Tuesdays at the IMRC, Fall 2015 artist lecture series

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Tuesdays at the IMRC, Fall 2015 artist lecture series

The Innovative Media Research & Commercialization Center (IMRC), on the campus of the University of Maine, announces its Fall 2015 artist lecture series, Tuesdays at the IMRC, which is free and open to the public. The series will consist of visits from practicing professional artists of various mediums, as well as faculty presentations, and movie nights. The series serves to provide UMaine New Media undergraduate and Intermedia MFA students with an opportunity to meet, talk to, network with, and learn from artists of differing backgrounds. Artists will perform, give workshops, and conduct graduate student studio visits.

Dr. Owen F. Smith, Director the Intermedia MFA Program at the IMRC, will open the series with a faculty presentation on Tuesday September 15, at 7:00p.m. Dr. Smith is also a professor in the Department of New Media where he holds the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll Chair in New Media.

Dr. Smith states, “all my activities and works as an artist can be said, in a very broad sense, to be about language, and art is one of many forms that languages can take. In particular, I am especially interested in exploring the nature of language (art) as a proscriptive formula that restrictively shapes and dominates our cultural/world view.”

Opened in 2013, the IMRC Center is a hub for learning, creating and producing. It is the most recent of the portfolio of the University of Maine’s facilities that support innovation and economic development. The IMRC Center is supported by a range of expert instructors and a community of collaborators.

All events in the series are free and the public is welcome.

 

2015-09-06T13:38:55+00:00

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  1. james September 7, 2015 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    To imagine expanding the idea of language is exciting to me. One of my favorite TED Talks— or maybe even my favorite of all time— is where bassist Victor Wooten describes how any language is not learned by force. Rather it is by immersion. The idea of right or wrong, or even of teaching a language, he argues, is not the way it happens naturally. One begins by listening and being included. We sort of recognize that language is not some binary of right vs. wrong. The intake of a language is to be blended for us as other people’s ideas first flow inward. If no art is coming in, let’s say, no art be expressed.
    Ideas go around and around, and people find a place in it all of it where they seem to fit in. Comfort might precede learning, it seems like.

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