CIRCA Catalyst: Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts, and Tagide deCarvalho, Keith Porter Imaging Facility

Water’s Edge, Biome Tells image

CIRCA Catalyst: Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts, and Tagide deCarvalho, Keith Porter Imaging Facility
Monday, May 7, 12 – 1 p.m.
216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts presents Stephen Bradley, associate professor of visual arts, and Tagide deCarvalho, director of UMBC’s Keith Porter Imaging Facility, who will discuss their work-in-progress, Water’s Edge, Biome Tells (WEBT). WEBT focuses on the cultivation and identification of microorganisms found on debris; i.e., plastic, microfiber and other unnatural materials collected within the littoral zone of the brackish shoreline of the Patapsco River’s Middle Branch at Masonville Cove in the Brooklyn community of Baltimore. For this interdisciplinary art project the collaborators incorporate various tools of ecological research and artistic experimentation to image 2D and 3D replicas of these organisms that will be integrated into larger sculptural forms that raise awareness and reveal the complexity, beauty, and diversity of life in the urban shoreline. This project is made possible by support from the Masonville Cove Environmental Education Center and a UMBC CIRCA research grant, starting in the summer of 2017.

Trans-disciplinary artist Stephen Bradley’s primary practice maps and traces our relationship to place through recorded electronic media, our stories juxtaposed with artifacts discarded or lost within the landscape. Currently Bradley is artist-in-residence at the Chesapeake Arts Center adjacent to this community and collaborates with stakeholders involved in interdisciplinary forms of civic engagement. Bradley is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at UMBC. Professor Bradley has received solo commissions, awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, Sonic Circuits VII: Walker Art Center, the Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts (ISEA), the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma (Helsinki), Blauschimmel Atelier (Oldenberg, Germany), Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, Biacs3 (Spain), Wave Hill (Bronx, New York), and Hull Time-Based Arts (United Kingdom). His sound performances, media installations, and site-specific art works have been exhibited and presented nationally and internationally venues such as the National Trash Summit (Nationals Stadium, Washington D.C.); Sandao Gallery, Xiamen University and VArts Center (Shanghai, China); radioCona FM (Ljublijana, Solvenia); InterAizoni Festival (Sardinia, Italy); Kunstradio ORF1 (Vienna, Austria); (((NOMUSIC))) (Strasbourg, France); 2006 Soundscape (Zürich, Switzerland); Transmission 003.3: Sound Art Festival (Chicago, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.); Visual Arts Museum/SVA, Pulse Art, and Ricco Maresca Gallery (New York City); Megapolis Sound Art Festival, Red Room, the Vine, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art and Maryland Art Place (Baltimore). Bradley created seven video works for music composed for Lisa Cella, flautist, that will be released and distributed by Chen Li Music label, Spring 2018.

Tagide deCarvalho is an assistant research professor in the College of Mathematical and Natural Resources, where she manages the Keith Porter Imaging Facility. This core facility provides microscope instrumentation for biological and materials science research. In this position, deCarvalho is able to utilize her extensive background in biology and digital imaging. She supports all aspects of research, including experiment development, specimen preparation, equipment training and digital image processing. She comes to UMBC from Georgetown University, where she was teaching faculty in the Department of Biology. Her expertise in microscopy was acquired during her NIH postdoctoral research fellowship at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Baltimore, where she studied neural development in transgenic zebrafish. This was a radical departure from her graduate studies on insect behavior and speciation at the University of Maryland, College Park. Before she began her career in biology, she studied the visual arts at the University of New Mexico. She is currently producing “SciArt” by combining her expertise in microscopy, digital imaging and art photography.

Admission is free, and a complimentary lunch will be served.

Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, paid visitor parking is available in Lot 9, behind the Performing Arts and Humanities Building — please click here for additional information on location and daytime parking.


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