Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Series Announced


The University of Maine Intermedia MFA program is pleased to announce the artists for the Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Series. Presenting this Fall are Jae Rhim Lee, Ali Momeni, Siebren Versteeg, Robert Saunders, Tristan Perich and Joanna Malinowska. Each artist will present a public lecture at the University of Maine campus in Orono, Maine.

The six artists for the Fall 2012 Visiting Artist Series will present on their diverse research and art practices that range from, but are not limited to, experimental sound, sculpture, social activism, computer coding and performance.

Jae Rhim Lee (October 2) proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment, which take the form of living units, furniture, wearables, recycling systems, and personal and social interventions. (Correll Lecture Series)

Ali Momeni (October 11) uses all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities. The output of his research ranges from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance.

Siebren Versteeg (October 23) creates multimedia installations that employ computer programs that mine the Internet for images and then applies them to manipulated algorithms that guide the flow of information to create artworks that engage both choice and chance. (Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture)

Robert Saunders (November 13) creates work that achieves the effects of verbal communication through the use of intersecting or non-intersecting lines embellished with bold color and artistic abstraction.

Tristan Perich (November 27) couples 1-bit electronics with traditional forms in both music (Active Field, Observations) and visual art (Machine Drawings, Interval Studies). His research is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code.

Joanna Malinowska (December 4) works with video, performance and sculpture-based projects inspired by the intersection of anthropology and art history. (Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture).

The University of Maine Intermedia department is excited to host this diverse group of artists, as they will undoubtedly appeal to a wide collection of interests of students, faculty and the local community. We invite you to participate in this lecture series to gain exposure to distinguished and contemporary artists, educationally beneficial engagement opportunities, and interaction with professionals from a variety of ethnic, cultural and critical backgrounds.

Individual press releases will follow announcing time and location.

These events are sponsored by the Intermedia MFA Program, the Department of New Media, the University of Maine Cultural Affairs / Distinguished Lecture Series, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Correll Lecture Series is sponsored by the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Professorships in Education, Engineering and New Media.

For more information contact Bethany Engstrom at bethany.engstrom@maine.edu