UM guest artist residency - Announcements - e-flux

UM guest artist residency – Announcements – e-flux

UM guest artists integration project

With support from the University of Michigan Arts Initiative, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning’s Visualization Lab (TVLab) is seeking artists working with extended reality (XR) technology. This opportunity combines artistic practice, broad research methods, and an openness to experiment and explore possibilities within the context of an R1 research university. A selected artist will receive a $30,000 stipend, professional development support, and the opportunity to work closely with Taubman College faculty and students.

In this inaugural year, the program invites proposals exploring game development, virtual event production, mixed reality fabrication, augmented reality interventions, among other extended reality areas of inquiry. We especially welcome research programs that capture the political and cultural complexities of these evolving visualization technologies and are imbued with an interest in software development.

About the UM Arts Initiative

The University of Michigan Arts Initiative is piloting the Visiting Artist Program to integrate the creative vision and dynamic thinking of artists into university programs and processes. Through the Visiting Artist Onboarding Project (VAIP), the Arts Initiative will fund a stipend, travel, and supplies for an artist to visit and work with a UM school, college, or unit . In the inaugural year of VAIP, the Arts Initiative identified the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning as a foundational testing ground. A recognized leader in experimental modes of spatial visualization, Taubman College is an ideal laboratory to explore ways in which integrated creative practice can enhance student experience and learning, while pushing the boundaries of digital arts. This pilot visit is led by Anya Sirota, Associate Dean for Academic Initiatives, Associate Professor of Architecture at Taubman college, and will coincide with the launch of the Taubman Visualization Lab (TVLab).

Objectives of the research residency

–Develop the interests of the artist which may include, but are not limited to: artistic research; skills development, interdisciplinary collaboration, capacity building, institutional critique, activism.
–Engage the Taubman College community in issues relating to the future of visualization in the arts and public discourse.
–Influencing TVLab’s approach to supporting teachers, students and artists in the future.

In addition to a $30,000 stipend, the artist will receive

–US$5,000 research budget to support student assistants and incidental expenses.
–Access to a dedicated studio space in the TVLab, which is equipped with a range of XR technologies, including AR & VR (HTC Vive, Magic Leap, Hololens, etc.), 3D scanning and spatial mapping equipment ( Kinect, LiDAR, photogrammetry) and computing devices (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel Galileo). The lab also offers resources for virtual production and capture technology, including video cameras, 360 cameras, drones and projectors. The table-mounted robotic arm combines immersive technology with analog manufacturing. A modest project budget is available for technology needs that arise during the fellowship.
–Professional development linked to the artist.
–Opportunities to share work with Taubman College and a wider audience at the University of Michigan.

Application deadline: November 15, 2022. For more information and to apply, go here.

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