Creative Writing cognate in Art Department this winter

Looking for a cognate for the Creative Writing program?  This special five-week class looks like an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in interventionist practices and experimentation within urban environments. See course description below. If you have questions about the class, contact Jen Seibert in the Art Dept:  <jseiber2@emich.edu>

The Art Department is proud to announce Evan Roth as our 2011-2012 McAndless Scholar.  You can find more about Evan Roth at his website:
http://evan-roth.com/work/

Art & Hacking: ARTS 379, 479, 681
CRN 27569, 27570, 27571

A hack is a clever (often playful) small intervention to an existing system that alters its originally intended purpose and turns it into something new. In Art & Hacking we will study the various manifestations of a hack and experiment with how it can apply to the urban environment. We will create projects that exist both in the city and on the Internet and aim to engage with a large audience including (but not limited to) those in the arts. No prerequisites.

Class times and dates:
Some classes will meet off site to investigate course goals as stated in the course objectives (Locations to be determined, but could include downtown Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit)

Evan’s class will meet the following days:
Saturday/Sunday 9 am-3 pm for 5 weeks

Class dates:
February 18 and 19
February 25 and 26
March 3 and 4: NO class due to Winter break
March 7: Evan Roth Exhibition opens in University Gallery
March 10 and 11
March 14: Opening Reception for Exhibition in University Gallery
March 17 and 18
March 20: Evan Roth Lecture in Student Center Auditorium 6-8 PM
March 24 and 25 (last weekend of class)
March 27 until April 1: Ann Arbor Film Fest

Biography and Notable Achievements
Evan Roth received a degree in architecture from University of Maryland and a MFA from Parsons The New School for Design. After completion of his MFA, Roth was awarded a Research and Development Fellowship at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center, the nation’s leading art center investigating the confluence of technology and art. During his residency at Eyebeam his research into graffiti, public space, social media, culture jamming, and open source technologies led to the co-creation of the Graffiti Research lab. Roth has since also co-founded the Free Art and Technology Laboratory open source collective, FAT Lab.

Early notable projects conducted as part of the Graffiti Research Lab included L.A.S.E.R. Tag, a projection based graffiti system that allows writers to project messages on public spaces, and LED Throwies, a strategy for graffiti using LEDs and magnets. Most recently Evan Roth and FAT Lab collaborators completed the EyeWriter, an apparatus that allowed paralyzed graffiti writer and activist, Tempt1, the ability to create text by tracking his eye movement. Multimedia projects such as White Glove Tracking used the open source platform Processing to reinterpret a performance of Michael Jackson by via motion-tracking data to manipulate the image. His MFA thesis Graffiti Analysis led to the video Typographic Illustration, which in turn led to a collaboration with hip-hop artist Jay-Z on an open source rap video. All of the projects are predominately looking at free speech and the right to express ones opinions.

Roth’s work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and has exhibited widely in many notable museums in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Kunsthalle Wein (Vienna), the Tate Modern (London), and the Fondation Cartier Pour l’Art Contemporain (Paris). Roth has received numerous awards for his work, including the Golden Nica from Prix Ars Electronica, two Rhizome/The New Museum commissions, the Future Everything Award, and Brit Insurance Designs of the Year (presented by the Design Museum (London)). His work has been featured in online and in numerous publications including NPR, the New York Times, Time Magazine, CNN, The Guardian, ABC News, and Esquire.

The McAndless Distinguished Professorship was established with the help of a generous bequest from the late M. Thelma McAndless, a Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Sciences. The McAndless Scholar is a nationally prominent figure in the arts and humanities. The purpose of the McAndless Scholar is to make extraordinary contributions to the vitality of the arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences at Eastern Michigan University.