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    March 24 12:00am
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    March 24 12:00am
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    March 25 12:00am
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  • C. Thomas Lewis | The Virgin Forest Project
    March 25 10:00am
    C. Thomas Lewis invites audiences to experience the sights and sounds of three Indiana forests through a series of immersive, high-definition films. Lewis is a lecturer in IUPUI's Media Arts and Science program. more »
  • Freya Powell | Omniscience and Oblivion
    March 25 10:00am
    For this sound installation, New York-based artist Freya Powell created an audio archive where participants were invited to anonymously share one memory they would like to keep forever and one they would like to let go. more »
Friday, March 24, 2017
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    • NCAA DI Men's Championships
      March 24 12:00am
      Swim Meet more »
    • CLOSED
      March 24 12:00am
      Swim Meet more »
    • CLOSED
      March 25 12:00am
      Closed more »
    • C. Thomas Lewis | The Virgin Forest Project
      March 25 10:00am
      C. Thomas Lewis invites audiences to experience the sights and sounds of three Indiana forests through a series of immersive, high-definition films. Lewis is a lecturer in IUPUI's Media Arts and Science program. more »
    • Freya Powell | Omniscience and Oblivion
      March 25 10:00am
      For this sound installation, New York-based artist Freya Powell created an audio archive where participants were invited to anonymously share one memory they would like to keep forever and one they would like to let go. more »
    Friday, March 24, 2017
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      • NCAA DI Men's Championships
        March 24 12:00am
        Swim Meet more »
      • CLOSED
        March 24 12:00am
        Swim Meet more »
      • CLOSED
        March 25 12:00am
        Closed more »
      • C. Thomas Lewis | The Virgin Forest Project
        March 25 10:00am
        C. Thomas Lewis invites audiences to experience the sights and sounds of three Indiana forests through a series of immersive, high-definition films. Lewis is a lecturer in IUPUI's Media Arts and Science program. more »
      • Freya Powell | Omniscience and Oblivion
        March 25 10:00am
        For this sound installation, New York-based artist Freya Powell created an audio archive where participants were invited to anonymously share one memory they would like to keep forever and one they would like to let go. more »
      Friday, March 24, 2017
        IU Calendar




        • NCAA DI Men's Championships
          March 24 12:00am
          Swim Meet more »
        • CLOSED
          March 24 12:00am
          Swim Meet more »
        • CLOSED
          March 25 12:00am
          Closed more »
        • C. Thomas Lewis | The Virgin Forest Project
          March 25 10:00am
          C. Thomas Lewis invites audiences to experience the sights and sounds of three Indiana forests through a series of immersive, high-definition films. Lewis is a lecturer in IUPUI's Media Arts and Science program. more »
        • Freya Powell | Omniscience and Oblivion
          March 25 10:00am
          For this sound installation, New York-based artist Freya Powell created an audio archive where participants were invited to anonymously share one memory they would like to keep forever and one they would like to let go. more »
        Friday, March 24, 2017

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          Ehren Tool, visiting lecturer and studio technician at the University of California Berkeley, was totally fine when he returned from service as a Marine veteran of Desert Storm in 2001. He didn’t want to talk about it, and he especially didn’t feel the need to be around other veterans.

          Over time, he said, the callow civilian translation of the unspeakable acts of war—“of my uniform and my gas mask turned into video games”—began to bug him. Like a healed-over sliver of glass, something was itching to get out.

          Tool had not had an art class since high school, but he was pulled toward art, clay in particular. “Ceramics is a perfect medium to talk about war,” he said. “It’s of an appropriate scale, a very personal thing. Ceramics is hand to hand. You push your finger in, it makes the mark. You pull a trigger with your finger. The transformation of clay by fire, in human terms, is forever. You shoot somebody, it’s forever.”

          Since 2001, Tool has made 14,000 cups. “The cups make a place to have a conversation,” he said, a vessel for filling, and for emptying. The cups contain images for those who have experienced war, and for those who can never really know what it is like.

          On November 14, Tool will speak at Herron in the Basile Auditorium of Eskenazi Hall at 6:00 p.m.

          The art Tool makes began as a catharsis of his war experiences and “overlaps with guys coming back now,” he said. “War is unlike anything else. You come back a bad man, or not bad enough, so it’s always good to talk to a fellow vet. War is a really dark space and it can be hard to leave it. If my talks help anyone else, it’s icing.”

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          • NCAA DI Men's Championships
            March 24 12:00am
            Swim Meet more »
          • CLOSED
            March 24 12:00am
            Swim Meet more »
          • CLOSED
            March 25 12:00am
            Closed more »
          • C. Thomas Lewis | The Virgin Forest Project
            March 25 10:00am
            C. Thomas Lewis invites audiences to experience the sights and sounds of three Indiana forests through a series of immersive, high-definition films. Lewis is a lecturer in IUPUI's Media Arts and Science program. more »
          • Freya Powell | Omniscience and Oblivion
            March 25 10:00am
            For this sound installation, New York-based artist Freya Powell created an audio archive where participants were invited to anonymously share one memory they would like to keep forever and one they would like to let go. more »
          Friday, March 24, 2017