RMC professor Dr. Aaron Rosen to curate artist discussion

Art, Immigration, and Memory: 
A Conversation with Visiting Artist Michael Takeo Magruder

5:30 - 6:30pm, Tuesday August 21, Art House Cinema, Billings

Michael Takeo Magruder (b.1974, US/UK, www.takeo.org) is a visual artist and researcher who works with new media including real-time data, digital archives, immersive environments, mobile devices and virtual worlds. His practice explores concepts ranging from media criticism and aesthetic journalism to digital formalism and computational aesthetics, deploying Information Age technologies and systems to examine our networked, media-rich world. In the last 20 years, Michael's projects have been showcased in over 250 exhibitions in 35 countries, and his art has been widely supported by numerous funding bodies and public galleries within the UK, US and EU.

Michael will talk about his plans to create work in Billings this December addressing the current detention and separation of families at the southern US border, seen in light of his family's experience of internment as Japanese-Americans during WWII.  The artist will show selections of his previous work on trauma and memory, including a large-scale exhibition about the impact of the terrorist train bombings in Madrid, as well as his video sculpture Lamentation for the Forsaken, tackling the Syrian civil war.  He will also discuss his research process and how he approaches complex subjects like the present immigration crisis.  The artist will be in discussion with curators Dr. Aaron Rosen, RMC Professor of Religious Studies, and Sherri Cornett, and introduced by the Rev. Dr. Carolyn Rosen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Modern Languages.