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Ecopoetics Reading and Publication

ECHO: a collection of eco-poetic works
Publication delayed due to COVID-19
Digital preview: alexmcclay.com/ECHO
Download PDF (20.6 MB): ECHO.pdf

Featuring nine works from writers Brenda Hillman, Ben Rutherford, Paul Cunningham, Holly Haworth, Connor Fisher, Genevieve Arlie, and Aviva Kasowski. Designed and printed by Alex McClay. The book will be printed and bound in an edition of 70. There will be both a deluxe edition of 20 books bound with a hard cover and a standard edition of 50 books bound with a paper cover. The release of the book was meant to coincide with Brenda Hillman’s visit to UGA.

Reading: Brenda Hillman
Cancelled due to COVID-19

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula is pleased to present a reading by poet Brenda Hillman. Hillman was born in Tucson, Arizona and has been an active part of the Bay Area literary community since 1975. She has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, EmPress, A Minus Press, and Albion Books and is the author of ten full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014 and the Northern California Book Award, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018).

Publication supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration. Brenda Hillman event supported by the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA.

Millennium

Millennium

Millennium is a multimedia rock orchestra made up of UGA students and alumni, founded by composer/songwriter and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, Kelly Catlin. The orchestra is a research body dedicated to combining traditional orchestral music and popular music to create impactful, culturally relevant, and fiscally sustainable orchestral music. They develop new practices for producing and marketing original, modern orchestral music. Through interdisciplinary collaborations with animation, graphic design, and film students, Millennium members explore the effect of visual arts stimuli on live concert audiences and learn how to produce content to engage online audiences.

Music video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgKrtJcl1Jk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/millenniummovement/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/millenniummovement/

Ad•Verse Fest

Ad•Verse Fest
March 6-7
ATHICA and Caledonia Lounge
www.adversefest.space

Ad•verse Fest is a is a two-day festival showcasing a variety of solo and duo performers who blur the line between the musical, visual, and performative arts, with an emphasis on the electronic. Headliners for 2020 include Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Wizard Apprentice, and LEYA.

Performances
Dynasty Handbag
LEYA
Wizard Apprentice
Bustié
Stacian
Romantic Thriller
Mischa Lively
Breathers
Mischa Lively and Mannequin Lover
The Queendom
Breathers
Saadia Rais
Peachy
Secret Friends
Diatom Deli
KAELIN
Thank You Please
Josey (F.L.E.D.)
Bacon Grease
Buddy Crime
John Kiran Fernandes
Ivy Hollivana
Home Body
N/A Dance Party with Essential Oil and Jhenetics

Lecture: Dynasty Handbag
Friday, March 6 at 12:15 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room N200

Jibz Cameron is a performer and video artist living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, The Kitchen, REDCAT, and The Broad Museum, among others. She has been heralded by The New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and as “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced seven evening-length performance pieces and countless short works. She has produced multiple video works and two albums of original music.

In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television. She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects. She also produces and hosts Weirdo Night, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Arts+STEM Graduate Workshops

Arts+STEM Graduate Workshops

Creativity, Collaboration, and Environmental Problem Framing

Are you a graduate student in an Arts or STEM discipline with an interest in environmental issues and interdisciplinary engagement? This workshop series is just for you!

Apply here: bit.ly/ugacreativity

This series of twelve 3-hour workshops will be offered in spring and fall semesters, and will feature creative activities including writing, collage, movement, and group problem-solving. The series is designed to be fun and thought-provoking and will not require work outside of the meeting times. Enrollment for 2 credit hours (ICON 8500) is optional. Participants should be full-time graduate students, and will be expected to participate in the full series. Space is limited each semester.

All applicants to the Arts+STEM Workshop series are eligible and invited to participate in a National Science Foundation sponsored research study that will evaluate the workshop activities, and how they may contribute to creative inquiry and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Questions? Contact mark.callahan@uga.edu

Facilitators

Dr. Lizzie King is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She earned a BA from Reed College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. King conducts research in three main areas of sustainability science. One area focuses on challenges faced by livestock-herding societies in rural Africa, combining ecology and social science to gain a more holistic view of livelihood vulnerability. The second area is restoration ecology in Georgia, including barrier islands of Georgia’s coast and urban forests in Athens. Thirdly, she studies the value and practices of interdisciplinary and academic/non-academic partnerships in sustainability research.

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA, and serves on the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. He currently serves on the editorial board of Ground Works, a new journal for arts research in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Callahan has assisted many collaborative project teams at UGA and facilitated interdisciplinary workshops for a diversity of students and faculty interested in sustainability and environmental issues.

Both facilitators are CICR Affiliates and co-principal investigators of “Enhancing imaginative and collaborative STEM capacity through creative inquiry,” a three-year project supported by the National Science Foundation.

Background

This workshops series was developed by the UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research in collaboration with Ideas for Creative Exploration. Based on student feedback and the success of a pilot program sponsored by the Graduate School, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences designed activities to train students to think creatively, to collaborate across disciplines, and to work with people with different perspectives, knowledge, and values.

Further support comes from a three-year NSF Innovations in Graduate Education award to study the effectiveness of the workshops and to pilot and to generate the knowledge required to move these approaches into the broader community. If successful, widespread adoption of these methods will contribute to equipping graduates across the country with communication and collaboration skills and ultimately increase creative and innovative solutions to complex global environmental challenges.

Project team:

Nate Nibbelink (Center for Integrative Conservation Research /Forestry)

Lizzie King (Center for Integrative Conservation Research /Ecology /Forestry)

Mark Callahan (Ideas for Creative Exploration /Art)

Kathryn Roulston (Education)

Brian Haas (Psychology)

Chris Cuomo (Philosophy /Women’s Studies)

Laurie Fowler (Watershed UGA /Ecology)

Rebecca Gose (Dance)

Jenna Jambeck (Engineering)

Michael Marshall (Art)

Meredith Welch-Devine (Graduate School /Anthropology)

Trash Music Workshop and Performance

Workshop and Performance: Trash Music
Monday, April 1 at 6 PM
Dancz Center (Hugh Hodgson School of Music Room 264)

How can we make music from trash?

The Trash Music project was recently awarded a UGA Office of Sustainability Campus Sustainability Grant to explore the intersections of music, creativity, environmentalism, and sustainability. This musical performance will feature trash musical instruments and compositions written by UGA student composers. A pre-concert instrument making session will take place at 5:30 PM for anyone interested in building their own trash instrument. This event is free and open to the public. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Ciyadh Wells: ciyadh.hillwells@uga.edu.

Exhibition: Exploring Research as Craft

Exhibition: Exploring Research as Craft
Sunday, March 17 from 2 – 5 PM
ATHICA, 675 Pulaski St., Suite 1200

www.facebook.com/events/1953662531408746/

This pop-up exhibition is the culmination of the project Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication by Examining Processes of Creating to Approach Questions. Refreshments will be served.

How does the researcher’s hand guide materials in efforts to contribute new understandings about the world around us? How does the artist’s practice press into the intuition of scientific research to draw out non-linear truths and trajectories? How does material gain and define meaning through interdisciplinary efforts?

Exploring Research as Craft collaboratively engages seemingly disparate disciplines through craft, material meaning making, and critical response. Academic siloing and the prioritization of jargon over communication endorse strict and disciplined understandings of science, art, research, and craft. Here, we evince the porous and fluid natures of these concepts. We actively call upon shared language and meaningful encounters to establish links between spaces of differently situated knowledges.

As entanglement and productive friction are increasingly recognized as vital tools within collaboration, there is a growing need to develop practices of intentioned engagement. Here, we reveal the visual dialogue that is possible within and among diverse research practices. Individuals from manifold departments at the University of Georgia have brought together their craft to create new media-based languages for personal history-making, speculative organ generation, virtual reality, performance as embodied re-experiencing, and other visually poetic statements for the deconstruction of traditional disciplinary divides.

Exploring Research as Craft is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration and ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art.

Participants

Yana Bonday – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Sydney Daniel – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Jennifer Demoss – Integrative Conservation and Anthropology
Alden DiCamillo – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Max Farrell – Ecology
Savannah Jenson – English
Kristen Lear – Integrative Conservation and Forestry
Alex McClay – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Katharine Miele – Lamar Dodd School of Art
Megan Prescott – Microbiology
Cydney Seigerman – Integrative Conservation and Anthropology
Micah Taylor – College of Environment and Design
Anna Rose Willoughby – Ecology