2002-2003 Project Grants Announced

The first ICE Project Grant program emerged from the desire to allow projects to determine the direction of ICE. A call for proposals was announced and three projects were selected to receive grants for up to $5,000 each. The first call for proposals was purposefully fast-tracked to gain a quick sampling of project ideas that exist locally and on campus. The grants required that the lead applicant be a UGA faculty member or graduate student and the finished projects be delivered by the end of May, 2003. This approach allowed the grant program to be initiated without delay and provided for feedback to help shape the next grant cycle. 

A Good Man Is Hard to Find, a chamber opera based on story by Flannery O’Connor. George Contini (Drama faculty), lead applicant. Features an original score by David Volk, a doctoral candidate in Music. The project is also supported by a faculty development grant from Piedmont College. The project will involve students from Drama and Music and is tentatively scheduled to be performed at Seney Stovall Chapel. It will also be performed at the Flannery O’Connor Conference in October 2003. The project is currently seeking a music director and two children, preferably with voice training and stage experience, to complete the cast.

Somos Pobres, Pero No Hay Pobreza Aqui (We Are Poor, but There Is No Poverty Here), a digital video cross-cultural documentary focusing on education in rural Mexico. H. James McLaughlin (Education),lead applicant. Participants include Kathryn Hammond (MFA Drama 2002), Jennifer McLung (Science Education), students and faculty in Drama and Education and recent UGA graduates. Professors McLaughlin and McLung are also supported by a Fulbright Fellowship, Rotary International Teacher Grant and a Teaching and Learning grant from UGA. The project follows the daily lives of three sisters who are teachers in a rural school in Xalapa, Mexico. The finished project will be shown simultaneously in Athens and Veracruz. The video will examine and critique the effects of dominant discourse on the perception of education in Mexico and Mexican immigrant children in US public schools. The project team will also conduct digital video workshops while in Mexico.

eco-log, a multimedia performance that explores the impact of urban sprawl on local ecology. Kate Ross (Visual Arts MFA candidate), lead applicant. The performance will be a synthesis of dance trapeze, recycled fiber installation, music, spoken word and digital video projection at Canopy Studios, non-profit arts center in Athens. It is a large-scale collaboration involving Canopy Studio, UGA students and recent graduates, and volunteers from the community. The project follows on the recent successful run of Big Box Blues at Canopy Studios, a similarly issue-driven performance that received a positive response from the community.


On Friday, November 15th at 12:00 PM Ela Lambin and Leah Mann of Lelavision will visit ICE for an informal roundtable discussion. All are welcome.

Lelavision combines modern and aerial dance, music, theater, and large interactive musical sculptures to create innovative works of awe and whimsy. Ela’s musical instrument/sculptures represent a harmony of sound, form, and movement meant not solely to be looked at and walked around but to be sounded and intimately experimented with. Leah’s work is eclectic in form, pulling from many ethnic and technical genres but always centered in the exploration of dance as sacred and enhanced by the use of props, large visual elements ( bungee cords, scaffolding, sets, sculpture, trapeze, etc.) and alternative spaces to convey her themes and to push the boundaries of the perspective.

Lelavision will be in residence with the Department of Dance and will perform Banging Bamboozles at the New Dance Theater from November 14- 16.

Martin Kersels

On Wednesday, November 6th at 1:00 PM Martin Kersels will visit ICE for aninformal roundtable discussion.  All are welcome.

Based in Los Angeles, Martin Kersels works with sculpture, videoand photography assembling machines made of found objects, moving parts,moving images and sound. He is currently co-chair of the art program at the California Institute of the Arts.

Martin Kersels will give a public lecture at the Georgia Museum of Art on Tuesday, November 5th at 5:30 PM as part of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Visiting Artists/Scholar Program.

Gu Xiong

On Wednesday, October 9th at 1:00 PM Gu Xiong will visit ICE for an informal roundtable discussion. ICE is located in Room 101 in the lower level of the Tanner Building. All are welcome.

Gu Xiong is a multi-media artist originally from Chongquing, Sichuan, peoples Republic of China who taught traditional woodcut printmaking at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute before moving to Canada. In 1986 he participated in an exchange program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and in 1989 when he was forced to flee China (as a result of his participation in the China/Avant Garde show in Beijing and the Tianamen Square demonstration) he returned there. In 1990 Gu Xiong moved to Vancouver and he is currently teaching in the Fine Arts Department at U.B.C.

Gu Xiong will be giving a public lecture at the Georgia Museum of Art on Tuesday, October 8th at 5:30 PM as part of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Visiting Artists/Scholar Program.

Jennifer Steinkamp

On Monday, September 9th at 12:00 PM Jennifer Steinkamp will visit ICE for an informal roundtable discussion. ICE is located in Room 101 in the lower level of the Tanner Building. All are welcome.

Jennifer Steinkamp works with new media and video in order to explore ideas about architectural space, motion, interactivity and phenomenological perception. Her artwork utilizes computer animation and sound to craft immersive interactive projection installations. Moving images and sound are used to transform architecture while the art, in turn, is transformed by the architecture, thus creating the experience of a space in between the real and the imaginary. She is currently on the faculty of the department of design/media arts at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Jennifer Steinkamp will be giving a public lecture at the Georgia Museum of Art on Tuesday, September 10th at 5:30 PM as part of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Visiting Artists/Scholar Program.

ICE Collab 2: Miranda July

Miranda July is a filmmaker, performing artist and writer. She grew up in Berkeley, California where she began her career by writing plays and staging them at an all-agesclub. July’s videos, performances, and web-based projects have been presented at sites such as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum and in the 2002 and 2004 Whitney Biennials. Her collection of stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You, was published in 2007 and won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her fiction has been printed in The Paris Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker.

She wrote, directed and starred in her first feature-length film, Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005), which won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and four prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, including the Camera d’Or. July debuted new performance in 2007 at The Kitchen (NY), and is currently working on her second movie. She lives in Los Angeles.