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Vibrant Ecologies Reading Club

Join the Vibrant Ecologies of Research reading group to dig into a selection of peer-reviewed projects and invited commentaries that explore the ecologies where arts-based inquiries thrive. This reading group will meet three times over the course of fall 2022 to discuss arts-integrated research. All reading materials can be found at: Ground Works.

Please email Meredith Emery (meredith.emery at uga dot edu), Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, if you are interested in participating.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) issues a call for submissions to its online peer-reviewed collection of interdisciplinary arts projects, Ground Works.

Friday, September 30 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

ASKXXI: Ecologies of Interdisciplinary Research and Practice in Art + Science and Technology

Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab

In a Time of Change: A Nested Ecosystem of Environmental Arts, Humanities, and Science Collaboration

Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research

Friday, October 14 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

Just-in-Time Ecology of Interdisciplinarity

Translating Outcomes

Cripping Media Art Ecologies

Becoming Desirably Strange

Friday, November 4 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

Editorial: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Concept Map: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Collection: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Ground Works promotes research-based, interdisciplinary collaborations through rigorously peer-reviewed presentation of arts-inclusive work, and guided reflection on the processes that support them. It aims to support a robust, critical community of practice in support of such work, while sharing best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration to ever wider spheres of practice, within and without the academy.

Welcome Fall 2022

Welcome to a new semester at UGA! If you are new to Ideas for Creative Exploration, please take a few moments to explore the site and learn about some of the current and past projects and events. You may be interested in joining the ICE Announcements listserv, a newsletter with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Lucas Eytchison (Art) and Nkululeko Zungu (Music). These exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

Legacy Ball and Exhibition

Legacy Ball and Exhibition
Saturday, April 9 at 6 PM
Memorial Hall Ballroom


The Legacy Ball will be a space for minorities to make connections with people who are looking to enter their respective job market. The event will be a resourceful networking opportunity for students of various minority organizations and a space for all minority students to unite. Each registered person will enjoy a buffet-style dinner, receive a T-shirt, and networking experience. Please be prepared to talk to industry professionals, make new contacts, and dress to impress. Artists featured at the ball will include Areum Kim, Temple Douglass, Vy Tran, Tien Tran, Dre Monsalve, Alexia Benavent-Rivera, Daniela Diaz Rios, and Mary-Jo Eden. Project partners include Black Felicity Student Association, Native American Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Earth Day 2022 Art Challenge

Earth Day 2022 Art Challenge
Deadline: April 14

We are inspired by the impact of Georgia’s pollinators on the sustainability of our food systems. We invite you to submit artworks similarly inspired by themes related to pollination. All members of the UGA or Athens community are welcome to submit up to two original artworks in any medium that can be experienced online. Selected works will be displayed on the UGA Office of Sustainability website, starting on Earth Day April 22, 2022. Awards will be given to three selected artists.

2022 Emerging Creatives Summit

UGA is a member institution of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), a national consortium that advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society.

After a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s 2022 Emerging Creatives Summit, held jointly by a2ru and Virginia Tech, took on the challenge of visioning the future of educational landscapes. Over the course of the conference, twenty-eight students from various international institutions worked in small, collaborative groups to imagine strategies for learning in liminal, speculative, and transdisciplinary spaces.

Inspired by the guest panel of design industry and educational development experts Ron Knapp, Andrew Kim, and Patricia Bou, students spent the first stretch of the conference making sense of what liminality might mean in a learning context. Fluidity of thresholds, nonlinear trajectories, transitioning states of being; this sort of language continually came up in conversation. Among many things, these discussions positioned liminal learning as a design issue to be addressed in institutions, workplaces, and public spaces, wherein the built infrastructures of the present and future are planned to serve a malleable pallet of needs.

In breakout groups, students had a chance to dive into speculative learning environments with greater focus. Students self-selected into teams of four to five peers to design projects concerning expanded learning access, learning through transition/crises, education + technology, alternative systems of knowledge, and student-centered learning.

UGA graduate students Amit Kaushik (Anthropology) and Meredith Emery (Art) worked with their respective groups to explore interdisciplinary and alternative learning models. For Kaushik, the student conference was a collaborative and creative opportunity “to discuss boundary objects and issues.” Kaushik, who studies ecological conservation and anthropology, worked alongside other students studying design, cognitive engineering, music, and virtual reality, to create a VR experience of a tree’s root system.

“We used a plant as a metaphor […] to talk about cross-disciplinary and liminal spaces,” Kaushik describes. “Using this approach, we shared with the audience how different disciplines are connected, quite like the branches of a plant; but have a lot in there, which needs cross- cultural communication. We think it’s a matter of acknowledging these depths and appreciating differences.”

According to Kaushik, a critical component of this cross-disciplinary communication is an openness to expanded perception. As his team’s visual simulation of the tree’s root system implies, the network of entanglement below the ground is as important to the tree’s function as what the human eye can see from above. This ecological metaphor lends itself to considering the limitations of siloed disciplines in academic spaces.

Likewise, Emery’s cohort considered how they could document the network of knowledge and resource sharing that emerged within their group during the summit. Through the creation of eight to ten zines, Emery and her group members approached the theme of alternative educational spaces as nontraditional, informal pathways for learning that can be organized through grassroots activities. These booklets ranged from information on how to find, collect, and grow seeds in a city, a brief history of chair design, prompts to facilitate a group theatre exercise, and a map of QR codes to books, websites, and artists that each group member shared with one another.

Emery noted that the summit “provided an opportunity for me to absorb and practice new methods for engaging interdisciplinary group work… within our group, we witnessed our own small network of knowledge and resource sharing emerge over the course of 72 hours, and I was thankful to participate in what became a revelatory, transient learning experience.” The summit concluded with a showcase of student projects to a group of educators, students, industrial designers, and conference facilitators.

Two students from UGA participated with the support of scholarship awards from a2ru and Willson Center ICE/a2ru research cluster. Meredith Emery is a Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research working with Ideas for Creative Exploration, and Amit Kaushik is part of the Integrative Conservation PhD. program with the Center for Integrative Conservation Research.

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Idea Lab Mini Grants Spring 2022

Imaginary Meadow

Imaginary Meadow is a zine exchange framed around relationship building as an act of collaboration. The project includes digital events such as demos, drawing nights, readings, and a public event to share the full zine collection.

Project participants

Katie Ford, Art graduate student
River Wharton, Poet and Social Practice Artist

Legacy Ball

Legacy Ball will be a space for minorities to make connections and an opportunity to highlight minority artists through an exhibition and celebration. The power of giving minority students a safe space and community to help them navigate their futures is our primary goal. We believe this environment will provide creatives a springboard for publicizing their art and connecting to others who share similar backgrounds and passions.

Project participants

Black Felicity Student Association
Native American Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Caribbean Student Association
Dr. James Owen, Institute of Native American Studies faculty
Mary Jo Eden, Art undergraduate student
Hannah Hamrick, English/Native Studies undergraduate student
Mariah Cady, International Affairs undergraduate student

Ancient to the Digital: Invocation and Rituals

Ravish Momin, Tim Adams, and Killick will explore the relationships between improvisation, global rhythms and technology. Guest artist Ravish Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille and he has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from pop-star Shakira to the legendary saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM/Chicago.) The trio with combine traditional patterns with acoustic/digital elements that blur the lines between composed and improvised parts.

Project participants

Ravish Momin, composer/drummer New York, NY
Killick, guitar Athens, GA
Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Music faculty

Carbon Comics Vol. 3, Archaeology of the Cattle Economy in Colonial Charleston, South Carolina

Carbon Comics is a bilingual educational comic book sponsored by the Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) focusing on the intersection of historical narratives and archaeological science conducted by CAIS scientists and collaborators. Vol. 3 is supported in part by a National Science Foundation grant that examines the cultural and environmental impacts of the introduction of cattle to the Southeast in the 17th-19th centuries.

Project participants

Carla Hadden, Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) faculty
KC Jones, Anthropology, graduate student
Elizabeth Reitz, Georgia Museum of Natural History, Professor Emerita
James Burns, Athens, GA
Turner Hunt, Muscogee Creek Nation
Meredith Hardy, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission