UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery Presents Sounding Botany Bay, Sounding Kamay:
The American debut of Timothy Nohe's exhibition exploring the deeply woven human narrative of Botany Bay, Australia
Exhibition February 10 – March 31, 2016,
Artist Lecture February 16, 2016 at 4 p.m.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Sounding Botany Bay, Sounding Kamay, an intermedia exhibition by Timothy Nohe, on display from February 8 through March 31. Nohe will present a public lecture on the work in the exhibition Tuesday, February 16 at 4 p.m. in the Library Gallery, an event sponsored by the Dresher Center for Humanities.
Botany Bay/Kamay is one of Australia’s most significant cultural and natural sites. For many thousands of years the land adjacent to Kamay was an important source of food, place of trade, and site of spiritual importance to a number of Aboriginal clans. This location was a significant Botany Bay/Kamay is one of Australia’s most significant cultural and natural sites. This location was a significant point of both physical and cultural conflict: HMS Endeavour, the first ship carrying British explorers and colonists, landed on the southern shores of Kamay — renamed, at this time, Botany Bay — in 1770. Today, Botany Bay is an unusual clash of pristine national park land home to a diverse but delicate marine ecosystem, and heavily industrialized areas including Sydney’s main cargo seaport and the desalinization plant, oil refinery, sewer treatment facility, and miles of industrial pipelines that line the shores.
The intermedia project Sounding Botany Bay, Sounding Kamay presents documentary photographs, audio compositions and video of Botany Bay by artist Timothy Nohe. The rich voices, sounds and sights of the bay are blended into an aural and visual landscape that heightens and contrasts what is, and has been, so that the listener may experience the past and contemporary complexity of Botany Bay, Australia. Change and controversy inexorably swept the bay as Nohe worked to document his observations and discoveries. “In the nine years that I worked on this project, I witnessed and recorded change that astounded me,” he said. “One must contrast the epoch of Aboriginal stewardship of the Bay, with the radical reshaping of the environment after the founding of Modern Australia.” The resulting artwork questions the future of the Bay and also instills reflection of similar shifting landscapes around the globe, near and far.
Timothy Nohe is an artist and educator engaging traditional and electronic media in daily life and public places. His artwork has been focused on sustainability and place, intermedia works, and sound scores for dance and video. Nohe was the recipient of a 2006 Fulbright Senior Scholar Award from the Australian-American Fulbright Commission Fulbright Alumni Initiative Grant in 2011. Four Maryland State Arts Council awards have supported his work in the area of Music Composition, Non-Classical; Media; New Genre and Installation/Sculpture. Nohe has also been recognized with a Creative Baltimore Award. In 2015 the Warnock Foundation recognized his interdisciplinary work in urban forests with a Social Innovator award. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) and a tenured Professor of Visual Arts at UMBC. Nohe has strong ties to Australia, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; as an Artist in Residence at the Centre for Creative Arts at La Trobe University, and on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed journal Unlikely, based in Melbourne.
Admission to the exhibition is free and open to the public.
Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Thursdays until 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, February 16 at 4:00 p.m., Timothy Nohe will present a public talk on his research and work in the exhibition.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery serves as one of the principal art galleries in the Baltimore region. Objects from the Special Collections Department, as well as art and artifacts from all over the world, are displayed in challenging and informative exhibitions for the University community and the public. Moreover, traveling exhibitions are occasionally presented, and the Gallery sends some exhibits on tour to other institutions nationwide. Admission to the Gallery and its programs is free.
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery: 410-455-2270
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