Friday, March 21, 2014

Presentation at 50th Anniversary Conference of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts

      Today, I gave my presentation entitled Media and The Artistʼs Voice in Framing Interdisciplinary Practice at the 50thAnniversary Conference of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts: Retrospectives and Future Visions. The conference was hosted by The School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. I shared the Scholarship and Practice Session with Jena Seiler from Ohio University, Jen Urso an Independent Artist, and Matthew Turner from Radford Unversity. 

Below is my abstract from the 20 minute presentation.

Abstract for Media and The Artist’s Voice in Framing Interdisciplinary Practice

            The presentation will demonstrate how an artist’s voice supplements knowledge toward interdisciplinary practice. Based upon an artist’s perception, this presentation, Media and The Artist’s Voice in Framing Interdisciplinary Practice will investigate current theories within visual methods, media based arts, and an artist’s experiences with art-based research.
       The importance of borrowing and presenting other disciplines methods with the use of digital media is to contribute to the breadth of theories concerning art-based research and contemporary art. This continued research is intended to acknowledge art practice with interdisciplinary methods instead of the Modernists art canons. A post-modern inquiry will include Gill Kirkup’s definition of the role of blogging in scholarly writing, Graeme Sullivan’s examinations of art practice as research, Sarah Pink’s analysis of video representation and video as research, and Margot Lovejoy’s theories of artist perceptions and the use of electronic tool types.
            As an artist and scholar, I use social media as a source for self-publishing of my interdisciplinary practice. My blog examines the use of social media as a presentation platform and as a postmodern tool for developing knowledge that pertains to my current projects. The use of video in the 60-second format contributes to my continuation of research with the medium of video. This concerns the inclusion of text with video to expand upon the presentation methods of the research processes.
            Beyond the utilization of digital media the effects of crossing boundaries with digital publishing will be examined. The acknowledgement of the artist’s voice contributes to the future discussion of art-based research and the development of using digital media regarding theory and practice.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Funding Announcement for the March 2014 Restaging

I wanted to announce that I have received an individual artist opportunity grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts. This funding is for the presentation of the restaging of the collection project (printing of the print media poster and other presentation materials) at the It’s All About Things space in Port Chester, New York USA.
For more information about the restaging please refer to the March 4, 2014 and the Feb. 25, 2014 blog posts.

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 2014 Restaging

Front and Back of Mini Museum 2014 Invite Card
        The 2014 Mini Museum Group Exhibit is the site for the March restaging of the collection project. The exhibit is from March 8th to April 5th at the It’s All About Things space in Port Chester, New York USA. In my previous February 25th blog post, I presented the topic of the print media poster as a communicative means to promote and mobilize participants in the viewing process of Internet-based art within the gallery space. I wanted to mention the background to how the collection was chosen to be part of the group exhibit, along with the presentation in the gallery space.
            I answered a call for proposals to the mini museum concept. The mini museum is (approximately 14 in. x 10 in. x 13 in.) an architectural model of a “white space” gallery. An image of the mini museum is on the invitation card (on the left – 1st image, 2nd row under the text The Mini Museum 2014). I perceived the mini museum as an object unto itself in my proposal.
            The restaging concept for my Internet-based collection investigated the dichotomy of space in which a collection is presented for public viewing. The two spaces I considered are a physical space (museum) and cyberspace (a website). In my proposal I stated that the mini museum is an object that visually represents a traditional form of where a specific collection is usually exhibited or stored. I intended to exhibit digital information in the form of visuals (QR Code and Text of a website link) in the mini museum space. These visuals would have presented the mini museum as a restaging site to present digital media characteristics used with social engagement to view an “online” collection and to consider objects beyond a “fixed” identity.
 During Installation of table - March 1st, 2014
            Even though my proposal didn’t get chosen for the site-specific mini museum, I was included in the accompanying group exhibit. This opportunity has enabled me to consider some of my presentation concepts with digital information in a different manner within a gallery space. In about a month’s time before the mini museum exhibit opened, I corresponded and brain stormed with Luis Maldonado, President and Founder of It’s All About Things. Our conversations covered topics from the use of digital devices in the gallery space to a discussion of which had more impact the wall or use of floor space. We both agreed to keep the presentation to a minimum. The included image was made during installation of the table and the posters in the It’s All About Things space.  

To view images of the mini museum group exhibit and more information pertaining to the other artist’s artwork visit It’s All About Things

The most recent additions for the collections project are the video clips added to the Interaction with Color Collection for February 2014.