UIC launches second year of trans-disciplinary consortium Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide

The UIC School of Art and Art History is happy to be participating in for a second year in Field Trip / Field Notes / Field Guide a trans-disciplinary consortium of Fellows from The University of Chicago (UChicago), The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and Northwestern University. 
The program is intended to build an interdisciplinary community that engages Chicago's vibrant urban environment, providing a unique platform for exchange and connect across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

The consortium will provide an open framework for graduate students and recent alumni to explore and digest their local environment as a collective body, while outlining the unique perspectives and methodologies of their disciplinary studies—whether that be art, architecture, art history, the humanities, social science, or science. The consortium is intended to augment the institutional support offered to MFA alumni and PhD candidates as they pursue their research “in the field,” asking that they consider sharing, communicating, and formulating their work within the context of an interdisciplinary community.

Beginning in the fall and meeting on a monthly basis over the course of an academic year, graduate students from the participating institutions will be asked to partake in and self-initiate a series of seminars, expeditions, lectures, readings, and discussions. A series of field trips, initiated by the consortium Fellows, will be organized to explore the proximities and intersections of the Fellows’ distinctive approaches to research and practice. The consortiums activities are intended to provoke unexpected exchanges, build collegial relationships, and allow for unique encounters that would not typically occur within a university setting. 

A “field guide” produced each spring will collect and present the Fellows' research over the course of the year, highlighting and examining their distinctive approaches to research and practice while on site and working “in the field.” For the second year of FT/FN/FG grads and alumni will set out to explore the theme of “contested spaces.” Fellows will collectively work together to determine the locations of four field trips that could include sites of dissent, communion, or revolution. We invite an expansive imagining around the theme- spaces, sites, fields of research, even a canvas might be considered a contested site! Over the course of the one year fellowship participants will work together to create a publication, field recording, video, and public presentation on their experience. This will all culminate in a public symposium in September 2017.

UIC 2015/2016 Fellows

Kera MacKenzie (MFA'13 in Moving Image, UIC) is a Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist, educator, and programmer. Her work explores the space between moving images, photography, sets, and performance. She uses her individual and collaborative practice to investigate corporeal knowledge of the immaterial, notions of timespace, and the tricks and trades of media construction. She has screened and exhibited at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago Underground Film Festival, High Concept Laboratories, Links Hall, Gallery 400, and the MassArt Film Society. MacKenzie has been an artist-in-residence at High Desert Test Sites (New Mexico), ACRE (Wisconsin), and Culturia (Berlin). She studied at Bennington College, the Art Institute of Boston, and Transart Institute and received her MFA in Moving Image from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013.

Nicoletta Rousseva’s (PhD student, Department of Art History, UIC) research considers the ways in which post-socialist art in Eastern Europe and the former Yugoslavia addresses the region’s transition from socialism to capitalism. In addition to art in Eastern Europe, Nicoletta’s interests include critical theory, the histories of socialism and totalitarianism, and film and media art.

UIC 2016/2017 Fellows

Sherwin Ovid (MFA candidate) was born in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, in 1978. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007 and is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received a Lincoln Fellowship in 2013. His work explores the limits of social boundaries and their perpetual transformation. As an interdisciplinary artist his practice is rooted primarily in video, painting, and drawing. Ovid has exhibited with Gallery 400 (UIC), Iceberg Projects, University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and Cleve Carney Gallery.

Javairia Shahid (PhD student, Art History) is an architect and historian based between Chicago and Islamabad. She has a graduate degree in architectural history and theory from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University. Graduating with gold medals from her undergraduate institution in Pakistan, Shahid has been the recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, the William Kinne Award, in addition to numerous research grants. Her research considers the relationship between development and the environment in South Asia, with particular regard to epistemological disjunction of two entangled projects: the present-day production of global heritage, and the historic-colonial-Modernist “other”ing of nature and ecology.