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Georgia Southern presents digital media artist Jeffrey Moser Aug. 14 – Sept. 15

The Georgia Southern University Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art presents work by digital media artist Jeffrey Moser Aug. 14 through Sept. 15 in the University Gallery at the Center for Art and Theatre.

The public is invited to learn more about Moser and his work during an Artist Talk on Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. in Arts Building, room 2071. A reception will follow at 6 p.m. at the Center for Art & Theatre.

Moser’s exhibition “Transmedia PreDelay” incorporates film, new media techniques and digital objects to explore the aesthetic and expressive potentials operating at the intersection of database culture and lived experience.

Working with a variety of approaches to offset, duplicate and transform visual images, Moser renders moving pictures static and flat pixels into spatial forms, using the transmediation of audiovisual artifacts as both subject matter and medium.

“Digital and new media art faces an interesting challenge in that it lacks the specifically defined purpose of most other digital modes of experience in our culture, like advertising images, book suggestion algorithms, and so on, but it also has to function as fine art while lacking most of the components we typically associate with ‘fine art,’” said Georgia Southern Gallery Director Jason Hoelscher.

“I’m looking forward to showing Jeffrey Moser’s Transmedia PreDelay exhibition here at Georgia Southern because his work is poised on a very fine line, looking forward into advanced applications of technology and immateriality, while also remaining grounded in ideas of expression and objecthood that have determined the path of art for so long,” Hoelscher continued. “I’ve had sneak peeks at some of the works Jeffrey is putting together, and all I can say is this will be a must-see exhibition.”

Moser received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware in 2010. He currently is a Teaching Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Design at West Virginia University. His video work has been included in ACRE TV, Co+Lab in Austin, Texas, and in an exhibition in Zagreb, Croatia, as part of the “I, Daughter of Kong” Research group. Other works have been screened at the National Gallery as part of the 32nd Black Maria Film Festival and a solo exhibition at the Phillips Museum at Franklin and Marshall College.

BFSDoArt Students Create Brand for Future Effingham County Industrial Park

Students in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) at Georgia Southern put their education and skills to the test by designing identity standards for a future industrial park to be developed in Effingham County.

Chelsey McNicholl, a Georgia Southern alumna and existing industry program manager with the Effingham County Industrial Development Authority (ECIDA), reached out to Ben McKay, a research specialist with the Business Innovation Group (BIG), to see how ECIDA could work with the University to develop a design for the new park.

“BIG is happy to connect community partners and businesses with the University,” McKay said. “Working with Chelsey and the Effingham Authority was a great opportunity for our students and BIG.”

Four groups of BFSDoArt students from the Design Systems class, taught by Santanu Majumdar, M.F.A., put together several different identity and brand designs for the park, including stationery, road signage, brand guides and more. The students then presented their ideas to board members of the ECIDA during a meeting held at the City Campus classroom in downtown Statesboro.

“[The students] did an outstanding job and have given us a lot to consider,” said EIDA Chair John Henry.

“I’ve been in business for a long time and have seen presentations from some of the top agencies out there,” added Board Member Dick Knowlton. “These presentations fit right in there as some of the best I’ve ever seen.”

The Authority will reveal their selection for the name and branding of the new site in a special presentation in Effingham County in the next few months.

The site of the 1,560-acre industrial park is located at Old River Road and I-16. It has already undergone extensive work to ready it for new business including a $1.3 million entrance road, water piping and grading, as well as a cold storage facility already operating on the south side of the property.

Majumdar said this opportunity is unique for students, and he is pleased with the effort they put into the projects.

“Development and learning through real-world design and presentations needs to be introduced at various stages in the four-year career to achieve a competitive learning outcome,” Majumdar said. “Presenting the final concept design and relevant branding systems to the Effingham County board in a conference room and getting feedback has its own challenge. This kind of experience is not possible in a classroom setting.”

CLASS Faculty Member Selected as a NEH Summer Scholar

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) faculty member Richard Flynn, Ph.D., was selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar.

Flynn was chosen from a national applicant pool and will be attending one of 24 seminars and institutes supported by NEH.

The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

He will participate in a seminar entitled “Elizabeth Bishop and the Literary Archive.” The 3 -week program will be held at Vassar College and directed by Bethany Hicok . The 16 teachers selected to participate in the program each receive a stipend of $ 2,700 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Flynn is a Professor in the Department of Literature and Philosophy and holds a Ph.D. in American Literature from George Washington University.
The approximately 537 NEH Summer Scholars who participate in these programs of study will teach over 93,975 American students the following year.

Faculty, Students Help Local Church Find Forgotten Graves

Department of Sociology and Anthropology faculty and students helped an Effingham church, Turkey Branch United Methodist Church, located a number of forgotten graves in their graveyard.

Read the full article from the Savannah Morning News.



Alum Lee Berger and Current Graduate Student Announce New Information on Homo naledi

“Neo” skull (frontal view) of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber. Photo credit: Wits University/ John Hawks

New information on Georgia Southern University alumnus Lee Berger’s, Ph.D., latest find Homo naledi was featured in four articles in eLife Journal and in major national newspapers including USA Today.

Berger and other scientists have dated the bones previously found in 2013 at the Rising Star Cave System near Johannesburg, South Africa. They determined that Homo naledi lived between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago in a similar time frame as our own descendants.

This new data has a dramatic effect on what we know about our own history.

“We can no longer assume that we know which species made which tools, or even assume that it was modern humans that were the innovators of some of these critical technological and behavioural breakthroughs in the archaeological record of Africa,” says Berger. “If there is one other species out there that shared the world with modern humans in Africa, it is very likely there are others. We just need to find them.”

Working with Berger on one of the papers is current Department of Sociology and Anthropology graduate student, Hlophe Nompumelelo.

Nompumelelo was a co-author of the article “New Fossil Remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa” published in eLife Journal and was one of the archaeologists who answered Berger’s call to help explore the cave system.

She is pursuing a Master of Arts in Social Sciences at Georgia Southern University and joined the program in 2016.

Berger graduated from Georgia Southern in 1989 with a bachelor of arts in anthropology and holds a Ph.D. in palaeo-anthropology from the University of Witwatersand in South Africa. He is currently a professor at the University of Witwatersand.