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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

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

Holly Hughes Publishes “Memories of the Revolution”

April 9, 2015

“Memories of the Revolution: The First Ten Years of the WOW Cafe,” co-edited by Holly Hughes, Jill Dolan and Carmelita Tropicana, will be published in Fall 2015 by the University of Michigan Press.

The book contains scripts, interviews and photographs from the East Village’s influential queer feminist performance space, the WOW Cafe. Contributors include the TONY award nominated playwright Lisa Kron, as well writing by filmmaker Madeleine Olnek, playwright Deb Margolin, Carmelita Tropicana, Holly Hughes and influential collectives like the Split Britches Company and the Five Lesbian Brothers.

WOW is the oldest, continuously operating queer feminist art space in the United Spaces. The book features introductory essays by each of the editors, and headnotes by Hughes.

Holly Hughes Publishes “Memories of the Revolution”

May 12 Performance: Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible

April 9, 2015

May 12, 6:45 to 9:00 pm: preview and reception, live performance of the Stephen Rush composition Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible
Duderstadt Center Video Production Studio,  University of Michigan North Campus
Installation open noon to 6:00 pm daily, May 13-15

Jeweled Net is a visualization of the distribution of dark matter in the universe, based on data from a massive billion-particle computer simulation.  The installation features a continuously running multi-channel video projection in a twenty-foot high, 140-degree panorama and acoustic environment, immersing viewers in the vast jeweled spaces and sonic structures derived from the billion data points simulating the distribution of dark matter.  In the May 2015 installation, viewers will fly through a simulation of dark matter in the process of evolving from a nearly uniform distribution soon after the Big Bang, to the distribution that characterizes our universe at the present epoch while experiencing an immersive sonic environment of music inspired by those spaces.

This installation coincides with the Dark Energy Survey (DES) Collaboration Meeting, bringing 150 scientists from around the globe to the UM campus. DES is in its second year of a five-year photometric survey on the Blanco telescope in Chile, mapping the southern skies in an effort to understand the nature of dark energy that now dominates our universe. At the May 12 reception, members of the community and scientists attending the collaboration meeting are invited to exchange ideas and inspire one another while they experience the installation together.

As we travel through this simulation, we experience the formation of structures, halos, voids and filaments, which owe their existence to minute quantum fluctuations when the universe was first launched. These structures, amplified by inflation, propagated by sound and intensified by gravity, formed the invisible net that captured the matter that made up the first stars, galaxies and galaxy clusters, the “jewels” that we see as we look out on the universe today. Heavy elements forged in these stars became the raw ingredients from which our sun, our planet and life came about.  We are children of the stars, literally, made of stardust created and ejected into the interstellar medium many billions of years ago.  And yet this underlying net of dark matter is invisible to the eye.  Its existence can only be inferred by studying the galaxies and stars that decorate this vast invisible net.  Scientists see this beauty and stand in awe of the grandeur of our universe.

Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible is an Art/Science collaboration funded by the University of Michigan MCubed seed grant program. The team is comprised of Gregory Tarlé (Department of Physics), Stephen Rush (School of Music, Theatre and Dance), Jim Cogswell (Stamps School of Art and Design), Brian Nord (Fermilab) along with graduate students Jason Eaton (Computer Science) and Simon Alexander-Adams (Music, Theater, and Dance).  The installation is made possible through the generous efforts of Tom Bray, Converging Technologies Consultant at the University.

Documentary video of 2014 installation: http://vimeo.com/94880205
Interview with collaborative team: http://vimeo.com/95219150

May 12 Performance: Jeweled Net of the Vast Invisible

2015 Stamps Commencement, Featuring Elizabeth Redmond

April 9, 2015

The 2015 Stamps Commencement celebration will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 pm in the Art and Architecture Courtyard. The celebration includes short speeches by graduating undergraduate and graduate students and a commencement address by Elizabeth Redmond (BFA 2006), founder and CEO of coWorkr.

Elizabeth Redmond

Elizabeth Redmond is a self proclaimed design-trepreneur. Since graduating from the Stamps School in 2006, she has paved her own roads as a designer, entrepreneur and company Founder and CEO. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, Fast Company and others and she has appeared on national TV on the Discovery, Science and Sundance Channels. This work has taken her around the globe and back a few times and she attributes much of this to a burning desire to constantly push herself to uncomfortable summits, and more importantly, to make an impact on the world that will outlive her.

Throughout her BFA, she was inspired both by responsible design and combining technologies to create novel, yet needed products. As she set out on her 4th year IP work, she was struck with an idea: What if we could capture energy exerted by people to generate the electricity we use every day? Inspired, Elizabeth designed a flooring system that converted energy from footsteps into usable power. In 2007 she formed POWERleap Inc and soon inked contracts with Nike, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, InterfaceFLOR, Gillette, Haworth Furniture Company, and others. In 8 years her company has evolved and pivoted to their current product, coWorkr: a sensor-based design tool which helps companies optimize their workplace for a rapidly changing, mobile workforce, which is distributed in 48 countries. Stepping out of her usual tech space, Elizabeth recently furthered her entrepreneurialism by launching a new apparel business with her sister called “hide & cheek” - a body-hugging basics line using fabrics that nourish, protect and heal the skin.


Stamps Commencement
Saturday, May 2, Ceremony Begins at 2:00
Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, 2nd Floor, 2000 Bonisteel Blvd.

Reception: There will be a reception immediately following the ceremony on the first floor of the art and architecture building, in the hall near Slusser Gallery.

Ceremony Location: The Ceremony is held outside, in the Art & Architecture Building Courtyard, under a tent.  Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Parking:  parking in Lot# NC 43 Behind A&A Bldg. off Fuller Rd (map).  Parking is free and you may park your car in any open parking space.

Handicap Accessibility:  There will be ushers available inside to assist.

Information for Families and Graduates: Graduates should arrive at 1:45 pm and gather on the 2nd floor at the side of the courtyard closest to Slusser.  Cap and Gown is optional.
You do not need tickets.  There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring.

Information about U-M Ceremony:  You can find more information about the University-wide ceremony at commencement.umich.edu (On the UM website, graduation ceremony information is listed under “Spring Commencement”).

2015 Stamps Commencement, Featuring Elizabeth Redmond