Fall Catalyst Programs
Cathy Cook will present 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. One sequence, titled: “Prehistoric Resurrection” portrays a 3-D animated crane skeleton emerging fully alive from a 12 million year-old fossil, to fly away. This animation visually connects prehistoric references to crane survival and longevity to beautiful movement.
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. For Parks, the sixth mass extinction now underway is the driving moral force in her work, and the precipitous decline marked in a number of populations provides the source material for her investigations.
Jaimes Mayhew/The Autonomous Energy Research Lab
Jaimes Mayhew will present his current body of work, The Autonomous Energy Research Lab, which started as a project for a Fulbright Grant in Iceland in 2011. While Mayhew worked in Iceland, he discovered a connection between 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. Mayhew will present the work made while on his Fulbright grant, and share how those experiences inform his current work.
Neja Tomšič: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art
Neja Tomšič is a Slovenian artist, and the first CEC ArtsLink artist-in-residence hosted by UMBC’s IMDA MFA Program. Tomšič will discuss the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA), a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms. Two of MoTA’s recent ongoing projects- The DarkStar and MV Monchegorsk will be highlighted. The DarkStar project is a semi-utopian monument to the moon and the stars for public space. The project is designed as a platform for technological, architectural, sound and graphic innovations and experiments. The MV Monchegorsk is a project which explores the rather mysterious incident of one of the biggest non-war related explosions in human history, the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion in Cyprus in 2009.
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
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.