Visiting Artists Martina Tritthart and Holger Lang
adapt – align – adjust – assimilate – accommodate
Managing the diverging challenges of artistic practice in an international environment
Thursday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.
221A Fine Arts Building
In Europe, the apparent differences between countries, languages, cultures, and socio-political systems are creating a context that comprises important presets and influences which play a determining role in artists lives. The translation, communication, and conveyance of ideas, concepts, and methods behind their tangible manifestations is a central requirement for a successful career in a global network of artists, galleries, educational institutions and supporting venues. Based on specific examples the essential connection between research, execution, and interpretation will be discussed. To develop an individual creative voice one has to embrace the necessary conditions that contribute to the establishment of a solid artistic identity. In this presentation elements and procedures that facilitate progress on an international scale will be introduced and reviewed.
Martina Tritthart works as an artist, curator, and researcher in Vienna, Austria. She completed her Ph.D. on “Light Spaces – Spatial Models of Perception” at the University of Technology in Graz and teaches media-related arts since 1999. As an assistant professor, she worked at the Institute for Spatial Design at the TU-Graz, and in the program “space & design-strategies” at the University of Art and Design in Linz, Austria. Currently, she is a lecturer at the FH Joanneum – University of Applied Science and also the University of Applied Science – FH Burgenland, where she is instructing lighting design and visual media. Her artistic work includes temporary and permanent installations in galleries and public spaces, film, animation, and a variety of media-connected arts. She has a prominent focus on light as a medium, related to the perception of spaces and environments.
Holgar Lang is an Austrian artist and filmmaker, living and working in Vienna. His artistic focus reaches from abstract and conceptual work to experimental and interdisciplinary projects. For almost 25 years he is teaching animation, media arts and aesthetics, he is organizing academic symposia in multiple countries, he is curating programs of European and Austrian animation and experimental films for various venues, and he is managing and curating an independent gallery in Vienna. For several years he is one of the board members of ASIFA AUSTRIA, he is representing Austria at the European Animation Award “Emile,” and he is the founder and director the international animation-festival “Under-the-Radar.” His own artistic output in film, experimental animation and fine arts has been shown in solo and group screenings and exhibitions for more than 3 decades. His general artistic focus is on exploratory, idiosyncratic, personal, and primal facets of human aspirations and efforts.
Admission is free.
Plan your visit
UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95. For this event, free visitor parking is available in Lot 8, nearby the Fine Arts Building — please see here for additional information.
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