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. Originally scheduled from April 7 to 24, the exhibition is viewable now online at the CADVC’s website.
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.
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.
Images provided courtesy of the artists.