Prof. Oliver Botar is the recipient of a University of Manitoba Merit Award for Research, Scholarly Work and Other Creative Activities for 2014. He received the award for his accomplishments related to “Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts.” This project examined the ways in which the Bauhaus artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy anticipated aspects of what came to be known as “new media” art of the post-World War II period, already during the 1920s and 1930s. Included in the project were a book and exhibitions of the same title. The book appeared with the prestigeous Swiss publishing firm Lars Mueller, and was published simultaneously in both English and German editions. The exhibition was shown both at Plug In ICA in Winnipeg and the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum for Design in Berlin. Research for the project, as well as aspects of the project itself were funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, for which Dr. Botar was the principal applicant and investigator.
In addition to the book and exhibitions, knowledge distribution of his research was accomplished through the delivery of a peer-reviewed paper for a scholarly conference, an article for the German periodical Museums Journal, and through the delivery of and/or participation in thirteen public exhibition tours, lectures and panel discussions, including an invited public lecture at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and participation in the 19 September 2014 iteration of the 10 x 20 x 20 event as part of that year’s Winnipeg Design Festival. Response from the public at both institutions was great, with high visitor counts, and press response has also been extensive, particularly in Germany.
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