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Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan Participate in Two Conferences in Athens, Greece

April 20, 2015

On Friday April 24, Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan are keynote speakers at “BioArt: Borders and definitions. Research project for the development of a widely accepted deontological framework of its production and management” at the Technological Educational Institute of Athens.  Nadarajan will be speaking on “Bio-art and New Media Art”, while Aristokova will be presenting on “Bio-art: Feminist Perspectives.”

Aristarkhova and Nadarajan will also be participating in “Chance. Resistance to the art object-the resistance of the art object” at the Athens School of Fine Arts.  Drawing on Virilio’s text Strategy of Deception (Verso), Nadarajan, Aristarkhova, Ellen K. Levy, Marta De Menezes, Luis Graca, and contributing art historians and artists at ASFA will consider strategies of chance in contemporary artistic practice and theory.

Irina Aristarkhova and Guna Nadarajan Participate in Two Conferences in Athens, Greece

Ellen K. Levy - Brooklyn Slimemold

Manos in Detroit Boom City, Curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative

April 20, 2015

Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) is featured in Detroit Boom City, an exhibition curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative. May 2 - 3 at the Pickle Factory, 2120 Bellevue St, Detroit MI.

Detroit Boom Cityis a site-responsive, fully immersive exhibition in an old pickle factory on the east side of Detroit, featuring The Young Never Sleep, Mitch Cope, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, Osman Khan, Ingrid LaFleur, Melanie Manos, Michi Meko, Sabrina Nelson, Jason Peters, Antonio Cosme, and Graem+Whyte.  Participating artists produce work that responds to or enhances their city; they hone an individual practice while maintaining a larger-minded-mission that connects people to place and each other. Detroit Boom City connects community at the intersection of art and social entrepreneurship.

Detroit Boom City
Pickle Factory, 2120 Bellevue St, Detroit MI
Opening Reception:  May 2, 7-11 PM
Free & Open
Music by Mike Medow, DJ Ava, Ben Wolf
Food & Drink by Atwater Brewery, Norma G’s, Loves Pies (for purchase)

MAY 3, 1-3PM
Free & Open
Artist Talks
Free coffee and bagels

Manos in Detroit Boom City, Curated by Atlanta’s Dashboard Cooperative

Ruth Taubman: California Jewelry Shows

April 16, 2015

Ruth Taubman (BFA 1981) will be showcasing her 2015 spring jewelry line at a series of trunks show in the Bay area. Join her in San Francisco April 27-29, and in Ross April 30 - May 2. To receive an invitation, visit http://www.ruthtaubman.com/events .

Ruth Taubman: California Jewelry Shows

Endi Poskovic Lectures at Manhattan Graphics Center NYC

April 16, 2015

Manhattan Graphics Center in NYC hosts Endi Poskovic on Saturday, April 18th for a public presentation of his print works and a lecture about his practice and career.

Artist Talk with Endi Poskovic
Saturday, April 18, 2015
6:30–8:30 pm
Manhattan Graphics Center
250 West 40th St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Endi Poskovic Lectures at Manhattan Graphics Center NYC

Janie Paul Participates in Panel on Guatemalan Folktakes and Community

April 15, 2015

Janie Paul will participate in Mirrored Mountains: A Panel on Mayan Language, Folktales, and community around Lake Atitlan Guatemala - Friday, Apr. 17 at 1 pm, Walgreen Drama Center.

Mirrored Mountains: A Panel on Mayan Language, Folktales, and community around Lake Atitlan Guatemala
Friday April 17, 1pm
Studio 2, Walgreen Drama Center, 1226 Murfin Avenue

A place of great beauty and political trauma, Lake Atitlan is home to many indigenous Mayan communities who are the survivors of a long and brutal civil war. Panelists will discuss the role of language and folktales in helping native communities create the fabric of cultural resilience and renewed identity.

Panelists: Janie Paul, Stamps School Professor; Ajpub’Pablo Garcia Ixmata, Professor of Linguistics at Universidad Rafael Landivar, Guatemala; Judith M. Maxwell, Professor Linguistics and Anthropology at Tulane University

This panel is in connection with Sun and Shadows, a giant shadow-puppet drama based on a Mayan foldtale, light-projected on the outside glass walls of the Walgreen Drama Center. Performances are Friday 4/17 at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 and Saturday 4/18 at 8:30 and 9:30.

Janie Paul Participates in Panel on Guatemalan Folktakes and Community

Heidi Kumao: Filmfest Dresden, Montreal International Animation Festival

April 15, 2015

Heidi Kumao’s film, “Swallowed Whole” will screen at 27. Filmfest Dresden: International Short Film Festival, “Experiments: Welcome to the Cinema,” April 17 - 18, and the Montreal International Animation Festival, April 17 in the “Experimental” program.

Heidi Kumao: Filmfest Dresden, Montreal International Animation Festival

Holly Hughes Awarded IRWG Grant

April 14, 2015

Holly Hughes has been awarded a Faculty Seed Grant from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) in support of her project, “Preaching to the Perverted: A Hybrid Memoir.”

IRWG’s Faculty Seed Grants for projects on women, gender, and sexuality may fund publications, conferences, works of fine art, and other research and scholarship.  This year only 12 grants were awarded universitywide.

Holly Hughes Awarded IRWG Grant

Matt Kenyon Presents at Prindle Institute Symposium

April 13, 2015

On April 10, Matt Kenyon presented “Oil, War, and Houses: The Ethics of Aesthetics of Accumulation and Waste” at the Prindle Institute’s Value and Virtual Spaces Ethics Symposium, held at DePauw University.

Television and Internet use are probably the biggest time blocks of our daily lives as reported by the 2014 Internet Trends Report. In the United States, people spend an average of seven hours looking at screens daily. More specifically, that breaks down into a hundred and forty-seven minutes captivated by television, one hundred and three minutes glued to the computer, a hundred and fifty-one minutes attached to a smartphone, and forty-three minutes spent tablet in hand! In other words, almost half our waking hours are connected to screen use, and these hours continue to rise as technological advances fascinate society.

Although these technological advances come with many positives such as fast access to worldwide connections and information, the invasive power of technology may also have detrimental side effects to our society. From April 9th to the 11th, Value and Virtual Spaces honors symposium will host students from universities across the country where they will have the opportunity to present their best analytical/creative work on the theme of the Symposium or other areas of related ethical concern.

Matt Kenyon Presents at Prindle Institute Symposium

Allen Samuels: TEDxUofM

April 13, 2015

On March 20, Professor and Dean Emeritus Allen Samuels delivered a TEDxUM talk titled “Why is Designing the Oldest Profession?”

In this talk, Samuels provides insight into the origins and characteristics of designers.

Allen Samuels began his career as an Industrial Designer in 1966, and has designed products for corporations including Corning, Bausch and Lomb, and Libbey Glass. He joined the University of Michigan in 1975 and was appointed Dean of the School of Art and Design in 1993.  Samuels believes that everyone has the ability to be a good designer, which has led him to dedicate his life and career to encourage student to design a better tomorrow.

TEDxUofM is a university-wide initiative to galvanize the community for an event like no other; filled with inspiration, discovery, and excitement. Borrowing the template from the world-renowned TED conference, TEDxUofM aims to bring a TED-like experience to the University of Michigan. Our vision is to showcase the most fascinating thinkers and doers, the “leaders and best” in Michigan terms, for a stimulating day of presentations, discussions, entertainment, and art that will spark new ideas and opportunities across all disciplines.

 

Michael Neville Exhibits at Kids Design Week in Milan

April 13, 2015

Admissions Counselor Michael Neville is exhibiting his “Colonial Turds” at Kids Design week in Milan, Italy this week.

Neville created the Colonial Turds using a pulp created from recycled, post-consumer cardboard boxes. The objects were finished with natural dyes and North American hardwoods. The Colonial Turds were designed as rocking play furniture for young children.

Neville’s work will be presented by German company afilii and will be exhibited at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia in Milan from April 14th through the 19th.

afilii@KDW Milan
Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci”
Via Olona 6, 20123 Milano
April 14 – 19, 2015

Michael Neville Exhibits at Kids Design Week in Milan