Congrats to KI Undergraduate Research Grant Awardees!

We are proud to announce that out of the many applicants for VCUarts’ Undergraduate Research Grants, eleven Kinetic Imaging Students are taking part in five of the projects that were awarded funding! Congrats Meredith Brindley, Claudine Reyes, Illya Lykinin, Costantino Toth, Marin Leong, Kevin Moun, James Heyes, Brianna Ondris, Jackie Lu, Malik Sparrow and Zach Rogers!

A Sustainable Digital Art Show

An interdisciplinary collective connected by an interest in digital art. Forty-two billion tons of E-waste are shipped illegally to Africa with the hope that they will be recycled. Unfortunately, only a small fraction of waste is reprocessed. The rest rapidly accumulates, polluting the environment with lead and mercury. This team will address this problem through an exemplary curated show of digital art that examines the implications of E-waste’s dispersion. Our electronic objects, carefully chosen, are meant to be reintegrated into the art world with a minimal environmental footprint. Award: $1,900

Team Members:

• Meredith Brindley, Kinetic Imaging

• Claudine Reyes, Kinetic Imaging, Mathematics

• Illya Lykinin, Kinetic Imaging

• Hannah McKalips, Graphic Design

• Costantino Toth, Kinetic Imaging, Art History

• Marin Leong, Kinetic Imaging, Art History

• Kevin Moun, Kinetic Imaging

• James Heyes, Kinetic Imaging

• Brianna Ondris, Kinetic Imaging


The Fire Fawn

The Fire Fawn is an animated story about adolescence and friendship between a young child and an incandescent deer. The story deals with the loss of parental figures, the trials of adolescence, and overcoming deep-seated phobias. An innovative use of CGI will be employed to present the story, which will screen at the end of the Spring Semester, 2017. Additionally, the piece will be submitted to the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival and other well-known academic, student, and professional film festivals. Award: $1,850 

Team Members:

• James Heyes, Kinetic Imaging

• Meredith Brindley, Kinetic Imaging



Lumarium is an interactive sensory environment combining new media and tactility in a non-traditional exhibition experience. One night each month, our team will enhance a space with projected imagery, enveloping surround-soundscapes with colored lights programmed to respond to frequency and volume, and handcrafted pillows, enabling participants to bathe in the space’s atmosphere. While galleries and museums have historically discouraged contact between viewer and work, Lumarium blurs exhibited content with its environment, inviting both active engagement and passive immersion. This project will serve as a new gathering point for community engagement in Richmond, offering media artists a chance to submit work that ts an experimental space, and allowing participants removal and repose from their everyday environment. Award: $2,443 

Team Members:

• Marin Leong, Kinetic Imaging

• Jackie Lu, Kinetic Imaging

• Roya Sodei, Sculpture + Extended Media


The Unghosting of Black America: An Exploration of the Black Experience and Racial Relations through Visual Poetic Drama

Through the collaborative development of Visual Poetic Drama in a nontraditional theatre space, this project will investigate the portrayal of the black experience in a variety of forms (theatre, literature, and visual art). Investigating the audience response to an often historically blurred past, the project intends to push the boundary of Black storytelling within the Richmond theatrical aesthetic. In examining the idea that our country has moved past racial divides and social erasure, we seek to understand how to contextualize the continued rise in cultural appropriation, police brutality and the ongoing criminalization of the black community. Award: $3,000

Team Members:

• Mikayla Bartholomew, Theatre

• John Tyler Ludwig, English

• Malik Sparrow, Kinetic Imaging


Edmund the Snail – Stop Motion Animated Short Film

The goal is to produce a stop motion short film titled Edmund the Snail, in which a little girl steps on a snail and is haunted by its ghost. The story focuses on the concept of human versus animal lives by placing a snail looking for revenge in the seat of power over a person. The majority of our team’s members are senior level cinema students, all of which have worked in large groups on a minimum of five completed short films (most have worked on more). We will work together under our specific positions on the project to tell the story efficiently and enjoyably, with a goal of submitting a completed product to film festivals and documenting our progress through social media tools such as Instagram and Facebook as well as on the Edmund the Snail website. Award: $1,500

Team Members:

• Lucas Alexander, Cinema, Writing/Media Studies Double Minor

• Zack Rogers, Kinetic Imaging

• Arielle Bryant, Cinema Major, Philosophy/Sociology Double Minor

• Jesse Hosick, Cinema Major, English/History Double Minor

• Tori Lusik, Cinema Major, Creative Writing/History Minor

• Kyle Brady, Cinema Major, Business/Art History

• Matt Williams, Cinema/Criminal Justice Double Major

• Allen Simmons, Cinema Major, History/Sociology Double Minor

Published on December 12, 2016

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