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This piece showcases the work of artists from the Maryland Institute College of Arts who worked with researchers at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

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Published by HEMI/CMEDE/MSEE URA, 2018-12-17 14:37:03

2018 HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program Book

This piece showcases the work of artists from the Maryland Institute College of Arts who worked with researchers at the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute.

Keywords: art,science,collaboration


2015 - 2018

Jay Gould
from “Under Strain”
Wet plate collodion

The HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program is an initiative that brings faculty and students from both
institutions together to explore unique perspectives on extreme events. The program aims to
encourage collaboration among artists and researchers to examine data, interpret outcomes,
and translate results from extreme events in new ways. It is our hope that this dialog will create a
stronger community through a shared sense of curiosity and exploration.

The goals of the HEMI/MICA Extreme Arts Program are:
• To provide an opportunity for meaningful engagement among engineers, scientists, artists

and designers that sparks a creative dialog and leads to new outcomes.
• To explore systems of communication that translate ideas and provide platforms for

engineers, scientists, artists and designers to discuss concepts and develop a common
• To create programming between JHU researchers and MICA faculty/students that examines
new approaches to HEMI-related materials research and data visualization.
• To design a framework that serves as a model for sustained, long-term partnership between

The Extreme Arts Program provides a flexible and robust framework to support collaborative
activities and opportunities. This collaboration between science, engineering, art and design will
provide exciting and innovative ways to address and present complex subjects. The program
currently has two components – an Artist/Designer in Residence program for MICA faculty and a
Summer Project/Internship program for MICA students.

For more information visit:


Lori Graham-Brady Gwynne Keathley
Associate Director Vice Provost for Research and
HEMI Graduate Studies
Johns Hopkins University MICA


The goal of this artist/designer in residence is to bring
MICA and JHU faculty together to collaborate and
explore ways to represent, visualize, and/or interpret
HEMI research.

opposite page
Jay Gould
Bollide: Extinction
Pigment Print

Jay Gould
Faculty, Photography Department
Artist-in-Residence 2016

Extreme Materials and Conditions: Common Ground
Between Art and Science

Extreme is a word often used to consider the
outermost limits. We strive to find the boundaries
of our existence, yet we assume that those bounds
can always be pushed further. This exhibition of
photographs and sculptural works uses analogy
and storytelling to playfully describe how HEMI is
pushing the extreme boundaries of materials, time,
and scale through their research. The audience
is invited to consider the imagination required to
observe and test a world that is so far beyond our
given, natural senses.

Pigment Print

Magnesium Compression Book
Accordion book in a handmade walnut case

Kimberly Hall
Faculty, MFA Illustration Practice Program
Artist-in-Residence 2017

The Curse of Dimensionality

Many artists rely on the occurrence of chance and mistake to help propel their work into new
areas, and while that open-minded approach is sometimes elusive, it is often exciting. For this
residency, Kimberly Hall tried to approach the work of Prof. Lori Grah­ am-Brady and her students,
who work with randomness in the behavior of non-hom­ ogenous materials, in this way. Kim
became deeply impressed with the language the scientists were using. She found that the way
the scientists spoke about their work and process felt deeply connected to the human condition
and our struggles to find our way in the world. Kim, co-owner of Nottene design studio, has
created a scratch-off wallpaper and transparent fabrics that aim to illustrate the practice of
research and highlight the connection between discovery and meaning.

opposite page
Detail from sketchbook
ink on paper

Installation of wallpaper
from “The Curse of Dimensionality”

courtesy of Homewood Photography

Hopkins in Split
Curtain detail

courtesy of Homewood Photography

Amy Wetsch
from “Clouded In Mystery”
Copper gasket

Student Summer Project/Internship

The goal of this project/internship is for MICA students
to work with HEMI faculty and their students over the
course of a summer to explore visual representations of
the HEMI organization, structure, current research, and


Amanda Metcalf
Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary
Samantha Winters
Graduate Student, Information

Amanda Metcalf
from “Sustainable Fabrication of Fiber
Reinforced Composites”
Clothing Composite

Samantha Winters
from “Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments Collaboration”


Tila Assgari
Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary
Seth Izen
Undergraduate, Animation

Tila Assgari
Detail from “Manipulating Stability to
Find Flexibility”
Laser-cut wood

Seth Izen
from “Visualizations of Impact Fragmentation vs Thermal Fragmentation”
Animation still


Joshua Gleason
Undergraduate, Interactive Arts and

Nilam Sari
Undergraduate, Sculpture and Graphic

Nilam Sari
from “Accordian Paper Structure”
Manipulated paper

Joshua Gleason
from “A World of Its Own”
Virtual reality experience still


Shangtong Li
Undergraduate, Interdisciplinary
Amy Wetsch
Graduate Student, Multidisciplinary Art

Amy Wetsch
from “Clouded In Mystery”

Shangtong Li
from “Biodegradable composite based on
plasticized starch with organic waste”

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