Art & Design professor Nathaniel Stern dives in with this truly unique project. "Rippling Images" opens in Johannesburg this week. Learn more.
By Troy Rhoades
July 10, 2014
College Art Association's Art Journal
In Interactive Art and Embodiment: The Implicit Body as Performance, Nathaniel Stern would like us to remember the body's potential for moving, thinking, and feeling in relation to digital interactive artworks. He wants this triumvirate of bodily activities—what he defines as embodiment—to be placed in the foreground of thought when we discuss interactive art. It is his contention that technology and representational content have been the focal points of interactive art for too long, and it is time for a paradigm shift. “We must get away from concentrating only on the signs and images on the screen or the interface, away from privileging the technology and what it affords. We must engage with the quality and styles of movement that are rehearsed with interactive art” (15–16). Stern sees the need to stop explaining what interactive art is as a technological object or a generator of signs. He asserts instead that our attention should be placed on what interactive art does as it shapes our potential for embodiment, that is, our ability to move-think-feel with the work. It is important to note that Stern is not completely rejecting technological and representational approaches to interactive art and solely focusing on embodiment. Rather, he wants us to notice that there is a glaring absence of embodiment in many of the present methods used to analyze this type of work. This book is his attempt to address the long-overdue need to reevaluate this field of art. He reveals that we have always been moving-thinking-feeling with interactive art.
Read the full article at Taylor & Francis Online.
Kyoung Ae Cho is the third artist featured in Lynden’s Women, Nature, Science series.
Cho teaches at Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
The series was the brainchild of Polly Morris, executive director at Lynden Sculpture Garden.
“I started this series a year or so ago, because I was interested in connecting what goes outside here, with what goes on inside,” Morris says.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located about 10 miles north of downtown Milwaukee. The 40-parcel was the estate of Harry and Peg Bradley, whose legacies includes the Allen-Bradley Co. and a breathtaking collection of art. A smidge over four years ago, the “Bradley place” opened as the Lynden Sculpture Garden.
Read the full story and listen to the interview at WUWM.
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 Design & Visual Communication Professor Amy Decker as she receives the AIGA Wisconsin Fellow Award next Wednesday, June 25. The Fellow Award is the highest honor AIGA WI can bestow upon its members. Here's what AIGA WI has to say about Amy:
"Amy Decker brings a powerful combination of creativity and strategic insight to the task of solving communications problems and building effective brands for clients. Amy gained valuable experience serving as a design resource to a number of major creative agencies in Southern California before making the leap to founding her own company in 1996. As president and creative director of Dig Design for the past decade, Amy has earned a reputation for her common-sense approach to helping clients achieve their communications objectives.
Now “conveniently-located” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Amy operates Dig Design as a highly-focused boutique agency, with access to an extensive resource network of creative and technical professionals. Aligned with Amy’s philosophy that “good design is good business,” Dig Design is a results-driven firm that delivers integrated brand communications in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Amy is the founding president of AIGA Wisconsin, the professional association of design, and has earned multiple design industry awards for creativity. A graduate of the Art Center of Design in Pasadena, California, she also studied advertising and graphics at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, Colorado."
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.
Painting and Drawing alumnus Matthew Lee (MFA 2014) is featured in one of UW-Milwaukee's #IAMUWM videos. In this inspiring video, Lee discusses how his trip to Antarctica has influenced his painting.
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Art & Design faculty Nathaniel Stern will be featured in Weather Patterns: The Smell of Red, an exhibition at Glasshouse ARTLIFELAB in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibition takes place June 1-21, 2014 and explores the relationships between movement, smell, taste and color.
Learn more at www.glasshouseproject.org.
Congratulations to two of our BFA Ceramics students who were both recently offered scholarships to prestigious programs across the country. Laura Thompson has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame with a full tuition scholarship, teaching assistantship and additional living stipend. Angela Biederman has been accepted to Kent State University also with a full tuition scholarship and teaching assistantship, as well as an additional graduate financial award. We are so proud of Laura's and Angela's success and wish them the best!
Jewelry & Metalsmithing student Kate Collins' piece, Dreamcatcher Bunny, was chosen as a finalist in the Third Annual World Championship Belt Buckle Competition! Congratulations, Kate! Learn more about the competition here.