Spring 2015 Catalyst Programs
CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Noon – 1:00 PM
Dresher Center Conference Room, PAHB 216
UMBC Director of Marketing Jenny O’Grady and UMBC Senior Lecturer and poet Michael Fallon will present on their recent works interweaving art and poetry.
Michael Fallon set himself the task of writing a book of poems inspired by his own spontaneous photographs taken on walks with his wife, Ruth, and chose the most interesting shots from these walks, be they of discarded plastic bottles, water meters, tree trunks, his and Ruth’s shadows, or reflections of clouds, forest and sky. Fallon will recite the poems while the corresponding photographs are projected on a screen.
Jenny O’Grady edits The Light Ekphrastic, a quarterly journal that pairs writers and artists from all over the world to create new works online and for public spaces. In March of 2015 O’Grady will pair sixty-six Baltimore-area writers and artists for a special edition of The Light Ekphrastic published online and via the Baltimore LED Art Billboard. In addition to sharing some favorite works from the past five years, she will discuss some of the many routes her participants take as they go from being strangers to collaborators.
CIRCA Catalyst promotes engaging conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research. These informal one hour presentations feature work that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of investigation and scholarship. Catalyst events are geared toward sharing work, and building dynamic conversations that may seed ideas and future collaborations.
Exciting creative arts research is taking place at UMBC that sees our faculty working in Baltimore, the region that sustains us, and with national and global partners and venues.
Catalyst events are presented in the Dresher Center conference room PAHB 216. All Catalyst events are open to the public – we benefit from engagement across the disciplines and with new audiences.
CIRCA is located in Performing Arts and Humanities Building 223, and showcases the work of faculty in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts through an intimate gallery and screening setting.
Past Catalyst Events
UMBC Associate Professors Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts and Lisa Cella, Music presented on their recent collaborative “deep-listening – deep seeing” performance, combining video projection and flute performance. Steve Bradley’s time-lapse video work explored a meditative perspective that featured quotidian events. Bradley’s visual “curiosity of motion” was interwoven with contemporary solo flute works composed for, and performed by, Lisa Cella.
Jaimes Mayhew presented his current body of work, The Autonomous Energy Research Lab, which started as a project for a Fulbright Grant in Iceland in 2011 connecting the landscapes of Iceland and those of the southwestern US that awakened his interest in the relationships between queer bodies and landscapes, memory and rural culture. Neja Tomšič a Slovenian artist, and the first CEC ArtsLink artist-in-residence hosted by UMBC’s IMDA MFA Program, discussed the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA), a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms.
Cathy Cook presented The Cranes in Motion Project, a collection of several hybrid media projects created at the Imaging Research Center that document, explore and artistically interpret the fascinating dynamics of crane culture in an effort to understand this unique species and our shared ecosystems. Lynne Parks is a Baltimore-based artist, environmental activist, and volunteer for Lights Out Baltimore. Her award winning photographs of birds draw our attention to how current building design practices exact fatal consequences on these creatures.
Colette Searls, Department of Theatre and Lynn Tomlinson, Towson University
Thursday, May 8, 2014, 4:30 – 5:30 PM
The collaborative team presented virtual puppetry controlled by iPad for the stage and screen.
Monday, May 5, 2014 Noon – 1:00 PM
Baum and Dyer surveyed the transformational work taking place with rapid prototyping and 3D printing, and shared dynamic new animations made with 3d output set into motion.
Steve Bradley, Visual Arts and Nicole King, American Studies
Monday, April 28, 2014
Bradley and King presented their collaborative Mapping Baybrook project, an interdisciplinary exploration of place that used digital mapping to illustrate research on the history and culture of an industrial community in Baltimore, Maryland referred to as Baybrook—a merging of the names of two neighborhoods, Brooklyn and Curtis Bay.
Linda Dusman, Department of Music and Eric Smallwood, Department of Visual Arts
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Dusman and Smallwood spoke on “Symphony Interactive” a tablet-based guide to the symphony experience.
Chris Swan, Geography and Environmental Systems and Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts
Monday, November 11, 2013
Dr. Chris Swan and Associate Professor Lynn Cazabon presented the first CIRCA Catalyst event discussing their ongoing work set in prison gardens in Maryland.