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Jojin Van Winkle At the 2022 SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference) in October, Professor Jojin Van Winkle presented a paper titled “The Vitality of Interdisciplinary Arts Collaboration thru E-Residencies During COVID-19” as part of the panel “Collaboration in Uncertain Times.”

The SECAC brings together over 500 art historians, artists, designers, and visual arts professionals in all stages of their careers. This year’s conference was held in downtown Baltimore, Md.

Space and time to create are two of the greatest needs in creative fields of all kinds (arts, sciences, and other fields of study). Artist residencies allow for concentrated and extended time to devote to artistic practice. These programs exist around the world, enabling artists to connect with makers and innovators from different cultures and creative disciplines. At residencies, artists share ideas, offer feedback to each other, and develop collaborations.

To recharge her own research and creative practice, Prof. Van Winkle regularly participates in national and international residencies. With COVID-19, many in-person residencies suddenly halted. In response, organizations developed e-residencies (online residencies). In 2020, Prof. Van Winkle participated in “Zero Hour,” a cross-discipline e-residency facilitated by “We Belong Here,” an organization located in Leeds, UK. She teamed up with Israeli contemporary dancer Tal Garmiza and UK-based spoken-word artist Merrez Bal. Together, they created “This is My Effect from Cause,” a series of ten short videos, featuring writings and poetry focused on home and memory. They worked collaboratively, sending materials across three time zones.

Prof. Van Winkle also met UK choreographer Balbir Singh through this e-residency. She connected her 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience grant mentee, a graphic design and dance student, Geovanni Virella-Torres ’22 with Mr. Singh and Ms. Garmiza for virtual arts critiques. Subsequently, Prof. Van Winkle joined two more e-residencies during 2021 and 2022, connecting with visual and performing artists globally.

This SECAC presentation was supported by faculty conference travel funds from the Office of the Provost.

Prof. Van Winkle is a visual artist, filmmaker, and assistant professor of art at Carthage — teaching foundations and new media. Her research centers around the practice of listening. She exhibited large-scale installation art before working in video/film, photography, and sound.

Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Office of the Provost, Art Department, Photography and Film and New Media Program

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