The beginning of 2015 has already been marked with numerous speaking engagements, exhibitions and more for the College’s chairs, with even more to come in the months ahead.
In March, MPS Digital Photography Chair Katrin Eismann traveled to Austin, Texas, to take part in “Surveillance Photography: Personal, Public, Profit,” a panel discussion on the pervasiveness of surveillance technology, online monitoring and digital media, held as part of the 2015 SXSW Festival. Farther north and several days later, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Chair Alice Twemlow visited North Dakota State University for a symposium, The Future of Design Education, which featured fellow design academics from across the U.S., as well as one from Denmark.
Also at this year’s SXSW: BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects Chair John McIntosh, who was there for the premiere of Bounce: How the Ball Taught The World to Play, a documentary directed by program faculty member Jerome Thelia. In several weeks, McIntosh will return to Seoul, to give talks at Chung-ang University and Hongik University on May 22; these events have been arranged by the College’s recently opened South Korea office, and will also feature BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects alumni.
MFA Computer Art Chair Bruce Wands showed work at this year’s Electronics Alive, a biennial exhibition hosted by the University of Tampa; this year’s show ran from January until early March. Looking ahead to the summer, Wands will serve on the jury for the next Lumen Prize Exhibition, an international selection of digital art that will tour venues in Asia, Europe and the U.S. throughout 2015 and 2016. He’ll also serve on the international program committee at the 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art, aka ISEA2015, which will be held in Vancouver from August 14 through 18.
On view through April 5 and running again July 3 through August 30 at the Alden Biesen cultural center in Rijkhoven, Belgium, is “A Large Family,” an exhibition of work by an international group of artists, including BFA Fine Arts Chair Suzanne Anker. Anker contributed her 2000 piece Rebus to the show, which, as its title suggests, was organized around the theme of family, in all its many meanings and variations.
MPS Branding Chair Debbie Millman has a full docket for the months ahead. Her upcoming speaking engagements include the F5 Festival, a design and technology conference in New York City; the 25th HOW Design Live conference, in Chicago; Michigan Modern, a design and historic preservation conference in Midland, Michigan; the Northside Innovation Conference, in Brooklyn; and the AIGA Design Conference, in New Orleans. Millman will also serve on the design jury for the 2015 Cannes Lions, the annual festival celebrating various creative industries, which takes place this year from June 21 through 27 in Cannes, France.
Images from top down: John McIntosh at SXSW; Visitation 2 by Bruce Wands; Suzanne Anker, Rebus, 2000, silkscreen and pigment on frosted mylar, 24″ x 36″.