Marginalia, Graduate Blog

To Do List for January

Happy 2015 everyone! This February, I begin the last semester of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program. Woohoo! It has been a wonderful and difficult experience, and I’m excited for it to be so close to being done. Just a few more months!

To Do List for January

Happy 2015 everyone! This February, I begin the last semester of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program. Woohoo! It has been a wonderful and difficult experience, and I’m excited …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Class Profile: The Body

Photo curtesy of  Bryan Saner

Photo curtesy of Bryan Saner

This semester I had the privilege of studying with artist Bryan Saner as part of his class The Body.

Bryan Saner is an influential interdisciplinary artist who’s work exists at the points of intersection between performance, activism, social practice, and sculpture. From 1995 to 2009 Bryan performed with the acclaimed Goat Island Performance Group, and is currently performing with Every House Has A Door, and dancing with Erica Mott.

Class Profile: The Body

This semester I had the privilege of studying with artist Bryan Saner as part of his class The Body. Bryan Saner is an influential interdisciplinary artist who’s work exists at …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Open Studios Event!

Join us for an evening of open studios on December 4, from 6pm to 9pm. 

Over 40 artists working in a rich variety of media will be present to discuss and demonstrate their interdisciplinary practices in a studio environment, sharing completed projects, works in progress, documentation, sketches, performances, prototypes, and takeaways. Artworks will span installation, sculpture, video, sound, performance, book arts, new media, creative writing, and innovative, intriguing combinations of materials and concepts that defy classification. Light refreshments will be served.

Open Studios Event!

Join us for an evening of open studios on December 4, from 6pm to 9pm.  Over 40 artists working in a rich variety of media will be present to discuss and …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Alumni Spotlight: Leo Selvaggio

Leo Selvaggio is a recent Graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program and has been on a creative roll since graduating.  His project URME Surveillance has been getting a ton of attention recently including some articles in The Verge, Techcrunch, cnet and Hyperallergic.

Alumni Spotlight: Leo Selvaggio

Leo Selvaggio is a recent Graduate of the Interdisciplinary Arts & Media, MFA program and has been on a creative roll since graduating.  His project URME Surveillance has been getting …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Faculty Profile: Jenny Magnus

Jenny Magnus is a prolific maker, an influential presence in Chicago’s theatre scene, and has become one of my creative heroes over the last three years.

Faculty Profile: Jenny Magnus

Jenny Magnus is a prolific maker, an influential presence in Chicago’s theatre scene, and has become one of my creative heroes over the last three years.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Class Profile: 21st Century Aesthetics

Trevor Paglen

I just finished reading Trevor Paglen’s Blank Spot’s on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World.

Class Profile: 21st Century Aesthetics

I just finished reading Trevor Paglen’s Blank Spot’s on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Juke Cry Hand Clap

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

Juke Cry Hand Clap

This semester I had the privilege of designing projections for Honey Pot Performance’s Juke Cry Hand Clap: A People’s History of House and Chicago Social Culture.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Artist in Residence Sophie Kahn

Photo by Robert Wrazen

Photo by Robert Wrazen

This is an exiting semester for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Program as this is the first year of our Artist Residency program. For our first resident we had the privilege of inviting artist Sophie Kahn.

Artist in Residence Sophie Kahn

This is an exiting semester for the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media Program as this is the first year of our Artist Residency program. For our first resident we had the privilege …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Dealing with Thesis Year Anxiety

Tee

When I first moved to Chicago from Southern California I just wanted to go on an adventure. I didn’t have much money.  I didn’t have a job lined up. I didn’t even have a place to stay or anyone to stay with when I got here.  It sounded like a great idea at first, but the closer I got to Chicago the more I realized I had no idea what I was doing.  By the time I got to Illinois, I was having a panic attack in a gas station parking lot. I called my friend Bobby who said, “Justin have you ever seen the film What about Bob? Remember, Baby Steps.”

Dealing with Thesis Year Anxiety

When I first moved to Chicago from Southern California I just wanted to go on an adventure. I didn’t have much money.  I didn’t have a job lined up. I …

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Art and Games: Adrienne Ciskey

Illustration by Wesley Hall

Illustration by Wesley Hall

Adrienne Ciskey is a third year candidate in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program who has been creating a lot of cool work that incorporates gaming in one way or another.

Art and Games: Adrienne Ciskey

Adrienne Ciskey is a third year candidate in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Media program who has been creating a lot of cool work that incorporates gaming in one way or another.

Interdisciplinary Arts & Media MFA Justin Botz, justin.botz@loop.colum.edu
600 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605