Archive for the ‘Visitors’ Category

ICE Visiting Scholar: Steven Tepper

Steven Tepper Podcast and Lecture Video Now Available

Steven Tepper talks about cultural policy and the creative campus movement as part of the ICE Conversation series. Podcast and transcription are available at

A DVD of Steven Tepper’s lecture, “Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: How Colleges and Universities Can Prepare Graduates to Reinvent Our World,” from January is now available for use by UGA faculty and students. For more information please contact

Steven Tepper
Creative Work and the Work of Creativity: How Colleges and Universities Can Prepare Graduates to Reinvent Our World
Tuesday, January 22 at 4 PM
Georgia Museum of Art
M. Smith Griffith Auditorium

Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) is pleased to host Steven Tepper, a leader in the field of cultural policy and research on the impact of the arts on everyday life, for a public lecture supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Georgia Museum of Art.

Steven Tepper is the Associate Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. At the Curb Center, Tepper works to develop national policy reports and to create research tools that examine and measure the effectiveness of support models for the arts. He currently serves as the principal investigator of “Artful Living: Examining the Relationship Between Artistic Practice, Subjective Wellbeing and Materialism Across Three National Surveys,” supported by a research grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tepper’s most recent publication is a book entitled Not Here, Not Now, Not That! Protest Over Art and Media in America. He was the co-editor, with Bill Ivey, of Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life. His articles appear in numerous publications, including the Chronicle of Higher Education, Review of Policy Research, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, and the Journal of Cultural Economics.

Tepper earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from Princeton University, where he later served as Deputy Director of the Princeton University Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies.

Liz Lerman Residency

Liz Lerman Podcast and Lecture Video Available

Liz Lerman and John Borstel talk about Critical Response Process as part of the ICE Conversation series about peer review across disciplines. Podcast and transcription are available at

A DVD of Liz Lerman’s lecture, “Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules,” is now available for classroom use by UGA faculty and students. For more information please contact

Liz Lerman Residency
October 29 – November 2, 2012

Lecture: “Hiking the Horizontal: Making Rules, Breaking Rules”
Thursday, November 1 at 4 PM
Miller Learning Center Room 248

ICE is pleased to host Liz Lerman for a weeklong residency at UGA, sponsored by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Department of Dance, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, Lamar Dodd School of Art, and Hodgson School of Music. The program is also supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the generous gifts of the University of Georgia Partners and other donors.

Liz Lerman is a visionary choreographer, performer, educator, and writer best known for organizing highly collaborative works that cut across traditional disciplines and communities. She has been the recipient of numerous honors, including a MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship and a United States Artists Ford Fellowship. Her work has been commissioned by the Lincoln Center, American Dance Festival, Harvard Law School, and the Kennedy Center among many others. Her recent work, The Matter of Origins, examines the question of beginnings through dance, media, and innovative formats for conversation supported by the National Science Foundation.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Milwaukee, Lerman attended Bennington College and Brandeis University, received her BA in dance from the University of Maryland, and an MA in dance from George Washington University. In 1976 she founded Dance Exchange, based in the Washington DC area and now regarded as one the most innovative and creatively expansive dance companies in the world. She is the author of many articles and books including “Teaching Dance to Senior Adults” (1983), “Critical Response Process” (2003) and “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer” (2011).

Liz Lerman’s five-day residency will feature both her mastery as a choreographer and her extraordinary ability to galvanize and inspire dialogue among multiple voices – artistic, scientific, and scholarly – in all their varied perspectives. Her visit will include workshops, a public lecture, master classes in the Department of Dance, and training in the Critical Response Process, a critical feedback methodology that evolved over the past twenty years through workshops and a book that has been adopted by many artmakers, educators, and administrators.

Lerman will be joined by John Borstel, a visual artist, writer, arts administrator, and Senior Advisor for Dance Exchange. Borstel is the co-author of “Critical Response Process,” and has travelled widely to teach and facilitate this unique feedback system, which emphasizes the values of dialogue and active involvement by the artist.

For more information about Liz Lerman, please visit

Beg, Borrow and Steal: Poetics of the World Wide Web

Beg, Borrow and Steal: Poetics of the World Wide Web
Tuesday, April 17 at 7 PM
Cine, Downtown Athens

The symposium panelists are authors David Shields, Kenneth Goldsmith and Laura Mullen. As part of the English department’s Helen Spencer Lanier Lecture Series, the event is free and open to the public. Other sponsors include the Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE) and the President’s Venture Fund.

Goldsmith is a poet and conceptual artist. He has served as a fellow of poetics and poetic practice at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing and also is a host for WFMU radio in Hoboken, N.J. His work includes Fidget, a chronicle of every movement of his body over a 13-hour period on June 16, 1997, which serves as homage to the work of Irish writer James Joyce, specifically to Joyce’s Ulysses. According to Publishers Weekly, it is an “important book from Goldsmith, pointing the way to a rapprochement between poetry and conceptual and performance art-avant-gardists and art lovers of all stripes will want to experience its near-hypnotic pleasures.”

Shields is the author of 12 books, including Jeff, One Lonely Guy, which will be released in 2012 and was co-written with Jeff Ragsdale and Michael Logan; Reality Hunger: A Manifesto; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead, a New York Times bestseller; Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Remote: Reflections on Life in the Shadow of Celebrity, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages: A Novel, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award.

Mullen’s work has been widely anthologized and is included in American Hybrid and I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women. Mullen’s recent prose appears in Civil Disobediences: Poetics & Politics in Action and is published in Ploughshares and The Fairytale Review. Her most-recent work appears in Action Yes!, Cerise Press, Ghost Town, the Denver Quarterly, Viz Arts, OR and New American Writing. Mullen is the special interest delegate in creative writing for the Modern Language Association for 2012-2014 and is a contributing editor for online poetry site The Volta. Mullen is on the master of fine arts faculty at Louisiana State University.

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.

For more information about Amy Franceschini visit

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: