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Catalyst

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Program Overview
NejaTomšič, CEC Artslink Visiting Artist

NejaTomšič, CEC Artslink Visiting Artist

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 

JaimesIcelandWWWCIRCA CatalystNeja Tomšič and Jaimes Mayhew
November 6, 2014, Noon-1:00 PM

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. 

 

Parks-WWW-ScaleCIRCA CatalystCathy Cook, Visual Arts and Lynne Parks, Independent Artist
Monday, October 20, 2014 Noon-1:00 PM

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.

 

Crab_Bluefloor_Tan_Water_ArmymanColette 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.

 

 

 

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Jan Baum, 3D Maryland and Eric DyerDepartment of Visual Arts

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

SI_InterFaceLinda 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.

 

 

 

Lynn Cazabon

 

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.

Links: http://biodiversity.umbc.edu/          http://lynncazabon.com