The Gallery Project will be looking into the world of animal behavior in the upcoming exhibition, Subjective World/Umwelt. Jakob von Uexkeull, a German scientist, first looked in to the umwelt concept about 100 years ago. The umwelt perspective challenges humans to think about animals or any type of organism and how they experience the world, specifically through their senses and bodily responses based on their evolved priorities. Over the years this view has helped scientists understand how evolution has shaped the brains and bodies of animals. Additionally, it led us to discover certain unique abilities found only in the animal umwelt, including the ability to sense electrical or magnetic fields, insects’ ability to see ultraviolet and polarized light, and bats use of echolocation to hunt their prey. This concept of umwelt forces humans to create scientific strategies to infer about the aspects of the animal’s umwelt that are beyond our understanding. These strategies include vital interactions between our imaginations and observations. September 21- October 30. The Gallery Project. 215 S. 4th Ave. 734-997-7012. thegalleryproject.com
Nevertheless Film Festival opens in mid July in Ann Arbor, and Current sat down with festival founder Meredith Finch to talk about what makes this film festival unique. The festival’s name is inspired by the phrase “Nevertheless, she persisted,” spoken by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when justifying his move to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren
“A vision of Now” is part of a line from the Go-Go’s song “Vision of Nowness”, featured in their new jukebox musical, Head Over Heels.
Ann Arbor Restaurant Week, a semiannual event starting Sunday, June 9, is the perfect time to try something new (or settle into your stand-by favorites with deep discounts).
Master printmaker and experimental artist Takeshi Takahara is a restless spirit. Rather than working comfortably within established print traditions, he prefers to skate near the edge of the unknown.