When J Jayalalithaa, a film star turned prominent politician, was convicted of charges involving financial assets, her supporters in the state of Tamil Nadu responded to the verdict by creating billboards and posters representing their feelings of anger and loss. Preminda Jacob, visual arts, spoke to Scroll about the historic connections between cinema and state politics in Tamil Nadu.
Jacob focused on how Jayalalithaa used images to promote her political career and connect with supporters. “Over the space of half century the population has been very adept on how to read these images,” she said.
Jacob is the author of Celluloid Deities: The Visual Culture of Cinema and Politics in South India.
Click here to read “How Jayalalithaa used posters to transform herself from a film star into the Amma of Tamil Nadu” in Scroll.
The Department of Visual Arts presents a lecture by artist-in-residence Neja Tomšič on Wednesday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m. in Room 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building.
Tomšič is a visual artist and writer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since graduating from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, she has been part of individual and group exhibitions for drawing and media, performing and publishing poetry and prose, among others. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the University of Primorska, researching documentary cinema and related practices in the contemporary art context. She is the manager and editor of the ArtistTalk project.
Tomšič will be in residence in UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. The residency was made possible by CEC ArtsLink. ArtsLink Residencies offer artists and arts managers from 37 overseas countries five-week residencies at non-profit arts organizations throughout the United States. The program enables artists and communities across the U.S. to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.
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Photo credit Collier Schorr
On Thursday, September 18 at 5:30 p.m. on the 7th floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library, artist Mark Tribe will present the Humanities Forum, “Art is a Three Letter Word.” The forum is part of the Dresher Center’s Digital Humanities Initiative.
Mark Tribe’s work explores the intersection of media technology and politics. His photographs, installations, videos, and performances are exhibited widely, including solo projects at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Momenta Art in New York, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. He is the author of two books, The Port Huron Project: Reenactments of New Left Protest Speeches and New Media Art and numerous articles. Tribe is Chair of the MFA Fine Arts Department at School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 1996, he founded Rhizome, an organization that supports the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology.
The event is sponsored by the Dresher Center for the Humanities, the Visual Arts Department, and the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts. For more information, click here.
The first long-term, artist-in-residence for UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts, hosted by IMDA and the Visiting Artists Lecture Series, is Slovenian artist Neja Tomšič. Tomšič will be in residence for five weeks this fall, from October 9 until November 12. There will be several public events and many opportunities to interact with Neja Tomšič.
Neja Tomšič co-founded the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA) in 2008 and has been involved in strategic planning, international collaborations and development of an artist residency program. MoTA is a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms. For the past two years Tomšič has also been in charge of MoTA’s educational programming and has developed an online platform, together with various Polish organizations, to archive and share public programs such as artists talks, workshops, discussions and symposia. She hopes to research practices of archiving transitory works and strategies for audience development and engagement.
This residency was made possible by CEC ArtsLink. ArtsLink Residencies offer artists and arts managers from 37 overseas countries five-week residencies at non-profit arts organizations throughout the US. The program enables artists and communities across the US to share artistic practices with artists and arts managers from abroad and engage in dialogue that advances understanding across cultures.
Please contact Lisa Moren, Visual Arts, for more information on exchanges with her this fall.
Associate Professor Lynn Cazabon, Visual Arts, has received a Fulbright Teaching Award to work at Leipaja University for the Spring 2015 semester.
Leipaja University is in Leipaja, Latvia, a city of 75,00 located in the western part of the country on the Baltic Sea. Cazabon says her “project proposal is to develop and teach classes centered on Photography and Public Art in their New Media Arts Program. I will also pursue a project of my own focused on local traditions centered on mushroom harvesting as they connect to country-wide environmental conservation policies.”
Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard, organized by the School 33 Art Center, will hold an opening celebration this month for the collaborative installation including work by Kelley Bell, visual arts. The pieces presented, by Bell, Melissa Webb and Linda DePalma, are “highly detailed birdhouses that are scale replicas of iconic Baltimore buildings – Penn Station, the Patterson Park Pagoda, the “Painted Ladies” of Charles Village and Form Stone row homes.”
Download the flyer to learn more about the celebration and Co-Lab(oration).
The opening celebration, scheduled for June 21 from 3-6 p.m. at the School 33 Art Center, will be held in connection with School 33’s 35th Annual Exhibition, 35  35, featuring the work of other prominent Baltimore artists, including Tim Nohe, Visual Arts. Co-Lab(oration): Front Stoop/Back Yard will be on display through the Summer 2015.
Nature in the Dark, which features work by Tim Nohe, Visual Arts, CIRCA, and originally screened in Melbourne at Federation Square in 2012, will appear in new venues soon: at the Gertrude Street Projection Festival in Melbourne, Australia (18-27 July 2014), and at the Visual Arts Centre in Bendigo, Australia (14 August – 5 October 2014). Nohe’s piece, At The Wall of the Anthropocene, is an animation set to an original film score created in collaboration with Tim Bubb, IMDA.
Nature in the Dark is a collaborative program produced by the Centre for Creative Arts, La Trobe University and the Victoria National Parks Association.
CIRCA is currently collaborating with the Centre for Creative Arts, Marnie Benny of the MICA Curatorial Practices Program, Australian/German curator Jan Hendrik Brüggemeier, UMBC visual and performing artists and multiple partners in the Inner Harbor to produce a second edition of the program focused on marine life. This program will debut in Spring 2015.