Creative Campus Fellows Exhibit at UA Gallery

The University of Alabama’s Creative Campus presents a gallery installation, “(un)Wrapt: New Arts Research by Creative Campus Fellows.” The installation will open at The University of Alabama Gallery located in the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in downtown Tuscaloosa Friday, May 4, from 5-8 p.m. and will remain at the gallery through May 15.

An assemblage of campus walks from the arts research project C(art)ographic Conjunctions.
An assemblage of campus walks from the arts research project C(art)ographic Conjunctions.

“(un)Wrapt” will feature representations and results of the wide-ranging art projects and research explored by Creative Campus fellows throughout the year.

The research projects on display include

  • “Internal,” a project by senior music composition major Jared Tubbs that sonifies the human body through the use of biofeedback devices.
  • “Mixed Reality,” a collaboration between dancer/choreographers Alex Mannings, a senior majoring in dance and physics, and Alexia Acebo, a senior majoring in dance and psychology, that explores the process of choreographing dance for 360-degree video.
  • “C(art)ographic Conjunctions,” a study of individuals’ place on campus by doctoral student Maureen Flint.
  • “Artifacts of Social Cohesion,” a sculpture, created by senior interdisciplinary studies major Nick Jackson, that creates an immersive experience with both the physical structure of the piece and the inscriptions carved into its surface.

“The fellows’ projects explore the idea of interdisciplinary arts research from many different angles, using a wide range of technologies, media and approaches,” said Dr. Andrew Raffo Dewar, co-director of Creative Campus. “But all are driven by an overarching question—what if…?”

Regarding his project, research fellow Jared Tubbs said, ‘“Internal’ has taken me all across campus, from the School of Engineering to New College, and has taught me new skills I would never imagine learning as a music major, such as soldering wires and coding. This project has been an invaluable experience to me, and I am excited to continue using what I have learned as I continue in my art.”

In addition to the research projects, “(un)Wrapt” will showcase “The Great Indoors,” a sensory experience piece by John Morgan Harrison and Sam Langstaff, two juniors studying mechanical engineering and interdisciplinary studies, respectively. The installation also will display art objects and documentation of numerous 2017-2018 Creative Campus events including re:create, New Prints on the Block, and cathARTic.

The gallery opening on May 4 will be a part of downtown Tuscaloosa’s First Friday art walk. The Creative Campus fellows will be present at the opening to talk about their work, and refreshments will be provided.

Located within UA’s College of Arts and Sciences, Creative Campus is an arts fellowship program connecting students, faculty and communities to nurture innovative thinkers who turn ideas into action. For more information on Creative Campus visit www.creativecampus.ua.edu.

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