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2015 Flint and Steel Cross-disciplinary Combustion Residents

Flint and Steel are five week residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members will be united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change. Addressing the artists' desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations will empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources from Tulane. We ask artists to describe in detail how the opportunity will affect their work, to identify potential departmental partners, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community.


Artist: Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Louisiana, January + April 2015
Faculty partner: Tim McLean, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Printmaker Pippin Frisbie-Calder will be collaborating with Dr. Tim McLean of Tulane University to create a body of work around wetland microalgae awareness. In a public display their simulated and/or real-time, live projections of phytoplankton and woodcuts will act as large-scale representations of the aquatic micro-organisms of the wetlands and demonstrate their importance (functions and roles) within the larger ecosystem. This project aims to serve as an educational tool, hoping to draw all members of the public, independent of wetland awareness and appreciation, since few people (even among researchers) are aware of and recognize the microbial presence, diversity, beauty, and roles within the waters of the wetlands.

Artist: Maria Möller, Pennsylvania, February 2015
Faculty partner: Rich Campanella, School of Architecture

In a city that is known for bold and iconic images of a unique culture, where and how does that culture exist when it is not visibly displayed? During my residency, I will work with community members and geographer Rich Campanella to explore New Orleans culture as it exists in New Orleans East. Through the creation of public events and temporary installations, the work will mark the landscape of the East with its contemporary stories, its hidden history, and its own expressions of unique New Orleans.

Artist: Jessica Levine, West Virginia, March 2015
Faculty partners: Jordan Karubian and Renata Durães Ribeiro, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Artist Jessica Levine, in collaboration with Karubian Lab, will create an interactive, mixed media visual art installation to bring the study titled,"Does lead in New Orleans have mockingbirds singing the blues?" to wide-spectrum public attention. The installation will be designed as an impromptu art spectacle within a 10 x 10 foot pop-up tent, to be staged where people gather: festivals, parks, schools and universities, farmers markets. The installation hopes to enroll city dwellers in citizen science as it engages the viewer in artful wonderment and delight, to celebrate and appreciate the mockingbird as a beloved New Orleans icon of resilience, musicality, and thriving urban nature.

Artist: Anna Fitzgerald, Maryland, April 2015
Faculty partner: Felicia Rabito, School of Public Health

With the help of children with asthma, I am going to create a puppet-based performance for and with them about life with asthma. We will create characters with objects like inhalers to tell a story relevant to their daily lives. We will explore puppetry and objects in workshops, and then I will build a short performance about asthma, air, and breathing to perform for them. We will explore the personal side of asthma, how it is a part of you, and how to live with it. We will also touch issues about air, the environment and breath, and how what humans do to the air affects how and if we can breathe and what that means for the future.


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