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Oct. 11, 2010

UI presents Works-in-Progress Arts Festival Oct. 14-16

The University of Iowa is presenting the Works-in-Progress (WiP) Festival Oct. 14-16, an event that encourages the public to provide feedback on unfinished projects in visual arts, film, writing, poetry, music, dance, theater and many other media. The festival is free and open to the public.

WiP is an interdisciplinary, noncompetitive public arts festival inspired by the workshop model used by master of fine arts programs at the UI. The festival showcases the work of students, locally, and nationally recognized artists, and offers a unique opportunity for Iowans to participate in the creative process by encouraging dialogue between artists and spectators.

Unlike other public arts festivals, WiP gives artists an opportunity to present unfinished works, still in the process of being completed. Because each of the works presented is in an incomplete state, festival attendees discuss how each piece might potentially be finished. Audience members are not simply spectators but active participants in a collaborative process of discussion and critique, involving a diversity of perspectives.

WiP 2010 will build on the momentum of last year’s inaugural festival, bringing an eclectic group of artists together to talk, present and collaborate. Richard Wiebe and Andrew Peterson, doctoral students in film studies in Cinema and Comparative Literature, are curating the festival, which will feature 11 interdisciplinary panels of creative work by poets, filmmakers, musicians, dancers, essayists, visual artists, photographers, novelists, video and performance artists. Student artists from eight programs at the UI as well as nine local artists and eight visiting artists will participate. The concept of the festival allows for participation from a wide variety of artists with varied experience levels. Panels will take place at four Iowa City locations -- The Iowa City Senior Center, Public Space One, UI Theatre Building, and The Wherehouse Academy of Hard Art -- over three days. Each panel will be followed by moderated discussions led by visiting artists.

This year, more visiting artists will participate in WiP, including filmmakers Lori Felker and Robert Todd, and artist Flint Jamison.

Felker studied English Literature and German as an undergraduate, which led her to study film studies in Berlin on a Fulbright in 2000. Increasingly interested in combining her love of writing and film history with creativity and handcraft, she eventually took up filmmaking in 2001 by taking classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. After sliding into the film/media production world, she went to graduate school for film video and new media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA 2007). She currently lives, makes films/videos, teaches, creates projects, volunteers for film festivals, and compulsively collaborates in Chicago.

Jamison is a contemporary artist whose work spans multiple genres and modes. As a digital photographer and conceptual artist, he has exhibited internationally. As a curator, he is editor-in-chief of the art journal Veneer, lauded for being a work of art unto itself. He is also founder of multiple non-profit arts organizations, and has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at CalArts, the School of Visual Arts in Bordeaux, France, and SUNY-Buffalo.

Todd is a lyrical filmmaker and sound artist whose work has been exhibited internationally at a wide variety of venues such as the Media City Film Festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, Pacific Film Archive and Harvard Film Archive. He has taught film production at Boston College, Art Institute of Boston, and Emerson College.

The festival will also include "Global Express," an evening of staged readings of works by current participants in the UI International Writing Program (IWP). The free production will be held at 8 p.m. in the UI Theatre Building and will feature poems, short stories and plays by Ghada Abdel Aal (Egypt), Ismail Bala (Nigeria), Milosz Biedrzycki (Poland), Najwan Darwish (Palestine), Laura Fish (England), H.M. Naqvi (Pakistan), Farangis Siahpoor (Iran), Beverly Perez-Rego (Venezuela, Christoph Kloeble (Germany) and IWP alumna Tang Ying (China).

IWP writers IWP writers' bios are available at
The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Oct. 14:
--7-9:30 p.m., WiP opening night at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, 28 S. Linn St., featuring artist installations, a “pop-up bakery,” and a presentation on current works-in-progress by Senior Center TV

Friday, Oct. 15:
--Noon-1:30 p.m., IWP panel discussion on the topic of works-in-progress, Public Space One, 129 E. Washington St.
--2-3:30 p.m., “The Conspiracy of Things” panel featuring Gonzalo Garcés at Public Space One
--4-5:30 p.m., “The Story in Theory” panel at Public Space One
--7:30-11 p.m., WiP panel: “Just Between Us” panel featuring Todd and Felker at Public Space One

Saturday, October 16:
--11 a.m.-1 p.m., open house at The Wherehouse Academy of Hard Art, 700 S. Dubuque St. including a tour of artists’ studios and presentation on current development of the space by director Nelle Dunlap.
--2-3:30 p.m.,“Continuity Drift” panel featuring Naqvi at Public Space One
--4-5:30 p.m., “Meeting People Is Easy” panel at Public Space One
--6-7:30 p.m., WiP panel: “Culture Vulture” panel at Public Space One
--8-9 p.m., IWP presents “Global Express” at UI Theatre Building
--9:30 p.m.-midnight, WiP closing night “spectacle-in-progress” featuring Jamison at the The Wherehouse Academy of Hard Art.

There are also several ongoing projects taking place throughout the festival. See for more information.

WiP Festival is sponsored by the UI Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the International Writing Program, The James Gang, Public Space One, Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center, and the Iowa Arts Council.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Richard Wiebe and Andrew Peterson, WiP curators and UI graduate students,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,