a2ru 2018 National Conference
The annual national conference of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) will be held on the UGA campus and in other Athens, Ga. venues Nov. 1-3, with the theme of Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability. Registration for the conference is closed, but the conference’s three plenary talks and closing event at the Georgia Theatre are free and open to the public. The full schedule and registration information are available at the a2ru website.a2ru is a partnership of more than 40 institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines. UGA’s membership in a2ru is made possible by the UGA Arts Council, the Office of the Provost, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, andthe Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) through the Willson Center.Among the conference plenary speakers will be the artist Rebecca Rutstein, the Willson Center’s 2018 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding. Rutstein is an artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, installation, and public art and explores abstraction inspired by science,data and maps. She has exhibited widely in museums, institutions and galleries, and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts.Rutstein will take part in a discussion on “Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea” with oceanographic researcher Samantha Joye, Athletic Association Professor of Arts and Sciences in the UGA department of marine sciences, and will have work on exhibit in the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art.The conference closing event is an evening of performance and art curated by Moogfest on the theme “Human and the Machine,” featuring technologically innovative music, installations, and demonstrations. Tickets are free but limited, and priority admission will be offered to registered conference attendees. An audio/visual work by R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, originally created for Moogfest in 2017 and never before shown in Athens, will be featured in the event. The piece, titled “Jeremy Dance,” combines Stipe’s original music and video of the late Athens artist Jeremy Ayers. Musicperformances will include Author & Punisher, the one-man industrial metal project of mechanical engineer Tristan Shone, and Lauren Sarah Hayes, a Scottish musician and sound artist who builds and performs with hybrid analog/digital instruments.
Monday, January 14 at 12:00pm to 1:00am
Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel, various locations
1197 S Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30605