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Date & Time
March 19, 2018April 23, 2018
Free; no reservations required
Gallery 235 at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Dr
Durham, NC 27705

This spring, Duke University’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts will celebrate the successes of the class of 2018 with MFA|EDA 2018, the program’s annual thesis exhibition. Over the course of four weeks, March 16-April 14, site-specific projects by twelve MFA|EDA graduating students will be presented at venues across Duke’s campus and downtown Durham. The exhibition features a tremendous range of work including presentations of film and video, installation, sculpture, photography, performance, social practice, sound, and multimedia.

Two of the students, Nadia Stevens and Laurids Andersen Sonne, will be displaying their work in Gallery 235 in Ruby. Sonne’s exhibit has been extended to April 23.

Nadia Stevens, Dream of Angels

On display March 19-29
Presentation Sunday, March 25, 6:30pm (reception at 5pm)

Laurids Andersen Sonne, Man From Iota

On display April 3-23
Screening Friday, April 13, 7:00pm, in the Film Theater (reception at 5:30pm in Gallery 235)


About "Dream of Angels"

Artist’s description:

I sat down with my grandmother on an odd day when she was home alone. Usually she’s surrounded by family; my aunt, mom, cousins, siblings. She’s 95 years old, and she’s our angel.

I asked her to read a voiceover for my film; she agreed, but not without telling me how much she dislikes the sound of her voice. She cleared her throat and read the text I presented:

Some 130 million years ago, in a galaxy far away, the smoldering cores of two collapsed stars smashed into each other. The resulting explosion sent a burst of gamma rays streaming through space and rippled the very fabric of the universe.

The collision was the first cosmic event in history to be witnessed via both traditional telescopes and gravitational wave detectors, heralding a new era in space research called multi-messenger astrophysics. Allowing us to observe the universe using two fundamental forces: light and gravity.

After her dictation, she flashed me an incredulous look that said, “What the hell is this?” I brushed it off like I normally do when my family responds to my actions with confusion, and I decided to take the opportunity to let my recorder roll and see what she’d let me know. There were a few stories I knew I wanted to hear, but there were still others that I was about to hear for the first time. 95 years of life leads to 95 years of stories. Who knew?

About "Man from Iota"

Artist’s description:

When man encountered the island, he wondered where the roar of the ocean ended and the tone of the mist began. From somewhere in between, beyond his farthest plane of perception, a passerine emerged guided by a different migratory time.

As a body of work, Man from Iota uses various mediums – moving image, sound, sculpture and drawing – to engage, evolve, digress, correspond, mimic and contest itself from the desire to paint a continuously fluctuating picture of the experiential world that is its canvas.

Man from Iota investigates the correspondence of time and the instance of man’s existence in it, the desire for the unattainable freedom of flight within this instance, while being tethered to the rock of time and history, his own doing within it and his desire for quantifiable knowledge.

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