June 23, 2017
Berlin-based hardware and software startup Senic recently launched a kickstarter campaign for their new product, a speech-enabled lamp and smart home hub called COVI. COVI, Senic’s second product, is a speech-enabled lamp and smart home hub that can connect and automate all your devices. All Senic products are designed, manufactured, and assembled entirely in Germany.
Senic, a team that includes Chief of Staff Teshia Treuhaft (BFA 2012), is a hardware/software startup focused on designing interfaces for the smart home. Senic was awarded the German Design Award and the Red Dot Design award for their first product NUIMO, a controller for smart devices such as Sonos or Philips Hue.
June 22, 2017
Stamps Professor Endi Poskovic presents a major mid-career solo exhibition of his works titled Endi Poskovic: Wú 无 (“Without”), on view through June 30 at Yu Xiang Cultural & Art Center in Changsha, Hunan Province, China. Following the showing in Changsha, the exhibition will travel to several venues throughout China including 669 Centre in Nan Chang, Jiang Xi Province, and Changsha Normal University Art Gallery in Hunan Province. Curated by Yang Weiran, the exhibition is sponsored by Changsha Normal University, Hunan Art Association, Hunan Printmaking Association, Stamps School of Art & Design and UM Confucius Institute.
In addition to the exhibition, Poskovic has been awarded a prestigious Xiaoxiang Distinguished International Residency Fellowship, a fully funded, summer-long (June-July) production and teaching residency at Changsha Normal University to conduct a color woodcut printmaking class and produce a new work in collaboration with students. For more information, visit: http://endiposkovic.tumblr.com/tagged/changsha
Endi Poskovic: Wú 无 (“Without”)
Exhibition Dates: June 16-30, 2017
Yu Xiang Cultural & Art Center
Xiaoxiang North Road
Changsha, Hunan Province, China
June 22, 2017
Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series guest Joyce Jenje Makwenda speaks with Christopher Porter in an interview for the Ann Arbor District Library’s arts blog, Pulp.
It’s approximately 8,000 miles from Harare, Zimbabwe, to Detroit, Michigan. But music and culture scholar Joyce Jenje Makwenda feels like Motown’s daughter.
“Motown raised me,” she said. “I’m a child of Motown music.”
Makwenda owns one of Zimbabwe’s largest archives of music-related documents, from newspapers and photos to vinyl records and instruments. The Joyce Jenje Makwenda Collection Archives allows scholars to research the rich history of Zimbabwean music, from folk music played on the mbira (thumb piano) and the township jazz that dominated much of the mid-20th century, to the modern protest sounds of Thomas Mapfumo’s chimurenga music.
She’s also the 2017 Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit research resident—in partnership with U-M’s Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series and Harare’s Njelele Art Station—which is why she’s in Michigan this summer investigating the influence of Motown music on her home country.
Makwenda will discuss her research with EMU’s Dr. Melvin Peters on Thursday, June 22, at 6 pm at Cultivate Coffee & Tap House, 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti.
June 19, 2017
Stamps Associate Professor Anne Mondro has received a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts grant to support Between the Earth and the Sky: Intergenerational Interactions of Visibility, a collaborative community art-making project for teens and memory-impaired adults. The project, scheduled to unfold September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018, was co-created with Charlie Michaels (MFA 2011), Assistant Director of Student and Faculty Engagement at the Center for Socially Engaged Design.
Between the Earth and the Sky is a community art-making project for teens and memory-impaired adults. In conjunction with lead artists, teens will be partnered with residents from a center for Alzheimer’s and dementia to create two installations that revolve around the summer and winter solstices. The art-making activities will focus on the theme of light and growth, using traditional paint and paper as well as plants, mosses, and other natural materials. A public event will include lantern-making and a light festival for the residents and their families to be held on the darkest day of the year. Residents will have opportunities for social stimulation, expression, and discovery and teens will increase their understanding and sensitivity towards those living with memory impairment.
Mondro teaches “Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts” at the Stamps School of Art & Design, an undergraduate course that explores the benefits of creativity and the potential of art to aid the human spirit during times of illness and disease through partnerships with the University of Michigan Geriatric Center’s memory loss programs.
Stamps Professor Anne Mondro (right), with Charlie Michaels (MFA 2011)
June 16, 2017
Stamps Associate Professor Osman Khan’s interactive art, currently on view in the Haworth showroom at the NeoCon office trade show in Chicago, is the focus of a new MLive article.
Haworth’s showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart proved an apt canvas for Osman Khan’s unique art.
The University of Michigan art professor, who describes himself as an installation artist, created two interactive pieces in the 30,000 square-foot space during NeoCon this week. The artwork highlighted the ideas behind the Holland company’s latest office furniture and products.
Khan says he enjoyed being part of a project that explored the future of workspace.
“If you think about it, the office is no longer an austere place but an extension of the way we live,” Khan said. “I don’t want to quite say it is our living room because I believe you want to separate work and life every now and then, but I think there is a certain comfort that is being promoted.”
June 16, 2017
Performative photographs by Stamps Lecturer Melanie Manos are featured in the exhibition The Universal Language of Birds, on view at UCross Foundation Art Gallery through December 1, 2017. The exhibition is curated by artist and current UCross Fellow Christina Baal (Manos was a UCross Fellow in 2015). Manos’ work turns an eye (and cheek) to the body language of birds, with suggestions of absurdity in the dating/mating rituals of humans.
The Universal Language of Birds
Exhibition Dates: June 10, 2017 – December 1, 2017
UCross Foundation Art Gallery
30 Big Red Lane, Clearmont, WY 28235
June 16, 2017
Work by Stamps Lecturer Annica Cuppetelli, collaborator Cristobal Mendoza, and musician Shigeto is featured in in::Sequence, an immersive light and sound installation on view at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit on Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18.
Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza are artists and collaborators focusing on the creation of site-specific, multimedia installations that address issues of space, interaction and materiality. Their installations combine traditional craft and common materials with interactive digital video projections and computational design processes, and they address the formal qualities of a given site while creating an interactive and participatory environment.
Saturday, June 17, 11 am - 4 pm (Q&A with Cuppatelli, Mendoza, and Shigeto: 5:30 pm)
Sunday, June 18, 12 - 3 pm
Red Bull House of Art
1551 Winder St., Detroit, Mi 48207
June 15, 2017
Stamps Assistant Professor Sun Young Park has been selected to participate in the ACM Future of Computing Academy. She will join an inaugural class of early career computing professionals, to shape the academy’s governance structure and agenda.
June 14, 2017
Cosmo Whyte (MFA 2015) has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 Hudgens Prize.
Each year, one finalist is selected to receive the Hudgens Prize, including a cash award of $50,000 and a solo exhibition. The Hudgens Prize visual arts competition is intended to elevate the arts in Georgia and to offer a transformational opportunity to one Georgia artist. Learn more about the Hudgens Prize.
Cosmo Whyte’s work weaves personal history, secret ritual and the inflicted emotional and physical trauma from colonization into textured works that inform a sense of identity. Growing up in Jamaica and now living in the United States, Whyte’s art traverses through the inquiry of “how notions of identity are disrupted by migration — particularly migration as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question,” as he writes in his artist statement. Each of his works can be viewed as a ritualistic or emotional map, a guide into his inquiries of how historic abuses continue to generate forced identities.
Whyte moves through a range of artistic mediums — painting, built objects, photography and performance — as his ideas emerge and develop. For Whyte, art making starts with an idea. The idea comes to being through decisive exploration of a material. His materials range from paper, gold leaf, charcoal, to photography and the performance of a silent ritual, to bike wheels, speakers and sound. This exploratory process leads him to thoughtfully describe his practice as transdisciplinary, where the engagement with a specific material becomes the focus of a piece. As Whyte says regarding his process, “I understand that within each medium there is inherent strengths and weakness.” The tension between polarities not only is a guide for his creation but also a theme he confronts and presents in his works.
Photo: Jamie Hopper
June 14, 2017
Stamps Assistant Professor Sophia Brueckner will be exhibiting two speculative prototypes inspired by sci-fi, giving an artist talk, and running a sci-fi workshop at this year’s International Symposium on Electronic Art in Manizales, Colombia.
ISEA is one of the most prominent international events on art and technology around the world, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in electronic art, interactivity and digital media.
For the first time, ISEA will take place in a Latin America city: Manizales, in the frame of the 16th International Image Festival, a culture digital event, made by Universidad de Caldas since 1997. In his 15 editions, the Festival has positioned as an event with international relevance, and as an academic reference in design, art. science and technology.