Codex: 2020 Intermedia and Digital Arts Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 — Friday, April 24, 2020
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

UMBC’s Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) and the Department of Visual Arts present Codex, the 2020 Intermedia and Digital Arts (IMDA) Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, featuring work by Brandon Ables, Jason Charney, Mandy Morrison, and Adan Rodriguez. A reception will be held at the CADVC on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The IMDA graduate program is committed to investigating transformations of emerging artistic practices, especially those that give rise to new processes that pose unique conceptual and social challenges. The three-year course of study culminates in the thesis exhibition and a published written thesis.

Featured artists:

In One Man Trance, Brandon Ables recreates his studio apartment, demonstrating how he programs his subconscious by scoring everyday gestures with audio and visual accompaniment. Different areas of the installation can be activated when viewers chew food, use mouthwash, practice an instrument, exercise, and lie in bed watching TV.


Jason Charney‘s installation, reciprocation, reimagines loudspeakers – transforming them from “invisible” aural channels into sculptural objects to interrogate interpersonal relationships, (mis)communications, and the kinetic phenomenon of sound. While recorded audio is used to drive the loudspeakers and implicate the viewer-listener’s body, the heard sound is an artifact of the materials activated by the speakers’ movement.


Mandy Morrison‘s multi-channel video installation Spirits of Promise and Loss employs photographic images of the Old Town Mall in Baltimore as backdrop for ghost-like characters wandering the former landscape of utopian possibility. Now mostly shuttered, the redevelopment of Old Town mall was one of numerous experiments across the U.S. aiming to lure suburban shoppers back downtown.


Adan Rodriguez‘s A Necessary Haunting blurs the line between reality and fiction, highlighting film’s effect on community tourism and the perpetuation of legend. Presented through a narrative short film, documentary, and accompanying physical media, the artist encourages travel to locations where alleged supernatural events took place.


A reception will be held at the CADVC on Thursday, April 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Admission to the exhibition and all related programming is free and open to the public.

RTKL Lecture: Jason Charney
Friday, April 24, 1 p.m.
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Jason Charney ’20 to lead RTKL Lecture and MFA Award 2020 Announcement with Juror George Ciscle

Plan Your Visit

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.

For evening and weekend visits to the CADVC, free parking in Lot 8. For daytime visits, we recommend parking at paid visitor parking in either the Walker Avenue Garage or the Administration Drive Garage.

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UMBC is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors.  If you would like to request accommodations (e.g., ASL interpreters, captioning, wheelchair access, etc.) for this event due to a disability, please notify us at least two weeks prior to your visit. Requests received after that time cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to make arrangements for program access. Please contact CADVC at or 410-455-3188 with your specific request and be sure to mention the event title, date, and time.


Images provided courtesy of the artists.

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