Monmouth University

Center for the Arts

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

ArtNow, a visiting artist series, transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and embraces provocative works that challenge what we know and what we think we know. It fosters experiential conversations and art-making between contemporary artists who work with emergent creative practices, students, and the broader community.

ArtNow guests have worked with and among many genres such as art, science, and technology (AST); experimental music; interactive and site-specific installation; internet art; new media; performance art; screen writing; social practice; sound art; and video performance. Recent visiting artists have included Wafaa Bilal, Hasan Elahi, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Haley, Matt Kenyon, Tim Miller, and Sheryl Oring.

2019-2020 Season Theme: Community. Collaboration. Advocacy

Upcoming Events

New Stories for the Anthropocene: Artist Talk with Elizabeth Demaray

Mar 2

6 PM
Wilson Auditorium

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

New Stories for the Anthropocene: Artist Talk with Elizabeth Demaray

Elizabeth Demaray is an artist who focuses on the interface between the built and the natural environment. In this vein, she builds listening stations for birds that play human music, cultures lichen on the sides of skyscrapers in New York City, and designs alternative forms of housing for land hermit crabs. These artworks often involve the concept of a biotope, which is a small environment where human and non-human populations overlap.

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Collective Unconscious: Artist Talk with Amanda Stojanov

Nov 4 2019

4:30 PM
Edison Science Hall Multipurpose Room 201

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Collective Unconscious: Artist Talk with Amanda Stojanov

Amanda Stojanov is an artist, educator, and activist. Her work explores storytelling through multi-tech platforms including VR, immersive audio/visual projection, animation, and others. She has worked with design teams in large design studios, independent agencies, and non-profit organizations, and she continues to work as a freelance art director and designer. Stojanov is a member/co-founder at voidLab and co-founder of voidLab’s panel series DECENTRALIZING THE WEB (projects.dma.ucla.edu/voidlab), which cultivates critical evaluations of online presence through an intersectional feminist lens. It aims to untangle the psycho-social implications of identity politics on the global web, examining the embedded biases driving dominant modes of representation in digital spaces.

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Strange Radio, Live! Listening to the Deep Connection: Lecture-Performance Transmission with Karen Werner

Oct 16 2019

4:30 PM
Edison Atrium – Room 201

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Strange Radio, Live! Listening to the Deep Connection: Lecture-Performance Transmission with Karen Werner

Strange Radio, Live! is an immersive lecture-performance in story and sound, part of an ongoing series of experimental radio narrowcasts and broadcasts about the stranger, nearness and distance, forced migration, displacement, home, and the intergenerational transmission of memory. Strange Radio’s point of departure is Holocaust postmemory in Vienna, Austria, a sonic portal for sensing experiences of strangers and strangeness in multiple unfolding contexts across the globe. Strange Radio, Live! weaves together personal documentary; disembodied voices and sounds separated from points of origin; fragile signals transmitted through radios and embodied reflections on memory, place, time, and radio—itself a strange medium. Postmemories bounce against histories, sometimes buried and inaudible, in new locations. Tuned into both utopian longings and wounds, Strange Radio is a fragile signal, a love song to radio as a medium, metaphor, and method of deep listening together.

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Fred Astaire’s Dancing Lessons: Queer Mentors and Monsters: Multimedia Performance by Dustin B. Goltz

Mar 27 2019

6 PM
Lauren K. Woods Theatre

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Fred Astaire’s Dancing Lessons: Queer Mentors and Monsters: Multimedia Performance by Dustin B. Goltz

What does it mean to be “part” of the queer community in 2019? Who tells you your story? Your history? Your future? This solo performance is a 70-minute multimedia, performative examination of shifting perceptions of queer male mentorship, LGBT aging anxieties, and the lingering cultural threat assigned to queer sexuality. The piece is an avalanche of pop culture, flamboyance and monstrosity—an intertextual interrogation of queer generational tensions- reclaiming a story of the monsters who refuse to die (for long), refuse to hide the histories their bodies carry, and who keep surviving through wit, camp, irreverence, and an ongoing commitment to the queer community.

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The Jumpsuit Project: Artist Talk with Sherrill Roland

Jan 29 2019

4:30 PM
Wilson Hall

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

The Jumpsuit Project: Artist Talk with Sherrill Roland

Sherrill Roland began his socially engaged artwork The Jumpsuit Project in 2016 and continues to use his project to ignite conversations around issues related to mass incarceration. While a graduate student, Roland was wrongfully convicted and spent over ten months in prison. Although eventually exonerated of all charges and granted a bill of innocence, his experiences with the justice system had a lasting effect on both his life and his artistic practice. When he returned to campus, he wore an orange jumpsuit everyday up to and during his graduation ceremony, encouraging all who encountered him and his jumpsuit to address their own prejudices toward those incarcerated. Through sharing his own story, and creating a space for others to process, question, and share, he sheds light on the enormous darkness incarceration brings.

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The Book of Ice: Multimedia Performance by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Oct 2 2018

6 PM
Pollak Theatre

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

The Book of Ice: Multimedia Performance by Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky

Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will visit Monmouth University to present his The Book of Ice—a multimedia performance and discussion he will stage with musicians from campus and the region. Antarctica, the only uninhabited continent, belongs to no single country, and has no government. While certain countries lay claim to portions of the landmass, it is the only solid land on the planet with no unified national affiliation. Drawing on the continent’s rich history of inspiring exploration and artistic endeavors, Miller has put together his own multimedia, multidisciplinary study of Antarctica. The Book of Ice is one aspect of this ongoing project. In this multimedia talk, Miller discusses his journeys to Antarctica, climate change, and the creation of The Book of Ice, using Antarctica-related data to create maps, graphics, sound, music, and multimedia performances.

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Artist Talk with Chris Clavio

Apr 3 2018

4:30 PM
Wilson Auditorium

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Artist Talk with Chris Clavio

Chris Clavio is an Electronic Artist and Entrepreneur living and working in Santa Fe, NM. His work explores the sublime and perception using light, sound, and interactive environments. Currently he is the Director of IT and Electrical Infrastructure Systems for the artist collective Meow Wolf. Clavio has shown work across the United States, most recently in Pittsburgh, PA, with Energy Flow, a project in collaboration with Andrea Polli that highlights the Rachel Carson bridge with wind-turbine powered LEDs. His current projects integrate several software platforms and various hardware configurations to create immersive and interactive environments that stimulate the senses in order to evoke the imagination and push the limits of our perceived reality.

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FILM SCREENING & FACULTY	LED DISCUSSION: REBIRTH OF A NATION BY PAUL D. MILLER AKA DJ SPOOKY

Feb 20 2018

4:30 PM
Wilson Auditorium

Artful Explorations of Activism

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

FILM SCREENING & FACULTY LED DISCUSSION: REBIRTH OF A NATION BY PAUL D. MILLER AKA DJ SPOOKY

To create his film Rebirth of a Nation, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, remixed D.W. Griffith’s 1915 epic film The Birth of a Nation. His re-telling
of this overtly racist story depicted in the Reconstruction-era United
States hurtles Griffith’s images into the 21st century. The original film
was based on a novel and theater play by Thomas Dixon entitled The Clansman. By applying DJ technique to cinema, Miller’s new film parallels, deconstructs and remixes the original. He likes to think of it as “film as found object” in the same sense that artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol and David Hammons, among many others, have fostered creative investigations into the idea of found objects, cinema and “appropriation art.”

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Artist Talk with Weili Shi

Oct 9 2017

6 PM
Wilson Auditorium

ArtNow: Performance, Art, and Technology

Artist Talk with Weili Shi

Weili Shi is an artist who designs through the media of digital technologies. He creates unconventional experiences with the aim of provoking people’s consciousness. In his most recent work, Shan Shui in the World, he transformed the information of the buildings in Manhattan, NY, into traditional Chinese shan shui (landscape) paintings by a custom algorithm. This project revisits the ideas implicit in Chinese literati paintings of shan shui: the relationship between urban life and people’s yearning for nature, and between social responsibility and spiritual purity. With generative technology, Shan Shui in the World has the ability to represent any place in the world—including the city where the audience is—in the form of a shan shui painting. Weili Shi is currently a developer at Bluecadet and teaches at Parsons School of Design.

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