Call for Participation: Hyphenated American

Call for Participation: Hyphenated American
Deadline: March 28

Last year’s Hyphenated American project, supported by an Idea Lab Mini-Grant, was a great success featuring visual art, poetry, new music compositions, and guest lecturers who came together for a show focused on Latinos in the U.S. This April, Hyphenated American is returning with a broader focus to amplify the voices of immigrants, refugees, and hyphenated Americans of every culture. If you are an ally, we want to hear from you too!

What are we looking for? Creative responses to the theme “Diversity enriches the U.S.” Submissions can be in any of the arts including dance, visual art, film, music, and poetry! As a Hyphenated American you have a unique voice and a unique message. Share it in a show that unites people in an increasingly divisive climate.

Send a sample or description of your project idea by March 28 to Monique Osorio:

Oh and by the way, what is a hyphenated American? Well, you know.. Latin-American, Arab- American, Muslim-American, African-American, to name a few, but you get the idea.

Alchemy in Ritual

Alchemy in Ritual: An Electroacoustic Music Composition with Dance
Saturday, April 8 at 7 PM
Hugh Hodgson School of Music Dancz Center for New Music

A collaboration by Hanna Lisa Stefansson and Andrea Trombetta that portrays the formation of a ritual as a search for balance with nature with the aid of three percussionists, a string player, a woodwind player, and four dancers in an electroacoustic performance with fixed and live electronics in a quadraphonic setup. This project seeks to explore several levels of collaboration between composers and choreographers, and the relationship between music and dance. The composition and documentation may serve as resources for artists interested in the collaborative process.

Reading Room: Tech Start-Ups Have Become Conceptual Art

Reading Room: Tech Start-Ups Have Become Conceptual Art

The potential gutting of the NEA is worthy of concern and lamentation. But equally important, and no less disturbing, is the fact that the role of art, in part, had already shifted from the art world to the business world anyway. In particular, the formal boundary-pushing central to experimental and conceptual artists might have been superseded by the conceptual efforts of entrepreneurship.

By Ian Bogost

Reading Room: Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments

A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source for PBS and National Public Radio stations, as well as the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

It was the first time a president has called for ending the endowments. They were created in 1965 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation declaring that any “advanced civilization” must fully value the arts, the humanities, and cultural activity.

By Sopan Deb

ICE Conversation: European Video Game Music

ICE Conversation: European Video Game Music
Wednesday, March 15 at Noon
Dancz Center for New Music, Hugh Hodgson School of Music, Room 264

How does video game music operate and function east of the Iron Curtain? Join this ICE Conversation for a case study of three controversial games as well as context-setting comments, observations on music and game psychology, clips, and actual rookie gameplay. Led by Dr. David Haas, UGA Musicology Professor. He teaches courses in late Romantic and early twentieth-century topics. His research focuses on Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Russian opera, Russian music criticism, and music and literature. He is the author of “Leningrad’s Modernists” (1998) and the translator of Boris Asafyev’s “Symphonic Etudes” (2007).

Reading Room: Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen Document the Real Power of Art

Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen Document the Real Power of Art

What can art do in a time of turmoil? Documentary filmmakers Jeff Malmberg and Chris Shellen have made a career of showing how individuals and communities use art to work through personal, political and public issues. Their 2010 documentary Marwencol, which won numerous awards, documents how Mark Hogancamp uses photography and story-making to deal with a traumatic brain injury. A new film called Spettacolo–their Creative Capital project, premiering at SXSW in Austin, TX, on March 11–explores how villagers in a small Italian farming town preserve their heritage and confront community issues by turning their lives into an annual play.

By Alex Teplitzky