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2016 Flint and Steel Cross-disciplinary Combustion Residents







Flint and Steel are residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with academic partners. Artists and Tulane University faculty members are united to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to fuel social change. Addressing the artists' desire to be more effective and have longer lasting impact with their outreach, these collaborations empower the artistic practice with scholarship, student manpower and academic resources. 











Composer Shay Nichols (California, October 2015) and faculty partner Tom
Sherry (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will create nature-based compositions with local musicians and lead public listening excursions to discover the beauty and power found in the "chorus" of the Southern Louisiana natural environment.









Sign painter Matt Wright (New York, November 2015) with faculty partner Vicki Mayer (Communications) will photograph the city's historically significant signage, collect stories about existing sign from neighbors and sign painters, salvage soon-to-be demolished signs, and drawing on his 20 years experience as a sign painter, create new hand-painted signs based on the New Orleans vernacular.






Author Christy George (Oregon, January 2016) will continue work on her novel Vanishing Hometowns and with faculty partner Laura Murphy (School of Public Health) will host conversations across generations and geography by bringing together people from a Gulf coast community endangered by rising seas with people who survived Katrina through two site-specific community meals - in New Orleans and on the coast.



Jan Mun (New York, February 2016) is a media artist who creates social sculptures and will collaborate with Howard Mielke (Pharmacology) to engage the public in the design of a citizen's guide to soil remediation and its activation as a site-specific installation.







Sculptor Jebney Lewis (Louisiana, March 2016) with faculty partner Rick Snow (Music Science and Technology) will work with community members to build a musically playable map of the New Orleans freeway system out of repurposed brass instruments and through performances and interviews, document how architecture of the freeways has impacted local neighborhoods.





By queering the phenomenon of tent revivals, visual artist Elizabeth “Oscar” Maynard (California, April 2016) with faculty partner Randy Sparks (Religious Studies) will create an immersive art installation with community members telling the stories of the "poisons" they are asked to hold to prove their faith.






Visual artist Donna Cooper Hurt (South Carolina, May 2016) with faculty partner Donata Henry (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) will create site-specific installations that address place and the human relationship to the environment and mentor youth through exploration, storytelling and artistry to find personal connection to the natural world.



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