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February 11, 2004

The Arts at UMBC Present Nina Katchadourian

Nina Katchadourian: Renovated Mushroom (Tip Top Tire Rubber Patch Kit) (1998)Cibachrome, 30" x 40"On March 3rd, the UMBC Department of Visual Arts and the InterArts series present a lecture by visual artist Nina Katchadourian. The lecture will be presented at 8 pm in Fine Arts Building 306. Admission is free.

Born in 1968 in Stanford, California, Katchadourian earned a B.A. in Visual Arts and Literature and Society from Brown University in 1989, and an M.A. in Fine Arts in 1993 from the University of California, San Diego. In her work, technology comes into play in ways that are strongly connected to her processes of dissection, restoration, and translation. The technological realm is conventionally thought of as a place where translation happens seamlessly and without residue, but Katchadourian seeks out places that hold the promise of minor breakdowns and potential misunderstandings. Her diverse practice includes photography, sound, video and sculpture.

Katchadourian often locates her subject matter in the colloquial; in recent years she has also looked to “nature” as concept, construct and site. Activities which engage technology, in both low tech and hi tech ways, have included mending broken spiderwebs; restoring loose, discarded audio and video tape found on the streets of different cities; creating car alarm systems based on bird sounds; and inventing a talking popcorn machine that uses a Morse Code program to translate the sounds of popping popcorn and turn it into spoken language.

Katchadourian has been awarded numerous grants including the Art Matters Grant (1994) and Konstsamfundet Artists Grant, Helsinki, Finland (1998). Katchadourian has shown throughout the United States and internationally, including exhibitions at the San Diego Museum of Art; the San Diego Museum of Natural History; the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; the Akron Museum of Art; Bard College; the Islip Art Museum; the Fabric Workshop and Museum and the University of the Arts Museum in Philadelphia; the Museum of Textiles, Toronto, Canada; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia; the Serpentine Gallery, London, England; the Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma and the Lahden Biennale, in Lahit, Finland; and the Borás Konstmuseum and Norrtälje Konsthall in Sweden. In 2002, Katchadourian was a grant recipient of the American-Scandinavian Foundation, and in 2001 she was awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

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Posted by dwinds1 at February 11, 2004 12:00 AM