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CIRCA Director Nohe Exhibits in Europe

Tim Nohe will be screening his “data-mosh” video Bell Labs Mosh in the Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin video library in Berlin, from August 20 – 25 at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. That work will also screen in the IMPAKT Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands in a  program called Co-opting Entities, on October 31st.

Chelsea Pace’s Scholarly Activities

The Department of Theater’s Chelsea Pace presented “Making Contact: Considerations for Touch in Voice Training” gat Voice and Speech Trainers Association with UMBC Theater Professor Lynn Watson and Adriano Cabral of the University of Nevada, Reno.

Assistant Professor Pace also presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Orlando in the Acting and Directing Pre-Conference on consent. Building on her international reputation she offered trainings on intimacy and consent: Culture Change or Choreography: How to Bring Appropriate Intimacy Protocol into All Aspects of the Work and The Changing Nature of Consent in Actor Training Today. She also referenced the work that she did in Spring 2019 with Eve Muson at UMBC:Four Physical Approaches to Poetically Staging Transitions in Naomi Izuka’s Anonymous.

Theater’s Susan McCully, Chelsea Pace and alumna Katie Hileman at National Conference

Theater colleagues presented at the Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference in Orlando. The panel featured presentations and discussion on “Devising Feminist Structures for Playwriting” featuring Chelsea Pace and Susan McCully, and alumna Katie Hileman. Professor Pace discussed her process for devising “Gwyneth” which will be presented at UMBC this spring. Professor McCully discussed the creation of her play “Girls on a Dirt Pile” which will be produced at UMBC this coming fall. Katie Hileman (BFA ’12) discussed her plays “Chlamydia” and “I Will Eat You”- the latter her thesis project as she pursues an MFA at Towson University.

Lisa Moren’s research featured in The Guardian

The augmented reality artwork of IMDA MFA Graduate Program Director Lisa Moren was prominently profiled in a new piece in The Guardian titled Left to rot: the new global effort to preserve lost monuments.

Seeing Science appears in The Guardian

Seeing Science by the CADVC’s Marvin Heiferman was prominently featured in an online story by Guy Lane in the Art and Design section of The Guardian. Seeing Science offers an insightful and reader-friendly collection of essays and pictures about photography’s role in visualizing science and building human knowledge-from micro to macro levels and everything in between. The book was published by the Aperture Foundation and the CADVC at UMBC.

IMDA Alumna Dilay Koçogullari ’19 admitted to PhD Program

Ms. Koçogullari has secured a position in the new Interdisciplinary PhD program at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Art and Design, Wroclaw, Poland. Students in the three year program may study in the areas of Painting and Sculpture, Interior Architecture and Design, Ceramics and Glass, and Graphics and Media Art. Dilay Kocogullari’s thesis installation “Toward the Healing of Souls: Crocheting, Collaborating, and Commemorating” was presented as a memorial to the increasing number of women murdered in her home country, Turkey. Her work won the IMDA 2019 MFA Award. Dilay Kocogullari uses living organisms as art material to explore current health and social justice issues, ranging from nutrition to infant coronary disease and femicide. She was born in Turkey, where she received a B.A. in Biology from the University of Osmangazi a B.A. in Plastic Arts from Yeditepe University, and an M.A. in Painting from Onsekiz Mart University.

IMDA MFA alumnus Chris Kojzar – Culture Blast: Drawing Workshop at IA&A Hillyer

Chris Kojzar offered a drawing workshop and discussion about what it means to openly engage in artistic practice in a public space. He started with a presentation about his practice and the implications of surveillance in 21st century America, and participants walked together through the Dupont neighborhood to sketch outdoors and discuss the idea of drawing in the public space. This drawing workshop was produced in conjunction with Kojzar’s exhibition Plainclothes Agenda.

IMDA MFA alumna Mollye Bendell ’18 debuts new VR work at Harvestworks

Ms. Bendell has been working as an artist in residence at Harvestworks, a digital media arts organization founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977. The New York center has helped a generation of artists create new works using evolving technologies. Her forthcoming virtual reality work is called the language of the angels. This interactive artwork takes place in a single bedroom, and explores both the gamification of virtual spaces and changing conceptions of space and place within our own consciousness. Her exacting Virtual Reality model of her bedroom questions our increasingly strange passage through the uncanny valley of simulation & immersion. She presented her initial findings on July 27th at Nolan Park, on Governors Island.

Music’s Dr. Janice Macaulay releases new recording

Dr. Janice Macaulay released a new recording of her composition Three Pieces for String Quartet, on a compilation album on the Navona label called Quadrants, Vol. 3, by the Altius String Quartet. Macaulay’s Three Pieces for String Quartet creates dynamic, lyrical, and playful interactions among the players, including: Joshua Ulrich, violin; Andrew Giordano, violin; Andrew Krimm, viola; and Zachary Reaves, cello. For more information:

Visual Arts alumna and official UMBC photographer Marlayna Demond wins accolades

Proud that UMBC’s own Marlayna Demond ’11 was named “Best Photographer” by Baltimore Magazine in the Best of Baltimore Readers’ Poll. Ms. Demond works both as a freelance photographer, and for the UMBC Office of Institutional Advancement. As an undergraduate student Ms. Demond was a Linehan Artist Scholar and member of the Honors College.

IMDA MFA alumnus Chris Kojzar wins Civil Society Institute Fellowship at Vermont Studio Center

Alumnus Chris Kojzar caps a very successful year with a prestigious fellowship award from Vermont Studio Center. The largest international residency program in the US, Vermont Studio Center hosts more than 50 visual artists and writers each month from across the country and around the world. Kojzar’s fully funded residency takes place in the Fall of 2019.

Cinematic Arts Alumnus Jovan James Screens in LA

Jovan James’ 2018 film Tadpole made its West Coast premiere at Outfest on July 20th. He is currently working on his NYU graduate thesis project and is set to graduate with a Master’s degree in 2019. Taking the next step James is writing his first feature film, determined to push the boundaries even further on black queer stories.

Gamescape featured in B’More

The many vital ties to UMBC’s game development community were highlighted in a recent B’More feature focused on Artscape 2019.

Animations on the Big Screen, curated by Corrie Parks

Hosted by the SNF Parkway Theater, Animation on the Big Screen was a 1.5 hour program of animated short films curated by UMBC professor Corrie Francis Parks. The screenings featured works by UMBC alumni Kevin Blackistone and Ezra Pailer, and CIRCA Director Timothy Nohe. Sunday, July 21st, 1:00-2:30 and 3:00 – 4:30 PM.

Radiant Flux by alumnus Kevin Blackistone

Radiant Flux was presented at Artscape 2019 as an interactive sculpture that explored the many facets of light through exploration of solar reflection during the day and moonlight at night. Composed of 128 individual mirror and motor units mounted to a circular disk shape, Radiant Flux came alive as motion sensors triggered by festival goers caused the disk to move and produce dramatic effects from the reflection of the sun onto the faceted mirrors and resulting light cast onto the sculpture’s surroundings. At night, the reflections continued, with a dazzling light display controlled by the pulses of surrounding music.

Marvin Heiferman supports new book release with Aperture Foundation videos

Marvin Heiferman has published Seeing Science: How Photography Reveals the Universe. It’s an insightful & reader-friendly collection of essays & pictures about photography’s role in visualizing science and building knowledge.

Lynn Cazabon’s exchange efforts in China
Professor Lynn Cazabon, IMDA students Rahne Alexander and Maks Prykhodko, and alumna Dilay Kocogullari ’19 had works featured in the art exhibition of the 2019 International Conference of Chinese CHI (Computer Human Interaction) at Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, June 27 – 30, 2019. Of special note, Rahne Alexander’s video “Dude Descending a Staircase” was awarded the “Best Creative Award” by Xiamen University Art Professor Qin Jian. Professor Cazabon attended the conference and while there also led a 4 day workshop on Cameraless Photography with Xiamen University Art College students.
Unruly Bodies at Stevenson University” Solid work by IMDA MFA alumna A. Moon and IMDA Candidate Mandy Morrison in Unruly Bodies. 
The body that is too fat, too sick, too Black, too foreign, too female, too queer, too old… The exhibit presents new work by emerging and mid-career artists from the United States and abroad. Hear about Unruly Bodies in a Maryland Humanities podcast with Aden Weisel the Exhibitions Director and Gallery Curator at Stevenson University. On view through September 21st in the Art Gallery – Greenspring Campus 1525 Greenspring Valley Road, Stevenson, MD 21153. Artists’ talk on September 9th, 5-7 PM.
Who wants to ride an elephant? Marianne Hayden at GDC19
Dual major alumna (Theater and Visual Arts) Marianne Hayden, a ten year veteran of the Naughty Dog game studio in Los Angeles, delivered a key talk on narrative. This video documentation of her presentation at the Game Design Conference 2019, covers the story and design evolution of the elephant ride in ‘Uncharted: The Lost Legacy’. 
Kelley Bell embarks on Automata Residency in UK
Associate Professor Kelley Bell is on a month-long residency studying under the distinguished automata maker Matt Smith at his workshop in Falmouth, UK. Her visit to the seaside town is focused upon an intensive beginner’s course in the fundamentals of mechanical engineering. Kelley intends to use her new-found skills constructing kinetic elements for use in her animation and projection mapping work. Upon her return to the States, she will work with the American Visionary Art Museum offering automata making workshops for kids and grownups interested in making mechanical things move.
Lisa Moren contributes work to International Water Project

Professor Lisa Moren contributes work to The Water Office, a new project by Spanish curator Blanca de la Torre. The Water Office created open lab projects that addressed sustainability and ecological problems and gave the audience the opportunity to explore water challenges through different approaches. Moren was also the inaugural CIRCA-IMET Artist in Residence.

Visual Arts alumnus Max Eilbacher joins Matmos for Tour

Eilbacher, a synthesist and bass player for Horselords has joined notable Baltimore Electronic duo Matmos on a tour with dates in Lexington, Memphis and Knoxville. Max Eilbacher is an intermedia artist who works primarily with sound, video, and performance. His sound practice draws upon traditions of electroacoustic, musique concréte composition and process intensive computer music.

The Dual Major Powerhouses of Dance
Four dance majors were featured in the UMBC News as they earn a degree in another field: Linehan Artist Scholars Emily Godfrey ’20, dance and psychology minor; Melissa Hudson ’18, dance and economics; and Giavanni Powell’19 (pictured to the right), dance with an entrepreneurship and innovation minor; and Honors College member Samantha Siegel ’19, dance and psychology.