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ICE Visiting Artist: Amy Franceschini

Amy Franceschini
Lecture: Art Is a Verb

Tuesday, March 6 at 4 PM
Miller Learning Center Room 101

A Conversation with Amy Franceschini
Wednesday, March 7 at 2:30 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S151 

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is pleased to host Amy Franceschini for a lecture and conversation at the University of Georgia supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Lamar Dodd School of Art. She will focus on her recent work with sustainable energy, urban food production, and dialogues between artists and scientists.

Amy Franceschini is the founder of Futurefarmers, a critically acclaimed group of artists and designers who have worked together since 1995. Their highly innovative studio produces art projects, design for print and interactive websites, workshops, and research that explores social, cultural, and environmental systems.

Franceschini received a BFA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Stanford University. She is a professor of Art and Architecture at the University of San Francisco and a visiting artist at the California College of the Arts.

Amy Franceschini and Futurefarmers have been featured in exhibitions at prestigious institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Whitney Museum (included in the Whitney Biennial), Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria (winner of the Prix Ars Electronica, the top prize in new media art), the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (Smithsonian National Design Triennial), and many more. Their clients include Adobe, Swatch, Hewlett Packard, Levi’s, Nike, LucasFilm, Dreamworks, the New York Times, PBS, Wired Magazine, and more. They received a Webby Award (Art and Design category) and in 2007 created the “Twitter” logo.

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ICE Collaboration Opportunity: The Food Project

Are you excited by new performance? Are you interested in food? Want a chance to create a new play? Come to either one (or both) of the following two meetings on The Food Project to find out more and to get involved:

Monday, January 23 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Department of Theatre and Film Studies
Fine Arts Building Room 201

Tuesday, January 24 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE)
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S160

Rachel Parish will be coming over from London, UK to begin developing a new play in Athens from January 23 through February 6. Over the two weeks, we will be exploring FOOD – why we love it, how we make it, where it comes from, and many other questions about our contemporary relationship to this basic part of our lives. We will look at classic stories as well as gathering real life stories to use as source material for making this new performance piece.

This is just the start of the project. During the two weeks we will be collecting stories, exploring soundscapes, cooking, eating, and researching our relationship to food. Over the next year, this will develop into a full-scale show. Get involved now to help shape the direction of the entire piece!

Between the 3rd and the 6th of February, we will arrange two presentations of our work in progress to invited public audiences, once in Athens, and once in Milledgeville.

We will also organize a creative salon dinner to share ideas as they develop (or further explanation and testimonials from London visit: )

Rachel Parish is artistic director of Firehouse Creative Productions and works regularly as a freelance theatre director, garnering audience and critical acclaim. Her work includes devising and directing new plays, creating installations and interactive performances. Her specialty is in collaborative practice, devising theatre, gathering people’s real stories, and blending true stories with classic texts. Her work has taken place in London, the USA, and in West Africa, with support from organisations including Arts Council England and the AHRC. Rachel trained at the National Theatre Studio and Central School of Speech and Drama. Recent academic posts include lecturing, workshops and performances at the European Graduate School, University of Georgia, Macon State University, Georgia College and State University and Crossroads Writers Conference at Mercer University.

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

Visiting Scholar Edward Shanken

Edward Shanken
“From the Space Race to the Telematic Embrace and Beyond: A Research Trajectory”
Tuesday, February 15 at 4 PM
Miller Learning Center Room 171

ICE is pleased to host Edward Shanken, a leading scholar of interdisciplinary new media art, for a public lecture supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Shanken is the author of  Art and Electronic Media, a groundbreaking and critically-praised survey published by Phaidon Press (2009). He is known as a dynamic speaker with the ability to weave together the histories of art, science, and technology, inspiring audiences to think beyond the traditional boundaries of the arts.

Shanken obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Duke University after receiving an M.B.A. from Yale University. He is a researcher at the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and a member of the Media Art History faculty at the Donau University in Krems, Austria. He was formerly Executive Director of the Information Science + Information Studies program at Duke University, an interdisciplinary program that studies new information technologies and their impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society, and the environment.

In 2003 he edited a collection of writings by artist Roy Ascott entitled Telematic Embrace: Visionary Theories of Art, Technology and Consciousness, where his introductory essay, “Art in the Information Age: Technology and Conceptual Art,” received honorable mention in the Leonardo Award for Excellence. He created the indispensable online “Interdisciplinary Collaboration Bibliography”, a resource that documents writings relevant to the historical origins of interdisciplinary collaborations, and the “Art and Electronic Media Online Companion”, a repository of images, videos, texts, and links  about work by individuals, groups, and institutions that have made valuable contributions to the discourses of electronic art. His work has been published extensively in book chapters, journals, and exhibition catalogs, and he presents lectures at conferences and institutions around the world.

In Dr. Shanken’s own words, “I’m especially interested in the way artists envision the future and create models of it in the present.  Throughout the history of art, artists have often employed emerging technologies and scientific ideas in this pursuit.  I believe that art, at its best, offers deep insight – a type of knowledge that Gregory Bateson likened to wisdom – that can help build a more compassionate and peaceful future.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For additional information about Edward Shanken visit:

Faust Performance and Workshop Oct. 10-11

IMG_1270AUX is pleased to announce a performance and workshop by legendary German experimental music group Faust. Tickets are available now at Schoolkids Records or via the 40 Watt Club Web site for the Saturday, October 10 performance with Athens’ own Circulatory System and special guests at the 40 Watt Club.

Faust will present a workshop the following day at 2 PM at the Cine Lab in downtown Athens, for concert ticket holders and UGA students and faculty (limited seating, first come, first served).

Sponsored by AUX, Orange Twin Records, Ciné, and Nuci’s Space. AUX produces experimental arts events and publications and  is supported in part by ICE.

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“There is no group more mythical than Faust,” wrote Julian Cope in his book Krautrocksampler, which detailed the pivotal influence the German band exerted over the development of ambient and industrial textures. Producer/overseer Uwe Nettelbeck, a onetime music journalist, formed Faust in Wumme, Germany, in 1971 with founding members Hans Joachim Irmler, Jean Hervé Peron, Werner “Zappi” Diermaier, Rudolf Sosna, Gunther Wusthoff, and Armulf Meifert. Upon receiving advance money from their label, Nettelbeckconverted an old schoolhouse into a recording studio, where the group spent the first several months of its existence in almost total isolation, honing its unique cacophonous sound with the aid of occasional guests like minimalist composer Tony Conrad and members of Slapp Happy.


Clarinda Mac Low Performance


Clarinda Mac Low, an interdisciplinary artist who stages her work in non-traditional environments, will visit the UGA campus from October 8-9. Her visit will include an interactive performance titled Cyborg Nation at Ciné, 234 West Hancock Avenue, downtown Athens on the evening of Thursday, October 8 from 6-9 PM.

Clarinda Mac Low uses art to connect people across communities and to each other. Her collaborative performances and public art take place in theaters, city streets, and unusual sites throughout the world. Mac Low’s background includes both art and science, with degrees in Dance and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She is a former HIV lab researcher, medical journalist, and the recipient of prestigious grants and fellowships from arts organizations such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and the Dance Theater Workshop in New York.

Since 1988 Mac Low and her collaborators have presented work in New York City at performance spaces such as P.S. 122, the Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and the Kitchen. Her recent work includes Salvage/Salvation, which explores abundance and decay, a solo multimedia project based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Cyborg Nation, a technologically enhanced performance that takes the form of public dialogues.

During Cyborg Nation, Mac Low will wear a costume that is also a portable media environment, with a built-in miniature camera, microphone, amplifier, and video projector. The project investigates how technology both extends and limits our senses by combining remote communication in the form of email and phone messages with one-to-one conversation, providing a twenty-first-century version of the Socratic dialogue. Members of the public are invited to come to Ciné during the performance or to participate by sending messages to or calling 646-229-7895.

Clarinda Mac Low’s UGA visit is supported by the department of Theatre and Film Studies and ICE.

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Cyborg Nation Performance
Thursday, October 8 from 6 – 9 PM

Theatre and Film Studies Colloquium
Friday, October 9 at 12:20 PM
Fine Arts Building

Opening Moves


Opening Moves
Thursday, September 10
4-6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Courtyard

A cross-campus movement experience with all invited to attend!

Brazilian choreographer and arts leader Regina Miranda, CEO and arts and culture director of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York City, will serve as the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts Visiting Artist on the University of Georgia campus Sept. 8–11.

Miranda is an internationally known choreographer, dance curator and author, as well as former artistic director of the Choreographic Centre in Rio de Janeiro and a former member of the Brazil Council for the Arts. She is the author of Expressive Movement, Body/Space, and Laban Lead: Leadership as Art.

The Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies is a non-profit organization that has been training movement observers, teachers and coaches for more than 30 years. Centered in New York City, its international network includes more than a thousand certified movement analysts who apply movement analysis to help change the way people perform, communicate, observe, learn and negotiate. The institute works with students in such fields as health care, the performing arts, sports, education, diplomacy, leadership studies and communications.

“It is such a pleasure to introduce to UGA such a leading international figure of arts, dance and the Laban Movement Analysis world. Ms. Miranda is tri-lingual, multifaceted and lives in three cities [Rio de Janeiro, New York City and San Francisco] with multiple activities going on at all times,” said Bala Sarasvati, artistic director, choreographer and Jane Willson Professor in Arts in the department of dance at UGA.

Sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanties and Arts at UGA.