De.fragmentation, an exhibition featuring the works of 26 individual artists and groups from Europe, Asia and the United States/Maine, is open through Nov. 15 at IMRC, Stewart Commons. Sponsored in part by the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, the exhibition was organized by IMRC’s recent Researchers in Residence — the group BridA — Tom Kersevan, Sendi Mango and Jurij Pavlica.
Other participating artists: Sheridan Kelley Adams; Pamela Barberi; Primoz Bizjak; Mark Durkan and Eilis McDonald; Florian Grond; Joakim Hansson; Reese Inman; Kensuke Koike; Marotta&Russo; Anja Medved; Irena Pivka, Brane Zorman/radioCona; Arjan Pregl; Project59 (Irina Danilova, Hiram Levy, Dan Tulovsky); Marcin Ramocki; Martin Romeo; Christian Rupp; Lena Lieselotte Schuster; Saso Sedlaček; Owen Smith; Maja Smrekar; Bogdan Soban; Abby Stiers, Alexander Gross, Isabelle Pelissier; Igor Stromajer; and Miha Tursič, Spela Petrič and Maja Murnik.
BridA/Tom Kersevan, Sendi Mango, Jurij Pavlica formed as a group in 1996 during studies at Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia. With its heterogeneous artistic activity within the broad field of contemporary and traditional artistic practices, it represents itself at important exhibitions, intermedia festivals, symposia and conferences at home as well as on the international scene. BridA’s production is based on painting, graphic arts, video, photography and multimedia installations. Their projects are marked by a constant artistic procedure from the two-dimensional surface in to three-dimensional space, in its work it more exposes the creative process than the final art product and it is occupied with content which refers to the problems of authorship and autonomy of an artwork, or of an artist’s role within contemporary society. Within this, it can link with ease artistic thought with science and the technological achievements. Their opus presents recognized strategies, characteristic of a generation influenced by the fine art paradigms of the new media from the 1990s. BridA works in Sempas. More information about the group is online.
In their curatorial statement, BridA noted: “De.fragmentation is a term which comes from technology. More specifically, it is related to the computer data storage system and concerns the process of rearranging data in order to speed up data retrieval. Upon reflection, this type of optimization simply means a more efficient use of the potential of such a device. Potential is not just something that is planned as part of the product design, it has a maximum, finite value. It is based on specific parameters, and determined only by existing needs and inventiveness/creativity. By rearranging data on the computer disk, thereby taking into consideration the device’s environment and record history, we create new electrical states, which mean a better device and progress in relation to the previous state … . The time and space which contemporary art occupies and in which it manifests itself also has potential of its own. The artist applies his or her creativity to rearrange it into different abstract and material structures. It draws upon a limited space and time for the sole reason of causing change in a given and opportune moment. This change is not irrelevant because it signifies progress. In the context of the showcased artworks and artists, defragmentation is therefore a word which highlights the process as something which necessarily improves on the previous state, an invention, art.”
The IMRC Researcher in Residence Program is made possible by support from the IntermediaMFA Program, the Department of New Media, The University of Maine Cultural Affairs/Distinguished Lecture Series, and the Alston D. and Ada Lee Correll New Media Fund.
De.fragmentation was made possible by support from Kulturni dom Nova Gorica, Pixxelpoint festival, the City Council of Nova Gorica, the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia, University of Maine Intermedia Program and the Correll New Media Professorship. More information about the exhibition is online.
The Masters of Fine Arts in Intermedia at the University of Maine provides substantial advanced study for individuals interested in interdisciplinary study in the arts. The program emphasizes intensive development of students’ creative and innovative abilities through a diverse engagement with multiple research processes, critical thinking skills and creative production tools and technologies. The visiting artist series supports and reflects the wide variety of disciplines represented by the program, including, but not limited to, art, new media, theater, dance, philosophy, art history, engineering, communications, media studies, music, psychology and natural sciences.
New directors have been named to two University of Maine research centers, according to Carol Kim, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School.
Professor of Chemistry Carl Tripp has been appointed director of the Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology (LASST). Associate Professor of Mass Communication Laura Lindenfeld has been named director of the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center (MCSPC).
LASST plays a major role in educating and training the next generation of scientists and engineers while carrying out interdisciplinary research projects and technology transfer activities in the areas of surfaces and interfaces, materials, thin films, microelectronic devices, sensor technology and nanotechnology.
The Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center is a nonpartisan, independent, research and public service unit of the University of Maine. The center is dedicated to improving and promoting the quality of public dialogue about state, regional and national policy issues through applied policy research and community engagement.
Tripp obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1988 from the University of Ottawa. From 1986–88, he was applications manager at Bomem Inc., a world leader in the design and manufacturing of Fourier transform spectrometers. In 1988, Tripp joined the Exploratory Surface Chemistry group at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada and was promoted to manager of the materials characterization area in 1994. He joined the UMaine faculty in 1998.
Tripp is president and cofounder of Orono Spectral Solutions Inc. The company was founded in 2004 and spun out of research conducted at LASST. His research interests include material development through surface modification. His research in chemical/biosensors, surfactant/polymer interactions on surfaces, sol-gel synthesis and paper coatings has led to more than 128 publications and 17 U.S. patents.
Since 2006, Lindenfeld has held a joint appointment in the Department of Communication and Journalism and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. Her research investigates how researchers, communities and policymakers can work together more effectively to advance decision making and support innovation. Building on this research, she seeks to advance working collaborations with policymakers, stakeholders and communities to craft solutions to issues critical to Maine, New England and the nation.
Lindenfeld envisions the MCSPC as a keystone for brokering relationships among the faculty and constituencies through applied public policy research designed to create stronger linkages between the University of Maine and the state of Maine.
The ADVANCE Rising Tide Center at the University of Maine will host two sessions of the workshop, “Breaking the Bias Habit: Retaining and Advancing Excellent Faculty Through Bias Literacy,” on Nov. 20.
Two sessions, 9–11:30 a.m. and 2–4:30 p.m., will be held at the Wells Conference Center.
The workshop will provide the vocabulary for talking about and recognizing implicit gender bias, and will present evidence-based strategies to reduce the effect of implicit biases.
The event will be facilitated by Molly Carnes, co-director of the Women in Science & Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Jennifer Sheridan, executive and research director at WISELI.
Registration is required by Nov. 18. To register, for more information or to request a disability accommodation, contact the ADVANCE Rising Tide Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207.581.3439. More about the center is online.
The University of Maine’s Department of Art is accepting scholarship applications from current high school seniors who will be applying to enter UMaine as art majors in the fall of 2015.
The Visual Arts Awards are $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships that are renewable for eight semesters and must be used within a five-year period. The awards are given based on merit and evidence or accomplishment in the study of studio art, art history or art education.
Applicants must be accepted to UMaine’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and choose an art major to receive a scholarship. Applications must be received by Jan. 28, 2015.
More information, including how to apply, is online and available by calling 207.581.3245.
The University of Maine Page Farm and Home Museum will hold four wreath-making workshops in November and December.
First-time wreath-makers and seasoned professionals are all invited to make a lush, fragrant, double-sided holiday wreath with trimmings. Two sessions will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 — from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. and 3–5 p.m. Sessions also will be held 5–7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 6–8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4.
To register or for more information, call 207.581.4100. The fee is $18, which covers the cost of boughs, instruction and decorative trimmings.
The University of Maine Department of Art will host a talk by painter William Irvine about his life and art at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Lord Hall, Room 100.
Irvine will be introduced by Carl Little, the author of the recently published book, “William Irvine: A Painter’s Journey.”
Irvine’s talk will include a look at his life and career, starting with his first introduction to modern art in Troon, a small village on the Scottish coast, and ending with his current work as a painter living in Down East Maine.
Irvine graduated from the Glasgow School of Art and served in the Scottish army before moving to London where he worked as part of a vibrant and emerging avant-garde scene. His move to Maine in 1968 focused his painting on the new landscapes around him — a world of sea and sky, harbors, islands and boats. Irvine’s work brought together his sense of abstract representation and more natural forms that emerged from the landscape.
Since his move to Maine, Irvine has become widely known for his provocative seascapes, as well as his more figurative paintings and still life work.
This past summer, Maine author Little published the book about Irvine to provide readers with a sense of Irvine’s early abstract work as well as the figurative and suggestive landscapes that have come from his time in Maine, Scotland, England and France.
The lecture is part of the Department of Art’s annual lecture series and is sponsored by the Elizabeth Graves Art Fund. The event is free and open to the public. Lord Hall is wheelchair accessible.
For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Laurie Hicks at 207.581.3247.
The University of Maine Graduate School will host a Graduate and Professional Programs Open House from 4–6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Stodder Hall, Room 42.
Those interested in pursuing a graduate education at UMaine are encouraged to attend.
The school offers doctorate degrees in 30 areas of study and a master’s degree can be earned in more than 75 areas, ranging from the arts, sciences and engineering, to professional degrees in the fields of business, education, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, global policy and social work.
The open house will include refreshments and raffle giveaways.
The Combined Charitable Appeal for University Employees (CCAUE) will kick off the 2014 campaign from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the McIntire Room of the Buchanan Alumni House.
This year’s CCAUE campaign will accept online contributions from Nov. 1–23. Online contributions may be made by payroll deduction, debit or credit card, or by mailing the printed form with a check to Kathleen McIntyre, UMaine’s 2014 campaign chair.
Donations using the paper 2014 contribution form, available from the campaign chair or committee member, will be accepted through Dec. 31.
CCAUE also is hosting Learn at Lunch sessions from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bangor Room of the Memorial Union throughout November. Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and will earn 20 RiseUP Wellness Points by hearing from agencies listed in the CCAUE Donor’s Guide.
Scheduled CCAUE Learn at Lunch sessions (subject to change due to availability of agencies):
Donations of nonperishable food items or gently used clothing to benefit the Black Bear Exchange food pantry will enter guests into a drawing to win a donated door prize at each session.
Understanding how different materials react to high heat with sometimes surprising results is the focus of a hands-on University of Maine 4-H Science Saturday workshop Nov. 22 at UMaine’s Engineering Science Research Center, Barrows Hall.
Youth in grades six through eight will learn about technological uses of high-temperature materials by creating a piece of glass bead and wire jewelry to take home. Participants will also learn about research activities during the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UMaine’s Laboratory for Surface Science and Technology.
The $15 fee includes lunch. Registration materials are available online. Maximum enrollment is 20; Nov. 14 is the deadline to register. For more information, or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.
The University of Maine Standardbred Drill Team invites the campus community and public to the annual Trick or Trot from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at UMaine’s Witter Farm, 160 University Road in Old Town. The event will include a costume contest, games, baked goods and an opportunity to meet and have photos taken with the farm’s horses. Proceeds will benefit the UMaine Standardbred Drill Team. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, email Kathleen Harvey at email@example.com.