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Kathy Marmor Visiting Artist Lecture

 

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Kathy Marmor, Professor of Art at the University of Vermont discusses the function of her work as feminist commentaries on modern culture.

Kathy Marmorʼs interactive multimedia installations are witty and wry observations about the impact of new digital technologies on our interpretations of identity. She uses interaction and collaboration as strategies to encourage the viewer to actively participate. Marmor asserts that participation can help us re-orient ourselves in an increasingly unstable world. Indeed, through these processes of orientation, we assemble and reassemble our sense of self.

The Messengers provides an electronic soapbox by serving as a platform for digital pronouncements. The piece draws on common experiences with electronic communications, in which a text, tweet or email can evoke unintended and unexpected responses. The Messengers utilizes “smart” machines to rearrange the flutter and flow of Twitter into poetic, hilarious, or nonsensical mash-ups, highlighting the uncertainties of our social lives.

Kathy Marmor earned an MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she is currently a professor of art. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. This exhibition is made possible by a JSMA Academic Support Grant, awarded to Colin Ives, associate professor in the Department of Art, to support courses in interactive digital arts and emerging technologies.

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