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March 21

Photoformance: An Empathic Environment

Monday, March 21, 5 pm - 7 pm
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Meet the artist collaborators who created the current exhibition Photoformance: An Empathic Environment. Experiments in dance, photography, and architecture come together to create this multimedia environment, reflecting the shared vision of Monica Ponce de Leon, architect; Ernestine Ruben, photographer; and Peter Sparling, dancer, choreographer, and video artist; with a score by Erik Santos.  The creators will discuss the creative process and collaboration that resulted in this installation, and the talk will be followed by a reception and a chance to visit the gallery with the artists.

Monica Ponce de Leon is Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She also maintains an active architectural practice. Peter Sparling is Thurnau Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan and an active independent dance artist, choregrapher, and “screendance” creator. Ernestine Ruben is an internationally recognized photographer particularly well known for her experimental works based on the human form. Eric Santos is a composer, Associate Professor in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and Director of Electronic Music Studio at the University of Michigan.

This exhibition is made possible in part by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost. Additional support has been provided by UM's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, Office of the Vice President for Research, and Digital Media Commons at the James and Anne Duderstadt Center.

categories: Artists and Curators, Exhibitions Related Program