschach,” Heagins pushes the bounds of his medium with a more formal approach. Each of his subjects is presented in the same bare shouldered posture against a neutral background. Through classical poses and striking lighting, every one of these individuals is elevated to an object of beauty and reverence. For Heagins, “Photography keeps me in awe. Especially while creating a portrait. There is a certain honesty, a type of spiritual integrity that comes out and does not elude itself from the camera’s lens.” Take, ‘Darron Kamal Walker,’ who gazes skyward, neck extended. A shock of bronze hair against his deep brown skin. Despite his wary eyes, he is an embodiment of the splendor of hope and aspiration.

While the portraits have undeniable veneration for the individuals portrayed, the consistent stripped down presentation also highlights the physical and racial differences among the group. There is a subtle allusion to the pseudo-scientific images of the nineteenth-century in which people of difference were studied as specimens or as racial “types.” Additionally, these larger than life portraits confront us in an aggressive way that naturally turns the gaze inward, creating discomfort through forced introspection. The portrait, ‘Nikki’ demonstrates the ways that Heagins hopes this series will challenge the viewer to examine deep rooted prejudices and assumptions and to consider the complex humanity of all his subjects. The model, Nikki, has albinism a condition that reduces the pigmentation of her skin and hair, and has a harmful impact on her vision. She exists in a space of racial ambiguity, her fair complexion juxtaposed to the coarse texture of her hair and broad facial features. Though her blindness isn’t visible, her eyes look in slightly different directions alluding to her lack of vision. As viewers we scrutinize her with our eyes, looking closely and questioning her appearance. Where does she fit? What is her status? How can she be understood? Nikki’s experience of the world is full of actual encounters with people who ask these questions of her. Her appearance is a source of curiosity and strangers will touch her skin and her with no permission. According to Heagins, “Some ask the ridiculous question, “What are you?” She [Nikki] has begun to wear a t-shirt with the bold declaration, I AM HUMAN.” In this image, Nikki’s straight posture and head on gaze present her not only as a minority, not as a disorder or a “type” but as a confident, whole and beautiful human being.

—Annah Lee, Director of Artistic Programs at Artspace

Titus Brooks Heagins is a documentary and fine art photographer based in Durham, NC. Heagins holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. Heagins projects have taken him to Africa, Asia, South America, Europe and through the Caribbean, working extensively in Cuba and Haiti. Heagins has shown his work extensively in publications and galleries nationally and internationally. Portfolios of his photography are included in the collections of several museums including the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum of African American Art and History, the North Carolina Museum of Art and LeHigh University’s Zoeller Galleries. Heagins is represented by the Arnika Dawkins Gallery in Atlanta, GA.

Titus Brooks Heagins: Solo Exhibition in Raleigh, NC

Christine Golus: Q LTD Brand Design Firm Celebrates 35 Years

December 7, 2016

Ann Arbor-based branding and design firm Q LTD celebrates 35 years of developing visual identities, brand strategies, and marketing communications for a broad range of local, regional, and global clients.

Ann Arbor-based branding and design firm Q LTD celebrates 35 years of developing visual identities, brand strategies, and marketing communications for a broad range of local, regional, and global clients.

Founded in 1981 by partners Tom Rieke, Jim Frenza, and Doug Hesseltine as Quorum Communications, the company changed its name and brand mark to Q LTD in 1994.  Today, the firm is owned by Christine Golus and Jeffrey Callender, both longtime Q operatives. Managing director Christine Golus is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Art & Design (BFA Graphic Design, 1980) and has served as an industry advisor to the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design.

To mark the occasion and share a look back at the firm’s history and people, the Q crew developed a custom anniversary website, featuring the Q story, milestones, photos, info on alumni and interns, and a retrospective of the firm’s own brand history.

Over the past 35 years, notable Q clients have included the annual SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics; the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, School of Nursing, and Wallace House; Yale University’s C2; The Kresge Foundation; Bosch; NuStep; and North Star Reach. Q also designed and developed the first website for Borders Books and Music.

“We’re proud of the history we have as an independent design firm, and the work we do to help clients. We’re consistently delivering fresh ideas and cutting edge work. That will always be part of Q’s culture,” says Golus.

“Q is the world’s smallest global branding and design firm,” says Tom Rieke. With headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the firm also has satellite offices in Palm Springs, California and Toronto, Ontario. On international projects, Q collaborates with its European partner agency, Q GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Christine Golus: Q LTD Brand Design Firm Celebrates 35 Years

David Turnley: Chicago Ideas Week Presentation

December 5, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and Stamps Associate Professor David Turnley’s October 19 Chicago Ideas Week presentation “Documenting Life Around the World Through Photographs” has been released.

The presentation was part of Unlocking Genius: The Dynamics Behind the World’s Greatest Minds featuring Annette Gordon-Reed (Professor, Harvard Law School & Harvard University), Brian Grazer (Award-Winning Film & TV Producer; New York Times Best-selling Author), Graham Moore (Best-selling Author & Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter), and David Turnley (Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer).

Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world.

David Turnley is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who has documented events around the world ranging from the war in Beirut to 9/11. He speaks about what his work means to him, and how everyone should lead a life that is dignified.

University Record Covers Stamps DE&I Plan

December 2, 2016

The University Record recently published a story covering the Stamps School’s development of diversity-related curriculum.  Stamps Associate Professor Irina Aristarkhova is leading the implementation of the School’s plan, which is part of a universitywide five-year diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan.

“This new universitywide initiative enabled us to consolidate our previous strategies, identify, more systematically, what has worked well and where we need to do better, and compare ourselves to other schools, colleges and units on campus,” Aristarkhova says.

“We now have a visible public face related to the efforts we have already implemented and new ones we plan to implement. Working with CRLT towards formulating the best DE&I practices is very exciting. Supporting students’ efforts to make Stamps more inclusive for all students is very exciting.”

Stamps School DE&I plan includes diversity-related courses | University Record

University Record Covers Stamps DE&I Plan

Melanie Manos Exhibits New Work at Edition 2016, Detroit

December 2, 2016

Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos presents new work derived from her 2016 performance Lofty Bitch for EDITION 2016, open November 26 - December 24 at Simone DeSousa Gallery, Detroit.  Manos also will have limited edition merchandise for the feminist/nasty woman/professional woman available, including shopping bags, coasters, and cards with motivational messages.  Stamps lecturers Susan Hoge, Katie MacDonald and Ryan Standfest are also exhibiting artists in Edition 2016.

EDITION 2016 - PRINT
November 26 - December 24, 2016
Simone DeSousa Gallery
444 W. Willis, #112, Detroit, MI 48201
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Wednesday - Saturday, 11 am - 6 pm

Melanie Manos Exhibits New Work at Edition 2016, Detroit

Irina Aristarkhova Speaks in NYC

December 2, 2016

Stamps Professor Irina Aristarkhova will be a featured speaker at a book panel “Object-Oriented Feminism”, taking place on Wednesday, December 7 at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the event and other speakers, visit Object-Oriented Feminism | The Center for the Humanities Programming.

Object-Oriented Feminism
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 7 - 8:30 PM
The James Gallery, CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York City

Irina Aristarkhova Speaks in NYC

Eric Benson Publishes ‘Design to Renourish’

December 2, 2016

Design to Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice, a new book by Eric Benson (BFA 1998), will hit bookstore shelves this month. Published by CRC Press, Design to Renourish is a book for graphic designers that helps to integrate sustainability into their workflow through a design process called systems thinking. This process asks the graphic designer to approach a design problem by being more informed and aware of and influenced by the impacts that material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet, and consequently on us.

The book not only walks the reader through how to design with nature as a model, but also offers solutions to the real life challenges of working with the client to create sustainable work. Through ten case studies that feature interviews with international design teams who embrace a sustainable systems methodology, the reader will gain valuable insights on how to design to renourish for positive change.

From Chapter 2:

For a moment, try to remember your first semester in college. (It wasn’t that long ago, was it?) Think about the foundational art and design courses you took that term and the vocabulary your instructor covered in the first few weeks to help you better understand the worlds of art and design. Most likely you were introduced to the German word Gestalt meaning “the whole is more than the sum of its parts” or a “unified whole.” Understanding the concept of Gestalt is a good starting point to explore how to think in systems. When we discuss “systems” in this book, we are not necessarily referring to what you may have already under-stood as systems like letterforms in an alphabet or the components of a branding campaign, but rather to the scientific methodology used in natural sciences like biology and ecology. Environmental pioneer John Muir describes this concept most clearly: “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.” In other words, everything is connected on our planet and our natural systems depend on balance. So to think in systems, when it comes to our profession, it means we approach a design problem by being informed, aware of, and influenced by the impacts that our material and vendor choices have on one another, the planet, and consequently on ourselves.

Design to Renourish Book | Re-nourish

 

Eric Benson Publishes ‘Design to Renourish’