Art & Design professor Nathaniel Stern dives in with this truly unique project. "Rippling Images" opens in Johannesburg this week. Learn more.
Congratulations to Vocal Performance student Katie Henry on placing first in her category at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Student Competition! Katie traveled to Boston to compete in two rounds of the NATS competition in the Upper College Women category, which included women from across the country, and was named first place winner last Monday. We are honored to have Katie representing the Peck School and UW-Milwaukee! Learn more.
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 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.
The String Academy of Wisconsin at UWM is pleased to announce the hiring of Stefan Kartman as its newest cello faculty. Stefan Kartman is currently Professor of Cello and Chamber Music at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. In addition to solo performance, he has performed to critical acclaim as cellist of the Kneisel Trio and the Florestan Duo. He has given performances and masterclasses in conservatories and schools of music worldwide including the Cleveland Institute of Music (USA), the Xiamen Conservatory of Music (China), and the D’Albaco Conservatory of Music (Italy), among many others.
An avid chamber music enthusiast, Dr. Kartman has served on the faculties of the Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute, the Mid America Chamber Music Festival, the Troy Youth Chamber Music Institute, the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, and was artistic director of the Milwaukee Chamber Music Festival. His early training in chamber music was with his father, Myron Kartman, of the Antioch String Quartet and during his formal training as a chamber musician, he studied with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets and the Beaux Arts Trio. Stefan Kartman received degrees from Northwestern University, The Juilliard School of Music, and his doctorate from Rutgers University. He has been teaching assistant to Harvey Shapiro and Zara Nelsova of the Juilliard School and proudly acknowledges the pedagogical heritage of his teachers Shapiro, Nelsova, Bernard Greenhouse, Alan Harris, and Anthony Cooke.
Learn more at The String Academy of Wisconsin.
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."
Drama at the Depot: A POP UP Festival hosted by The Battery Factory
The Battery Factory, in collaboration with the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center, is offering micro-grants to create and perform theatre at the historic South Milwaukee Railroad Depot.
South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center celebrates its 10th anniversary during this year's South Milwaukee Heritage Days Festival, July 24th – 26th.
The Battery Factory invites you to join in and celebrate the history of South Milwaukee and the atmospheric location of the South Milwaukee Railroad Depot. Built in 1893, and in operation through the 1950′s, the depot was the heart of bustling South Milwaukee. We seek four performance works, up to 20 minutes in length, to be performed at the depot.
The Venue and Dates:
The performance venue is the South Milwaukee Train Depot Platform. The restored station provides an atmospheric backdrop and contained space for an outdoor performance for an audience of 40-60 people, seated. Taking place the evenings of July 24, 25 and 26, performances commence @7:30PM each night, with one 10 minute intermission between the 2nd & 3rd pieces. Successful applicants must appear at each performance.
Please submit a paragraph explaining your performance, outlining content and intention. Theater/Music/Dance or other performance art is acceptable. Your piece should be suitable for all ages. The South Milwaukee Community is excited to have performance that engages its history. We invite you to go to this link to learn more about the depot and its history for inspiration. The pitch paragraph cannot exceed 400 words and should include:
• Subject matter and source
• Anticipated duration (up to 20 minutes)
• Personnel (number of actors/performers)
• Description of any props, costumes or other technical issues
• Pieces may be original or adapted for the venue, but pieces which engage the location and provide a clear artistic point of view are encouraged. Think both "outside the box" and "within" this unique space.
Applicants must provide an “about you” paragraph of no more than 200 words. If applying on behalf of an organization/group, tell us about both the group and yourself. Include information on potential collaborators that are known at time of application. Remember to include your contact information.
The Commission and The Pop Up Festival:
The Battery Factory is offering $200 Micro-grants to support the development of these pieces. Grantees will meet twice to develop a collaborative plan for the event. The Battery Factory will provide rehearsal space during the week prior to the festival as available. The Battery Factory and the SMPAC will handle all interfaces with the venue and provide press and other marketing support for the festival. As the pieces selected are designed to take advantage of the venue, only hand props will be used. Sound or music may be available on a per need basis. TBF will provide informal dressing room and storage space for the event. There will be one dress rehearsal at the venue. The Pop-Up Festival will play for three nights at the venue. TBF will interface with local restaurants, vendors and community organizations in support of the festival.
Submission Information and Important Dates:
All submissions must be made in writing and sent to TBF, via email, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be emailed no later than June 27, 2014. Inquiries may be made via email (above) or phone at 414-944-0026. Selection of acts will be completed by July 1, 2014, after which successful applicants will be notified and the first of two all-personnel meetings will be scheduled. A second such meeting will be scheduled during this first meeting. Grant awards will be made at the Depot, after the final performance.