The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Eric Dyer, professor of visual arts, and Lynn Watson, professor of theatre, who will speak individually about their recent research.
Lynn Watson will present her work-in-progress supported by her CIRCA Fellowship, using Fitzmaurice Voicework (FV), a voice training methodology undertaken primarily by actors and professional voice users. A number of speech/language pathologists have also begun implementing aspects of it in clinical settings. Anecdotal reports have suggested that practicing FV (which involves a specially designed series exercises that are gently aerobic) results in effects similar to those of “mindfulness meditation” and “flow state”—reduced anxiety, increased confidence, and improved cognitive function. In January of 2017, Professor Watson partnered with two colleagues at Texas Tech University (from the departments of theatre and psychology) on a pilot study to test cognitive and other effects of FV through use of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain. The CIRCA project involves writing an article on the results of the pilot study, investigating wider implications for performing artists, and planning for an additional study with a larger subject group.
Watson is a Professor of Theatre at UMBC where she teaches voice, speech, and acting (Shakespeare, contemporary, styles) and vocal directs for department productions. She has worked extensively as a voice, speech, and dialect specialist with many established and highly regarded actors at leading regional theatres across the country including Arena Stage, Center Stage, Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, and Signature Theatre in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. On the West Coast she worked with the American Conservatory Theatre (San Francisco), Mark Taper Forum (Los Angeles), and South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, California). Her articles, writing, and editing appear in various publications, most notably the Journal of Voice, “widely regarded as the world’s premiere journal for voice medicine and research,” and the Voice and Speech Review, where she recently joined the Editorial Board. She directed the world premiere of Tina Howe’s short comedy, Milk and Water for the UMBC Theatre “IN 10” festival of short plays. She has acted in regional theatres and Off Broadway at the American Place Theatre in New York. She is a Master Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework and Past President of the Voice and Speech Trainer’s Association (VASTA).
For his CIRCA Presents presentation, Eric Dyer will discuss recent motion artworks that mash together digital and very physical approaches. Eric Dyer is an artist and educator who brings animation into the physical world with his sequential images, sculptures, and installations. He spent years working at a computer to produce images for the screen. Longing to “get my hands back on the work,” Dyer returned to a tactile creative process. He began exploring the zoetrope, an early form of animation. The device, popular in the 19th century, consists of a slitted drum whose interior is lined with a sequence of images. When the object is spun, the viewer peers through the apertures in the drum and the forms appear to move. By replacing the drum with a fast-shutter digital video camera, Dyer invented the process of making films from spinning sculptures. Dyer continues to innovate with new tools and applications, moving his work off the screen and into real spaces.
Dyer’s work has been widely exhibited at events and venues such as the Smithsonian National Gallery of Art, Ars Electronica, international animation festivals in numerous countries, the screens of Times Square, and the Cairo and Venice Biennales. He has been honored as a Fulbright Fellow, Sundance New Frontier Artist, Creative Capital Artist, and Guggenheim Fellow. Dyer’s fervent exploration of expression through motion has placed his work in books such as Re-imagining Animation: the Changing Face of the Moving Image, Pervasive Animation, Animation: A World History, and A New History of Animation. He has been a visiting artist at institutions such as Carnegie Mellon University, ECNU in Shanghai, and CalArts. Dyer is a professor of visual arts and animation at UMBC and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.
Admission is free, and a complimentary lunch will be served.
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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.