Meet us in the MSU Broad Art Lab to witness the alchemy of art and science. Participants from the BRIDGE Artist-in-Residence Program and MSU faculty members will discuss the material and technology that shapes our worldview. A three-year initiative, BRIDGE immerses artists from all over the world in the creative space of scientific inquiry and research at MSU. This half-day symposium will provide insight into the exhibition opening that night at the MSU Broad, MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences.
This exhibition brings together new and recent projects by participants in the BRIDGE Artist-in-Residence Program at Michigan State University— a three-year-long initiative connecting international, cutting-edge artists with faculty and students across the university’s many colleges. With their shared interests in materiality and topical issues—the dual “matters” invoked in the exhibition title—the artists and their collaborators address a wide range of phenomena through interdisciplinary approaches to research, experimentation, and knowledge production. The exhibition thus reveals an “epistemological turn” in the arts and sciences, focusing on how knowledge is produced and how the process of production inflects meaning and interpretation. This major presentation highlights the incredible resources the university has to offer, and how artists and scientists work together to imagine the future, today.
Featured artists include Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet & Benoît Mangin), Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Tagny Duff, HeHe (Helen Evans & Heiko Hansen), Zbigniew Oksiuta, Kuai Shen, Stelarc, and Sissel Tolaas.
MATTER(S) matter(s): Bridging Research in the Arts and Sciences is co-curated by Steven L. Bridges, Associate Curator, and Jens Hauser, Guest Curator and MSU Distinguished Affiliated Faculty. Support for this exhibition is provided by the MSU College of Arts and Letters; MSU BRIDGE Artist-in-Residency Program, directed by Adam Brown, Associate Professor; Science Gallery Lab Detroit; Goethe-Institut Chicago; and the Eli and Edythe Broad endowed exhibitions fund.
How can scent unlock histories long forgotten or expose futures to be created? Join Science Gallery Lab Detroit for a film screening and conversation between Bridge artist Sissel Tolaas and Gareth Doherty, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, as they uncover the layers of urbanity and dissect human influence on environments.
Sissel Tolaas has been creating smellscapes for the past 20 years. From Mexico City to Shanghai her work has been used to unlock the legacy of sites internationally. In Detroit, Tolaas will build a topography by visiting various neighborhoods in and around the city. Driven by narratives of Detroit-natives who guide her through their world, the film follows Tolaas as she collects organic materials to be used as a basis for interpreting their stories into scent.
This event is part of the MATTERS(S) matter(s) opening weekend between the Bridge Artist-in-Residence Program, MSU Broad, and Science Gallery Lab Detroit.
Don’t miss the opening reception for this exhibit on Thursday, November 1 from 4-6 p.m.
The Residential College in the Arts and Humantities presents the RCAH LookOut! Art Gallery exhibition Nanibah Chacon: Ni’ hoosdzáán (The Female Ground), featuring the work of Nanibah Chacon, muralist, artist, and Womxn of Color Initiative Artist-in-Residence.
As an artist, Nanibah Chacon creates public artworks, engaging community and the local landscape. Research, planning and community involvement is essential to the creation of her place-based practice. In creating murals, Nanibah’s current trajectory is based upon the insertion of an Indigenous presence into colonized urban landscapes. Her use of imagery provokes questions connecting us to forgotten uses of landscape, traditions, and people.
While at MSU, Nanibah will focus her work on stories, relationships and the reintroduction of manoomin, wild rice, to the Michigan landscape. She is interested in this area of research and dialogue as it breaches multiple forefronts: food sovereignty, health and spiritualism. As part of her WoCI Artist-in-Residency, Nanibah will host a series of listening gatherings with elders, students, and community participants in the Great Lakes region, supported by the academic resources of MSU in the area of research. The community gatherings and MSU research materials will inform the content and imagery of Nanibah’s work, which will produce a mural speaking to the knowledge shared in the gatherings. The mural will engage the local and urban community with inspired importance around the protection and preservation of monomania. A proper unveiling and dialogue will be organized at the end of this project to celebrate the efforts of all involved and the creation of the work.
The exhibition is open until November 21, Monday-Friday: noon-3 p.m.