Into the Wind

Into the Wind:  A Multidisciplinary Project

How might the arts contribute to our understandings and reframe our perceptions of our evolving landscapes as we transition towards renewable energy sources? This question will guide Into the Wind, a multi-disciplinary performance project inspired by the potential for harnessing wind as a renewable energy resourceThe Great Lakes region is one of the areas in the US where there is some of the greatest potential for wind energy development. Wind turbines are rapidly transforming our physical landscapes, often a very unsettling development for communities, giving rise to emotional and complex arguments and winds of protest. This cross-regional project will take place in Ann Arbor and in Muskegon, Michigan, with the potential for bringing the project to multiple locations in Michigan and beyond. Students and faculty members from UM and Grand Valley State University in the fields of Dance, Music, Natural Resources and Environment, Urban and Regional Planning, and Literature, Science and the Arts will collaborate on this project.

Students will learn about the social, environmental and public policy dimensions of wind energy and will explore ways the arts can promote dialogue and bridge divides.  A central component of the project will be a site dance performance on the shore of Lake Muskegon, featuring choreographers, composers, dancers and musicians from UM and Grand Valley State University (GVSU). The performance will serve as a catalyst for community discussions and as the centerpiece for other project components, including an art exhibit, public lectures about recent wind siting research, a project website and video documentation.

‘Into the Wind’ draws upon the expertise, creativity of many
The University Record, October 13, 2014

Into The Wind: An Interview with Jessica Fogel
Michigan Quarterly Review, August 10, 2014

A Question of Beauty: Collaborative artistic effort explores Muskegon windmill project
MLive, August 4, 2014

Dances like wind
Michigan Today, July 22, 2014

GVSU, UM collaboration brings alternative energy-inspired arts performance to Muskegon
Grand Valley State University GVNow, June 25, 2014

Wind energy and global engagement
Michigan’s World Class

Project Team:

Jessica Fogel, (project director, choreographer) Professor of Dance, University of Michigan School of Music, Theater and Dance
T. Arnold (Arn) Boezaart, Executive Director of the Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center (MAREC), Muskegon, MI, an incubator for alternative energy businesses and high-tech start-ups
Sara Adlerstein, Associate Research Scientist and Visual Artist, UM School of Natural Resources and Environment
Robert Alexander, (composer), NASA JPFP Fellow, Sonification Specialist, Design Science PhD Candidate at the University of Michigan
Shawn Bible, (choreographer), Associate Professor of Dance, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and UM MFA Dance alumnus
Dave Biedenbender, (composer), Lecturer, UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Erik Nordman, Associate Professor of Natural Resources Management, GVSU
Sarah Mills, PhD candidate in UM’s Urban and Regional Planning Program
Keith Taylor, (poet), Coordinator, Undergraduate Creative Writing, University of Michigan
University of Michigan and Grand Valley State University dancers and musicians