Milwaukee visual artists Nathaniel Stern and Bryan Cera explore how we move and are moved with the world around us
Two Third Ward exhibitions, MIAD and Tory Folliard, October – December 2014
Vital Technology, a duo exhibition at MIAD with Milwaukee-based artists Bryan Cera and Nathaniel Stern, uses digital media to invite an exploration of movement, and its relationships to thinking and feeling. The show includes eight large-scale interactive installations – incorporating cutting-edge technology, such as body- and motion-tracking, gaming sensors and graphics, 3d scanning and printing, gesture recognition, and more – as well as more traditional art objects and process documentation that come out of Cera and Stern’s interactive studio practices. The artists ask how our ongoing relationships to digital culture continuously change what we move and think and feel. Do our everyday technologies have a vitality, or force, that shifts our movements, and thus lives? Are these technologies vital and necessary, helpful or a time-suck, when we encounter them? What are the stakes in how we interact and relate with the world, and how might media art frame and amplify what matters? At Vital Technology, we the viewers experience and practice alternate ways to perform our bodies, media, concepts and materials.
For Stern’s related series of digital prints, he straps a desktop scanner, computing device and custom battery pack to his body, and performs images into existence. He might scan in straight, long lines across tables, tie the scanner around his neck and swing over flowers, do pogo-like gestures over bricks, or just follow the wind over water lilies in a pond. The dynamism between his body, technology, and the landscape is transformed into beautiful and quirky renderings, which are then produced as archival artworks. For Rippling Images at Tory Folliard, Stern worked with a team at UWM to produce several marine-rated scanner rigs, and perform prints while scuba diving on a live coral reef off the coast of Florida, among other sites. Everything leaked, everything broke, nothing did what he wanted or expected; and Stern says this is precisely what must have happened. “My movements in the sea, my relations to currents and gravity, what I see and cannot see, fish and plants, breathing and fluidity, scratches and reflections and bubbles and more, all affect and are affected in how these images are made.” At stake are the ways we move with and against water and land, life and non-life – as individuals, as a people, and as a part of our habitats.
Both Vital Technology and Rippling Images open as part of Gallery Night on October 17th, and the following weeks will see walkabouts, talks and panels with the artists and others, including a visit from interactive art pioneer and Stanford professor, Camille Utterback.
Congratulations to Logan Merry, Jewelry & Metalsmithing alum (BFA 2014) has accepted a three-month internship at the Smith Shop in Detroit! Smith Shop is a metalworking studio that produces quality metalwork, specializing in the custom fabrication of gold, silver, copper, brass and steel, as well as producing jewelry and architectual hardware. Rachel Kedinger (BFA 2012) was a previous intern and the Smith Shop and is now one of its employees! Learn more about the Smith Shop here.
By Alex Vagelatos
July 23, 2014
Today @ UWM
There was something of a friendly competition for views between the YouTube channels of UWM’s finger-style guitar performance program and one of its recent, youngest graduates, Macyn Taylor.
Taylor reached a million views first.
Taylor was the subject of publicity in 2011 when she graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from UWM’s Peck School of the Arts guitar performance program at 17 – one of the youngest UWM graduates in a very long time. This spring, she earned her master of music degree in guitar performance.
Her ambitious long-range plans include performing, teaching guitar students and, someday, teaching guitar at a university.
Read the full story at Today @ UWM and watch the video here!
By Trisha Bee
July 15, 2014
Empowering people through dance. Laura Langemo hangs out with the dance organization Sole Matter to learn about their mission and to get a dance lesson. Watch the videos at Fox 6.
Sole Matter's Artistic Director, Cedric Garner, is a former UWM Dance student. UWM Hip Hop Dance Associate Lecturer Sam Wood is one of Sole Matter's board members.
By Karen Stokes
July 10, 2014
Urban Dial Milwaukee
Julie Borouchoff, director of SuperStars Summer Arts Camp, loves clowning around…literally. She has been performing as a professional clown since the ‘80s.
Borouchoff, who is holds a certificate in autism, was inspired to start SuperStars while working with autistic children for many years at Milwaukee Public Schools.
“I use my performance skills, along with my compassion for kids on the autism spectrum when teaching at SuperStars,” said Borouchoff. “I want to make this a fun and positive experience for children to be themselves and learn to interact with others while experiencing drama, movement, dance and visual arts.”
The two-week summer camp, in its fifth year, welcomes children on the autism spectrum, siblings and friends from ages 4 to 17. This year’s session ran until June 27.
... SuperStars is a family affair for Borouchoff. Her son Avi, 18, is the song leader and her daughter Brianna, 24, sings and assists campers.
Read the full article at Urban Dial Milwaukee.
Painting and Drawing alumnus Matthew Lee (MFA '14) will be representing UWM's graduate program at the 8th annual Master Pieces show at Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The show runs July 11 - August 8, 2014 and features works by recent MFA graduates and also includes a publication. Congratulations, Matthew!
Congratulations to Dance alumna Maxine Steinman (MFA '12) who has recently accepted a position on the core faculty at Montclair State University in New Jersey! Maxine will begin as an Assistant Professor of Dance and serve as the BFA Program Coordinator starting in September 2014. Way to go, Maxine!
Congratulations to Painting & Drawing alumna, Brooklyn Henke (MFA 2013), who has accepted a position as a painting and drawing instructor at Alverno College! We wish Brooklyn the best on this new adventure.