trace layer play is an immersive research incubator hosted by first year Arts Administration, Education and Policy PhD students Noor Murteza, Tamryn McDermott, and Robin Gordon. trace layer play is designed to identify, visualize, and chart their research trajectories as a group. Through mapping, inductive and deductive reasoning, and material-led thinking processes, these researchers will articulate their research trajectories as they are situated within a larger research community. The title, trace layer play, illuminates the active process of delineating, overlapping, and connecting ideas.
trace: leaving a trace, tracing to reveal a history, and locating pattern.
layer: stacking and overlapping materials, excavating, and accumulation.
play: unfixed parts continuously change through interaction, seeking out the potential for generating new connections and forms.
This collaborative project will transform Hopkins Hall Gallery into a laboratory for developing socially dynamic and paradigm-shifting research. Recordings of dialog, sonic interventions, viewer remote and analog input will be layered into the installation. Individual research maps can trace, layer, and play when they become material, in an immersive, collaborative, and corporeal space. Researchers engage their thinking process using visualization strategies with a goal of developing ideas for their dissertation topics in quickly changing and unpredictable times.
trace layer play is presented in partnership with Urban Arts Space’s Hybrid Arts Lab, a multi-venue learning lab that experiments with how art is imagined, made, viewed and understood. Those that plan to attend trace layer play must register to visit Hopkins Hall Gallery at Your Visit | Urban Arts Space (osu.edu). Registration is free and easy! The gallery will be open 11 - 4 p.m. February 23 - 26th.
You can also follow trace layer play on Instagram @trace_layer_play and participate online!