CIRCA Catalyst: Neja Tomšič and Jaimes Mayhew

Thursday, November 6 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CIRCA Catalyst
With presenters Neja Tomšič and Jaimes Mayhew
Dresher Center Conference Room, 216 PAHB

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA (the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts).

Catalyst Program:

Jaimes Mayhew: The Autonomous Energy Research Lab
Jaimes Mayhew will present his current body of work, The Autonomous Energy Research Lab (pictured), which started as a project for a Fulbright Grant in Iceland in 2011. While Mayhew worked in Iceland, he discovered a connection between the landscapes of Iceland and those of the southwestern US that awakened his interest in the relationships between queer bodies and landscapes, memory and rural culture. Mayhew will present the work made while on his Fulbright grant, and share how those experiences inform his current work.

Neja Tomšič: MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art
Neja Tomšič is a Slovenian artist, and the first CEC ArtsLink artist-in-residence hosted by UMBC’s IMDA MFA Program. Tomšič will discuss the Museum of Transitory Art (MoTA), a multidisciplinary platform dedicated to the research, production and presentation of transitory, experimental and live art forms. Two of MoTA’s recent ongoing projects- The DarkStar and MV Monchegorsk will be highlighted. The DarkStar project is a semi-utopian monument to the moon and the stars for public space. The project is designed as a platform for technological, architectural, sound and graphic innovations and experiments. The MV Monchegorsk is a project which explores the rather mysterious incident of one of the biggest non-war related explosions in human history, the Evangelos Florakis Naval Base explosion in Cyprus in 2009.

Presenter Bios:

Jaimes Mayhew is a Baltimore based artist, educator and researcher who currently works as The Autonomous Energy Research Lab. His work has been shown nationally and internationally at such venues as Mass MoCa, Conflux Festival (Brooklyn), This Is Not a Gateway (London), 808 Gallery (Boston), Transmodern Festival (Baltimore), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, DC), Hoffmannsgallerí (Reykjavík, Iceland), among others. During the 2011-12 academic year, Jaimes traveled to Iceland on a Fulbright grant, where he began his work as The Autonomous Energy Research Lab.

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Neja Tomšič is a visual artist and writer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Since graduating from the painting department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana, she has been part of individual and group exhibitions for drawing and media, performing and publishing poetry and prose, among others. She is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy and Theory of Visual Culture at the University of Primorska, researching documentary cinema and related practices in the contemporary art context. She is the co-founder of MoTA – Museum of Transitory Art, a research and production space devoted to transitory art, where she has been working since 2006. She is the manager and editor of the ArtistTalk project (

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Admission is free.

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