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Stamps Faculty Featured: ISEA 2014, Dubai

October 29, 2014

Work by Stamps faculty Seth Ellis, Roland Graf, and Matt Kenyon is featured in the 2014 International Symposium on Electronic Arts in Dubai, Oct. 30 - Nov. 8, 2014.

The International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA) is celebrating their twentieth anniversary in the aptly selected city Dubai, taking place in the Middle East for the first time. With Zayed University hosting this year’s symposium, the theme “LOCATION” will take a vivid leap into the region’s culture, education systems and vastly expanding art scene. ISEA is the major annual nomadic international academic gathering of artists and scientists in the field of the electronic and emergent arts. It has been held in 4 continents and over 20 cities, world-wide, since 1988. Spreading across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and the rest of the United Arab Emirates ISEA consists of an academic conference, accompanied by many art events like exhibitions, concerts, performances and public events.

Over 200 scholars. Artists and institutions will present at ISEA 2014’s Academic Conference. There will be more than 50 sessions and related events throughout the 3-day conference. Cultural similarities and differences along with diverse socio-political issues will be discussed and shocwcased. Over the last decade education in the Middle East developed into one of the fastest growing fields, with developing programs and satelitle campuses showing up throghout the region. Highlights of the of the symposium will include keynote presentations by international artists under the overarching theme of ISEA2014—Location— the symposium will surley have something for everyone.

The 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2014) will be taking place from 30 October to 8 November 2014 in in locations across Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, and the rest of the United Arab Emirates, hosted by Zayed University.

Stamps Faculty Featured: ISEA 2014, Dubai

Roland Graf: Solar Pink Pong in Dubai

October 27, 2014

Assocreation’s new interactive art installation Solar Pink Pong will premiere at ISEA2014 in Dubai, UAE (Oct 30 to Nov 4, 2014).

Solar Pink Pong translates a video game into the physical space of the street. In this game, a computer controlled color mirror reflects sunlight to the asphalt in the form of a neon pink spot. Through motion sensing technology, pedestrians can interact with the animated circle of sunlight. They can kick it with their feet or hit it with the shadows of their hands. They can volley it back and forth with a partner or bounce it off a boundary such as a curb or road marking. The device that makes this game possible works autonomously and completely off the grid. It can be mounted on utility poles or building sides. A web interface allows users to monitor its status and watch live gameplay over the Internet (see: http://www.solarpinkpong.com).

“Solar Pink Pong is Kick-the-Can for our age, and for all ages. It passes the ancient torch of joyful physical exploration by making video gaming delight visible in our built world.” Eric S. Rabkin

Solar Pink Pong - Street Video Game (Ann Arbor, MI, USA / Sep 12, 2014) from Assocreation on Vimeo.

 

Kayla Romberger: Residency Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

October 27, 2014

Kayla Romberger (MFA 2013) has been awarded a 2015 Residency Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. The fellowship grants Kayla the month of July to complete work for her project Vacation, a series of found family vacation photographs she is transforming into large-scale posters.

The Vermont Studio Center provides residencies of 50 artists and writers each month to participate in 4 to 12 week independent studio residencies on an historic 30-building campus along the Gihon River in Johnson, Vermont, a village in the heart of the northern Green Mountains.

Kayla Romberger: Residency Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

Julie Eisenberg Pitman Exhibits

October 25, 2014

Julie Eisenberg Pitman (BFA 1993) will be exhibiting her work at The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn NY.

Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Part 1
The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center in Brooklyn, NY
October 25 – November 23, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 4-6 PM
Gallery Hours: Fri – Sun, Noon - 6 PM
Juried by Claire Gilman, Curator at the Drawing Center
Curated by Yuko Nii, Assisted by Rebecca Cuomo

Throughout human history, paper has been essential in countless developments that have transformed the way we think, live, and act. Paper as we know it today originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD). The ancient Silk Road eventually brought paper to the West, where it was quickly adopted and widely used. Since its genesis, paper has been valued for its relatively easy, cost-effective production and functional versatility.

In 1453, Johann Gutenberg invented the first printing press in Germany – an innovation that revolutionized the spread of information and initiated a proliferation of literacy and scholarship. For centuries, printed publications such as books, newspapers, magazines, flyers and pamphlets were the primary sources for information and communication. In recent years, however, these printed publications are becoming obsolete as we increasingly rely on digital platforms. In addition to this paradigm shift, environmental concerns are cited as reason to abandon published print and reduce paper products in favor of a more eco-friendly digital alternative.

Artists who use paper as the primary medium for their artworks defy the mainstream understanding of books as antiquated artifacts and paper as a cheap, disposable commodity. These materials are used as points of departure for infinite creative possibilities achieved through drawing, painting, cutting, carving, printing, folding, sculpting, and assembling art that highlights the universality of paper.

Julie Eisenberg Pitman Exhibits

Julie Eisenberg Pitman: OBJECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS I

DOGS: A Comic Anthology by Art School Alumni

October 24, 2014

Stamps alumni Jeremy Stoll, Cristina Mezuk, and Mindy Steffen (BFA 2006) have contributed short comic stories to “DOGS! An Anthology.” The US release party is Friday October 24th from 7PM - 9PM at the Vault of Midnight comic store: 219 S Main St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104: Facebok Event.

This collection of comics was conceived after a series of meandering conversations with artists in India and the US revealed a shared admiration for dogs, as well as a collective desire to explore what the world would like from the other end of a snout. In this collection, you will encounter dogs that are post-apocalyptic, self-reflective, murderous, environmentally-conscious – and much more!

Come on out to Vault of Midnight on Friday, October 24th and meet creators Jeremy Stoll, Cristina Mezuk, and Patrick Goussy! The evening will begin with a brief introduction by Stoll, a researcher of India’s comics culture, followed by a chat about their stories by Mezuk, Goussy, and Stoll. Possible Skype appearances by Mindy Indy and Vidyun Sabhaney. Questions & conversation will be welcome, and book signing will follow.

DOGS! is the result of an international collaboration between Captain Bijli Comics in New Delhi and Great Bear Comics in Michigan, along with many fantastic creators in India and the United States. All proceeds from the US edition go to Last Day Dog Rescue, a volunteer-run no-kill rescue that focuses on rescuing dogs from the “Urgent” list across lower Michigan and parts of Ohio.

DOGS: A Comic Anthology by Art School Alumni

Exhibition: Mark Newport: My Heroes at NCRC

October 22, 2014

Mark Newport: My Heroes
Location: NCRC, Rotunda Gallery, Building 18
2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor
Now through December 19, 2014
Hours: M-F 9am to 6pm
For more info contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mark Newport is Artist-In-Residence and Head of Fiber at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Big Batman, Big S Man 2 and the other costumes included in the show grow from The Sweatermen series, which are heroes of Newport’s invention. The costumes push the image of the hero by highlighting knitting materials, textures, and traditions (cables and the use of “ends” to make a sweater) in the form of the costume. Some of the color and texture choices are based on the sweaters his mother made - her love of cables and her color choices. In these he works to forge the link between childhood experience and an adult understanding of protection, masculinity, and heroism.

Exhibition: Mark Newport: My Heroes at NCRC

Da Bedroom Presents: Low Standards, High Life

October 22, 2014

Low Standards, High Life: A collaborative* multimedia exhibition and performance between Paula Schubatis (BFA 2013) and Dessi Terzieva surveilling the utilitarian possibilities of nostalgia and the silliness of idealization. Visitors are advised to come hungry.

*an unnatural act between two unconsenting adults

The exhibition will take place on Friday, October 24 from 7:00 to 10:00PM, with a performance from 7:00 to 8:30 in Da Bedroom, 9386 Mcdougall, Hamtramck, MI.

Da Bedroom is the live, work, and gallery space of Paula Schubatis and Dessi Terzieva. In Da Bedroom, local artists are encouraged to share experimental work with the community and each other in an informal setting, and respond to the constraints of exhibiting work in an active live/work environment. The mission of Da Bedroom is to foster a new way to experience art, and facilitate spontaneous social sculpture.

Da Bedroom Presents: Low Standards, High Life

Melanie Manos Featured in Detroit Performs

October 21, 2014

Melanie Manos (MFA 2008) is a featured artist for Detroit Performs! airing on Detroit Public Television Tuesday, October 21. Manos was interviewed this past summer about her visual and performance work while she was preparing and installing her solo exhibition at Re:View Contemporary, Detroit. A trailer for the episode can be found on YouTube. The episode features: Self-taught singer-songwriter Audra Kubat; Interdisciplinary artist Melanie Manos; Painter, curator and punk rock musician Stephanie Rond. Plus, host DJ Olliver tours the Re:View Gallery in Detroit.

http://www.detroitperforms.org

Melanie Manos Featured in Detroit Performs

Photo credit: Eric Wheeler

Holly Hughes: Distinguished Artist Lecture at Hamilton College

October 20, 2014

Hamilton College, one of the nation’s most highly ranked liberal arts colleges, presented Holly Hughes on October 1st in their Distinguished Artist Speaker series. Hughes gave a performance, a workshop, and met with art, design and theatre students working on their senior theses.

Holly Hughes: Distinguished Artist Lecture at Hamilton College

Endi Poskovic: Solo Exhibition at Marion Gallery

October 20, 2014

Rockefeller Arts Center Cathy Marion Gallery at State University of New York at Fredonia presents “We Were All – Endi Poskovic: Printworks”, an exhibition which features Poskovic’s prints which “hint at the dichotomies that exist in life and encourage the viewer to explore universal themes of cultural displacement, fragmented memory, transformation and revival.”

Organized in collaboration with the Fredonia College Foundation, Department of Visual Arts and New Media, Art Forum, and International Education Center various events associated with the exhibition will take place during Poskovic’s a week-long visiting artist residence.

We Were All – Endi Poskovic: Printworks
Exhibition Dates: October 17 – November 19, 2014
Artist Lecture: Thursday, October 16, 8:30 pm; McEwen Hall
Opening Reception: Friday, October 17, 7 pm; Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center
Printmaking Workshop: Saturday, October 18, 10 am to 12:30 pm; Rockefeller Arts Center
Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 18, 12:30 to 2:30 pm; Marion Art Gallery

Endi Poskovic: Solo Exhibition at Marion Gallery

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