Visiting Artists 2012

Jae Rhim Lee

Ali Momeni

Siebren Versteeg

Robert Saunders

Tristan Perich

Joanna Malinowska


 

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the artists for the Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Series. Presenting this Fall are Jae Rhim Lee, Ali Momeni, Siebren Versteeg, Robert Saunders, Tristan Perich and Joanna Malinowska. Each artist will present a public lecture at the University of Maine campus in Orono, Maine.

The six artists for the Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Series will present on their diverse research and art practices that range from, but are not limited to, experimental sound, sculpture, social activism, computer coding and performance.

Jae Rhim Lee (October 2) proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment, which take the form of living units, furniture, wearables, recycling systems, and personal and social interventions. (Correll Lecture Series)

Ali Momeni (October 11) uses all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities. The output of his research ranges from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance.

Siebren Versteeg (October 23) creates multimedia installations that employ computer programs that mine the Internet for images and then applies them to manipulated algorithms that guide the flow of information to create artworks that engage both choice and chance. (Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture)

Robert Saunders (November 13) creates work that achieves the effects of verbal communication through the use of intersecting or non-intersecting lines embellished with bold color and artistic abstraction.

Tristan Peric(November 27) couples 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Interval Studies). His research is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code.

Joanna Malinowska (December 4) works with video, performance and sculpture-based projects inspired by the intersection of anthropology and art history. (Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture).

The University of Maine Intermedia department is excited to host this diverse group of artists, as they will undoubtedly appeal to a wide collection of interests of students, faculty and the local community. We invite you to participate in this lecture series to gain exposure to distinguished and contemporary artists, educationally beneficial engagement opportunities, and interaction with professionals from a variety of ethnic, cultural and critical backgrounds.

Individual press releases will follow announcing time and location.

These events are sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the Department of New Media, the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Correll Lecture Series is sponsored by the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Professorships in Education, Engineering and New Media.

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the sixth lecture, Joanna Malinowska , for their fall 2012 Visiting Artist series. This presentation is in part sponsored by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as part of a new partnership program with the Intermedia MFA Program. Malinowska will present a public lecture on Tuesday Dec 4th at 7pm in 100 Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Inspiration for Malinowska’s sculpture, performance and video-based projects comes from her fascination with anthropology, and her works often playfully suggest her own take on anthropological field work and interpretation. “Before choosing art, I had considered becoming a cultural anthropologist, but eventually decided that what made me interested in anthropology was not so much the research that aspires to scientific objectivity, but rather the sense of relativity of a cosmic order of one’s own culture in comparison to other possible systems.”  By illuminating similarities between ostensibly different cultures, she seeks to create a bridge between them rather than set them apart.

 Malinowska also explores the idea of collective consciousness—when similar ideas arise in various parts of the world without direct interaction or influence—in her work. From the Canyons to the Stars enacts a fantasy of Arctic peoples creating a sculpture that unknowingly echoes both everyday Western life and art. Malinowska was born in Poland and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received an MFA from Yale University and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Malinowska has participated in the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program in New York.  She is the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship.  In addition to many international solo and group exhibitions, Malinowska is represented by the Canada Gallery in New York.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department, The Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

 

11/10/2012

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the fifth lecture, Tristan Perich, for their fall 2012 Visiting Artist series. Perich will present a public lecture on Tuesday November 27th at 7pm in 100 Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

 An artist of the visual, musical, and electronic, Tristan Perich draws inspiration not from the normal channels but from science, applying his interests in physics and math to his visual and musical work. As a visual artist, Perich has been best known for his work using machines to create pen-on-paper drawings according to mathematical formulas. His Machine Drawings were described as “elegantly delicate” by BOMB Magazine. Eventually, he pushed his ideas onto a musical plane, beginning work on what would become his 1-Bit Music project in 2004. The WIRE Magazine describes Tristan Perich’s compositions as “an austere meeting of electronic and organic.”

His artwork has been included in group shows at LABoral (Barcelona), iMAL (Brussels), MCLA’s Gallery 51 (MA), ABC No Rio (NY), the Philoctetes Center (NY), and Greylock Arts (MA) and a traveling science museum exhibit in Arkansas. He is part of the Loud Objects (with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima), who perform electronic music by soldering their own noise-making circuits, live, from scratch in front of the audience. He received the Prix Ars Electronica in 2009 for his composition Active Field (for ten violins and ten-channel 1-bit music), and will be a featured artist at Sonar 2010 in Barcelona. Rhizome awarded him a 2010 commission for a microtonal audio installation with 1,500 speakers. He was artist in residence at Issue Project Room in 2008, at Mikrogalleriet in Copenhagen in 2010, and at the Addison Gallery in Fall 2010. He has spoken about his work and taught workshops around the world. He studied music, math and computer science at Columbia University, and electronic art at ITP/Tisch.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department and The Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series.

 

 10/30/2012

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the fourth lecture, Robert Saunders, for their fall 2012 Visiting Artist series. Saunders will present a public lecture titled: “HAVING SAID THAT” on Tuesday November 13th at 7pm in 100 Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Robert Saunders has devoted most of his career to the art of visual poetry. His works are about language and communication, often featuring numbers and the letters of the alphabet in a variety of orientations. Many of his works seek to achieve the effects of verbal communication without such language‐based symbols. Verbal content is instead suggested through the use of intersecting or non‐intersecting lines embellished with bold color and artistic abstraction. The lines remind us of thoughts and words that intersect to create meaning (or that trail off into nothingness). Color and abstract imagery suggest emotion or the development of ideas.

Saunders is a recognized contributor to a variety of “outsider” art movements. He has an extensive exhibition history. His work is included in the Ruth & Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, and his contributions to the mail art movement have been documented in publications in the US, Germany, Holland, Spain and Brazil. He has won numerous first place awards in international rubber stamp art competition. He is listed in the Franklin Furnace Archive and in the archives of the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and Humanities. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Manchester Institute of Arts & Sciences and in the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, NH. Mr. Saunders received his undergraduate degree in art from Western Michigan University and his Masters of Art from Wayne State University. He currently lives with his wife and cat in Gardner, ME.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department and The Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund.

 

9/09/2012

Versteeg announcement

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the third lecture ,Siebren Versteeg, for their fall 2012 Visiting Artist series. This presentation is in part sponsored by the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture as part of a new partnership program with the Intermedia MFA Program. Versteeg will present a public lecture on Tuesday October 23rd at 7pm in 100 Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

New York based multimedia artist Siebren Versteeg uses dislocation, juxtaposition,and/or hacking of the familiar, ever-increasing flow of digital images found in cyberspace. He writes computer programs that pull imagery from the Internet based upon subjects or criteria that he specifies. The images then appear on monitors within the gallery space. Although Versteeg determines the types of things that might appear on the monitors, the artwork—like the Internet it draws from—is constantly growing and changing. This tension between creative control and the endless stream of images is of particular interest to the artist.

Siebren Versteeg was born in 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work has been widely exhibited around the world with exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Bellwether Gallery, New York; Ten in One Gallery, New York; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and 1RGallery, Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC; Contemporary Museum,Baltimore, Maryland; Krannert Art Museum, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois; the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; the National Museum of Art, Czech Republic; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department, The Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series Fund and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.

For more information about the artist go to http://www.siebrenversteeg.com

 

 

Ali Momeni quest lecture poster

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the second presenter, Ali Momeni, for their fall 2011 Visiting Artist series co-sponsored by the Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series. The artist will present a public lecture titled, “Ali Momeni and the Social Life of Objects, Plants and Animals”on Thursday October 11th at 7pm in Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Ali Momeni is a builder, composer and performer interested in the poetics of gesture, affect and timing. His work makes use all  manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded pejorative qualities.His creative output ranges  from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance.

Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore  College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New  Music and Audio Technologies in UC Berkeley.He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from  La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. After four years as an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art,and where runs urban projection collective called the MAW, Momeni currently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

For more information about the artist visit: www.alimomeni.net

9/09/2012

The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce Jae Rhim Lee, Research Fellow in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology, for their spring 2013 Visiting Artist series sponsored by the Cultural Affairs. The artist will present the third University of Maine Correll Presidential Lecture Series address on Tuesday October 2nd at 7pm in Lord Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono.

Jae Rhim Lee is a visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. In 2008 Jae Rhim founded and directed the MIT FEMA Trailer Project.  The Project examined the environmental, social and political history of FEMA Trailers deployed in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and transformed a single surplus FEMA Trailer into the “Armadillo,” a mobile composting center with vertical gardens and rainwater catchment system, permaculture library, and indoor multipurpose space.

Her current work, the Infinity Burial Project, (presented in a TED Talk in 2011, pictured above) proposes alternatives for the post-mortem body and features the training of a unique strain of an edible mushroom to decompose and remediate toxins in human tissue, the development of a decomposition ‘kit,’ and a membership society devoted to the promotion of death acceptance and the cultivation of decomposing organisms.

Jae Rhim Lee studied psychology and the natural sciences at Wellesley College, received a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT, and holds a certificate in permaculture design. Her work has been exhibited in Europe and in the US. She is a recipient of a 2009 Creative Capital Foundation Grant, a 2010 Grant from the Institut fur Raumexperimente/Universitaet der Kunste Berlin, and a 2011 MAK Schindler Scholarship and Artist Residency in Los Angeles, CA.  Lee is a 2011 TED Global Fellow and a Research Fellow in the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in Cambridge, MA.

For more information about the artist go to www.zonezerozerostudio.com

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the New Media Department, the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series, the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Professorships in Education, Engineering and New Media,.

 

Marna Bunnell artist, designer, educator and curator is our Spring 2012 Dick Higgings guest.

Lecture: Connective Tissues on Tuesday March 13 th at 6:30pm at Lord Hall 100

 

Workshop: Particular Mass  on Friday and Saturday March 16thand 17tat 10:30 to 2:30pm in the Foster Center for Student Innovation

 

Marna Bunnell works both locally and internationally to initiate and produce cultural projects. Her print and graphic design installations are often community-based and examine social and political ideas of contemporary life. As interventions, her works question and negotiate points of intersection between power, role, the personal and the public, art and design, the handmade and the mass-produced.  In her video works, drawings and prints, Bunnell takes inspiration from fairy tales, printed ephemera, beauty products, needle work and textiles. Her recent works explore the historical, cultural and symbolic meanings associated with hair.

 

 

Marna Bunnell has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Slovenia, Brazil and Korea. Her graphic design and print work has received national and international recognition, winning 1st prize in the 3rd International Biennial of Posters in Mexico, bronze medal in the18th Biennial of Graphic Design, Brno, Czech Republic and 1st prize in the 4th International Biennial of Print, Seoul, Korea. She received an MFA from the University of Alberta.

This event is sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program’s Annual Dick Higgins Memorial Lecture and the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series.  Dick Higgins coined the term Intermedia and was the founder of Something Else Press, one of the leading avant garde presses of the 1960’s and was one the founding members of the international art group Fluxus.