MICA Mondays: Eric Simelton

Eric Simelton is a senior at MICA studying animation. His art, inspired by his love for anime (such as shows like Dragon Ball Z), draws on his passion for high octane fights and motion graphics. Simelton is currently working on his portfolio for graduation, and is looking to work in the animation industry.

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.

Artist Details: Eric Simelton – MICA 2020

http://www.instagram.com/ericddarius/

http://www.vimeo.com/ericsimelton


Produced by: Benjamin Kahn and Jeff Dominguez

Host: Benjamin Kahn

Edited by: Jeff Dominguez

MICA Mondays: RJ Sterling

RJ Sterling is a graduate student at MICA studying comic book artistry. His art, inspired by his love for storytelling, draws on experiences from himself and social conflicts within minority groups. Sterling currently teaches aspiring comic artists and has his own LLC, Hilarious Comics.

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.


Produced by: Benjamin Kahn and Jeff Dominguez

Host: Benjamin Kahn

Edited by: Jeff Dominguez

MICA Mondays: Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones is a senior at MICA studying painting. His art, inspired by his love for sports, draws on experiences from himself and other athletes to include perseverance, injury, defeat, and triumph.

MICA Mondays is a project of the UB Post (University of Baltimore) showcasing the talent and work of students and alumni of the nearby Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) released every Monday during the fall and spring semesters.


Produced by: Benjamin Kahn and Jeff Dominguez

Host: Benjamin Kahn

Edited by: Jeff Dominguez

Light City – Baltimore’s Annual Celebration


Nicknamed “Charm City”, Baltimore is home to the Inner Harbor, rich history, thriving arts scenes, and some of the nation’s best festivals attracting both lifelong Baltimoreans, tourists, and everyone in between.

Light City, the country’s first large-scale festival of art, music, and innovation is in its fourth year in Baltimore and continues to earn praise from critics and locals, alike.

For the first time, the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City have been combined prompting the Baltimore Sun to explain that organizers combination of both emphasized brilliance, “both in the light exhibits and in the imagination inspired by the books.”

Light City reimagines the waterfront into a premier cultural destination: fully accessible, free and open to all. Located along the Inner Harbor’s brick-lined promenade, the festival features awe-inspiring art installations, performances, concerts, a fun-filled family zone and special moments including an Opening Night Parade and a Closing Night fireworks finale. The festival’s food and beverage offerings are proudly 100% local, reflecting Baltimore’s burgeoning cuisine scene” (via Brilliant Baltimore)

Jeff Dominguez is the Director of Communications and Marketing for the UB Post.

To write is to live forever—right?

Elegy for a Dead World is writing prompt wrapped up in a darkly gorgeous world of speculative fiction.

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After booting up, you are floating in space. How did you get there in the first place? Photos courtesy of Dejobaan Games

 

Within seconds of booting up Elegy for a Dead World, you’re controlling a lone astronaut f loating in space. You can hear the explorer’s steady breathing as you scoot around the glowing void with the help of a jetpack. You start to hear radio transmissions, faint, but growing stronger, as you head toward the middle of the galaxy. You find the central portal where you find the main menu. And you’re forgiven for thinking you are Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar.

Elegy, from Dejobaan Games, is a side-scrolling game with no objective other than writing a short story. You accomplish this by moving your astronaut through a world of about 10 city-, space-, and landscapes. Along the way you’re given writing prompts, such as: “They say everything comes to an end. Here, in the sand, their first colony,” and “The settlers of Byron’s World formed their settlement far below ground, initially because.” Finish the sentences with whatever comes to mind. Type one word; type a page. When you’re done, make your way through the ruined world until another prompt appears.

Photos courtesy of Dejobaan Games
Photos courtesy of Dejobaan Games

Aurally, Elegy is serious. The empty world hums with reverb- drenched drones. They can grow discordant, with cricket-like swells of intensity. They further the tone of austerity and bleakness—we are tasked with recounting the history of a dead civilization, after all. Your breathing and footsteps barely register. There isn’t any emotional bandwidth available for precious melody, and the creators are tactful enough to avoid heavy-handed dirges.

The various ‘scapes are flat but saturated in color; they’re gorgeous, somehow minimal while suggesting infinite, brooding possibility. Silhouettes of structures and lengths of pipe and scaffolding are interspersed between faint geometric outlines. You duck into buildings with phantasmagorical pieces of machinery and look up at blacked-out suns. Mountains and stars stand silent in the far, almost washed- out background. You can fly around with your jetpack for a quicker pace, but finding the patience to walk slowly tis worth it. The effect is meditative and solemn.

The game intends to be specific enough juices f lowing without giving you too many narrative crutches. There are no animations or flashes of light or color to spike your blood pressure. All told, the game is limited in that there is only one world to explore, and it’s not particularly large. You can select one of seven prompt themes, as well as a grammar exercise (don’t forget about learning!) or have a go at prompt-less free writing. The game’s possibilities for expansion seem endless. The thought is enough to seriously excite this poet and video game lover. There is hope yet for a poetic, artful, writerly approach to gaming that is hard to find.

Elegy is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that ended last October. It maintains the spirit of open communities by allowing you to publish your stories for others to read and recommend. Some of the most popular are gorgeous pieces of speculative fiction—minimal and extravagant, poems and funny yarns. With solid to great ratings from Steam, Metacritic, and Eurogamer), the game appears to be a modest, important success.

A traditional elegy is a poem of loss, of mourning the dead. Elegy takes that form and transmutes it, with the help of image and sound, into a living, interactive entity. Regardless if your story is one of hope or sadness, carnage or folly, that you wrote it down means you gave life to something.