R.E.M. Frontman Michael Stipe to Teach at New York University


Story by Cat Badra

R.E.M.’s Michael Stripe is using his creative talents to teach at New York University

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe is taking part in a special residency with New York University’s Steinhardt Department of Art and Art Professions, and in conjunction with that residency, he has signed on to teach an class. “New Sights, New Noise” will feature Stipe and a guest artist supplying a class of 18 students with a prompt. In turn, the students will create 100 images and GIFs going off of that prompt.

“The title ‘New Sights, New Noise’ refers directly to the glut and onslaught of information made available by the Internet, often without context or authorship; the disproportionate and impulsive reactions that it provokes, and the reckless cynicism of a 24 hour news cycle,” Stipe explained on R.E.M.’s official website. “My desire would be to question how we can process all this and then employ, alter or move beyond it altogether.”

When “New Sights, New Noise” is complete, the project will be on display at NYU’s 80 WSE Gallery in New York City. That exhibition will run through Nov. 8.

Stipe’s history with art including being a studio art major as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia, where he worked on painting and photography.



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